Anonymous

Storing digital photos

I am constantly running out of storage on my computer with the number of ‘I don’t want to miss capturing this moment’ photos of my toddler. I am wary of external storage drives- would welcome recommendations on how best to keep a secure copy of these photos!

  • Diamante
    Aug 09

    Amazon Prime Photos is fantastic!

  • Liza M.
    Aug 09

    Another vote for Google photos! It is very user friendly, has remained very secure in the time I've used it (5+ years) and allows for easy sharing with family and friends using email or phone. They also have tools to make photo books, videos, albums and other ways to organize photos.

  • Emily
    Aug 09

    I’m in the same boat. Tagging along to hear recommendations.

  • annag
    Aug 10

    What about Flickr? Does anybody else still use it, besides me? I actually got Dropbox specifically to free up space on my phone, mostly from my many photos, and I don't even have a kid yet (and certainly didn't, back then). I had been using Flickr on my laptop for years, to back up my Here are some cloud-storage options that have auto-uploaders for photos: Flickr, Dropbox, Google Photos, iCloud (if you have Apple products). You mention security. If you're concerned about your kid's privacy, but still want cloud storage, there are options for that, too. I like SpiderOak, which has end-to-end encryption, but there are others cloud-storage services, too. Of course, these tend to be less convenient, as a trade-off for their increased security. With any cloud-storage service, remember to treat it as a temporary backup, not as your primary copy. There was an article, a few years back, that compared renting online "cloud" storage (basically, paying someone to keep a copy of your information on their internet-connected hard drive) to renting a storage locker. Especially if you're storing your data online "for free", then please read the "fine print" (terms of service, etc.), as your data may either be changed (or removed) on little-to-no notice or be found useful-or-valuable to those in charge of where it's stored, at which point your options might be limited. Consider it like leaving your lunch in the office fridge: it may get tossed or bartered during a regular cleaning, if and when those happen. The difference with data is, it can very easily be copied and modified. Your cute toddler might be fine with becoming Internet-famous right now, but you might not want their memeified baby pictures to still be bouncing around years later.

  • Anonymous
    Aug 10

    I know someone who uses Lifecake

  • Jess
    Aug 10

    We use Amazon Photos. If you have a prime account, they have unlimited photo storage. I like it as my photos on my phone automatically upload. Also logged my husband into same account on his phone so his do too.

  • Ivy
    Aug 10

    We use a hard drive and also google photos. Another thing I do occasionally, is send the photos or videos to an email I made for my kiddos. I know you said you’re wary of hard drives, but I used to have those small, thin memory cards that I had dated for seasons of life— I just them in a shoe box. I liked those much better, but laptops these days, don’t have a slot for the memory cards anymore unless you use a usb type or an adapter. A usb stick (if you don’t mind it) could be good.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Aug 10

    I use amazon prime photos and then back up on a hard drive. I don’t think there are many options out there that will last a long time besides cloud storage and external hard drives.

  • Yanis
    Aug 10

    You should definitely use a cloud based storage as external hdd are known to fail over time. I use iCloud and Prime Photos

  • Jenieze
    Aug 10

    I use Backblaze in conjunction with iphoto

  • Anonymous
    Aug 11

    OneDrive allows 1 TB free if you're using Microsoft Office.

  • Kayla
    Aug 11

    I use Google photos for anything on my phone. For photos from our photographer I save them on a flash drive.

  • Angela
    Aug 15

    Tineybean lifetime

  • Kavisha
    Aug 15

    Shutterfly is also great to back them up and turn them into awesome gifts later.

  • Devon
    Aug 15

    I use both Google photos and Amazon photos. Both auto-backup from my phone and both are free. For videos, i upload to my YouTube. You can keep them private so only you can see them.

  • Caroline
    Aug 15

    We use a free app called Cluster. You can invite family and friends, people can “like” and comment on photos, and it’s way more private than FB or other social media. People can download the full photos ( the grandmas love this) and they have a photobook integration—you can select pics, write captions, and order the photo books, and they look great! We use it to create albums even for trips and events.

  • Sara
    Friday

    We back up our computer to external hard drives, and upload our favorite things to SmugMug, a photo site that prof photographers use. You have to pay an annual fee, but I really like the quality of prints from them (have had poor quality from other online photo places in the past). I also print an annual photo book each Christmas- one for us and ones for grandparents. I’m worried about only storing in digital because who knows what will be accessible when my kid is grown, so I try to do occasional print orders and stick them in a book- I love that I have hard copy snapshots from childhood, so I want my kid to have the same! So- lots of methods and extra work, ah, developing film prints back in the day used to be so much simpler!

  • Sara
    Friday

    I’m curious about ideas for preserving videos- with iPhones, we end up taking tons of short videos of cute moments. What how do you compile and store those?