Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tips: Backing up your iPhone Photos

Everyone says the best camera is the one you have with you. And, that camera is usually a phone. But, even though your go to camera is a phone, you still need to regularly back up your photos.
 

The Now: Sunset from Daly City #nofilter

You do have a back up plan; don't you?
 

Apple makes it easy for us to become complacent. How? Syncing our photos across devices: our iPhone, our iPad, our MacBook Pro. With services like MobileMe and now iCloud, it's easy to assume those photos live in the cloud and are backed up by others. Wrong assumption. At least, in my case. For some photos, I have thumbnails in iPhoto, but, no image file. For others, nothing. Our mini-moon in Calistoga; gone. A super secret wedding in PDX at Voodoo Donuts; gone. All discovered MIA when I went searching yesterday for a photo of a cup of hot cocoa. (I *really* need Adobe Lightroom, but I'll save that discussion for another post.)
 

You'd think after experiencing a hard drive failure and near miss loss of all my photos that I'd be backing up iPhone photos regularly. Nope. I don't have a good strategy for backing up my iPhone photos. Hopefully, I won't lose any more photos. Yes, I know hope is not a strategy.
 

Do you know of any software that stores an original copy of iPhone photos and videos outside of iPhoto?
 

Until I find a software solution that will help automate and simplify the back up (the only processes that get implemented are those that are super simple and take next to no time--I'm sure I read a statistic somewhere), I've set a recurring Google Calendar entry to remind me weekly to export my images from iPhoto.
 

Backing Up Instagram Photos

If you use Instagram to take your photos, there's a pretty easy way to back up those images and videos, Instaport. It saves all of your images and videos, just none of the captions.
 

  1. Sign in to instaport.me with your Instagram account.
  2. Choose your export options. Remember to check Include videos as well.
  3. Download your Instagram photos and videos.

How do you make sure you don't lose any Camera Phone photos or videos?
 
genuinely eden

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2 comments:

MicheleT said...

Hi Eden, I regularly put all my iPhone photos on to my Mac, just by importing them into Aperture when I am syncing my phone, which I do every week. I also have my mac continually backing up onto an external hard drive.

Now cataloging photos so I can find them is a whole 'nother issue...any tips?

Nice to meet you on BYW.
Michele

Eden Hensley said...

Thanks for the tip Michele. I'm going to try that. For cataloging photos, I don't have a good solution. In a recent Alt Summit class, Using Photography to Build Your Blog, Jason Hackworth recommended using Adobe Lightroom. I'm going to look into that.

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