Backing Up, Managing and Sharing Your Photos

April 30, 2009 | Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques | 8 Comments |
Backing Up, Managing and Sharing Your Photos Image

Digital cameras have introduced us to a world of possibilities that were previously not available with shooting film. The ability to instantly see what we've captured, and to edit, share and print the images has changed how we take pictures. It has also changed how many photographs we take, where they get stored and what we do with them. We were limited to 36 images per roll of film, now an average digital camera can store hundreds if not thousands of photographs on memory cards, encouraging (even taunting) us to shoot more.

Shooting more photos means capturing more memories, always a great thing. The downside is what to do with all of them, how to manage them, keep them backed up and share with friends and family. Utilizing local, network and online storage for backing up is a great, easy idea, and allows sharing the memories without the need or pain of attaching large files to email.

Local and Online Solution

This is an amazing solution in that you get the best of both worlds. Local storage, which is easily accessible, to an entire home or office, and online storage, accessible from any location with high-speed internet access. This solution is called a network attached storage (NAS) device, an example of which is the WD My Book World Edition. This device also takes the guesswork out of backup procedures with automatic and continuous backup software.

Utilizing the included MioNet software, you can also access your NAS from anywhere that has an Internet connection. This is a big advantage over external hard drives directly attached to your computer and the reason that we advocate using a NAS. As a photographer taking pictures anytime, anyplace, wouldn't it be nice to be able to upload all the day's shots to the NAS device in your home or office? You can rest assured all is safe, and if you have a staff, they can begin working with photos while you are on to the next shoot.

Being cross platform and supported by both Windows and Mac means you can painlessly share and access all the photos and data you have on your home network, or anywhere in the world.

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#1 Edward Janes

I’m looking into Amazon S3 as a backup solution for my images. It is not a sharing site but is totally secured and pretty reasonable at around 10p per GB per month.

1:12 pm - Thursday, April 30, 2009

#2 Dean

What about Picasa? Amazing management and simple editing software with very easy to use uploading to their online albums. Then the S3/Jungledisk combination of affordable and secure off-site backup & storage? Photoshop.com offers an online editor and storage space/albums area.
The most complicated aspect for me is keeping laptop/NAS and offline site (Jungledisk) synchronised.

4:13 pm - Thursday, April 30, 2009

#3 Kin

what about Nokia OVI.. unlimited upload with original image size as well… does it work??

5:02 pm - Saturday, May 2, 2009

#4 Television Spy

flickr, mozy or tinypic

10:47 am - Tuesday, May 5, 2009

#5 Barry T

I entirely agree that secure and accessible backups are essential.

Unfortunately, unlike its other products, the WD MyBook World edition is not the tool.

Slow data transfer speeds from pc or net, erratic connections with the Mionet software and complicated procedures just to access the unit as a network drive.

I got so fed up with waiting for mine to do the job I eventually took the hard drive out of the unit and installed it in my PC as a backup store.

I would like to know if anybody has used the MyBook studio with two 1tb drives and cloned backups on each? That is local network drive and sounds much more useful for the job.

Cheers,

Barry

6:25 pm - Tuesday, May 5, 2009

#6 Richard Dameron

I prefer the combination of a NAS + an off-site solution. The NAS for fast recovery and the off-site solution for peace of mind.

5:23 pm - Wednesday, May 6, 2009

#7 Steve

In response to Barry T’s post:

I work for WD and want to express our concern about the problems you had with the My Book World Edition. It sounds like you may have experienced an earlier verion of My Book World Edition; the newly available product is much faster and easier to set up.

I hope we can better suit your needs in the future.

Steve

2:12 am - Saturday, May 9, 2009

#8 Barryt

Thanks for you comments Steve - you sound much more helpful than the WD Customer Service department.

The difficulty with large storage volumes which may be faulty or have bugs with switches, indicator lights, software etc is that WD asks for them to be returned for inspection and replacement.

What then happens to the huge amount of data that you have already transferred to the drive and for which you bought it for in the first place?

The data normally exceeds your other storage capacity - hence the need for the drive - and cannot be taken off the suspect drive for it to be returned.

WD doesn’t provide a temporary alternative storage volume so basically you have to live with whatever the problem is.

The hard drives in these units are excellent, always have been, but the units themselves sometimes leave a lot to be desired.

Returns policy needs to be looked at to provide customers somewhere to put their data when a unit has to go back.

Cheers,

Barry

10:22 am - Saturday, May 9, 2009