Backing Up, Managing and Sharing Your Photos

April 30, 2009 | Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques | Comment |

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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