Photos are important – people run back into burning homes for them
Someday youre going to want the photo you took today…
… it may not be today Tomorrow you might want to send one to your Mother In 2025 you may want it for her Sweet Sixteen party In 2030 it could be part of the slide show for her wedding In 2086 youll need it to put together the 80 th Birthday presentation
… will you be able to find it? Maybe it never made it off the memory card Maybe your computers hard drive will crash Maybe youll replace your computer and not copy what really matters Even if its still in existence, will you remember that it was file IMG_0483.jpg in folder C:/mypictures/2008July?
Whats safest for the long term? Memory cards – NO! Hard drive only– NO! Online only– NO! Hard drive plus CD or DVD - BETTER Hard drive, CD & removable hard drive Hard drive, online, CD, removable drive PRINTS – theyve stood test of time
CDs and DVDs are fairly stable – until the next format change
Less than forever Buy good CDs and store them safely Be careful how you label them Store a second copy off premises When they develop something better, copy everything over Dont worry too much… How long will my CDs last?
Myth – my digital pictures will last for centuries Or until they fade away
The BIG memory card is not your friend Youre going to keep on shooting til you fill it up Anything more than 640 mb wont fit on a CD, so youll copy it to your computer – if you copy it at all! Anything more than 4.7 GB wont fit on a DVD, so youll copy it to your computer – if you copy it at all!
Myth #3 – bigger is better when it comes to memory cards Yes, but …
Your memory card holds as much as a shoebox full of photos!