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Storing photos. What do you do?

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feralunderclass · 10/06/2023 18:25

Photos are REALLY important to me, for whatever reason I don't remember much of my childhood and my DPs didn't take many photos which doesn't help. It's very important to me that my dc can look back on pictures/images.
I used to get photos developed and put them in an album, but over the years the quality has faded or they've ripped. I then moved onto photo books, but the photo resolution is really bad at times. Not to mention these all take up space.
I have a fb account that has only a few very close family members on and I upload a lot of photos there. Is it likely that this will be around in 20/30 years? I thought perhaps to start a private WordPress blog just for safely keeping photos.
Any other ideas?

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AmberTart · 10/06/2023 20:03

Mine are all backed up to Google Photos, I had to pay for extra storage as I have thousands and thousands but it's worth it for peace of mind that if I ever lose my phone they'll still be accessible.

CarryOnThen · 10/06/2023 20:45

I use Google photos too. You can get it to recognise people and even animals in photos, so it'll throw up little collections of the same person or pet which is quite nice. And it does throwback things like Facebook memories. Plus you can do your own folders of course. I keep meaning to start trying to organise mine and delete the rubbish ones but I never do.

Keitharingsbitch · 10/06/2023 21:15

I use Google photos at high/original quality. I've got 15 plus years of photos on there.

Fakeairpodsfakeoodie · 10/06/2023 21:24

Google photos, and set up some albums to share with specific people so they don't see every photo you take.

Hopingforagreatescape · 10/06/2023 21:29

Yes, Google photos, and also back up to a hard drive once a year, then delete off my phone's memory card. That way my children can find the photos if my Google account is ever lost or not paid for after my death....

feralunderclass · 10/06/2023 21:54

How does Google photos work? Do you just need a Google account? Also how much does it cost?

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tommika · 10/06/2023 22:09

feralunderclass · 10/06/2023 21:54

How does Google photos work? Do you just need a Google account? Also how much does it cost?

A free Google account has 15gb of storage, subscription accounts begin at £1.59per month with 100gb

I store my photos as follows:

1)iPhone synchronising to my Apple account, with 2tb on a subscription of £6.99
This covers me for my phone photography and gives me a dated and geotagged history of photos
My phone photos also get put to hard drive once in a while

2) DSLR Camera photos, on USB hard drives and also sometimes to online hosting

I was doing event photography which would be published on Facebook (which removes file tagging including my invisible copy worth watermarks getting removed by Facebook - that’s part of the de-personalisation and I would overly visible watermarks ) for those copies sold I would give access to full high resolution and with visible watermarks removed
Master copies all archived to hard drives

Online hosting has its time limits.
For example my Photobucket account (which I had downloaded and emptied some time ago) has come to an end this week

Facebook has an option to download your entire content, which is good for archiving a copy to a drive etc but will be enormous

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feralunderclass · 10/06/2023 22:12

@tommika approx how many photos is 15gb? Also I assume these photos are private?

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Simonjt · 10/06/2023 22:14

I don’t have any photos of myself as a child, so every year I make a photo book with the highlights of each month so if our children are interested when they’re older they have them. But I also organised my photos into digital albums as well via apple.

MyMachineAndMe · 10/06/2023 22:19

I have of l physical copies of them in a flippy album and I haven't noticed any decline in quality. I also store the digital versions in a harddrive, on the computer and on the cloud .

Aimzxo · 10/06/2023 22:22

I order photo boxes off amazon, one box has about 18 smaller boxes in, buy labels for the month and year, stick one month on each smaller box and organise my photos by what photo was taken in what month, if that makes sense lol xx

wildfirewonder · 10/06/2023 22:22

I have never noticed any decline in quality of photos, this seems unusual as old photos are stable, I have just reviewed some from the 1950s at a relatives.

I have printed copies of the most important ones and electronic backups.

xyz111 · 10/06/2023 22:23

My dad has a whole chest of drawers of photo albums right from when I was born. It's been nice showing my 5year old photos of when mummy was his age. None have faded at all. Maybe photo quality is different now?

Catspyjamasfit · 10/06/2023 22:26

I don’t like the idea of them being stored on the Cloud or Google photos. They then become the property of some faceless system. I don’t know how to ge them printed. I have loads on my laptop and try to remember to back them up. I would like physical copies though. Just don’t know how to get them anymore.

adularia · 10/06/2023 22:29

I still print photos and put them in photo albums every year - I haven’t noticed any decline in quality at all over the years, and my DC look at them regularly. I also back photos up to an external hard drive.

tommika · 10/06/2023 22:45

feralunderclass · 10/06/2023 22:12

@tommika approx how many photos is 15gb? Also I assume these photos are private?

They are private to your account, but you can also make galleries / folders public or sharable to individuals

For file size of a photo it’s the same as asking how long is a piece of string.

A scan through my iPhone has recent photos generally around 1.5mb to 2.5mb - depending on the image and how well file compression works with that image

and the manual for my Nikon shows the highest quality RAW images at almost 13.5mb and the compressed JPEG equivalent at nearly 6mb
(I would file both away so that’s in the region of 20mb per image)

Just under 770 high quality DSLR image
sets, more than 2550 of the 6mb jpegs or over 6000 iPhone 2.5mb images

It will depend on what image types and dimensions you have
If you open them on a computer or phone you should be able to get file information (or file sizes in a list) to get an idea of the size of your photos

Note that a GB is 1024mb, so 15gb is 1024x15= 15360mb , unless someone describes the space using 1000s to convert instead of 1024 in which case 15gb would be 15000mb
(1024 is as a result of how binary figures add up and is the classic conversion point)

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