Digital photo storage options
It was called Photobank. The business model was simple: Users would pay for the service according to how many photos they saved. I was so compelled by the idea that I put a concept pitch together and sent it to some friends.
The feedback on the idea was positive. That led me to the conclusion that if anyone was going to solve this problem, it had to be Apple, Google or Dropbox. Too much upfront load. Users need to understand value from a service in order to pay for it. This is a huge load for the service for each user and would be really hard to scale.
There were already enough players in the space and I wanted to see how things shook out over the next few months before diving into the idea. I wanted to focus on collaboration. Personally, the most compelling part of Photobank was the collaboration aspect. Instead, I co-founded Cluster to focus purely on aspects of photo collaboration and left solving the storage problem behind.
This has me hopeful that they might be closer to building something actually worth paying for. Knowing that Apple is moving in the right direction, I wanted to put together a brief wish list for the iCloud Photo Library.
If they set it up this way, photos would no longer clog up my hard drive, always be safely backed up, and completely accessible whenever I wanted. A dream come true. People have tried to solve this problem Over the past four years, a bunch of startups have tried to solve part of this problem.
In my opinion, no one has done it right. A mistake in editing can overwrite the original photo your negative with a new file, making the old one impossible to recover. If not properly archived, a disaster such as fire or flood can also wipe out your entire digital photo collection. The following information will help prevent such disasters. To properly store digital photos requires the development of a workflow, a standard process of taking, storing, editing and archiving your digital photos.
A workflow is generally a personal method reflecting how you like to organize data. In A Nutshell There are lots of words below detailing how to properly take care of your digital photos - but it all boils down to three simple rules: These are the original photos from your camera, in old school terms, these are your "negatives".
Never overwrite these - if you're editing, always edit a copy, never the originals. Initially, when you copy photos you've just taken from your camera to your computer, the two sets are the photos on the camera's memory card and the copied set on your computer. Before you erase the photos on your memory card, ensure that that the Rule of Two is maintained, make a backup of the set on your computer to another HD, memory stick, offsite storage, a DVD, etc.
So, when you erase your camera's memory card, there are still two separate sets of your digital photos. RULE OF THREE - The Rule of Two is for immediately working with your photos, the Rule of Three states that at some point, you must have a backup of your photos located off-site away from a catastrophic disaster such as fire or flood - which would wipe out all the backups in your house.
So, the Rule of Three adds a third, archival set, stored off-site.