I came across a really unique organization: Operation Photo Rescue (OPR). They are a team of photo restorers who travel to disaster areas to capture photos that have been damaged then upload them to volunteers all over the world who will restore and send the new photo back to the original owner.
“I had no idea how profound that impact could be until I participated in my first of several copy runs,” says Pat. “I personally copied the photos brought in by a mother who told me they were the only photos she had of her son who died at the age of 14. We met families clutching photos that they felt sure were a lost cause, only to be moved to tears after hearing us tell them, ‘No problem, we can fix that.’” (Pat, an OPR Volunteer)
It is quite amazing that they can restore memories when everything else is lost for these victims of flooding or storms. They have an online volunteer application for those interested in getting involved and helping those in need: http://www.operationphotorescue.org/volunteer/
“Insurance doesn’t restore memories…but we do.” -OPR
Back it up! October 13 2016, 0 Comments
Loosing files is a heartbreaking experience; I know, I’ve been there. That is why I am very diligent about backing up all of my files and you should be too. Don’t have a system yet? Here are some options:
Why? It is so easy to copy and paste folders full of your files to the drive and be done. You can even tell Apple’s Time Machine to copy everything for you and it will copy and maintain all of your files so it is the same as your main computer drive.
Why not? Initially hard drives are a big investment, and it is worth it to buy a reputable brand even if it costs a little bit more. Even with good brands, the drive will die over time and not knowing when is a ticking time bomb for your files unless you have them in an additional location. If you have multiple hard drives, it is a good idea to keep them in different locations in case of a fire or flood.
Why? You can set up a cloud anytime and they will store your files for you. Many Cloud sites have a fee over a certain data amount but they are typically very cheap. You just upload your photos, or you can set it to automatically update when you are connected to Wi-Fi.
Why not? Security is an issue with clouds because you never really know where your files are going and who has access to them. Having a good Internet connection is important; otherwise it’ll take forever.
Why? DVD’s are a very solid and reliable way of backing up files because it is a set it and forget it method. As long as you are using archival disks and safe holders, they should last.
Why not? Disks don’t come very large which means that burning all of your files onto disk can take a lot of time and organization. Also, computers don’t come with CD/DVD slots in them anymore; who would’ve thought! So if you have a newer computer, you’ll also need to buy a disk reader.
Here at Lumiere Photo, we back everything up onto a hard drive and also onto DVDs. We have books and books or client files on DVDs labeled in chronological order. It would also be a good idea for us to get another hard drive to keep in an off-site location in case of any disaster.
Personally, I use 3 hard drives. I use one as my working drive / immediate backup, and the other two are strictly for backup. Loosing files is super scary to me so I update them once a month and keep one of my files at my parents house to keep everything safe. I always use Time Machine because it is automatic and keeps track of what is already copied over to the drive.
How do you back up your files? We’d love to hear! Send us a message on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/100lumierephoto/