Once you scan your photos, you have two other problems to solve: What to do with the photos after they’re scanned, and how to keep your digital files safe and secure. In this video, I’m going to continue my interview with David Delgado, a longtime student of mine, and we’re going to tackle those very topics.
What To Do With Photos After They’re Scanned
David: The hardest thing to do once I got all these scanned was, “What am I going to do with these pictures?”
Linda: Yes! I was going to ask you because people have different ideas on what to do with them. What did you do?
David: Well, I’m not sure you want to hear! No, actually, the pictures that my grandparents took on both sides I gave to my brother. I said, “Here you keep them and do whatever you want with them. I’ve got them all scanned.”
Linda: Did you keep any of those, like one or two special ones?
David: No, I gave him everything from the grandparents. But then I had to decide what to do with all these other pictures that I took. I held onto them for weeks, but I knew I had to get rid of them. So got rid of them. I dumped them in the garbage! I even stared at them. Oh my gosh! But they were scanned, and I had them duplicated on thumb drives to give to my kids, so we were cool. That was a hard thing to do, but it’s like having a garage sale. Once you get rid of it, you don’t think about it. It’s gone.
As you can see, what to do with photos after scanning is a tough issue and there’s more than one way to deal with it. I’ve already created a video on this very topic where I talk about multiple options. So if you’re interested in that, you can view it on YouTube here.
How To Safeguard Your Scanned Photos
Linda: Now let’s address the next big question. How do you safeguard your photos after they’re scanned? David Delgado used to be an IT manager and it was part of his job to make sure information was backed up daily. So he’s a good one to ask. Here’s what he said.
David: I came from an IT background and backing up is probably the most valuable thing you can do for all your stuff. So it’s ingrained in me to do that.
Linda: Talk to me about your backup system. What are you using?
David: I’ve got two external hard drives that are two terabytes each and I use them to do a daily backup of my computer. If I do a lot of changes I’ll do a backup, but it runs automatically. I keep a third version of all my photos there, plus some other stuff that I have on my desktop. I’ve also got two sets of thumb drives—one for all my pictures and videos and one for my kids. So I’ve got multiple backups.
Linda: Good for you! Redundancy is the word, right? You’ve got to have them in more than one place. I also back up the photo books I’ve made. You can turn all the pages into a PDF, or you can just save the pages as JPEGs. I like to do both so I have an album and also the JPEGs in case I ever wanted to create the book again if the book was in a fire or something like that. So there are different ways you can make sure those things don’t get lost.
David: Definitely. Yes.
Linda: So there you have it from a former IT manager. Back up your photos in two or preferably three locations. In my next post we’ll continue the interview with David Delgado and find out the unexpected aha moment David had after scanning thousands of photos for friends and how that idea changed his view of his own family photos.
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