Lots of different ways to store your digital photos
I have lots of photo albums with prints that are organized consecutively and grouped together according to years or occasions that I enjoy looking at and reminiscing memories at the same time. I watch my Digital photos at my laptop or other computer by slide shows or look at them at the camera’s viewer/LCD screen. Digital photos are great but if you don’t keep some back up copies stored in separate files, you can easily lose those photos if they get deleted or wiped out accidentally on your MC/SDHC memory cards or computer pictures file. Sometimes they are stored on external 2.5 or 3.5 inch HDD or on CD or DVD blank medias where you can store photos permanently. Either way you should always have a back up of your memorable photos so that you won’t lose them even if there are ways to recover deleted photos on memory cards or HDD. Why go through all that trouble? When there’s always better ways to deal with these things. As they often say, “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” And how true that is.
There are lots of online photo and image hosting services like Flickr, Photobucket & others that you can sign up for free, then upgrade later on for a fee and use to store and edit your digital photos. Sometimes I don’t even bother deleting the photos from the memory card; that way I can always backtrack and find out which camera I used to take those photos (DSLR or Point & Shoot Cameras), although you can also tell which camera was used by the quality of the digital photos taken. There are lots of ways to store your digital photos and it’s up to you to choose which one suits your needs best.
The external 2.5 or 3.5 inch HDD (Hard Disk Drive) is great where you can keep all your digital photos as long as it keeps working and other storage options are available so it really just depend on your choice. Sometimes we never even think what can happen to our precious photos until that dreaded moment happens and suddenly they are out of reach and gone for good. Then we feel so sorry that we never thought of getting back up copies on storage in some safe place. So my advice is this; always make sure you got back up copies of your digital photos that you can rely on for the future, just in case something happens that you never expected would until it zaps your digital memories forever.
There was a time when I dropped my old digital camera at the sandy beach and was almost washed away by the waves but I managed to retrieve it and wiped it dry later on. The memory card got soaking wet but after drying off the whole camera including the SD/MC and the battery, to my surprise the digital camera still worked even if it was not waterproof, lucky I guess. So every time I get a new point and shoot digital camera I always make sure that it has a camera strap (a looped band by which an item may be held) attached to it so that even if you accidentally released your camera, you still got it strapped on your hand, safe and sound. DSLR cameras need a neck strap mainly because they are bulky and heavy to carry around. Sometimes I use a small hand grip strap for convenience but I still prefer the neck strap for safety reasons.
You learn all these things by experience or through trial and error methods. Lessons learned by errors are sometimes costly, like forgetting to put back that UV filter on your lens and it gets splashed by water accidentally. Then your expensive lens have to be cleaned properly and if you don’t have any idea how to do it, then let a professional photographer or camera store do it for you. If you try to attempt and clean it improperly, you can damage an expensive lens gadget.
Taking photographs have always been my favorite hobby ever since I learned how to use an SLR Camera and a DSLR Camera. Point and shoot cameras are good alternatives, but they are not much fun if you are a serious photography buff.