Never Lose a Memory: Tips for Photography Organization

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Never Lose a Memory: Tips for Photography Organization

Whether you’re a hobbyist, professional photographer, or just a person with a smartphone, you likely have a lot of pictures that are important to you. Why not invest in the proper photography organization to preserve those moments and memories?

Backing Up Physical Photos

Although we live in a world of digital media, many people still have old printed photos from the days of disposable cameras. Although these are great when properly organized into a nice photography scrapbook, complete with the old-school protective sheets, we still encourage going through and digitizing those tangible photos onto an online platform.

Backing Up Digital Files

After you’ve digitized your photography, it’s now equally important that you establish a fool-proof photography organization system to ensure you never lose a photo. This includes backing up your files to “the cloud,” and ensuring your photos are easily accessible. More info on this aspect shortly.

Physical Hard Drives

Although cloud storage has exponentially improved over the last five years, we still recommend having two physical external hard drives in addition to your cloud backup.

Every few weeks or months, go back and upload your newest photos to these hard drives. There is an old saying that if you only have one backup drive, then you have no backup drive; this is why we recommend getting two so that you have duplicate copies of your files in case one of the hard drives fails.

Cloud Storage

The ways in which you can store photos online are numerous. Although you can select from just one of these platforms to host your media, we recommend you consider two in tandem. We’ve heard horror stories about clients losing important photos, so think critically about these platforms and decide what works best for you.


Most common among Mac users, the Apple cloud, or iCloud, syncs with Apple technology to easily integrate smartphones and laptops. When set up correctly, the iCloud can backup photos in real time as you’re taking them on your iPhone.

Internal Computer Software

Most laptops come with internal software allowing you to offload your media from your smartphone or SD card. We recommend using these products, as they are often built to easily integrate with physical hard drives. These programs also offer exceptional photography organization methods, such as creating folders and renaming files. Many people use them alongside external hard drives to create physical backups.

Dropbox and Other Cloud-Based Storage

If you anticipate a scenario in which you might be sharing many photographs, consider programs like Dropbox and Hightail. These allow you to both organize and share large folders containing thousands of images. They can also serve as another measure in protecting your precious media. In the event both your hard drives and laptop all fail, an online program will allow you to access and re-download your photographs with no stress or panic.

Take the First Step

Duggal might be known for its large-scale and high-end services, but we also take the essence of photography to heart. Duggal Memory Bank is a new photo service that makes it easier than ever to digitize, preserve, share and organize your printed family keepsakes. Let us turn your photo moments into digital files that will stand the test of time. Click here to learn more.