Travel Tips - Making sure you get to share those vacation photos
When you return from your trip, your pictures will be stored either in
your phone or on
compact memory cards, if you use a stand-alone camera. This
article is about what to do with the photos created and stored on memory
cards from stand-alone cameras.
If you followed our recommendations, you should
have several memory cards, each storing some subset of your vacation
pictures (see our article on digital cameras).
- Transfer the images from your memory cards to the hard disc on your
computer, using the technique recommended by the manufacturer of your
- Before performing any image processing, write the pictures files
from the computer's hard disc, a portable hard drive, or transfer them to a CD, DVD
or use the Cloud to create a
backup of the photos.
- Be sure that the duplicated files contain the images in their
"raw," or native transfer format so that you have an archive of the pictures
before you cropped, enhanced, or accidentally erased your original
- Your CDs, DVDs and portable hard drives may not provide long-term archival storage.
You should rewrite the files (create new disks) every four years.
Even if you store them using Cloud storage, you would be
well-advised to download some and inspect them from time to time to
make sure your provider has not accidentally corrupted your
- If you store photos on CDs, DVDs or portable hard drives, these
media are not safe from fire. Do not store
them in a fireproof safe, as the heat from a fire will melt the
- Online storage is a safer method than writing media, but may be
expensive and uploading large image files is agony on all but the
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