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#1 MelissainSC

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 04:56 AM

Good morning. I have a friend who recently became a dad to twin boys. As you can imagine, he now has hundreds of photos on his phone but I do not believe he has any routine for backing those photos up. I want to help him do that and would like to know more about various methods for doing this.

 

I personally use Dropbox to upload photos and then copy them to my computer which I then back up to a couple of locations using Crashplan. It works well for me.

 

I'd love to hear what others do and if there are any pitfalls to watch for.

 

 


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 07:00 AM

I use an app called CameraSync to upload my photos to Flickr (they do Dropbox and other places too). I also plug my phone in to my PC every so often and download the photos that way. Plus I have Crashplan too. Guess I'm paranoid about not losing my photos! :D
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Posted 30 June 2014 - 07:18 AM

I just plug my iPhone into my computer and import all my photos into Lightroom. I keep them cataloged just like my camera photos.

I store them all on an external hard drive. 


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 08:12 AM

I'm going to look into CameraSync. That sounds promising. 


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 08:29 AM

I just plug my iPhone into my computer and import all my photos into Lightroom. I keep them cataloged just like my camera photos.

I store them all on an external hard drive. 

 

This is what I do.  I created an Import Preset in Lightroom for importing my iPhone photos, so it's simply a matter of plugging my phone into my computer (every Friday), hitting the Import button in Lightroom, and letting the Preset organize my photos on my hard drive.  It's so fast and easy.


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 08:55 AM

For my phone pictures i use the amazon cloud until i copy them to LR.



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Posted 30 June 2014 - 09:03 AM

I sync my phone to Dropbox, that way I can access my photos from other devices or my PC.

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 12:33 PM

Yeah, Dropbox, then import to photo manager which keeps the library on an external HD. Backup is a RAID array + an extra HD taken to a separate physical location regularly.


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 06:11 PM

Am I the only person who uses iCloud Photostream? I generally hate Apple's software, but this is one thing that does make my life simple. I then just import photos from my Photostream on my HD into Lightroom.


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 07:09 PM

Am I the only person who uses iCloud Photostream? I generally hate Apple's software, but this is one thing that does make my life simple. I then just import photos from my Photostream on my HD into Lightroom.

 

I stopped using Photostream when I realized that videos weren't being photostreamed to my computer.  Plus, importing directly into Lightroom ensures me I don't re-import duplicates by accident.


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 07:24 PM

I'm on a Google Android phone so I really miss the Apple Photostream feature!

 

But Android has a nice option to automatically upload photos to my Google Plus+ account. That said, I also periodically transfer the photos from my phone to my computer. I've ben using Aperture, but that's now changing to Lightroom.

 

I love it when the photos go from the phone to the cloud automatically. I feel like phones are pretty fragile, so I'm paranoid about losing photos on them.

 

I've dropped my phones in the past (once into a toilet).

 

Phones are kind of a vulnerable place to keep valuable photos, I think. :)


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 08:17 PM

I'm on a Google Android phone so I really miss the Apple Photostream feature!

 

Are you missing your iPhone, Izzy? Or have you gone over to the Dark Side for good?  :D


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 08:20 PM

Are you missing your iPhone, Izzy? Or have you gone over to the Dark Side for good?  :D

 

I'll probably go back to iPhone in October(ish) when they release a new one. I like Android (lots of good stuff), but my personal preference is the iPhone -- especially since everyone else in the family uses iPhones. Much easier for compatibility.

 

I'm glad I tried Android though.


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 08:25 PM

We have platform wars in my family. My son and I are total Apple geeks - we have Mac computers, iPhones, iPod classics, and iPhones. My husband and daughter are both PC snobs - Samsung Galaxy phones & tablets and PCs. It makes for some interesting discussions! LOL


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 06:20 AM

Am I the only person who uses iCloud Photostream? I generally hate Apple's software, but this is one thing that does make my life simple. I then just import photos from my Photostream on my HD into Lightroom.

I use iCloud Photostream and my stream is automatically imported to iPhoto. I've been looking into Lightroom but I will admit that it intimidates me. 



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:14 PM

Great comments. Thanks so much. My friend doesn't use Lightroom (that I know of). If he has a mac with iPhoto, the icloud option would probably be really good as it is very simple.

 

I'm also going to look at apps for printing straight from the iPhone. Anybody familiar with such? He's not an instagrammer either so apps that use the instagram feed are not ideal.



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 04:03 PM

I'll probably go back to iPhone in October(ish) when they release a new one. I like Android (lots of good stuff), but my personal preference is the iPhone -- especially since everyone else in the family uses iPhones. Much easier for compatibility.

 

I'm glad I tried Android though.

I'm on an iPhone, but have the Google+ app on it and the same thing happens.  It's a very helpful way for me to get hubby's phone photos, as he then just has to share those photos with me on Google+ and I can access them anywhere!


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 08:46 PM

I'm on Android as well (hi Izzy!) and set up an *awesome* backup system.  I actually don't like my photos going to Google+ because I never share them as-is and don't want them mixed up with a social network.

 

Microsoft's OneDrive gives you free storage if you set up your photos to sync there, and just like Dropbox, it syncs to your PC automagically.  They have an Android app, an iPhone app, AND a Windows Phone app (of course).

 

So I set mine up to sync to my OneDrive, then I set up a "watch folder" in Lightroom to automatically pull them from OneDrive, so things end up on my photo server and in Lightroom automatically.  It is SO easy and amazing, and I don't need any cables.  I may write this up as a blog post soon, if there's any interest.

 

If you want to try OneDrive, and use my referral link, we'll both get 0.5 GB of extra free storage.



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 09:23 PM

i use this simple method

 

http://www.simplescr...s-to-lightroom/



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Posted 25 July 2014 - 02:45 PM

I toss mine in dropbox too.  I love dropbox.







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