How to Protect Your Family Photos From Natural Disasters

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Nothing is worse than watching a victim of the latest disaster digging through the timbers of her home looking for the things she loves most: favorite photos.

The worst part is this type of loss is so easy to prevent! Why are we so good at backing up our smartphone pictures – including the one of yesterday’s lunch – five different ways? But the photos we love most are hanging on the wall unprotected!
  • Before hurricane, tornado, wildfire or volcano season catches you unprepared, grab your photos off the walls and scan them at home or at your local copy shop.
  • Back up the scans to several different locations in and out of your home, including your PC, digital cameras, portable hard drive, safe deposit box and the cloud. That way if anything ever happens, all you have to do is reprint your favorites and hang them up on your new wall.
Want more tips to keep your family safe?
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And while you’re at it, be sure to check out other tips on one of my favorite content sites 30Seconds.com.

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I don’t know about you, but the most important keepsakes in our house are our old family photos, followed closely by our home movies and music. But grabbing piles of photo albums and all your picture frames off the walls is pretty hard to do when you’re running out the door! With Back It Up, you’ll learn quick, easy steps to back up your print/digital photos, home movies, music (including vinyl & cassettes) and save them in multiple, disaster proof locations. Paperback Or Instant Download

 

Keep Everything You Love Safe | The Book Inspired By The Blog

Keep Everything You Love Safe, is filled with quick, easy, 5 minute steps you can take right now, to get everything that’s important to you organized, safe, sound and accessible. Each section covers a different area, from backing up and fixing family photos, home movies and music, to vital documents, medical and financial information and even getting your digital life in order. Paperback Or Instant Download

 

Keep The Stuff You Love Safe

How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages
How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
How To Archive Your Digital Photos
How To Archive Your Print Photos
How To Make A Home Inventory
How To Get Your Financial Life In Order
How To Preserve Your Family History
How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends List
Turn Your Smartphone Into A Mobile Command Center
How To Backup Your Music, MP3s And Vinyl Albums
How To Access Your Money No Matter Where You Are

 

How To Keep Your Holiday Photos Safe

Updated 3/7/21

How To Keep Your Holiday Photos Safe

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Do you remember that commercial with all of the pictures standing inside some guy’s camera, all squished together like they were riding on a subway car at rush hour?  They’d all jockey for position hoping that they wouldn’t be the picture that would get deleted to make room for whatever the camera owner wanted to take a picture of next.  It was hysterical!  Unless you’re the picture that gets deleted.  Or the owner of the camera who has to decide which of his favorite pictures to deleted so he can take another.
So how many photos are YOU going to take this Christmas or Hanukkah?
The picture of your toddler opening up her first tricycle?
The shot of your husband nearly knocking over the TV trying to put the star on the tree?
And how many of them will still be around for you to enjoy next year?
Not so funny, is it?  
There are two things that put every picture you take, in jeopardy.  The first is not taking the time to download the pictures you’ve already taken, onto your computer for safekeeping.   The second, is not being prepared to capture that once-in-a-lifetime photo whenever it happens.
Here are two simple steps, you can take that will completely eliminate the danger of losing this year’s special memories.
1) Do not, do not, do not use anything but a regular digital or video camera to take photos during the holidays.  Don’t grab the cell phone to snap the picture of the entire family including 101 year old Grandpa Charlie around the Christmas table.  Very few cell phones have enough megapixels to grab a good enough picture for the family to keep and share.  It might be convenient, but you know as well as I do that you’re going to get a blurry or fuzzy shot instead of what you really want.  And even you do manage to snap a Mona Lisa, you’re going to forget to email it to yourself, so don’t even think about it!
2) Instead, choose your best digital camera and keep it at your side throughout the holidays.  Keep it charged, or even better keep an extra battery charged as well.  And while you’re at it, keep an extra SD card ready to swap out, just in case your Hanukkah dinner ends up being photo-intensive than you thought.  To add an additional level of safety, draft another relative to do exactly the same thing so that you’ll get full coverage of every event.  Then you can get together when the holidays are over, compare your work and send the best photos to all of your relatives on a CD.   Now that’s a holiday to remember.

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3) Don’t let the memory card on your camera get so full that you have to start deleting pictures!   In fact don’t let it get anywhere near full.   At the end of every evening make yourself take five minutes to download that day’s photos to your computer.  Make sure you already have the USB cable next to your computer before you leave for the evening so you won’t have any excuses when you get back home.  Get your kids or your husband to promise not to let you go to bed without downloading them, even if you have to leave the camera on the bed as a reminder.
4) If you’re really bad at remembering to download your photos to your computer, then watch the video above.  The secret is to let the your camera or phone do the downloading for you.  How?  Buy a wireless camera like the Canon Power Shot. Wi-Fi digital cameras automatically connect to the Wi-Fi connection in your home to upload your photos from your camera to your computer, without you having to lift a finger.  If you don’t have a wireless camera or don’t want to purchase a new one, get an Eye-Fi card.  Eye-Fi is an SD card with a built-in wireless connection that will do exactly the same thing.  We’ll get into more details about it in another blog post, but you can be in Italy sipping espresso at a sidewalk café with a Wi-Fi connection and your photos will begin appearing on your computer back home, safe and sound until you get return.
This year, don’t leave your photos to chance.  Take a moment to take these two simple steps and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying this year’s holiday photos.  While you’re putting up the ornaments next year.

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I don’t know about you, but the most important keepsakes in our house are our old family photos, followed closely by our home movies and music. But grabbing piles of photo albums and all your picture frames off the walls is pretty hard to do when you’re running out the door! With Back It Up, you’ll learn quick, easy steps to back up your print/digital photos, home movies, music (including vinyl & cassettes) and save them in multiple, disaster proof locations. Paperback Or Instant Download

Keep Everything You Love Safe | The Book Inspired By The Blog
Keep Everything You Love Safe, is filled with quick, easy, 5 minute steps you can take right now, to get everything that’s important to you organized, safe, sound and accessible. Each section covers a different area, from backing up and fixing family photos, home movies and music, to vital documents, medical and financial information and even getting your digital life in order. Paperback Or Instant Download

Keep The Stuff You Love Safe

How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages
How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
How To Archive Your Digital Photos
How To Archive Your Print Photos
How To Make A Home Inventory
How To Get Your Financial Life In Order
How To Preserve Your Family History
How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends List
Turn Your Smartphone Into A Mobile Command Center
How To Backup Your Music, MP3s And Vinyl Albums
How To Access Your Money No Matter Where You Are

 

How To Back Up Your Parent’s Print Photos

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How To Back Up Your Parent’s Printed Photos 

I don’t know about you, but the worst part about watching coverage of earthquakes — like the quakes in Ecuador and Japan — is the look on victim’s faces as they pick through the rubble of their homes, trying to find a photo of their wedding or of their children.  
In today’s world, now that we have smartphones, taking photos has become a daily event.  If one gets harmed or destroyed, we just print out another copy.  Not true though for old family photos that are hanging on the wall, or worse, stuck like glue inside a yellowed photo album.  

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And where will you find most of those old photos?  At your parent’s and grandparent’s house — where unfortunately one-of-a-kind can mean just that.  One copy and that’s it! What a horrible thing it would be for them or for you to be left without the pictures you treasure the most, especially when keeping them safe and sound is so easy.
So give this post a quick read, grab the tools you need for the job and let’s get Mom and Dad’s photos and cameras squared away once and for all!
As you know, there are two types of photos.  The first are photo prints – basically anything that is a physical photo, whether it’s in a frame, in an album or lurking in the back of a kitchen or desk drawer.  In order to archive those photos, you’ll need to scan them and get them into a digital format so that they can be put on a computer or portable hard drive.  That’s what we’ll be dealing with in this article.  The second type of photo is a digital photo – which we help you back up and archive in another post.  
One thing that makes print photos harder to archive than other keepsakes is the simple fact that we get so used to seeing our favorite photos hanging around the house, that we don’t always think to take them off the wall and scan them for safekeeping.  
So your first task is to locate all of your parent’s physical photos.  Don’t forget to look for all the albums, photos in drawers or files and those hanging in frames on the walls or sitting on the bookshelf.   Then you’ll decide which of those photos you want to archive for safekeeping.  After that, we’ll get them scanned.  
If there are a lot of photos around the house, you’ll probably need some help dealing with all of your pictures.  Why not declare one day “scanning day”.  Invite a bunch of good friends over to help, and if you have as much fun as we think you will, next time have them bring over their own photos to scan.  Do you have kids?  That’s even better – they’ll have a great time helping.

1. Grab a pencil and paper

…and go around the house jotting down all the non-digital photos or photo collections you want to secure and their current location.

2. Gather all of the photos that you located.

Although all of your photos are important, some mean more to your parents than others.
Take a few moments to look at the photo albums, prints and framed photos and separate them into two different piles.
  • In the first pile, place photos that you want to copy and save in a digital format, for safekeeping.
  • In the second pile, place photos that you:
    • Already have in digital format and could easily recopy if the one you’re holding was harmed or destroyed.
    • Have numerous other copies of the photo in other locations. Check to make sure that this is actually true, before you decide not to scan them.
    • Simply don’t care enough about to keep it disaster safe.
  • You can go ahead and put the photos in the second pile back where you found them.

3. Scan Away!

Take the photos in the first pile, scan each one and download it to your computer, placing them in a brand new folder. When you’re finished, make one copy of that complete folder.  Place the original folder in with the other digital photos on your computer.  Then place the copy of the folder into the backup folder you created earlier.
If you already have digital photos on your computer, save these scanned photos to a new folder within your photos folder.  For example, ScannedPrintPhotos, so you’ll know at a glance which photos are the ones you scanned.

4. Make Sure You Back Up ALL Your Photos To At Least Three Locations

Once you have finished scanning, copy that folder containing all of your photos — the digital ones and the ones you just scanned and save it with a different name, like Photo Archive Backup, with today’s date.   Place a copy of your backup folder in at least three different locations.  Here are a few suggestions of safe places to store them:
•On a flash drive or portable hard drive, and take them with you during evacuation on a key ring or in your plastic evacuation bin.
•On a flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box or water/fireproof safe in your own city.
•On a flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box, water/fireproof safe, or with relatives in the city where you’ll be evacuating.
•In a password-protected online file repository or on the file directory of your family’s personal web site.  This way, you can retrieve them from any Internet-enabled computer.
•You can also save an extra copy of your photos on Flickr or another internet photo service.  But this really shouldn’t be your long-term solution or only solution, since you have no control over these sites and could lose all of your data without any warning.
•If you really want to keep photos on a secure site that you can share with your family, try iMemories.com.  Not only do they have great servers with outstanding redundant backup capability, but they can even put your photos on DVD for you, providing an extra layer of safety.
If you need more help scanning your photos — or if you have delicate or color challenged photos that need a bit more attention, here are a few tips.

How To Scan Your Photos

There are several great ways to scan your photos.  Just to clarify, a scanner is different than a copy machine, because a scanner makes an exact digital copy of a photo.  It’s a world of difference from a photo copy, which is usually pretty bad.  In many cases a scan of a photo is better than the original.  And the nice thing about them is that once you scan a photo, you can save it onto your computer, share it with family and friends or use photo software to correct faded color, repair damage or otherwise restore old photographs.
Most printers available now are three or four in one printers, that scan as well as print.  You can also scan your photos with a dedicated flatbed scanner (all it does is scan).
Or you can scan your photos with a portable wand scanner, as we mentioned earlier.  Portable wand scanners, like the VuPoint Wand Scanner, have come a long way.  They run on batteries or are rechargeable and save anything you scan onto an SD card.  From there, you can download the scans/photos directly to your computer, via a USB cord, or you can pop the SD card out of the scanner and pop it into your computer to archive your scans.
The best part about having a portable wand scanner is that you can scan photos, documents, even things like marriage certificates or historical documents by swiping the scanner over it, instead of having to take all of those documents home and putting them, one at a time, through your scanner.  It’s especially good, like we said, for scanning photos at relative’s homes.  If they don’t want the photo leaving the house, just take the scanner over and scan the photos you want.   Amazingly, if you’re dealing with a fragile photo, you can even scan it right in the frame.  Or if you have delicate photos in a photo album – have you ever tried to peel photos out of an album without damaging them – you can simply open the book and sweep the scanner over the page.  Then all you have to do is open the scanned page and crop the photos apart, saving each one as a separate photo.  Photos archived, originals safeguarded!
One other scanner we wanted to mention is one that stands out among all the others in the marketplace, for color correction. It’s the Epson Perfection line of scanners, with Epson’s Easy Photo Fix software.   There are several models on Amazon.com.  Do you have any of those photos from the seventies and eighties that ended up a muddled brown-orange mess?   All you have to do is use the Auto Fix setting on the scanner and then scan your seventies photos.  The scanner corrects the color while it scans.  Truly amazing!  
If you don’t have access to a scanner, then have a relative or friend scan them for you.  Scanning is by far the cheapest and most effective way of safeguarding your important photos.  If you can’t get them scanned, go to a copy shop like Fed Ex-Kinko’s and have copies made of all your photos, using non-acid paper.  This will ensure that they will last longer and will fade less as they age.
Now that you know what you’re doing, scan all the loose prints that you want to preserve.  The higher the dpi the better the quality, so use 300 or 600 on your oldest, most treasured photos.  Then save the scans to your computer to back them up.

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Back It Up

I don’t know about you, but the most important keepsakes in our house are our old family photos, followed closely by our home movies and music. But grabbing piles of photo albums and all your picture frames off the walls is pretty hard to do when you’re running out the door! With Back It Up, you’ll learn quick, easy steps to back up your print/digital photos, home movies, music (including vinyl & cassettes) and save them in multiple, disaster proof locations. Paperback Or Instant Download

Keep Everything You Love Safe | The Book Inspired By The Blog
Keep Everything You Love Safe, is filled with quick, easy, 5 minute steps you can take right now, to get everything that’s important to you organized, safe, sound and accessible. Each section covers a different area, from backing up and fixing family photos, home movies and music, to vital documents, medical and financial information and even getting your digital life in order. Paperback Or Instant Download

Keep The Stuff You Love Safe

How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages
How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
How To Archive Your Digital Photos
How To Archive Your Print Photos
How To Make A Home Inventory
How To Get Your Financial Life In Order
How To Preserve Your Family History
How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends List
Turn Your Smartphone Into A Mobile Command Center
How To Backup Your Music, MP3s And Vinyl Albums
How To Access Your Money No Matter Where You Are

How To Back Up Your #Facebook Friends List

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Quick. Name all the people that you’re friends with on Facebook.

You’ve got two minutes…

Time’s up. 
Well could you do it?  No?  Oh no!   Because all of that work you put into making your Facebook page the masterpiece that it is, can be gone in an instant.  Not just yours, but anyone’s.  That’s because Facebook is a web site with millions of users and billions of entries.  As hard as they try to maintain it and keep all of your uploads and pictures and information safe, all of it is just one electronic hiccup or hacked account away from disappearing.   In an instant.
But the GOOD news is, that won’t happen to you.  Because you’re about to learn something very few people know. 

You can download and backup all of the information in your Facebook timeline for safekeeping, which not only means you would be able to restore it, but you’ll be able to remember exactly who is on your friends list.

Just follow the instructions below and all of the information on your Timeline will be safe and secure right on your personal computer or portable hard drive.  
So here goes…

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I Can Download My Friends List?  Really?
Yes, you really can!   Using the instructions below, you can download a lot of the information in your Facebook account, including:
  • Your Friends List
  • Your Contact Information
  • Interests
  • Groups
  • Photos and Videos that you have uploaded to your account
  • Messages that you have sent and received

1. First Go To Account Settings

Just log into your Facebook account, and click on the Down Arrow on the right side of your Account Menu and choose Settings & Privacy.  
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On the next screen choose Settings.

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On the next screen choose Your Facebook Information.

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On the next screen find Download Your Information and choose View.

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2. Download Your Information

Here you’ll see a list of all of the information in your account that you can download.  To download everything, just keep all the boxes on the right of the list, checked.  Or you can press deselect and select only the information you want.

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  • Then Click on Create File.
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  • Follow the prompts to enter your password and you’ll receive a message when your archive file is ready.  Then Download the Archive of your Facebook Data to your computer. 

3. Keep It Safe

As Facebook suggests, since this download contains your profile (timeline) information, you should keep it secure and take precautions when storing, sending or uploading it to any other services.
Once you download your Facebook Backup File onto your computer, you can also:
  • Save  it to your password-protected Dropbox, iCloud or OneDrive for safekeeping.

High Tech Toys

Here are some of our favorite high-tech tools and toys to help you get all of your favorite photos, music, home videos, movies – and anything else that can be stored digitally – backed up, stored and accessible.  Wherever you are.  Whatever is going on around you.  24/7. 
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020
Anker PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger
Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub
Canon PowerShot Wi-Fi Enabled ELPH 190 Digital Camera
ClearClick Video to Digital Converter
Epson Perfection V600 Photo, Film, & Document Scanner
ez Share WiFi SD Card
Fireproof Document Bags
Sentry Fireproof/Waterproof  Lateral File Cabinet
SentrySafe Fireproof and Waterproof Safe
HP Photo Printer All-in-One Wireless Envy 7120
ION Audio Premier LP Turntable Vinyl Record Player
Kodak P570 Personal Photo Scanner
Magnavox VHS to DVD Combo Recorder
Reshow Cassette Player  MP3 Converter
Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook
SanDisk 32GB Connect Wireless Stick Flash Drive
SanDisk 32GB iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad
Sony 4K HD Video Camcorder
Sony HX400V Compact Digital Camera
VuPoint Handheld Magic Wand Portable Scanner
The COVID pandemic has created a new list of toys that people can’t do without — including some very cool high-tech solutions to unexpected challenges.  Like staying healthy and working from home!  Here are some of our favorites.
Cubii Pro Seated Under Desk Elliptical Machine
I’m Smiling On The Inside Face Masks
iHealth No-Touch Forehead Thermometer
iProvèn Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
KODAK Luma 150 Pocket Projector
No-Touch Door Opener, Button Pusher Tool
Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor
PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer
Sony Tie-Clip-Style Omnidirectional Microphone
Total Gym APEX G5 Total Body Strength Training
Zacurate Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
For a book’s worth of tips and tools on getting your stuff organized, backed up and together, pick up a copy of our books “Back It Up” and “Keep Everything You Love Safe” in paperback or via instant download.

Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together!

Keep Everything You Love Safe | The Book Inspired By The Blog

Keep Everything You Love Safe, is filled with quick, easy, 5 minute steps you can take right now, to get everything that’s important to you organized, safe, sound and accessible. Each section covers a different area, from backing up and fixing family photos, home movies and music, to vital documents, medical and financial information and even getting your digital life in order. Paperback Or Instant Download

 

Back It Up

I don’t know about you, but the most important keepsakes in our house are our old family photos, followed closely by our home movies and music. But grabbing piles of photo albums and all your picture frames off the walls is pretty hard to do when you’re running out the door! With Back It Up, you’ll learn quick, easy steps to back up your print/digital photos, home movies, music (including vinyl & cassettes) and save them in multiple, disaster proof locations. Paperback Or Instant Download

 

Keep The Stuff You Love Safe

How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages
How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
How To Archive Your Digital Photos
How To Archive Your Print Photos
How To Make A Home Inventory
How To Get Your Financial Life In Order
How To Preserve Your Family History
How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends List
Turn Your Smartphone Into A Mobile Command Center
How To Backup Your Music, MP3s And Vinyl Albums
How To Access Your Money No Matter Where You Are
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Capturing The Perfect Photo With Perfect Pic

Capturing The Perfect Photo With Perfect Pic

Shane McCallum didn’t set out to transform the way people use video.
The owner of Rev Software, was perfectly happy helping other people develop mobile apps for their own companies. But no matter where he went, people kept pitching him their idea for the perfect app. One day Shane’s friend and future partner Sean Bammer came to him with an idea. You know when you’re watching a video and you see that perfect moment? Your kid finally hangs ten perfectly on her skateboard or you nail that dive with a 10.0 rip right into the water. What if you could capture that moment in an extraordinary still photo, right from the video?
Avid skier and mountain biker Shane knew exactly what Sean meant. It’s next to impossible to capture that perfect action shot with a regular camera. “You generally only get one shot, if somebody’s jumping off of something or doing a trick…If they crash you don’t get the crash, or if they land, you don’t get the landing.” But with video, you already have your choice of perfect shots. All they needed to do was figure out how to divide videos into frames, letting users grab that perfect moment of video and turn it into a still photo.
In other words, they had to figure out how to freeze time.
Shane was more than intrigued, he was hooked. He looked at his friend and said “If this works and if there’s room for me, I want to do more than build it. I want to be a part of it.”
Soon after, the Perfect Pic App was born.
We first discovered the Perfect Pic App out of a personal need. I don’t know about your family, but in ours there were always a few people who didn’t really enjoy having their picture taken – at all. To the point where, when a camera appeared, they darted into the kitchen or suddenly remembered something they’d forgotten at the store. But for some reason a movie or video camera never posed as much of a threat. Once we had our old Super8 movies transferred to DVD, we realized how many pictures we actually had of those people. The only problem was, we couldn’t put them in a photo album.
Besides disappearing relatives, our friends had a different problem. They had tons of videos of them scoring a touchdown or of their baby’s first steps, but no still photos to go with it. How many times have you taken a video camera or a still camera to an event, but not both? Fast forward twenty years and the family is left with precious few pictures of Great Grandma or that winning touchdown, leaving only the sadness of the great moments that the camera missed.
Or did it? Enter the Perfect Pic App. With Perfect Pic you can turn any frame of any video into a crystal clear photo.
Here’s how it works.
After you download the Perfect Pic App from the iTunes App Store, all you have to do is open any old or new video on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, find the frame you want and save it to your Camera Roll, or share it directly with your friends on Twitter or Facebook.
For me, the only thing I had to figure out was how to get the old videos I had on my PC, onto my iPad. It turned out to be easy. Most of our videos were only 2-7 minutes long, the perfect length for the Perfect Pic App. All I had to do was drop the old videos, a few at a time onto my Dropbox account on my PC.
Then I opened Dropbox on our iPad and saved each video onto the iPad’s Camera Roll. You can do this by clicking on the video in Dropbox and then clicking on the little box icon in the upper right corner of the Dropbox page. Once your videos are on the Camera Roll, open the Perfect Pic App and your videos will appear right on the App’s home screen.
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Making photo stills out of your videos couldn’t be easier. There is a free version of the app and a paid version. The paid version costs $1.99 in the Apple App Store. Although you can create and share photo stills with the free app, you won’t be able to save the photos you create to the Camera Roll. The photos in the free version are also imprinted with an un-removable water mark. Trust me, shell out the $1.99 – it’s completely worth it.
To make a photo still, begin playing the video and when you see the moment you want to capture, touch the screen. You can also touch the pause button, but touching the screen is a bit more accurate. When the video stops, you’ll see that your movie has been divided into frames. Just swipe the frames to advance them to the left or the right, until you find that one perfect shot – the baby’s smile, the touchdown, you sailing through the air… Touch that frame and it will change to a full screen photo. Hit the share button at the bottom center of the screen and then save your new photo to the Camera Roll. You can also share it with family and friends on Twitter, Facebook or via email.  Here is the process with a video of me as a flower girl.
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If you can’t find that perfect frame, you can adjust the app to give you more frames or fewer frames to choose from. You can also adjust the speed of the video, faster or slower – whatever works best for you. We haven’t had to adjust the settings at all. It works perfectly the way it is.
What surprised us, especially because the movies and videos we’re dealing with are 40-50 years old, is that the color and clarity is actually better on the app, than it is on our computer or TV. Even though you’re literally stopping motion to make a still, there’s no blurriness. Unless your film is badly faded or is very dark – and let’s face it, no one can fix that – the pictures that Perfect Pic App are clear and wonderful. All it takes is one trip thorough Photoshop Elements for a bit of color correction or brightening and they’re ready to print at your local photo processor.
I know Shane and Sean created the app to memorialize that perfect moment from all of their own iPhone videos – like hanging mid-air off a cliff while rock climbing. But Perfect Pic is so much more than that. It actually allows you to rewrite history. Those moments that were hiding in an old box or relegated to a once yearly Christmas viewing are fresh and new again. The stills of Great Grandma and Aunt Ruthie that have literally never been seen before, are now in a brand new photo album and being shared with loved ones thousands of miles away, via Facebook or email.
One of Shane’s favorite parts of working with Perfect Pic is looking at the Tweets users send them, with some of their prized Perfect Pic prints. “I remember one that we got from a guy who blew up a bottle and captured it with his iPhone. You could just see all of the pieces of it coming apart perfectly.”
Imaging sinking a hole in one and running home to grab the video off your phone and turning your moment into this year’s holiday card! With Perfect Pic, it’s not only possible, it’s quick and easy.
And for us, it’s made all the difference in the world.
To get the Perfect Pic App, download it from the iTunes App Store or learn more about it at perfectpicapp.com.
Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…
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How To Preserve Your Family History

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Every family has a history keeper. 

Sometimes it’s the eldest daughter or the most responsible aunt and sometimes it’s simply the person with the biggest house.  But in every family throughout the centuries, the task of keeping the family history alive usually falls to one person. 
It doesn’t even matter if that person is particularly good at it.  Whether they use a basement or an attic, there’s always one person whose home is piled with photo albums, birth certificates, marriage certificates, newspaper clippings and Civil War muskets.  
And for centuries this made sense.  Families didn’t move a lot, and photos and keepsakes – well it was so difficult to make copies of them or move them without them falling to pieces – that it just made sense to leave them be, until one of the kids who was “interested in those things”, came by to investigate where they came from. 
And history wasn’t always relegated to photos and muskets.  It was also passed down from generation to generation through stories and legends by people who had heard them so many times, they could simply sit down next to a fire and regale everyone with Uncle Frank’s escapades during the war or the time Aunt Sophie saved her entire family from ruin.
But in last few decades all of that has changed.  Television and the internet have taken the place of listening to our elders share their stories.  In fact those elders are probably too busy to do it.  They’re all off starting a blog or out volunteering in the community.  Family history now consists of fading ten year old video tapes or Facebook photos of last month’s birthday bash.
Which is probably the reason services like Ancestry.com are flourishing.   We all want to know where we came from.  Not just the last two generations but decades and centuries ago.  And with places like Ancestry.com linking us with a past that makes our own history spring to life, genealogy is suddenly cool again.
And that leads us right back to the history keepers.  Back in the recesses of those attics and basements are pieces of our history – and every day they’re falling to pieces.  The photos are curling and yellowing.  The documents are fading, the newspapers and Family Bibles are turning to pulp and the christening outfit is being consumed by moths.
I can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard the same thing.  “Aunt Sadie had a huge house so she kept all the family albums.  We never thought about whether they were safe or not, until the night her house burned down or her basement flooded.  And then suddenly, two hundred years of history was a soggy, unsalvageable mass of lumpy paper.”  
So who is the best person to be the keeper of the history in your family?  There’s only one logical answer to that question.

Everyone!  It’s time for every person in every family to start sharing the load and sharing the history.

Don’t just appoint one family member to do it.  It’s not practical and it’s certainly not fair.  What about getting together and making a day of it?  Gather all of the family photos from everyone homes and have a scanning party.  You can share memories while you scan and then when you’re done, each person gets a copy of all of the photos on a nicely labeled DVD.  Do the same thing with the family videos or Super8 movies.  One group can be scanning the photographs and archiving them, while another group transfers the videos and films onto DVDs.
Have you ever thought of doing an oral history of your family?  Years ago, families didn’t have sound on their 8 mm or Super8 movies, and never had the chance to hear what their great or great-great grandparents sounded like.   It’s such an honor and such an opportunity to be able to capture all of the people we love on video now so that we can share them with generations to come. Not only does it bring history to life for everyone, but it shows the entire journey of who we are as a family and how that has made us the individuals we are today.
When Spike Lee was on NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are,” he told a touching story about his grandmother.  Evidently she was a wonderful storyteller and lived way into her nineties.  Even though he’s a filmmaker and had all of the equipment right there at his fingertips, he just never got around to getting her or her stories on film.  And then she passed away, and he lost that opportunity. 
He had tears in his eyes when he told the story on the show, and today, not getting her on film is one of his biggest regrets.  Maybe he just didn’t want to think that some time she might no longer be with them.  So take Spike Lee’s advice.  Grab a video camera and get those relatives and their stories on video for posterity.  Then anytime you or your children want to hear Grandma or Great-Grandpa and visit with them for a bit, all you have to do is pop in the video and they and their stories will spring to life.
If you have a people in your family who are great at research, consider getting a membership for Ancestry.com and putting them hot on the trail of your forefathers and mothers.  If you’ve never been out there, you’d be amazed the treasures you can find, like photos, censuses, war records and steamship records.  In fact, we found out that we’re actually related to an amazing woman who led the Red Cross into the 20th Century!
But when you unearth all that information on Ancestry.com, save each and every piece.  Archive it on your own computer and then save it to your family tree on Ancestry.com, and give access to that tree and documents to your family so THEY can save the document and tree on their own computers.  This way each member of your family will have an entire history for each generation to come, without relying on the water-tightness of Aunt Sophie’s basement, or the crash resistance of one person’s computer hard drive.
We were discussing ways to keep family history and vital documents save with Steve Leveen, founder of Levenger, who is a great fan of fine books and libraries.  He told us that, people in library circles have an acronym that helps them preserve important documents.  It’s LOCKSS –Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe.   The Library at Alexandria burned three times – believe it or not, one of those times was on purpose!  But it still survived, because they learned not to keep everything in a centralized location.  Centralizing things in one place makes them susceptible to damage.
And what if the relative who is currently the keeper of the history won’t let you take the family photos home to scan them?  Not to worry.  Grab a portable wand scanner, like the one we like best, the VuPoint Hand Scanner.   They’re small, rechargeable and can scan any flat surface, including a photo right in the frame.  Just gather a couple of friendly family members, knock on Aunt Sophie’s door, whip out your scanner and start capturing all that family history.  Once she sees her prized photos being downloaded to your laptop, where they’ll be safe for years to come, she’ll come around.  And if she doesn’t?  Well, you’ve got your digital copies of her photos, along with a batch of her delicious cookies for the trip home.

Take Action! 

1. First, Grab What You Have

Grab a pencil and paper and jot down the types of family history documentation you currently have in your home.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
  • Family Photos
  • Family Tree
  • Relatives’ Birth/Marriage/Death Certificates
  • Land Titles/Deeds
  • Family History Documents
  • Census Records
  • Relatives’ Videos/Interviews/Oral Histories on tape
  • Anything else related to the history of your family

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Using the list you just compiled, locate and gather all of those documents.  If necessary, divide them into separate files for each family surname.

2. Next Scan & Archive

Are any of the family history documents or photos you located already on computer?   If so, copy the documents (leaving the originals where they are on your computer) to a new folder called Family History Backup.
Scan all of the paper documents you gathered  at 300dpi or higher and save them to your computer.  When you’re finished, make a copy of those documents and put them in your Family History Backup folder.
If you don’t have a computer, see if you can find someone to scan and save the documents for you.  If that’s not possible, then have high quality copies made at your local copy shop.

3.  The Family Tree

If you want to take your family history up a notch – or if you’re the historian in your family – we suggest using Ancestry.com or their Family Tree Maker software to create your own Family Tree.
If you haven’t been on Ancestry.com yet, you’ll be amazed at the amount of information, photos, historical documents and census data that’s waiting for you.  And once you’ve created your family’s tree you can share all of your information with other family members.

4.  Finding The Other Pieces To The Puzzle

Once you begin preserving your family history, you might just have to go and grab pieces of it from grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles and anyone else you can find who has boxes of it in their attic or basement.  Those boxes were fine when no one ever moved and historical documents could only be saved in boxes tied up with ribbon.  But now that we can actually preserve documents either by storing them in acid free containers, albums or scanning them, there is no longer any reason to make Great Aunt Sophie the sole preservationist in the family.
Not only is it unfair to Aunt Sophie to have all of that pressure, but if something should happen to her home, the memories of an entire family will disappear.  That actually happened to one side of our family.  Just two weeks before we located the aunt who was the keeper of the records, her basement, bone dry for thirty years, suddenly flooded from a winter storm and along with it went all traces of the Sullivan family photos and history.

5. Getting The Real Story – On Video

Are there people in your family that you want your grandchildren and great grandchildren to meet years from now?  Don’t just rely on a photo or someone’s memory to tell the story.  Put them on video.
Fire up the video camera and get your favorite relatives to tell their favorite stories or prepare the family’s favorite cake or pie  on camera.  Then save the videos on DVD in multiple locations to preserve another piece of your family’s memories.

6. Fixing Those Faded Photos

One last bit of advice. Once you have all of your photos or documents scanned and saved, look through and find any that are damaged, faded or yellowed. There are so many great photo software programs out there, like Adobe Photoshop Elements. But one scanner stands out among all the others in the marketplace, for color correction, right in the scanner.
It’s the Epson Perfection line of scanners, with Epson’s Easy Photo Fix software. Do you have any of those photos from the seventies and eighties that ended up a muddled brown-orange mess? This is the only easy solution we have found to restoring then back to their natural color. All you have to do is use the Auto Fix setting on the scanner and then scan your seventies photos. The scanner corrects the color while it scans. Truly amazing! Even if you have to touch them up a bit with Photoshop Elements afterwards, using the Epson scanner will save you hours if not days of manual color correction, that probably wouldn’t come out have as great as they do on the scanner.

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Here are some of our favorite high-tech tools and toys to help you get all of your favorite photos, music, home videos, movies – and anything else that can be stored digitally – backed up, stored and accessible.  Wherever you are.  Whatever is going on around you.  24/7. 
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Anker PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger
Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub
Canon PowerShot Wi-Fi Enabled ELPH 190 Digital Camera
ClearClick Video to Digital Converter
Epson Perfection V600 Photo, Film, & Document Scanner
ez Share WiFi SD Card
Fireproof Document Bags
Sentry Fireproof/Waterproof  Lateral File Cabinet
SentrySafe Fireproof and Waterproof Safe
HP Photo Printer All-in-One Wireless Envy 7120
ION Audio Premier LP Turntable Vinyl Record Player
Kodak P570 Personal Photo Scanner
Magnavox VHS to DVD Combo Recorder
Reshow Cassette Player  MP3 Converter
Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook
SanDisk 32GB Connect Wireless Stick Flash Drive
SanDisk 32GB iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad
Sony 4K HD Video Camcorder
Sony HX400V Compact Digital Camera
VuPoint Handheld Magic Wand Portable Scanner
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PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer
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I don’t know about you, but the most important keepsakes in our house are our old family photos, followed closely by our home movies and music. But grabbing piles of photo albums and all your picture frames off the walls is pretty hard to do when you’re running out the door! With Back It Up, you’ll learn quick, easy steps to back up your print/digital photos, home movies, music (including vinyl & cassettes) and save them in multiple, disaster proof locations. Paperback Or Instant Download

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How To Back Up Your Print Photos

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I don’t know about you, but the worst part about watching coverage of any hurricane or wildfire, is the look on people’s faces as they pick through the rubble of their homes, trying to find the things they love.  

Even one photo of their wedding or of their children, can mean the difference between being with or without their cherished memories. 
And with the way the world has been the last few years — from hurricanes to wildfires, tornadoes and oh yeah, COVID — it’s definitely time to make everything we love safe and sound.
Here are our top tips, tools & high tech toys that will get all your favorite photos scanned, stored and accessible quickly and easily. 

Have you been through your family photo album lately? 

How are your pictures doing? 
Are they bright and colorful or faded and lifeless? 
Have you taken the time to scan them or is the print you’re holding, the only one of its kind?
The one thing that makes photos harder to archive than other keepsakes, is that we’re so used to seeing them hanging around the house, that we forget to take them off the wall and scan them for safekeeping.  
Before we get to saving you current pictures, how would you like to make sure all of your future photos are safe and protected before they even leave your camera?
Simple!  The next time you buy a camera, make sure it’s Wi-Fi enabled, like one of my personal favorites, the Sony HX400V Compact Digital CameraEvery picture you snap goes right to your computer or to the Cloud automagically without you having to remember to do it manually.  And it has a spectacular Optical Zoom to boot!   And if you’re not in the market for a new camera, get a Wi-Fi memory card like the ez Share WiFi SD Card that turns most regular digital cameras into Wi-Fi.

Backing Up Your Photos

The good news is, there are so many different printers and scanners and flash drives and hard drives, you can see your favorite family photos any time and anywhere you want. 
In this section, we’ll be dealing with prints – basically anything that is a physical photo, whether it’s in a frame, in an album or lurking in the back of a kitchen or desk drawer — and get them into a digital format. 
If you have a lot of photos around the house, you’ll probably need some help dealing with all of your pictures.  Why not declare one day “scanning day”.  Invite a bunch of good friends over to help, and if you have as much fun as we think you will, next time have them bring over their own photos to scan.  Don’t forget to recruit your kids. They’ll have a great time helping.

1. Oh Photos? Where Are You?

First, locate and gather all of your physical photos.
Don’t forget to look for all your albums, photos in drawers or files, framed and hanging on the walls or sitting on your bookshelf.  

2. Quick Start

Although all of your pictures are important, some mean more to you than others. 
Before you start sorting all your pictures, find the ten or twelve pictures you love the most and back them up first, using the “How To Scan Your Photos” directions below.
Not only will your favorite shots be safe and sound, but you’ll already know what you’re doing when you tackle the rest of them!

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3. Sorting All Your Photos

Separate your photos into two different piles.
In Pile 1, place photos that you want to copy and save in a digital format, for safekeeping.
In Pile 2, place photos that you:
  • Already have in digital format and could easily recopy if the one you’re holding was harmed or destroyed.
  • Have numerous copies of in other locations.  Check to make sure that this is actually true, before you decide not to scan them.
  • Simply don’t care enough about to keep it disaster safe.
The next time you have a second, put the photos in the second pile back where you found them.

4. Scan Away!

Using our scanning tips below, scan all of the photos in Pile 1 and save them to your computer.
If you already have digital photos on your computer, save the new scans to a new folder within your photos folder. 
For example, ScannedPrintPhotos, so you’ll know at a glance that these are copies of your old print photos. 

5. Make Sure You Back Up ALL Your Photos To At Least 3 Locations

Once you’ve finished scanning, copy the folder on your computer that contains all of your photos — the digital ones and print ones you just scanned — and save it with a different name, like Photo Archive Backup, with today’s date.  
Place the copy of your backup folder in at least three different locations.  Here are a few suggestions of safe places to store them:
  • On a flash drive or portable hard drive, and take them with you during evacuation on a key ring or in your plastic evacuation bin.
  • On a flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box or water/fireproof safe in your own city.
  • On a flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box, water/fireproof safe, or with relatives in the city where you would evacuate to in an emergency.
  • In a password-protected online file repository like OneDrive, iCloud or Dropbox, or on the file directory of your personal web site.  This way, you can retrieve them from any web enabled computer.
You can also save a copy of your photos on a web-based service like Amazon Photos.  But this shouldn’t be your only solution, since you have no control over the site & could lose your photos without any warning.

How To Scan Your Photos

There are several great ways to scan and preserve your photos.
And the nice thing about it, is that once it’s scanned, you can share it with family and friends or correct faded color, repair damage or otherwise restore old photographs.
You can scan your photos with your all-in-one printer, a regular scanner (all it does is scan), a portable wand scanner that you swipe over your photos one or several at a time, or a photo scanner, with a built-in feeder that protects and guides photos or slides through the scanner, for an extra layer of protection.

Here are some of our favorites.

HP Envy 7120 All-in-One Wireless Photo Printer  
Most printers available now are all-in-one printers, that scan as well as print.  This one is especially easy to use as a regular or photo printer and is compact enough to put on your desk.  Not only can you scan and print high resolution photos directly on to acid free photo paper, but it’s also a wireless printer with HP ePrint, which means that you can send photos directly to your printer from your smartphone or tablet.
Portable Wand Scanners
Portable wand scanners, like the VuPoint Magic Wand Scanner, have come a long way.  They run on batteries or are rechargeable and save anything you scan onto an SD card.  From there, you can download the scans/photos directly to your computer via a USB cord, or you can pop the SD card out of the scanner and pop it into your computer to archive your scans.
The best part about having a portable wand scanner is that you can scan photos, documents, and even things like marriage certificates or historical documents by swiping the scanner over it, instead of having to feed them through your scanner one at a time. 
It’s especially good, for scanning photos at relative’s homes.  If Aunt Sadie doesn’t want her favorite photos the leaving her house, just take the scanner over and scan the ones you want.   If you’re dealing with a fragile photo, you can even scan it right in the frame. 
Or if you have delicate photos in a photo album – have you ever tried to peel photos out of an album without damaging them – you can simply open the book and sweep the scanner over the page. 
From there, all you have to do is open the scanned page and crop the photos apart, saving each one as a separate photo.  Photos archived, originals safeguarded!
Kodak P570 Personal Photo Scanner  
This portable scanner not only expertly scans photos, but it has a special attachment that scans slides and negatives, turning them into full size, high-quality photos.
We found some slides that someone had given us, and since we never used slides ourselves, we didn’t have the equipment to look at them. 
With the Kodak Scanner, all we did was feed the slide into the scanner and suddenly we had full color, beautiful photos that looked like they were processed last week.  Absolutely amazing!
If you don’t have access to a scanner, then have a relative or friend scan them for you, or go to a copy shop like Fed Ex-Kinko’s to have them scanned.  While you’re there, print color copies of your favorite photos on non-acid paper.  This will ensure that they will last longer and will fade less as they age.
Now that you know what you’re doing, scan all the loose prints that you want to preserve, then save the scans to your computer to back them up.
Once you have all of your photos or documents scanned and saved, look through and find any that are damaged, faded or yellowed.
There are so many great photo software programs out there, like Adobe Photoshop Elements. But one scanner stands out among all the others in the marketplace, for color correction, right in the scanner.
It’s the Epson Perfection line of scanners, with Epson’s Easy Photo Fix software. Do you have any of those photos from the seventies and eighties that ended up a muddled brown-orange mess? This is the only easy solution we have found to restoring then back to their natural color. All you have to do is use the Auto Fix setting on the scanner and then scan your seventies photos. The scanner corrects the color while it scans.
Even if you have to touch them up a bit with Photoshop Elements afterwards, using the Epson scanner will save you hours if not days of manual color correction, that probably wouldn’t come out have as great as they do on the scanner.

High Tech Toys

Here are some of our favorite high-tech tools and toys to help you get all of your favorite photos, music, home videos, movies – and anything else that can be stored digitally – backed up, stored and accessible.  Wherever you are.  Whatever is going on around you.  24/7. 
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020
Anker PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger
Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub
Canon PowerShot Wi-Fi Enabled ELPH 190 Digital Camera
ClearClick Video to Digital Converter
Epson Perfection V600 Photo, Film, & Document Scanner
ez Share WiFi SD Card
Fireproof Document Bags
Sentry Fireproof/Waterproof  Lateral File Cabinet
SentrySafe Fireproof and Waterproof Safe
HP Photo Printer All-in-One Wireless Envy 7120
ION Audio Premier LP Turntable Vinyl Record Player
Kodak P570 Personal Photo Scanner
Magnavox VHS to DVD Combo Recorder
Reshow Cassette Player  MP3 Converter
Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook
SanDisk 32GB Connect Wireless Stick Flash Drive
SanDisk 32GB iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad
Sony 4K HD Video Camcorder
Sony HX400V Compact Digital Camera
VuPoint Handheld Magic Wand Portable Scanner
The COVID pandemic has created a new list of toys that people can’t do without — including some very cool high-tech solutions to unexpected challenges.  Like staying healthy and working from home!  Here are some of our favorites.
Cubii Pro Seated Under Desk Elliptical Machine
I’m Smiling On The Inside Face Masks
iHealth No-Touch Forehead Thermometer
iProvèn Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
KODAK Luma 150 Pocket Projector
No-Touch Door Opener, Button Pusher Tool
Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor
PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer
Sony Tie-Clip-Style Omnidirectional Microphone
Total Gym APEX G5 Total Body Strength Training
Zacurate Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
For a book’s worth of tips and tools on getting your stuff backed up and together, pick up a copy of our book “Back It Up” in paperback or via instant download.

Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together!

Back It Up
I don’t know about you, but the most important keepsakes in our house are our old family photos, followed closely by our home movies and music. But grabbing piles of photo albums and all your picture frames off the walls is pretty hard to do when you’re running out the door! With Back It Up, you’ll learn quick, easy steps to back up your print/digital photos, home movies, music (including vinyl & cassettes) and save them in multiple, disaster proof locations. Paperback Or Instant Download

Keep Everything You Love Safe | The Book Inspired By The Blog

Keep Everything You Love Safe, is filled with quick, easy, 5 minute steps you can take right now, to get everything that’s important to you organized, safe, sound and accessible. Each section covers a different area, from backing up and fixing family photos, home movies and music, to vital documents, medical and financial information and even getting your digital life in order. Paperback Or Instant Download

Keep The Stuff You Love Safe

How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages
How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
How To Archive Your Digital Photos
How To Archive Your Print Photos
How To Make A Home Inventory
How To Get Your Financial Life In Order
How To Preserve Your Family History
How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends List
Turn Your Smartphone Into A Mobile Command Center
How To Backup Your Music, MP3s And Vinyl Albums
How To Access Your Money No Matter Where You Are
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How To Back Up Your Digital Photos

 

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With digital photography as inexpensive and easy as it is today, chances are that you have more photos of your family, friends and the special moments of your life than ever before. 

If you’re like most people, all of those photos are sitting on your computer, in a bunch of different folders.
Or worse, hundreds of them are sitting in your camera, just waiting to be accidentally erased.  And what about your regular print photos – the kind you have in photo albums or frames?  At least the digital photos have a chance of being copied and backed up in a few different locations.  But if those one-of-a-kind family photos are destroyed, they’re gone forever. Digital or print, all it takes is one fire, flood, fried hard drive, or hacked Facebook account and all of those memories are gone, along with a huge piece of your family’s history.  Before we start backing up your current photos, here are a few tips on ways to safeguard all the photos you’ll be taking in the future.
Do you regularly take pictures with your phone?  If you do, how often do you download them to your computer for printing or safekeeping? 

Everyone should get into the habit of downloading their new pictures and videos to their PC, laptop, portable hard drive or flash drive every few days. 

Dropbox is a great tool for this.  It’s a free application/web based file box that syncs up the photos and documents on your smartphone or tablet with your computer.   All you have to do is set up and download their app on your iPhone, Android, tablet, iPad or iPod Touch.  Then save your new photos to your Dropbox folder and they’ll be waiting for you at home on your computer.
Now that you’ve got your smartphone photos under control, how about your digital camera?  Exactly how many photos are on your SD card right now?  Yeah, that’s what we thought.   So before you get started, be sure to download all of the pictures from your cameras.  And while you’re at it, download any videos lurking on your video camera too.  We’ll take care of those in another blog post.

Take Action! 

Your Mission: If You Choose to Accept It…

…is to make all of your treasured photos completely accessible during a disaster, emergency evacuation, computer or Internet meltdown. Just follow the steps below to locate all of your important photos, scan or copy them, and store them in at least three secure, damage-proof locations.

1.  Grab Your Cameras

If you’re like most people, your digital photos are in one of two places – sitting on your computer, in a bunch of different folders.  Or worse, sitting in your phone or your camera, just waiting to be accidentally erased.
So if you have any photos on your cameras or phones, go get them now and download them to your computer, saving them to the folder where you normally store them.

2.  Ready For Backup

Since you’re already on your computer, let’s back up all of your digital photos.
  • Create one new folder on your computer desktop and name it Backup Photos (dd/mm/yy) with today’s date.
  • Locate all of the digital photos that you want to keep safe.  Leave the original files where they are on your computer, but copy each one and place the copies in your new Backup folder.
If you need instructions on copying and moving files and folders on your computer, you’ll find them on our post How To Back Up Your Data.
When you’re through copying and pasting your folders into the Backup Folder, make sure that there is a copy of your folders in the original location as well as the new location.

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3.  How To Get Your Digital Photos To Download Themselves

By the way, if you regularly have trouble remembering to download your pictures from your phone and camera, here ere are two things you can do that will really help.  For your phone, go right now and install the Dropbox app.  It’s a free app that will send every photo you take with your phone directly to your computer.
As for your camera, simply get a Wi-Fi enabled camera or a smart memory card for your old camera.  Snap a photo and it arrives on your computer.  No muss, no fuss.

4.  Safely Storing Digital Photos

Where and how you decide to secure and store your photos is up to you.  But here are a few ideas.  If your photos are digital, you can place them:
  • On a flash drive or portable hard drive, and take them with you during evacuation on a key ring or in your plastic evacuation bin.
  • Place the flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box or water/fireproof safe in your own city.
  • Place the flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box, water/fireproof safe, or with relatives in the city where you’ll be evacuating.
  • Place the photos on a password-protected online file box like iCloud or on the file directory of your family’s personal web site.  This way, you can retrieve them from any Internet-enabled computer.
You can also save an extra copy of your photos on Amazon Photos or another internet photo service.  But this really shouldn’t be your long-term solution, or only solution.   As much as we all love Internet sharing sites, you actually have no control over them.  If the company were to go out of business, or if their servers were to crash, you could lose all of your lose data without any warning.  If you really want to keep photos on a secure site that you can share with your family, try iMemories.comNot only do they have great servers with outstanding redundant backup capability, but they can even put your photos on DVD for you, providing an extra layer of safety.

5.  Safely Storing Photo Prints

Now that your digital photos are safe and sound, what about your print photos?  Do they need to be archived too?  Then take a minute or two while you’re thinking about it and read our post.
If your print photos are already in order here are a few ideas to safeguard them.  Try placing them in:
  • In a safe deposit box or water/fireproof safe in your own city.
  • In a safe deposit box, water/fireproof safe, or with relatives in the city where you’ll be evacuating.
  • In your watertight Plastic Evacuation Bin. Only place the photos that you actually need to have with you, in this bin.  If you’ll also have access to copies of photos in your safe deposit box, then don’t take any copies with you that you would worry about, if lost.
If you live in a location with frequent disasters, like hurricane or tornado country, you should probably consider a permanent solution to safeguard your photo prints, like putting your photos in acid free boxes inside a watertight Rubbermaid bins, or glass containers, and then placing them at least a foot or two off the ground, whenever your cherished photos might be in danger.  For example an impending hurricane, flooding or even the arrival of tiny, curious grandchildren.  If you are in a location where flooding can occur, store your photos in the driest place, at least a foot or two above any previous water marks.
Depending on the situation it might even be a good idea to move those bins to a storage space or to a friend’s or relative’s home for safekeeping until the situation passes.

High Tech Toys

Here are some of our favorite high-tech tools and toys to help you get all of your favorite photos, music, home videos, movies – and anything else that can be stored digitally – backed up, stored and accessible.  Wherever you are.  Whatever is going on around you.  24/7. 
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Anker PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger
Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub
Canon PowerShot Wi-Fi Enabled ELPH 190 Digital Camera
ClearClick Video to Digital Converter
Epson Perfection V600 Photo, Film, & Document Scanner
ez Share WiFi SD Card
Fireproof Document Bags
Sentry Fireproof/Waterproof  Lateral File Cabinet
SentrySafe Fireproof and Waterproof Safe
HP Photo Printer All-in-One Wireless Envy 7120
ION Audio Premier LP Turntable Vinyl Record Player
Kodak P570 Personal Photo Scanner
Magnavox VHS to DVD Combo Recorder
Reshow Cassette Player  MP3 Converter
Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook
SanDisk 32GB Connect Wireless Stick Flash Drive
SanDisk 32GB iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad
Sony 4K HD Video Camcorder
Sony HX400V Compact Digital Camera
VuPoint Handheld Magic Wand Portable Scanner
The COVID pandemic has created a new list of toys that people can’t do without — including some very cool high-tech solutions to unexpected challenges.  Like staying healthy and working from home!  Here are some of our favorites.
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The Best Way To Store Your Scrapbooks

Recently Scott Haskins, the “Save Your Stuff” guy attended the Jewish Genealogical Fair and while he was there, stopped for a moment to show us a scrapbook that was badly damaged by water. Scott sees keepsakes like this all the time, when he and his restoration experts are called in to save the day — or at least save as many memories as humanly possible.
It just goes to demonstrate how important it is to take that few minutes to ensure that the things that are important to you and your family — photos, documents, certificates — even music and videos — are backed up, saved to multiple locations and the originals saved in a safe, moisture free, secure location.
Those of you who are familiar with Scott’s work from his book How To Save Your Stuff From A Disaster, already know that he’s a world-renowned expert on preservation.  But if you’ve never seen him in action, take a look at the video below.  We highly recommend his work and his website, which you can find at saveyourstuff.com.
Take it away, Scott and thanks for being our person in the field this week!
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