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Using Flickr For Photo Backups

One of the things I talk about in our Understanding Your Digital SLR Camera courses is the need to back up images so if your computer fails you have a set somewhere else, on discs, a separate external hard drive etc. I have also advocated the use of on line storage, this means that even if your house burns down your most important images are stored on some one else’s server. I use Flickr for basic on line storage and this article on Photo Tuts says much the same.

“Although the main purpose of Flickr is for sharing your images, the online service will also safely store the original file you upload – providing you have a Pro account. This costs $24.95 for one year, removes any upload or storage limits, and lets you save and access very large resolution files.

If you have a very large photo library, the process of uploading your entire catalog of old images is going to take a very long time. There’s no way around this, and it’s the cost of using any off-site type of backup system.”…..MORE

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