Over the years, individual school or class photos, professional family portraits, and other memorable pictures can accumulate. And what about artwork the kids did at school, professional pieces you bought, and gifts you received? You don’t want to let go of anything, but how do you organize and preserve it?
You’re sentimental about the past and love to revisit memorable events and people captured in old print photos. But a cardboard box in the attic or basement won’t preserve these treasures forever, and moving every so often isn’t helping you keep track of them either. Picture This Organized has the answers.
As 2020 nears its end, we find ourselves looking back at a blur of activity and meeting new challenges head-on. But this isn’t the first time you or your family faced extraordinary circumstances, experienced a milestone, or achieved something worth sharing. Why not write a memoir to tell your life story or a biographical history of another family member?
Part 2: How to Back Up Your Computer and Smartphone
In part 1 of this series, we talked about converting paper and print photos to digital devices to preserve original copies. The transition in 2020 to working at home and using more remote services makes us more aware of security issues and how files can become permanently lost. Recent wildfires and other natural disasters also create concern about losing precious photos and valuable documents. We want you to feel safe. Let’s start with your computer.
Part 1: Converting paper to digital to preserve original copies
As we get ready to roll into the fall season, it’s an excellent time to take inventory. For some, that might mean securing and backing up documents and photos. You may be among many who have recently shifted to working remotely and had to purchase new computers, phones, or other office equipment. In a rush to get up and running, you may have forgotten about the need for backup and security. Recently, businesses have been hitting the news with large scale data loss problems. But what can you do at home? We can help you protect your most valuable paperwork and images. Ask yourself:
- Do you know where your documents are saved?
- Are your photos and videos secure?
- Can you access photos and documents from anywhere?
Over the years, I have collected many hours of film or video to preserve family memories like summer vacations, birthdays, and other special events in the form of home movies. If you have years of reels, videotapes, or DVDs, stored in boxes, learn how to convert old home movies to digital formats to preserve your history.
Your collection may include:
- Film reels: old film from 3” to 8” with anywhere from 50’ to 600’ of footage. The cost to convert it is well worth being able to view it anytime
- Tapes: 1 to 2-hour recordings including single or multiple events corrected several hours to many years
Have you ever found yourself scrolling and clicking around your computer, searching for a specific photo or document? Opening and closing folders can feel a bit like a game of hide and seek.
If you’re a Mac user, you’re probably familiar with the Finder window. It’s the Mac’s home base, and is often the first place we look for items on our computer. Finder holds the key to locating that elusive file.
Correctly setting up your Finder window will make finding items on your computer much simpler.
We’ve put together some tips, tricks, and tutorials to help your Finder window work more efficiently. (more…)