We are collectively taking more pictures than ever before in history. We all carry our camera everywhere we go!
Yet, 67% of us store our photos SOLEY on a computer or phone.
There is concern in the photo industry that our current generation of kids won't have a way to look back and see past vacations, holidays, family get-togethers, distant relatives. Technology will foil us, and the data will be lost.
"It's in the Cloud!" you cry. Maybe so, for now.
I started as a professional photographer in the 1990s. Way back then, as we moved from film to digital, I (wisely) backed up all my files on CDs, then DVDs. Computers were rapidly improving, but a CD was forever. Right?
I still have those 600+ CDs and DVDs on a shelf in my basement. For as long as they've been sitting in plastic sleeves, I don't know if they're even readable. The files therein include families, weddings, newborns, dogs that are no longer with us . . . a gambit of meaningful things. And I've got to fess up: I don't have a working DVD reader.
Early 2000's, I switched to external hard drives. I still back up my photography files this way. Maybe you do, too. Have you ever looked into the failure rate of external hard drives? The first year, it's 5% (manufacturer defects). It levels off at about 1% a year, until a hard drive is 5 years old. Then the failure rate shoots up to 11% per year. Eventually, every single one will give out.