HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY DIGITAL FILES
Downloading your wedding day digital files
When you receive your online image gallery six weeks after your wedding date, your landing page will look a little something like this. You'll see your names, and one of my favorite wedding images from your day as a cover picture. You'll also see a button at the bottom right of the screen that will say "open gallery." Click on that, and it will take you right inside your gallery!
Once inside your wedding day online image gallery, you'll see several buttons at the top.
The Gallery button will bring you back to the online gallery. The Info button will give you information about your online gallery. If you've assigned a star to any of the images inside your gallery, the Favorites button will take you to where those assigned stars are stored. Lastly, if you've added any images as prints, your Cart will show you the progress of that shopping experience.
The four thumbnails you see here will look fairly similar to what you'll see in your own online image gallery from your wedding day. Starting from the left, these wedding clients has a Sneak Peek of images in their wedding package. That label of "sneak peek" is the header for an album, just as the three thumbnails the right of that lead to sub-albums of their own.
When you click on any album thumbnail, you'll be brought straight into that album. You can always tell where you are by looking at the top left of your browser page. You will see the name of your gallery, and the album that you are currently browsing will be listed directly underneath it.
If you ever want to go back to your main menu, simply click on the arrow in the top left that says Back to Gallery.
Backing up your wedding day digital files
What happens after you download your wedding day digital files is up to you. What clients usually do is one of the following things:
- Download the wedding day digital files to a desktop machine or laptop.
- Backup your wedding day digital files to some sort of cloud-based online service.
- Backup your wedding day digital files to an external hard drive or USB drive.
I highly recommend that you do at least two of these three options, if not all three of them.
Downloading your wedding day digital files to your desktop or laptop is a great first start. However, you have to back them up in another way in case you ever had any sort of catastrophic hard drive failure on that desktop machine or laptop. The last thing I want to have happen to you is that you lose your wedding day digital files because of a hardware issue with your computer!
Once you have downloaded your files, I would recommend that you find somewhere online and also stored. Whether you put them in a Flickr album or upload a folder to Dropbox, having your images in the cloud is just another way to keep them safe for years to come.
The last thing that I would recommend that you do is purchase a USB drive or a small external hard drive of some kind. You want to transfer your digital files onto that drive, and put that drive away somewhere safe.
Why do I advocate so many different methods to store the digital files from your wedding day? There are two reasons. The first reason is that things that simply get lost. If you backup your digital files to only one location, what happens if something disturbs that location? Your files will be gone.
We back up our client files in so many different locations and instill me different ways, and I would love to see our clients take the same responsibility towards the digital files once they are in their possession.
The second reason that I like having so many different methods of digital file backup is because digital storage changes over time.
I used to keep all of my backups on DVDs. I was able to read a DVD on all of my computers with ease. You know what none of my computers have anymore? A DVD drive! The last time I had to access the digital files on an archival DVD, I had to actually go to the Apple Store and buy a DVD reader that I plugged into my laptop.
If I do not staying current on what backup methods are popular now, I might run the risk of having my only copy of a set of images on a backup method that is now obsolete!
The care, handling, and managing of our digital files and backups is an extensive process that we have perfected over the nearly two decades that Susan Stripling Photography has been in business. We take care of your files, because we want to keep them safe for years to come. I hope that you are treating your digital files with the same care and respect, and I hope this article might illustrate for you just how to do that with ease!
I strive hard to create beautiful images for you, and want to make sure that the digital versions of these images say states and well stored for generations to come!
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