Photos! Photos and more Photos! Everyone has photos everywhere! At least on their Mac, iPhone and iPad they do. Many of you have 18 to 20,000 photos! OK, so I only have 12,000 so who’s counting anyway? Well, there is something counting and it’s your hard drive, your internal flash memory on your iPhone or iPad, or your iCloud Storage or any other storage Cloud. Does anyone really need thousands and thousands of photos of what you had for dinner last night? What are you going to do with all those photos? What happens if and when your hard drive goes out? What are you going to do when you run out of room and your Mac or iPhone won't hold any more? What is going to happen when technology changes and your photos become obsolete and unattainable? Continue reading and I'll fill you in on what to do….
iPhoto/Photos: If you have an older Mac, you have iPhoto to keep all your photos. If you have a newer Mac or an iPhone or iPad, you have Photos to hold all your photos. I know that sounds redundant and I wish Apple would have kept the name iPhoto instead of just Photos. The program name is Photos and what you put in it are photos. <my head hurts!> Anyway, all photos are stored as digital files on your Mac or iPhone or iPad. Every device has a limit as to how many it can hold. It's like your sock drawer, it will only hold so many socks no matter how hard you try to stuff more inside. I have many people that purchase the cheapest Mac, iPhone or iPad not realizing that a 16GB iPhone or 128GB MacBook Air doesn't really hold much considering that older hard drives were 500GB, twice as much or even 4 times that on a 2 TB hard drive. What Apple wants you to do now is to store all of your stuff in their Cloud named iCloud. Although it sounds magical to put your photos in a cloud, what you will actually be doing is putting them on a computer sitting in another location. <my head hurts again!> Apple assumes that you have unlimited data plans and that your Internet speeds are really fast. If you don't have unlimited data plans or a fast Internet connection, you are screwed. <now my head really hurts!> So, what do you do?
Before I answer that, I want to ask you a question.... To all of you baby boomers out there, do you have your family photos? No, not on the computer, I mean the old ones that are actually in a physical album? I have many from my family dating back to the 1890's. I have digitized many of them but not all. How many of you have VHS tapes you recorded with your old Camcorder? Anyone have any Sony Beta 1 or Beta 2 tapes? How about 35 mm slides or negatives? Anyone with CD or DVD archives? Do you see where I'm going? All this older technology no longer exists. Do you think the format you are using on your iMac, iPad or iPhone today will be the same in 20 years? If you have physical albums, at least you can see the pictures. If you have a bunch of stuff on tape, a hard drive, or negatives or anything else, you don't actually have the pictures, do you! You don't really have them until you can hold them in your hand! < okay, now your head should hurt as it just exploded>
This is what you need to do: Go through all your photos and delete the ones that mean nothing. Do you really need that picture of last summers margarita? Get them out of there! Once you have done that, make albums on your Mac then create a Photo book in iPhoto or Photos that you can hold in your hands. Then delete the photos from your devices if you will no longer need them. On your iPhone or iPad, there are several Apps like Mosaic or Shutterfly that will quickly and easily create a Photo book you can hold in your hands right from your iPhone or iPad. Once you've got it and no longer need the photos, delete them.
What to do if you want to save your digital photos: Get them in a Cloud! You can activate iCloud Photo Library on any Apple Device running El Capitan or iOS 9. This will move all photos off your device or computer and put it up in Apple's iCloud. All that will remain is an image of the photo but not the actual photo. You will need to purchase more storage as the free 5GB won't cut it but Apple makes it pretty cheap. You can get 50GB of space for 99¢ a month and that is pretty big. You can get 1TB of storage for $10 a month. Google Drive gives you 15GB free, Flickr by Yahoo gives you 1TB free and you can access it right on your iPhone or within the Photos App. Drop Box gives you 2GB of space. There are so many ways to accomplish this task. The only draw back of using a cloud is that you need that unlimited data plan and fast Internet. If you have poor Internet speed and data caps, then you might have to get a larger hard drive installed into your Mac. For your iPhone and iPad there are storage devices that you can also use like a SanDisk iXpand.
What ever you choose, make sure that your photos are backed up. Time Machine on your Mac is great! Backup to iCloud on your iPhone or iPad. A hard copy in the photo book might just be your best bet.
I hope I have given you some ideas. I have people that lose photos every day and I don't want you to be one of them. If you need help, you know where to find me.
Macstock 2016: Join me July 16th & 17th for the Macstock Expo and BBQ in Chicago! Come and learn more about the Apple products you love. I went last year and it was awesome! This year I will be a guest speaker and talk about technology and Seniors. Topics include learning all about the Preview App and it's power; How to automate your Mac like a wizard!; Using Accessibility for the handicapped; The future of tech and more! It's $149 for the classes and BBQ, plus the hotel night. If you want to go, we can get a carpool going. Click on the picture above to check it out for yourself. I would love to see you there! If you come to my class, you have to promise me that you won't throw tomatoes!
Danger! Will Robinson Danger!
If you get a message on your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad or Samsung phone or tablet telling you that you have a virus and to call a number it is a scam! Don't do it! I have people fall for this on a daily basis! Please tell your friends and family! I can't say this enough! It is not Apple and or Microsoft! It is some sleazy slime ball that wants to steal from you. Don't let them! Be smart. If this happens to you, call me and I'll tell you how to get out of it.
What Lakeshore Mac can do for you...
I specialize in many different things that some of you are not aware of. Here is a list of things that I can do for you...
- Fix your broken Mac, iPad, iPod, iPod Touch or iPad.
- Diagnose your home and tell you where you are Tech deficient and make recommendations.
- Set up your Network and configure your router and make sure your Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone and everything else is connected.
- Purchase your new equipment and set up your new devices.
- Upgrade all your systems.
- Set up your new Apple TV and home theatre system.
- Set up your house to be a smart house with a Nest thermostat and home alarm system all controlled by your iPhone.
- Set up iCloud syncing on your Mac or PC.
- Upgrade your operating systems.
- Create a Web Site for you that you can then manage yourself.
- And of course, one on one training or group training on any topic of your choosing.
- I can also tile your floor but we won't go there :