In the days of film photography, most people used to save their images in photo albums. They usually also had a copy of the negatives just in case the albums were lost or damaged. This allowed them to replace any lost photos by reproducing them from the original negatives.
However, when it comes to digital photography most people download their photos onto a computer, a disc, or other type of electronic storage device. But the majority of people don’t back the photos up somewhere else. This means if anything should happen to the original storage device, the photos could be lost forever. This could be heartbreaking for people who have treasured personal and/or historical images.
If the photos mean a lot to you, it’s always a good idea to make sure you have backup copies of them somewhere and keep them separate from the originals.
There are also dozens of websites that can be used as virtual photo albums. This means you can upload the images into cyberspace and have them stored on a company’s web server.
While backing up digital photos should be done, there could be some instances where you might not be able to do it immediately. In the cases where your original images aren’t backed up, the next best thing you can do is to make sure any electrical devices that are holding the photos, such as a laptop or PC are protected.
It may be a good idea to get yourself a surge protector if you are using a lot of electrical equipment in your digital photography. Surge protectors are appliances that are aimed at protecting your electrical devices from power surges and voltage spikes.
It may be a little complicated to explain how they specifically work, but basically a surge protector’s job is to try and regulate the amount of voltage reaching an electric device by blocking or shorting to ground voltage above a safe threshold.
The protector basically takes the brunt of the surge before it gets to your other components. They are useful items to have to protect electrical devices against things such as lightning strikes, as power surges and lightning may damage or destroy electronic equipment and changes in electrical voltage might cause lock-ups as well as loss of work.
Although your digital camera works on batteries you may find yourself using electricity for downloading your images onto a disk or a computer and for recharging batteries among other things. Surge protectors come in assorted shapes, sizes and styles. They can range in price from about $25 to several hundred.