Three Common Mistakes You Make with Your Photos — And How to Fix Them

There are lots of common mistakes people make when taking photos and we take a look at three of most common and offer up solutions to help take some of the hassle out of your digital photography life.

1 – You Take Too Many

It’s only natural. It costs you nothing to take a photo and with our camera memory cards and phones offering generous storage, there’s no obvious reason to ease up on the shutter. But really, you should. Taking tons of photos creates all kinds of problems for you, both short term and long-term. The short term problem is that it makes the essential task of organizing and backing up those photos harder to do — uploads take longer, eating up more mobile data or time at the computer. Over the long term, it becomes harder to find and separate truly meaningful photos from the duds.

Solution: Put the camera down and enjoy the moment (at least once in a while). Even if you have an itchy shutter finger, you can be more diligent about deleting images after-the-fact. Make a habit of reviewing your photos — either on your device or your PC after the fact — and delete the duds. Be merciless. Your future self will thank you.

2 – You Don’t Have a Plan

There are no shortages of things to worry about in this world and while your digital photos shouldn’t eat away all of your stomach lining (that’s what kids are for), very few people think about the long-term life of these images. By long-term, we don’t mean next month or next year. We mean 50 years. 100 years even. With print photos, keeping them around for 100 years meant simply avoiding a fire or flood. Today, it’s way more complicated. You’re changing smartphones. You’re updating computers. Hard drives crash. Cloud services go under (but not Zonerama.com – see below for details). All the while, you’re taking more and more photos on more and more devices, making the process of keeping your collection centralized and safe ever harder.

Solution: We hate to say it but there’s no silver bullet here (we’ll let you know when we find one). There are, however, good practices which we described in a previous blog. The short version: print the images you absolutely couldn’t live without while also storing your entire digital photo collection on an external hard drive and/or reliable cloud service (again, see about Zonerama.com below).

Social Network

 3 – You Share Them Carelessly

Social networks like Facebook and messaging apps like SnapChat are easy to sign up for, but hard to understand. By “understand” we don’t mean how to use them, that’s easy enough. By “understand” we mean how these services use your images and how easy it is to control who gets to see what.

SnapChat, for instance, prides itself on quickly deleting all images shared through the app, but reports are continuously surfacing hat reveal that these images aren’t deleted and can be accessed by those willing to hack their way in. Be warned. Facebook, too, uses images in ads and continues to have its share of major privacy issues as well.

Solution: Always be mindful of what you post online and get to know the privacy settings of the services you’re using. They are constantly changing and ultimately it is probably a wise practice to only post the most innocuous of images to social networks.

And, as we often remind you, remember this, keep all your memories stored at Zonerama.com, our free, unlimited photo-cloud service. As a vital back-up to your entire image library and also as a great way to gain instant access to your images, Zonerama.com is a smart, secure and valuable addition to your imaging bag of tricks.

Last updated 19. October 2014

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Author: Michael McEnaney

I am a veteran technology journalist with over 20 years experience covering consumer electronics and imaging tech as well as launching, editing/writing content, selling and marketing a variety of publications and websites. Most recently I helped NAPCO launch the Technologytell.com network of consumer tech websites and also helped launch the popular tech website TechTimes.com as well as launching his own website at www.your-digital-life.com that covers all consumers can do with their digital images and videos after they’ve captured them. My true passion has always been photography – both capturing life’s most precious moments as well as covering the pros that capture the world.

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