What to do? Where to store all these images

Hello! Welcome to this weeks blog.

I've been ask what I do for storage and what I do with all the images I take. I will cover what I do with all the images in a later blog but for now...lets talk about storage!

I take a lot of images and they definitely add up when it comes to disk space. They add up and disk space goes down. So what do I use? I've tried most things but not all...

When I started photography, I saved everything to my hard drive, but that's when file sizes were minimal. Fast forward to many years later and file sizes are much larger. File size is based on the camera you have, how you shoot and what type of processing you do.

External Drives

When I made the change from my computer hard drive, I used external drives. External drives are a great option, they are fairly inexpensive, they are portable and come in all sizes. My recommendation is to purchase the largest you can afford and make sure you have two of them. One to store your images and another to back up all the images you store on the first one. Please don't make the mistake and purchase only one. I've heard of so many losing their images because they did not back up the external.

The thing about externals is they can only hold so many images before you need to purchase another larger one. I have so many externals around here, the challenge became labeling them so I knew what images they contained.

If you're taking pictures primarily with a cell phone, an external drive would be the best way to go. The images taken with your phone are not as large as images taken with a digital camera, you can get a decent size external for very little to save images from your phone, or you could continue to use your computer. If at some point you plan to get a digital SLR keep in mind file size for the digital SLR and possibly purchase a larger external drive. Remember though purchase two, you don't want to lose your images.

Online Backups

I've tried online backups, they worked great. They are affordable, convenient and offsite. Offsite is nice if anything ever happens to your home, you still have a backup. I used it for a time, but for me I found it a challenge for two reasons. 1. My internet at the time was not the fastest and 2. You should be organized so you can find your images. It's always good to make sure you are organized no matter what method you choose. It's crucial so you can find your images and that's not just for online, that's for all forms of storage. Initially, I wasn't very organized. I've learned over the years and now I have them organized by designation and year. If it's a landscape, it goes in a landscape folder, with the year, and then in a folder with the location. This way I can see when I went to Glacier and all the images I took. The same applies for flowers, although they are more of a challenge because I don't just shoot one flower. So for the flower images I save them to a folder titled macro and then they are separated by date. You'll have to decide what works for you, everyone has a method that makes sense to them and that's really what matters...finding your images.


My current method is a synology system. I love the convenience and I love saving them wirelessly. I just download my images with lightroom to my synology without plugging into it and it's pretty automatic.

Getting a synology system can be a bit pricey depending on which system you go with. I have a basic system, nothing to extravagant. They have a mirror drive in them so they have a copy of everything you save to them. Another nice thing about them is you can increase the size of the drive without purchasing a new system, you only need to purchase larger drives. I've not had to do this yet but I can see it won't be long before it's a reality. I have around 12 terabytes but I take a lot of images and I also process a little differently, all my processed images are saved as a tiff file.

Till next time, stay safe and healthy


Below are a couple of links, check them out to see what will work for you.

I've included cnets reviews on the best external backup drives for 2021 below.


and if you're interested in the synology system I've included a link for their site as well.