A photo workflow that saves your pictures forever

Storing photos of events from your life is one of the most important jobs that Bit Chest can do for you. Birthdays, weddings, births, celebrations, your memories are important and so they should be stored safely.

Here’s a workflow that we ourselves use to make sure our photos are safe

1

Put your photos into a picture program.

The Picasa import dialog shows a list of thumbnails of all pictures you can import right now. You can select which ones you want to import.

That’s the picture import dialog Picasa uses. Here are some pictures from my wedding. That’s me on the right.

Now, I myself like to use Picasa. It’s simple and works well for me. If you’re used to iPhoto, Aperture or something else, that’ll work as well. However, the important part here is that you are able to sort the pictures, tag them and identify them. Sorting by date is a huge thing, and Picasa shows some great previews so you can quickly sort and order your pictures. Have a look at the screen shot to the right to see how the import looks for me.

2

Find the good ones

What I like to do next is go through all of my pictures and ‘star’ them. In Picasa there’s a star mark that you can attach to pictures that you really like, by pressing the space bar in the photo view. Using this, you can go through your pictures quickly and select which ones are the good ones.

Many people will delete the bad pictures, but I’m a hoarder. I usually don’t delete any pictures, unless they’re really shaky or blurry. That’s why it’s important to star them. If you’re a deleter, that will work, too, so you’ll only keep those files that you like.

3

Export the ones that you want to save forever.

Once I went through my pictures and selected those that I really like, it’s time to make sure those ones stay safe. You could upload them to a Picasa Web album, but I really don’t trust Google with my private pictures, so I found another way to keep them safe: Bit Chest.¬†All you have to do for that is put them into the Bit Chest archive folder. That’s simply done by exporting them from Picasa into the appropriate folder. There is an export button at the bottom of the Picasa window that I use for that. It looks like this:

The Button bar at the bottom of the Picasa window.

The Picasa export dialog with its many options.

Simply add in the album name, select “Use original size” and “automatic” (it’ll remember those settings for next time) and click export.

Once you click that button, the export dialog pops up. It looks like the screen shot to the right. Once you’ve exported to Bit Chest, it’ll automatically point to the archive folder, so you only have to add in the album name you want to save it under. I like to put the date into the name to make sure I find my files again and have a nice list in the directory. Make sure to select “Use original size” and for the image quality select “Automatic”. These settings will be saved by the dialog for next time, so you can set them once. Then simply click “Export” and the rest will be done automatically. Picasa will export the files into the archive folder, Bit Chest will upload them and once that’s finished, the green icon will appear again.

Now we know our files are safe, and we’ll be able to show our grandkids our wedding pictures!

Johannes Spielmann is the founder of Bit Chest. One of the main reasons for inventing Bit Chest was that he wanted to store his pictures safely.