If you are using Windows 10 and can not see the thumbnails for your photo files (or otherwise), try rebuilding the thumbnail cache. There's a little-known program called the Windows Disk Clean-up Tool that can do the job. Select "This PC" > [Your Drive] > "Properties" and finally check the "thumbnails" option (while unchecking the other options) to rebuild the icons next to your files' names. It may take a while, but just wait it out and you should be good to go. Not everyone names all their files descriptively, so it's really handy to keep thumbnails visible!
You should always back up your photos to the cloud, and many people use Google Photos. However, it is highly recommended to be prepared with a 2nd or 3rd backup in case something happens to your Google account. If you have Amazon Prime, use their unlimited uploading feature to back up your phone's pictures using Amazon's Photos app. As a Prime user, you also get to store full resolution versions of your photos, unlike Google (though limited to 5 gigabytes of video storage).
Jerry is a photographer and wants to know more about backing up his photos. Leo says it's best to adopt a 3-2-1 backup strategy. Three backups, two different formats, one off-site or in the cloud. Check out DPBestflow.org for details.
Joe recently renovated his house and put in cat6 ethernet while he had the walls bare.
If you need more storage for your Google account, such as archiving your emails, try "Google One" for peace of mind. It's a subscription plan with more benefits than Google Drive. The storage includes Drive, Gmail, and uncompressed images in Photos. Plus, it backs up important data from your Android Phone. You can share the plan with up to five family members, while also being able to hide personal files from them.
Bill has over 30,000 slides he needs to digitize. Leo says that 30,000 slides are untenable to digitize. So Leo recommends triaging and culling that number to a more manageable collection of those he absolutely must archive. Then go to a company like ScanCafe.com. They will not only digitize them, but they will clean them and then save them to a DVD or thumb drive for him to have. He also wants to tag the photos with metadata like when, where, and who. Leo says Camera Bits PhotoMechanic is great for that.
Charlie bought a device from Facebook ads that backs up his pictures, but he ended up with a ton of duplicates. Is there a better option out there? Leo says that some of these de-dupers are too aggressive and deletes all copies. So before you run a de-duper, make a backup copy of your photos one more time. That way, if it does end up deleting all copies, you'll have a backup on the Mac, there's Gemini 2, which is a de-duper that eliminates multiple copies of the same photo. But there are plenty of Windows versions as well.
Robin uses Google Photos to back up her images and has noticed it's having issues with facial recognition features from younger to older. It'll recognize adults rather easily, but the older images of her kids not so much. Leo says that Google's facial recognition measures many physical facial features and it may be that younger to adult represents too much of a difference to connect the dots and recognize them as the same person but as an adult.
Lori wants to make a photo book of her dad's photos. She needs to scan them. Should she use a phone app or get a scanner? Leo says the Epson Fast Photo is excellent because it handles photos through a sheet feeder. But it's not cheap. Your phone or camera app will work. You just have to be sure it's evenly lit. There are a ton of apps that can do it. PhotoScan. PhotoMyne. Another option is ScanCafe, which will send you a box that you can fill and then send it to them and they will not only scan the images but clean them up and color correct them. Then they send it back with a DVD.
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