You might have heard in the news that Flickr is being bought by SmugMug. What exactly does this mean for you if you have a Flickr account?
First of all, nothing will change at the moment, so no need to panic.
If you have a Flickr account, you won’t see any difference. You can use your usual login and do whatever you where able to do until now – as you would have been informed by email. What changes at the moment is the ownership. What SmugMug will do over time with Flickr we naturally don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see.
Should you not agree with the change in ownership and choose to not have your account transferred to SmugMug, you will have to go to your Flickr account, download everything you want to keep and then delete your account in your account settings. This will have to be done by 25th May 2018. Should you need help with this, I’m more than happy to give you a hand – just call me on 0413 216 589.
While this all sounds kind of harmless, it is one of the reasons why companies and service providers like these shouldn’t be used as backup systems. At least these accounts shouldn’t be your only backup. It is entirely out of our control what they do and how it affects our content. Whilst they absolutely do have a place (I often use and like SmugMug), we shouldn’t rely on them heavily and stay in control of our photos.
Even Professional Photo Organisers have to deal with their own family photo collections. Often, working on these projects is at least part of what triggered a photo organiser’s passion and interest in working in this field to help others to achieve a similar result and peace of mind.
In this article, I share the personal story – and the steps – of helping my mother sort and digitise her entire collection of family photos. Her living in Switzerland and me in Australia of course didn’t make it any easier. In an ideal world, the project may have been conducted slightly different. But we had to work with what we had at the time and this is an account of a very realistic and pragmatic approach.
I do hope that it inspires you to tackle your own family photo collection, whether by doing it yourself or by outsourcing some or all of the work. Because work is involved, there is no two ways about it. However, the result is ever so satisfying and the peace of mind knowing that your precious photos and memories are digitised and backed up is invaluable. Not to mention the joy that these photos can now be shared so easily with many others in the family. A project like this can also be a very connecting experience due to the stories that are inevitably being shared. Working together on your family photos will become a precious memory in itself!
I will soon write another article about how we continued work together once the photos were scanned. If you haven’t signed up yet, use the form on your right hand-side to make sure you don’t miss future posts and tips about photo organising.
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