14 Aug All about my DPH (Digital Photo Hub)
In our last post we explained what a DPH (Digital Photo Hub) was. If you missed it, we recommend you pop over for a read, it was an important one!
As promised this time we are giving you a real life example of how I chose my DPH and how I use it.
To recap from the last post – it was recommended that you use the following criteria for choosing your DPH.
My DPH is on one of the main internal drives of my PC desktop. Let’s take a look at how I applied the criteria in my choice;
- It’s dedicated – I am using the PICTURES Folder of an internal drive of my PC desktop. Within that folder is a manually managed folder structure.
- It’s intentional – I do not use or apply any automated sync or uploads to this location, I purposely add photo and video files to it myself – with intent!
- It’s accessible – this PC is in my home office and I can access it as long as I have power (aka it is not dependent on internet access)
- It is high capacity – I use this PC for work, the internal drive is dedicated to storing photos only (no program or system files) and has 2TB of space for me to use
- It’s durable – no chance of knocking this baby off the desk, the drive is embedded in the big chunky tower and kept behind a locked door in my office
- It’s predictable – as I said this is my work PC, unless I install an update (which I would by all means read up on before hand) then I know exactly how I expect it to operate.
As you can see it is quite simple and straightforward to choose your DPH location if you apply the criteria.
How do I use my DPH? First let look at my photo inputs;
- my smart phone
- my husband’s smart phone
- our family point and shoot camera
- our family DSLR
- shared photos from family and friends from social media or email
How do I get each of the above input types into my DPH?
- I connect my smart phone the old fashioned way with the USB cable straight to my desktop computer (I find it the fastest transfer)
- Similar with hubby’s smart phone, I connect via the USB cable
- Again I use the USB cable to connect the point and shoot camera
- though I rarely use the DSLR when I do again I use the USB cable as opposed to SD card reader (though using an SD card reader can be faster)
- shared social media photos I usually save to my phone as I see the ones I like and as such they are captured in my DPH when I connect my phone.
Did you see a pattern? In all the instances I use the USB cable and I navigate to the device in question and COPY from that location and then PASTE into the manually managed folders of my DPH. Once arranged neatly in my DPH I can simply connect my external hard drive (EHD) and with a few simple clicks make a backup copy of my entire photo collection to be stored in another location for safekeeping.
So what are you waiting for? Have you created a DPH of your own yet?