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Are your photos safe?

If getting organized in 2016 is at the top of your list, then safe storage of your digital photos should not be overlooked.
First of all, are your photos backed up, or does a duplicate exist? If you're like most people, both the original photos and backed up versions are kept at home, in the same location. What happens if there is a fire? It is a good idea to backup your photos at home, and also to the Cloud. Cloud storage enables people to safely store their digital photos in another location for a fee. Cloud storage is now inexpensive. Listed below are just a sample of some providers and their fees for this service. There are many other available options, but choosing service from one of the major companies is highly recommended. Reasoning being, companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google have been around awhile, and chances are they will remain in business. Lesser known companies may offer cheaper rates, yet they could go "belly up", and all your pictures might be gone without notice or recourse. Unfortunately, this type of situation has occurred.
 
I use Microsoft One Drive for my business and personal photos. For $70 a year, I get Microsoft Office with 1TB (one terabyte) of cloud storage. I like the fact that I can store my photos in One Drive, and they are automatically uploaded to the cloud. When a client requests a file, I simply right click on the file, select "Share a One Drive link", paste the link in my email, and hit send. I'm done. The client clicks on the link and downloads the file.
Amazon Cloud Drive
5GB free - Prime members unlimited photo storage.
Non-Amazon prime members, unlimited photos can be stored for $12 per year after a free three-month trial
 
Apple iCloud Drive
5GB of free cloud storage
99 cents per month for 20GB, $4 per month for 200GB, and $20 per month for 1TB
 
Google Drive
15GB of free storage
$2 per month customers get 100GB of storage, $10 per month customers receive 1TB of storage
Microsoft OneDrive
15GB free storage
100GB for $2 per month, while up to 1TB costs $7 per month
Microsoft Office, which gives access to Microsoft apps such as Word, Excel and Outlook, costs $7 per month (or $70 per year) and comes with 1TB of storage.
 
If you don't want to pay for a service, another option is to duplicate the photos to a hard drive (a box that resembles a large DVD case), and store the duplicate hard drive in a safety deposit box, or at the home of a parent or friend. The one drawback with this method is, you'll need to retrieve the hard drive, and periodically upload the new photos since your last backup.
The main point of this article is to pick a service, or get a hard drive, then set a deadline, and get it done. Just backup, your photos are priceless and should live on!
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What to look for in a Event Photographer

I am going to list the things that are important to consider when hiring an event photographer.
1) The obvious is samples. Does the photographer have samples to show you? Preferably something similar to your event. I don't think you want to hire a baby photographer for a corporate event. They may be fine, but do you really want to gamble your reputation or job?

2) Does the photographer have insurance? This one thing most people don't think about. Most people never have a problem, but if a client trips over a photographer's bag or equipment you or your company are going to get sued.

3) Does the photographer carry backup equipment? What if the photographer's flash or camera is working? What we do is to carry an extra camera and flash to an event. The camera is within reach and setup so we can pick it up in a few seconds. Things don't always work, that's why you need to be prepared.

4) Does the photographer carry more than one lens? I am amazed at how many photographers only have one lens. We carry at least 3 lens.The reason is you want a wide lens to show a full venue. You can show the grandness of the venue. Telephoto lens is great to get closeup shots with a beautiful bokeh background. You also get a more natural photo. Most times people don't see you with a telephoto lens. It is a great way to stay out of the way. Each lens has a different purpose and look to it.

5) Is this their full time career? If this is a side job job for them will there be conflicts with there full time job? Are they conmitted to your best interests or are they trying to make a few dollars?

6) Are they responsive to your calls or emails? The last thing you want to do is to try to track them down for your photos.

7) Do they have reviews? Reviews can tell you a lot. Is the photographer friendly? easy to work with ?
Does the review talk about the photos? Are they on time? If they a quite a few reviews you can get a pretty good idea if they are a good match for you.

I hope this helps you find the photographer you desire. If you have any questions please contact me.
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5 Things to ask your Videographer or Photographer.

How much experience do you have? If you have an important event, do you want to trust it to someone who doesn't have experience? How the videographer performs is going to be a direct reflection of the person who hired them. You! Hire someone good, you get the accolades. Hire someone bad and you may be out of a job.

Ask to read reviews of the videographer. You should be able to find reviews on Yelp, or the videographers website. Ask for previous clients email address and contact them.

Do they carry business liability Insurance? God forbid they start a fire or cause an injury with no insurance. You will be on the hook if they don't have insurance. Professional Videographers and Photographers will have Insurance.

Ask to see samples of something similar to what you are requesting. Example- Corporate interviews, ask to see an interview they done for another company.

What happens if you are sick or in the hospital? Good videographers and Photographers belong to groups that cover for each other in case of emergency. Put yourself at ease knowing they have a backup plan.

If you need help or are looking for a video professional please call All Corporate Video LLC at 630-440-8492 or email us at info@allcorporatevideo.com
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