Private Cloud vs Public Cloud: The difference

So, why am I writing about “the cloud”?  As technology continues to advance, I’m challenged (in a healthy way) to keep up with my technical skills and all the options available for saving, syncing and sharing digital photos and other important documents; and I want to share that information with you.  If you’re looking into cloud backup or storage options for your digital photos and/or other documents; this is for you; whether or not you are currently using a cloud service, or just getting started.

3-2-1 Backup Method

What is the 3-2-1 backup method?  It’s simple!  A 3-2-1 strategy means having at least 3 different copies of your data; 2 of which are local but on different devices, and at least 1 copy is stored off-site.

What is the Cloud?

You’ve heard of “the Cloud”, but do you know what it is?  Do you know how it can benefit you?

3-2-1 Backup“the Cloud” Basics

What “the Cloud” is not; “the Cloud” is not some big storage space sitting out somewhere in the sky collecting and returning information.

“the Cloud” simply refers to any file (document, photo, video), data, or program that is stored over the Internet, not on your computer.  Office 365, Google Docs, DropBox are just a few examples of services that store these files or run programs over the Internet.  These services are actually utilizing computers in data centers to store your information.  As opposed to when you store data (or run programs) on your computer or hard drive, that’s called local storage computing.

Facial Recognition in Photo Sharing Sites

While researching information for another blog article, I ran across an article where Shutterfly was sued for using facial recognition in their database.  So, I had to jump on this as facial recognition and tagging are used more and more in photo sharing sites.  So what is facial recognition and tagging?  And, how does it affect you?   In order for us to learn about facial recognition, we need to take a look at tagging first.

Happy Father’s Day

Father's Day fishing

In honor of Father’s Day, how about remembering a lesson your dad taught you?

There were lots of lessons my dad tried to teach me. One of those lessons was how to take a hook out of a fish. That didn’t go well as a kid. But when I had my own child, I had to call up my dad because I was so happy when I had to take the hook out.  And put those nasty worms on the hook as well.
So, for this Father’s Day, what were some of the lessons your dad tried to instill in you?  Be sure to cherish those memories, ask questions and pass them on because you never know when the dad in your life won’t be there anymore.
I love you Daddy!  I can only imagine you must be fishing with your dad today.
Moore Reflections Web Signature

Facebook and How Apps Others Use Affect You

I was doing further research this morning about Facebook deleting secret photos.  The keyword here is secret, and believe this is if you have turned on syncing with your mobile device.

facebook apps privacyAnyway, what really caught my eye was something I had not seen before.  You know all those fun games that people play on Facebook?  Telling them who would have their back in a certain situation?  Well I haven’t played those in a while because I was aware of those apps accessing my privacy.  But did you know you can further control what others can access about you when they use that “fun” game?  I state “fun” loosely here.

Picasa Transitioning to Google (Part 2)

Took me a little longer to get back to this; but as promised, the following is some information on how to move your photos from Picasa/Google Photos.

Staying with Google Photos?

Remember (Refer to Part 1 for last week’s article), if you are perfectly fine with the move to Google Photos; there’s nothing to move.    You can keep using Picasa on the desktop, but now you have the choice to upload to Google Photos.

  1. Right-click on the photo and choose “Upload to Google Photos…”
  2. Return to Google Photos, Refresh your web browser if you are already logged in and whala!

Moving from Google Photos

There are a couple of options available on how you can move your photos from Google Photos.

Family Recipe Photo Book

Homemade ice cream
Working for ice cream Credit:

Do you find yourself or other family members asking for Grandma’s wacky cake recipe?  How about creating a Family Recipe Photo Book?  Not only sharing recipes, but adding photos and stories with those family favorites.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Celebrating Father’s Day

Father Son Bootcamp combined photos

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to work on several special projects honoring those that are, or have served in the military.  The projects involved either restoring or retouching photographs.  While another project involved combining two generations along with adding my design abilities for a surprise Father’s Day gift.  This was an idea the client had in mind for several years until they found me at a recent event.  And, with the clients’ permission has allowed me to post a copy of the final work.