5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 20, 2010 8:49 PM by whiskey sour
whiskey sour Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
Hello. I want to start backing up my photos on DVD. Can someone please tell me the exact way to do it.

I know that in order for them to be readable both on Mac and PC, they should first be moved to a Folder on the Desktop and then burned to the DVD. What is the best way to move them to that Folder, to simply highlight them and drag them to the Folder or highlight them, Copy, and then Paste to
the Folder? Any other info or suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks.

iMac 27 i5, 1TB., Mac OS X (10.6.3), 4 GB RAM, Lacie 500GB d2 Quadra, WD Passport 160,Linksys WRT160N
  • 1. Re: Saving photos to DVD
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)
    Select the photos and export them to a desktop folder with the desired options (file menu ==> export) - then select that folder in the finder and burn it to DVD (right click and select "burn to DVD") - the result will be usable by both Macs and PCs

    You can then delete the desktop folder

    LN

    PS - note that this does backup your photos but does not backup the iPhoto library which contains much more than just photos.

    Message was edited by: LarryHN
  • 2. Re: Saving photos to DVD
    whiskey sour Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
    Thanks Larry but could you please explain the Export process a bit more--I really want to make sure I have this down the proper way:

    I understand I would highlight a photo(s), Click on File, then Export, then click on 'File Export'in the menu that comes up.
    If this is correct so far, then the box that comes up requests the following:

    Kind (I assume jpeg),
    JPEG Quality (is it best to use the default Medium?),
    Include--can you comment on whether I should check title and keywords and Location info or leave them blank?
    Size--I assume the default 'Full Size' is best?
    File Name--Again I assume the default 'Use File Name' is best?
    Prefix for sequential--Assume I could leave that blank?
    Sorry to ask so many questions but again I do want it to be correct.

    Thanks Larry.
  • 3. Re: Saving photos to DVD
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,775 points)
    The answers to all those queries is... "depends on what you want"

    Kind (I assume jpeg),


    Yes, unless you want the Original and not the edited file. I would ignore the Tiff or png options.

    JPEG Quality (is it best to use the default Medium?),


    Depends. For most purposes, probably.

    Include--can you comment on whether I should check title and keywords and Location info or leave them blank?


    Have you added metadata: specifically: Places, Keywords, Titles, Descriptions to your Photos? If so, then check these boxes.

    Size--I assume the default 'Full Size' is best?


    Yes.

    File Name--Again I assume the default 'Use File Name' is best?


    There is no "best", there is what you want to do only.

    Prefix for sequential--Assume I could leave that blank?


    Unless you choose to use it, yes.

    Regards

    TD
  • 4. Re: Saving photos to DVD
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)
    Kind (I assume jpeg),


    Your choice - JPEG is generally the best and has the most universal compatibility and very good quality while greatly reducing physical size

    JPEG Quality (is it best to use the default Medium?),


    I would use maximum myself - but it is your choice - depends on what you want to do and how you want to use the photos - for printing maximum would be best - for use on the web small or medium would befine - so it depends and is your choice

    Include--can you comment on whether I should check title and keywords and Location info or leave them blank?


    again it depends - do you have keywords, titles and location information? Do you want to save them and use them else where? If you do them be sure to check those - if you do not then there is no reason to - it depends on your use and your desires

    Size--I assume the default 'Full Size' is best?


    Again it depends - I would unless you have a space problem or are going to the web with them

    File Name--Again I assume the default 'Use File Name' is best?


    Totally up to you - if you "use file" name then the file names assigned by the camera will be used - if you use titles then those photos that have titles will use the title for the file name and the others will use the original file name - the Sequential option is good for changing file names in case of duplicates or to make them more human friendly

    Prefix for sequential--Assume I could leave that blank?


    Unless you choose to use the Sequential file name option


    You may want to take the iPhoto tutorials - and it would be a worthwhile investment of time to take the iphoto tutorials - http://www.apple.com/findouthow/photos/ - they are very helpful and will save you a lot of time and frustration. - and take a look at the Help capability in iPhoto

    LN
    LN
  • 5. Re: Saving photos to DVD
    whiskey sour Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
    Thanks Terence and Larry, I do appreciate your time and effort--it has given me good insight into how I should go about this. Thanks for the link Larry, I have and will continue to check it out. Cheers.