Thinking of switching from DVD to flash drive? Read on to learn why you should!
In this article:
- What is a Photo Flash Drive?
- Why Should I Switch to Photo Flash Drives?
- How Do I Package the Flash Drive?
Photo Flash Drive | Why It’s Time to Make the Switch
What is a Photo Flash Drive?
A photo flash drive is a customizable USB flash drive that can be designed to fit your brand. There are lots of styles, colors, and even materials to choose from. You can also choose the storage capacity depending on how many photos you’ll be saving.
Why Should I Switch to Photo Flash Drives?
There are a lot of reasons to choose flash drives over other storage devices. From convenience to aesthetics and branding, here are five reasons to make the switch.
A USB flash drive is much easier to use
Sure, a DVD isn’t a lot more difficult to use than a flash drive. It’s not much trouble to pop a CD in and out of your computer. However, when it comes to saving and deleting files, you’ll feel the difference between these two options.
For starters, you need special software to ‘write’ data to a CD or DVD. In some cases, you would even need to specify which files you’re copying and what device you intend to use it with. For example, say you want to copy music and play it from your car stereo. You’re going to have to carefully select those options, or the DVD won’t work. What a waste of time, right? Plus, deleting isn’t going to be easy either.
That’s not a problem you would have with USB flash drives. Once you pop them into your computer, all you would have to do is copy and paste the data you need to store. If you make a mistake and copy a file that wasn’t supposed to be in there, deleting is a piece of cake.
A USB flash drive is compatible with more devices
Apple has pretty much made DVDs an outdated way to store data. They have long since removed disc drives from their MacBook devices. A lot of other laptop models are following the lead as well. Clients who use one of these laptops certainly won’t appreciate if you give them a DVD, as it won’t be convenient for them.
There’s also no telling how much longer we’ll be able to use DVDs. With more models ditching the drive, there’s no telling how much longer before DVDs follow the fate of the floppy disk.
This isn’t a problem you would have with USB flash drives. Most gadgets have a USB port since it’s used for more than just file transfers. Even mobile phones have adapters to connect with a flash drive.
Flash drives are easier to customize
One of the things a photographer can do to make a client feel special is by customizing the storage device the pictures are copied in. Are you one of those people who pray your printer behaves and prints your custom DVD label properly? Don’t you just hate it when the images don’t fall in the right place and you’d have to do it all over again? It’s a waste of resources — the ink, the sticker paper, even the electricity to run the printer. Let’s not even go over the trouble of having to stick it properly on the DVD.
Custom flash drives are going to save you from all that trouble. You just have to visualize what kind of look would suit your brand. Pick the right materials, color, and design, and you’re good to go! You can even have your flash drives custom-branded by your supplier.
Flash drives are inexpensive
One of the biggest reasons photographers hesitate to move on from DVDs is they think flash drives are going to burn a hole in their pocket, which isn’t true at all! You’d be surprised to know that flash drives are inexpensive and don’t even have to be purchased in bulk.
If you are starting out your photography business, you won’t have to purchase a huge set at a time. There’s usually no minimum amount to place an order, so you won’t be pressured to buy more than you need.
Flash drives can strengthen your brand
A customized flash drive is one of the best ways to deliver photos to your clients. When you hand them a flash drive instead of a DVD, your brand will look more high-end or innovative. Having your logo clearly inked on the storage device will always remind people of who took the amazing photos.
The truth is, some people will even judge your work before opening the files. They’ll be expecting awesome photos with just a look at a very presentable storage device.
How Do I Package the Flash Drive?
There are tons of ways to package the flash drive and hand it over to your client. You can use a wooden box for a rustic feel. You can then store both the flash drives and the printed photos in it.
It’s also a quaint idea to put the flash drive in a box the same size of a ring box for wedding or engagement photos. There are also gift boxes that are perfect for the size of a flash drive. You can also opt to put them in a leather pouch. There are a lot of options, but it all really depends on your branding. Get creative!
Learn to transfer pictures from Windows photo gallery to a flash drive with the help from an experienced computer professional in this video by eHowTech:
It’s time to make the switch! Make your brand stand out by leaving the DVDs behind and delivering your photos to your clients through a photo flash drive. It may cost a little more than DVDs, but it’s an investment for your photography business and your brand.
What’s holding you back from switching to USB flash drives? Let us know in the comments section!