Resolve to print, organize, protect your digital photos in 2014

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by CNN and Neil Parmar, Money Magazine

Video report by Stacey Cohan, CNN; GMAZ interview by Javier Soto

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 30 at 11:49 AM

(CNN) -- You know you have them -- but what do you do with them? In the age of smartphones and digital cameras, many of us record every moment of our lives. But the pictures rarely find their way to a printer. If you'd like to make a change in your photo habits in 2014, we have the tips to help you with your photo resolutions.

A classic example of this trend is the disappearance of baby books. Our parents used to print out photos and put them in albums -- not so much with the new generation of babies.

It is so easy to take a picture these days, but so difficult to make yourself get it printed. Money magazine offers some ways to get that hard copy of your great moments.

Many retailers offer apps that allow you to send your pics from your smartphone or tablet, directly to the store for printing. For example, Walgreens' app charges users 29¢ for a four-by-six inch print.

The app lets you edit and apply filters to your snaps, and, unlike most competitors, it can print directly from Facebook and Instagram.

If you want to make that baby book before your kid heads to college -- there are plenty of scrapbooking sites that create professional looking books and holiday cards -- but watch out for steep shipping charges.

Money magazine likes Snapfish, which only charges $8 for delivery.

And -- if you want to print them yourself at home, there are plenty of good quality printers that don't cost a fortune. Money magazine recommends the Epson Expression Premium XP-610. That one costs about $150 and can receive photos via Wi-Fi or cellular data from a computer, smartphone, or tablet. .

How to keep photos safe

Your favorite shots are priceless, right? Protect them with these three strategies.

Backup online: Many of the free photo-sharing sites also offer generous storage for your digital images. Yahoo's Flickr, for instance, got an impressive upgrade earlier this year and now allows users to keep up to one terabyte's worth of photos on the site (that's around 500,000 images). If you don't mind looking at photos at a lower resolution, MyShoebox offers unlimited storage.

Burn a DVD: A single disc typically holds about 1,000 images. Do it yourself, or upload photos to an online photo site such as Shutterfly, which will do the job for you. Expect to pay between $10 and $20 per DVD.

Digitize old prints: Services like ScanDigital, GoPhoto, and DigMyPics will scan hard copies of your old photos for 38¢ to 88¢ each. Have them archived online or stored on a CD, DVD, or flash drive.

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