Step 3: Do More Than Store Your Photos
Don't let that brag-worthy summit shot languish on an SD card. Dump all images on an external hard drive (like the Western Digital), but also back up online. Amazon Prime users can upload unlimited photos — including many types of raw files, which can be more than 50 MB each — completely free (or $12 per year for non-Prime members).
No matter how great the shot, even professional photographers do some editing after the fact, whether it's color correcting or image sharpening. Many online programs and smartphone apps offer basic enhancements, but if you want to try the gold standard, a Web version of Adobe Photoshop is available for $10 a month.
Feeding your home printer with ink and high-quality paper can be more trouble than it's worth, especially when there are so many printing services online. Nations Photo Lab makes standard prints as well as albums and photo books — and it has trained pros to eyeball them, just like at a walk-in lab.