A Photo Backup Guide: 4 Ways to Safeguard Your Images

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by Lindsey Graham March 31, 2018 featured, photo & video

Getting started as a photographer is as much spending time behind the lens taking photos as it is time behind your computer uploading, organizing and processing images. After shooting an eight-hour wedding, I am left with thousands of images that also need a photo backup guide.

Figuring out the best way to manage so many images is often something that is overlooked until a problem arises. A wedding cannot be recreated, and losing photos from a once in a lifetime event would be devastating—not only for myself, but everyone in attendance. As your photography archive grows, so does the need to stay organized and protect your data.

There are a variety of options to consider when choosing a photo backup guide. For every photo stored on your primary drive, you should keep at least two additional copies on some type of backup. It is recommended that these backups be stored in two different locations in order to protect against all hazards. Below are some backup options to consider:

External hard drives

With a variety of storage capacities, it is relatively easy to find a drive suitable for your needs. The largest drives have up to 6TB of storage space, however, a drive of this capacity requires a wall power adapter, making it less convenient to take with you. Smaller hard drives are more portable without the need for a power adapter, but lack the storage capacity. I often travel with my files so I have a multiple small portable external hard drives that I work off of, and a larger hard drive at home with a copy of everything. The problem with external hard drives is that no drive will last forever, so it is important to look into alternative storage options.

Find more ways to organize and backup your data by RSVPing for Michael Clark’s upcoming class, The Professional Photographer’s Digital Workflow.


Online storage

Online storage is great for the everyday photographer, and there are a variety of online storage providers with a multitude of options. From unlimited storage space to RAW image upload…(more here)

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