To get us rolling with the photo backup series, let’s do a little poll to find out where everyone is at with their redundancy habits. This will help give me a better idea of who I’m writing to for the upcoming articles. It will also shed some light on typical habits of other photographers.
What I’m asking for is how many independent photo backups you maintain. I know RAID setups are kinda fuzzy, but let’s still count those as one. Other forms of backups can include internal or external hard drives, DVDs, flash drives, memory cards, online services, etc.
And based on the results of our last poll, I think we’ll be going forward without an Epic Edits forum. When asked if we want one, most people were in the “maybe” or “no thanks” category. And as many commented, there are a ton of already great forums out there, so why start another?
Backing-up your photos is definitely important, but more important is getting in the habit of doing so. As time goes on and our skills increase, we tend to take more photos. Cameras keep getting bigger and pumping out more pixels too. I recently wrote about my exponential photo collection, and this illustrates what I’m talking about. If you don’t have good habits with your backups right now, you’ll be in a world of hurt one or two years down the road.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting articles in a series about photo backups. We’ll cover all the major methods of doing backups, including RAID towers, external hard drives, DVDs, online solutions, and more (but not necessarily in that order). At the end of the series, I’ll pull everything together in a eBook like we did with the Guide to Adobe Bridge.
To start things off, here are some articles that I’ve come across that cover various aspects of photo backups. Leave a link in the comments if you have some others in your own bookmarks.
Backup – Wikipedia
This entry goes seriously into backup methods and the management of backups. Most of it is probably overkill for many photographers, but it’s interesting to see just how far this stuff goes.
5 Ways To Never Lose Your Photos
Jim Goldstein presents some good solid methods for backing-up, and some things to think about while securing your photos for the long haul.
5 Ways to Store Your Photos
Five of the basic methods and pieces of hardware for storing your photos outside of your internal hard drive.
Digital Workflow: Preserve Those Captures
If you think you’re doing enough to backup your photos, take a look at this article by Jim Talkington. From a pro’s perspective, this is all just a part of doing business.