Backup for photographers

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A presentation I did for Photocamp London 2010 high level overview of backups for the photographer.


<ul><li> 1. Backup for Photographers Stuart Clark [email_address] A Necessary Evil</li></ul> <p> 2. Who is this guy? What will I get out of this presentation? 3. There are two kinds of people in the world those who have had a hard drive failure and those who will. 4. What would I do tomorrow if none of my data was retrievable. 5. Some Basic Steps / Guidelines 6. K.I.S.S Philosophy The more friction you put into a task the less likely you will do it. Find something that works for you Automate when possible 7. Keep it organized Keep a clean / original copy Use the right storage medium Keep it separate 8. Keep it organized Have a good understanding on where your photos and other support files are located on your computer. 9. </p> <ul><li>Other support files??? </li></ul> <p>Most photo management software will keep a separate database file for the photos it is managing This may include tags and change information. 10. Keep a clean / original copy After transferring photos from your camera, make a copy of the original photos before doing any editing. Some software will do this for you. 11. Use the right storage medium Hard Drives are the most friction free method to use. DVDs Tape etc. have cost and reliability issues and can be hassle to use for the large storage requirements that photographers have. 12. What about online? Very easy to setup and runs by itself. However </p> <ul><li><ul><li>Due to the total size of photos that a photographer will have the initial backup will take a long time. </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Some backup services charge by the space used. </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Your ISP may have a bit cap that you may go over. </li></ul></li></ul> <p>That being said. Some photographers use online services such as Flickr for their portfolios and other final photos. 13. Keep it separate </p> <ul><li>Ideally you should have 3 copies of your data </li></ul> <ul><li>Original </li></ul> <ul><li>Local Backup </li></ul> <ul><li>Offsite backup </li></ul> <p> 14. Why offsite backup? Having the onsite backup beside your computer is convenient but what if one of the following happens? Fire Flood Your computer and your external drive is stolen. 15. Sample Workflow Copy Files from Camera to Computer Copy to onsite and offsite backup Verify Verify Edit your pictures When done make onsite and offsite backups 16. Software There is a wide variety of software. Use something that your comfortable with. 17. Software</p> <ul><li>Windows </li></ul> <ul><li>Sync back </li></ul> <ul><li>Genie Timeline Home </li></ul> <ul><li>Vice-Versa </li></ul> <ul><li>Windows own backup program </li></ul> <ul><li>Mac </li></ul> <ul><li>Time Machine </li></ul> <p> 18. Hardware </p> <ul><li>External Hard drives </li></ul> <ul><li>Enclosure or Dock? </li></ul> <p> 19. Enclosures 20. Docks 21. Backup Methods </p> <ul><li>Full </li></ul> <ul><li>Incremental </li></ul> <p> 22. Test your backups! Once in a while try restoring some files to make sure things work as you expect. If you start getting read/write errors then replace the drive right away. 23. Questions? Contact Info [email_address] stuartclark </p>