backup strategies for photographers

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Who Said:
Information is eternal, computers are ephemeral, backup is the savior.T.E. Ronneberg

Backup Strategies For Photographers!
There are very few photographers who can claim they’ve not at one time or another lost an important file or deleted a photo accidentally, yet most of us still negate the crucial need to back up our photo’s
It could be due to lack of knowledge, laziness, lack of time or even sheer denial that nothing bad will happen. All these things prevent us from doing a significant precaution – always back up your work!
If you do not have a duplication of your photos externally and your laptop gets stolen, your memory card corrupts or computer crashes – you can only blame yourself.
A survey conducted by software giant Symantec revealed that only 34 percent of photographers backed up their images regularly, despite the fact that two out of three acknowledge the loss of data.
A keen photographer understands the value of keeping his or her data safe. Every time we the photographer heads out on a project or an assignment, we should have in place a secure file management system for our photos and other relevant data.
As we never know what can occur, a good photographer also understands the need for a reliable and safe backup solution.
Data loss is a painful experience which unfortunately most of us go through at some point if we are not careful. In my photography tutorials, YouTube videos and this website, I spend quite a lot of time advocating the importance of a well-established workflow which incorporates reliable backup strategies to avoid loss of data.
I do not know if I can stress this enough but before you lose everything, and I mean everything. Do not wait until your hard drive crashes for you to think of setting up a backup system for copies of all your photos.
Trust me when I say you must backup your data, for about $100 you can purchase a 1TB portable hard drive, or you could go with a jump drive which will hold 128G. In a nutshell, do something to back up your favorite pictures and other essential data.
This year I have personally lost two hard drives in my network storage device (NAS). Luckily, I have mirrored drives which mean’s I can lose a disk and still have copies of all my images.
There are lots of ways you can back up your data. Many years ago, the only real way to backup data was to use DVDs or CDs. Those days are now long gone you can use jump drives, external hard drives, and you have access to this new thing called cloud storage.
I was talking to a fellow photographer just the other day, and he mentioned that he was only paying $50 a year for 1TB of cloud storage. Do some research online to obtain the ideal cloud storage, and I’m sure you’ll find lots of places that give you free space like Dropbox, Windows, Canon, etc. Again, just do a Google or Bing search, and I believe you’ll find several options out there.
If you’re not going to use a network storage device or cloud storage and decide to use the external hard drive system only, I would suggest that you keep the external hard disk at a house of a friend or relative when not in use.
The reason why I’m saying this is because just last week I read an article where someone broke into a photographer’s house and stole her computer and camera gear. She had no backups everything she had is now gone.
Choosing a proper backup solution is imperative. Most photographers use more than two strategies to ensure their files are back up. In fact, this is the most practical and safest thing to do. When you select one, ensure you consider your individual requirements.
Play it safe and find a backup solution that works for you

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