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In this course, photographer Derrick Story teaches the concepts and techniques behind efficient photo management and backup, which becomes increasingly important as a photo collection grows. The course begins by showing how to transfer and organize photos "by hand"—that is, by copying them from a memory card to a hard drive without using software. In the second portion of the course, discover how to take advantage of the photo-management features provided by programs such as Lightroom and Aperture, by assigning descriptive keywords, by giving photos ratings and color-coded labels, and how smart album features can automatically collect photos that meet certain criteria.
The course concludes with a look at aspects of a good backup and archival strategy, ranging from the best file format for long-term backup to the best hardware options for offline storage.
I'm going to continue my discussion of hard drives, and this is one of my favorites of the bunch. This is a Buffalo CloudStor hard drive, and what makes it unique from the other hard drives that we've talked about is that I can access my information across the Internet far, far away, and I will show you how that works in a minute. But basically this is about the size of a toaster, it contains two hard drives that mirror, RAID-1 Mirroring, we've talked about that before. It has an Ethernet connection that connects to the network. The USB connection is not for connecting to the computer, but if you want to plug another hard drive into it for quick downloading.
Basically the way that it works is that you connect it to the Internet, and then you can access it from all sorts of different devices; not only computers, but also tablets, and even mobile devices. So this is a very powerful software. What Buffalo did was they collaborated with someone who specializes in this; Pogoplug, and I really think it's the best of both worlds. And the neat thing about it: it costs less than $200. What do you think about that? So let's see how it works. I have it right here; here's the connected drive right here on my Desktop. This works for Mac and Windows. I am going to open it up, and what we're looking at right now are the file folders on my Buffalo CloudStor in Santa Rosa, California, over 400 miles away. And we are looking right into it right here; I mean, I don't know about you, but I'm getting goosebumps.
Let's open up one of these folders here, here's a Photos folder, and I've been on the road a lot so I have some travel photos here. Basically what I do is after I process something and I publish it, I also back it up to my CloudStor. These are JPEGs, so they don't take up much room, and they are easy to back up and they are easy to download. So let's just grab a shot from my hard drive in Santa Rosa, California; did I mention that before? I am going to drag it onto the Desktop here. There it is, just like that; open it up.
I now have it on this computer down here in Ventura, California. So this is a great solution for smaller files, such as JPEGs. You can back up a whole day's work; not a problem. If you're shooting RAW, I think the way to go is to pick your selects, or your favorite shots of the day, and back those up. Because hotel bandwidth being what it is, in that this isn't an enterprise server, it's a personal server; you're not going to be able to back up gigabytes and gigabytes of information over a hotel network.
So it's better for JPEGs, it's better for your selects of RAWs, but it does give you an additional solution when you're away from your computer at home.
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