In this video, the instructor shares how to keep your backup media organized and avoid confusion.
- When it comes to backing up your photos, if I talk about backing up, you probably think about making an extra copy of your photos. And you might think of that as a singular. I have my source photos, and I have a backup copy just in case anything goes wrong with those source files. But is a single backup really enough? Well, I suppose that all depends on how paranoid you're going to be about losing data in the first place. To me, I feel like you can never have too many backup copies, because there are all sorts of possible things that might go wrong.
And you want to make sure that no matter what happens, you'll be able to recover from a failed hard drive or whatever it might be that causes you to lose your files. But how many do you really need? We obviously have to have some degree of limit. I would say that for most photographers, having at least a total of two backups, in other words, three copies of your photos. You have the original source files on one hard drive for example, and then two individual backups. And that provides you with a variety of benefits. We can cycle through those backups, for example, leaving one copy off-site at all times.
And it just gives us that extra measure of protection for our photos. And in some cases, when I'm on a trip and I've got some photos that I really think are going to be excellent, I might maintain additional extra backup copies of my photos as well. So I would say that, there's not really an upper limit other than just your resources and how many hard drives you want to buy. But I do think that most photographers, in my experience, have just a single backup copy of their photos, and that can leave you open to a variety of risks. So I would certainly encourage you to think about having at least two backup copies at any given time.
And depending on your specific needs and workflow, and the type of photography you're doing, you might want additional backup copies as well.
- Organizing your media
- Anticipating risk factors
- Determining how many copies you need
- Backup frequencies: redundant, incremental, and synchronized
- Backup locations: local, external, and cloud
- Automating your workflow with scheduled backups
- Managing your backup workflow in the long term
- Cultivating good backup habits