As photographers photos are extremely crucial to us and if you’re not backing up your photos, you could be in for a nasty surprise.
Reasons For Backing Up
Save Yourself from feeling depressed
Image that you have thousands of images and your hard drive were to suddenly crash. Just picture the deviating emotions you would experience knowing that your photos are gone forever.
Photos are a part of who we are as photographers
Also, photos are part of who we are as photographers, so losing a photo is like losing a part of our identity.
Photos are captured moments in time
Not to mention that our photos are capturing moments of our lives that we don’t want to forget.
Don’t become a part of a horror story
I have heard of countless horror stories were lost their collections of photos and were completely devastated. Do you want to be one of them?
Suggestions For Backing Up
I have heard it said that photographers need to be backing up their photos to at least two different locations, this could be two separate hard drives or one local hard drive and one in the cloud. Personally, I feel that the more copies of your work you have the less chance of you losing your precious photos.
Also, you might want to consider keeping one of your hard drives in a different location, such as having one at home and one at your office. In case there were to be some kind of disaster at one of those locations, you would still be able to obtain your other hard drive.
Also, it is a good idea to look into a cloud storage solution for keeping your photos backed up. One I used to use quite frequently was shoebox, but unfortunately they are going out of business. One of the benefits of having a cloud storage backup is that, you can access it from anywhere and that it is usually backed up to a remote location in case a natural disaster where to hit your area, you would be comfortable knowing you at least have that cloud backup.
How to Backup
There are actually software programs that you can buy that mirror your hard drives so that when you add something new to one hard drive it gets copies to the other one as well. Some hard drives also come with free software that allows you to do this.
RAID Hard Drives
Drobo is a company that allows for RAID backups of your files but can be somewhat expensive if don’t have that many photos or are just a hobbyist. As far as cloud backups go, the company you choose to go with will most likely have software for your computer that runs in the background for syncing your files to their cloud service.
Lightroom CC Backups
The good news is that if you’re using Adobe Lightroom CC Adobe Lightroom CC it automatically stores your files in Adobe’s Cloud. Note that this does not happen for the classic version of Lightroom. Also, I will include a video on how to select a destination to backup your photos in Lightroom Classic that I hope you will find helpful.
Video On Backing Up In Lightroom CC Classic
Note the video is based on Lightroom 5 but will also work with newer versions of Lightroom as well.
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