You might say that I am a bit paranoid with losing my photos. You would understand my fear if you knew the unfortunate events that surrounded the loss of hundreds and hundreds of photos.
It started when my old laptop decided to bite the dust…but not to worry!! I had everything backed up (like a responsible photographer) on an external hard drive. While I was researching my next big computer purchase, I had my external hard drive on the table.
The next thing I know, CRASH! My mischievous ferret had climbed up on the table and pushed my hard drive off onto the tile floor. After taking it to several specialists, it was deemed unrecoverable. So sad.
So now, I have several things that I do, or equipment that I use, to help avoid losing my precious pictures again.
The first thing that I learned was that the larger the memory card that you have, the more pictures that could potentially be lost or corrupted. This is especially true if you are traveling in a remote area or if you just didn’t bring equipment to transfer pictures to your computer. So now, instead of purchasing a huge 64 GB memory card, I take along 2-3 smaller cards – say a 16GB or 32 GB card. This way if one is corrupted, at least you didn’t lose your whole trip!
Another feature that I love about my camera is the fact that it has 2 memory card slots where the second card can be used in a variety of ways: as an overflow (basically shoot double the number of pictures), as a back-up (so you have 2 copies of the same thing), or for shooting in RAW.
I also purchased an EPSON P-3000 multimedia storage viewer for our travels. When I didn’t want to bring my laptop, this small device allowed me to transfer images to storage each night back in the hotel. In fact, it was more like a “data dump” party because my dad, mom and sister, Ashley, all saved images here and we had plenty of room (even storing the larger RAW images).
The most recent purchase that I made was an Eyefi Mobi 32 GB card. Once you link your card to your mobile device or desktop/laptop, your photos will sync automatically. Awesooommmmme!
I hope that this might help at least one person to avoid a potential disaster! Are there any other products or methods that you use to protect your photos?