In today's digital age, it's easier and easier to archive media. Just several years ago, photographers would have to maintain libraries of physical proofs, negatives, and prints. With the rise of digital photography it's much easier to store large amounts of data for long periods of time. Call us paranoid, but we love the peace of mind we have in using both physical and cloud based backup systems. Here is a glimpse into our process:
1.) Main External Hard Drive
We shoot totally in RAW format which allows better quality in post-processing, but also is saved as a huge file! We save straight from our cameras to a 1TB drive where the pictures are stored as we edit and it also frees up space on our computer to run things like Lightroom, Photoshop, and Quickbooks (the joys of running a small business...)
2.) Backup External Hard Drive
We also keep a totally separate 1 TB drive with the raw unedited data straight from the camera. This is kept in a fireproof safe and sometimes we even take it to a separate location if we are going to be away from our house for an extended period of time.
3.) Backblaze Online Backup
Backblaze is a secure cloud based system that backs up all of our files. It's updated constantly as the files are saved and moved from drive to drive. It's backing up both external hard drives and even our iMac's internal hard drive! If our computer ever crashes we can download the last update and keep moving as if nothing ever happened. TRY IT HERE!
Once the images are fully edited, we upload them to our client proofing site PIXIESET. Not only does this allow our clients the opportunity to view their pictures in a private/password protected setting, but the images are also stored and can be downloaded if we ever have a crash. This gives us the piece of mind that if our physical backups are ever damaged we will have the fully edited photographs available from an outside source.
Finally we go back to our early 2000 roots with a tried and true technology: a burned DVD. We take the fully edited set of images, burn them to a DVD, and file them away in our Strouse Photo archive (ok it's an old school leather CD case, but you didn't hear that from us).
We may be overly cautious, but your images are just as important to us as they are to you and we would never want to lose those because of a computer crash. Stacking backups is the name of our game, but what proccess have you seen work when it comes to digital files and memories?
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