This heartbreaking story about a Montreal photographer reminds me how our work as photographers is basically data, collections of bits and bytes, and easily lost.
I can imagine how it would feel to lose a single shoot, never mind a years worth of images.
It’s not just client shoots either – a lot of us have huge collections of family photo’s on our computers, so some sort of security is just as important to the casual photographer.
Last spring I shot a wedding and flew home with my images just on the camera’s flash cards and it totally stressed me out.
I usually download the images to a laptop and a portable hard drive in the hotel room that night. I sleep way better knowing I have three sets of images.
On this trip particular trip the laptop stopped working, and so there I was, with just the original images until I got home. The cards never left my person, but I never really relaxed until they were safety downloaded.
At home I have three hard drives with my data on it.
One’s the working hard drive, and two are back-up hard drives.
One of the back-ups stays at home, backing up every hour and one goes to an ‘undisclosed’ location.
I swap the two every month or so (when I remember)
If the unthinkable ever happens I should always have atleast one copy.
None of this guarantees my data is protected, but it does, I think, reduce the probability of data loss to tolerable.
I feel for this poor photographer though, because with the best laid plans and systems we’ve all been in a situation where we’re vulnerable to theft and other disasters.
Check out her amazing work here