As photographers, our data is our most important asset. Unfortunately though, it’s also the most volatile part of our entire production. Hard drives are fragile, memory cards can fail, and worst of all, gear can be lost or stolen. Without our data, our history and credibility as photographers is gone, and all of our time building out our portfolio is wasted.
If you take any of your work seriously, or even would just like to preserve your memories more securely, you need to think about creating a file management and backup workflow. Having multiple copies of all your data is crucial, and creating redundant backups has become incredibly easy with the advent of cheap hard drives and highly effective off-site backup solutions. I’m going to recommend a few very effective and easy to use backup systems that I use regularly, and explain why I believe it’s absolutely critical that you implement something similar.