Saturday, June 9, 2012

Backup What Is Precious. Culling What Is Not.


I have been working off of a lap top since I got my first computer five or six years ago. I had limited funds as many do when starting out and decided that is what I wanted. Something that I could take on the go if I wanted. I do not have a ton of room for storage on this one but double when I had with my first Lap Top that sadly was a lemon.

I currently have a total of 3 external hard drives for photo file storage and do some DVD back up when I think of it. Hard drives will fail, disc will degrade and a person really needs to be somewhat diligent about backing up files to make sure you do not loose any precious art or other important files. It only takes once forgetting to back up on another drive to loose something forever. One of those 3 hard drives is always kept at my parents house in case of theft, fire, or other disaster and I rotate it out on a regular basis. Others may opt to keep it in a safety deposit box if they have the funds. Another great option is to purchase online storage with a reputable cloud service. They have multiple back up servers so they do not loose your files as well. But do research and check prices to get the a reputable site as well as getting the one that is the best bang for your buck.

Some tend to be pack rats when it comes to image files. Some of us shoot rapid fire like there is no tomorrow to shoot again and have way to many files to go through all in one sitting. That is one habit that may delay culling immediately to where we might pass it off for another day only to make more work for ourselves later. And if we do the same thing on the next shoot we soon end up being overwhelmed by going through those and weeding out what we do not need.

We need to keep diligent about backing up those important files, but we must cull out the ones that are not truly not necessary to keep as soon as we can to keep it them control. This also helps keep our computer from being bogged down so much that it becomes to slow to work properly. If we must shoot a ton of one thing from time to time, it best to check them as soon as you can and to cull out the duds or ones that are so close you do not need them both. That way you do not get so many backed up that you feel overwhelming at needing to cull them months or a year later when your computer is too full to take on anymore. And if you cull as you go your computer will not fill up as fast if you have a smaller storage on your machine.

I recently ended up in this very situation the past week. I do a photo a day project going on a year and a half, and while some there are only a few files for that day it does add up. I have been better about going through those sets of files that are less than 20 files and try to take those down to one or two shots. Keeping only a select one or two in the event I do create a personal book of my photo journey.

I also intend to get better organized with my remaining files. The files that come after this need to be able to be retrieved easier. So do yourself a favor. Cull now and cull often. Organize your files in a way that you can find the ones you have. And the files you end up with. Back up, back up, back up all of your precious files. Make sure you have at lest one back up off site as you never know when you will loose them all.

Happy shooting! And reduce your stress by keeping your files culled and organized!

Here are a few of the images I found during my culling. Click on any image to see a larger view. 

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