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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Workflow, Start To Finish Part 3

Use these tips for worry-free backup

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AirPort Time Capsule is a wireless hard drive that backs up our computers via Wi-Fi. Used with OS X Time Machine, Time Capsule automatically backs up our files on a regular interval so we won't lose any data if a computer hard drive fails. Once a bad hard drive is replaced, Time Machine will allow you to restore the data you lost.

Windows users also have an option similar to Time Machine. In Windows 8, choose the File History option. This allows you to automatically back up your files to an external hard drive. You then can restore your files using the external hard drive if you have problems.

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So far we've looked at how I back up my computer and image files, but there are other options to consider in conjunction with the methods mentioned earlier for even more secure backup.

One popular way photographers back up is by using online services like CrashPlan or Carbonite. These services charge you a fee for storing images and backing up data on their industrial-grade servers, offering secure backup and encryption of your files. What's really nice is that these services can automatically back up your data on your computer, similar to Time Machine. Another benefit of these services is that you can access your files anywhere in the world as long as you have an Internet connection, and you can back up in the field, as well. If you combine using your own RAID system with online services, you're a role model of backup!

Another off-site data-storage option is Dropbox. Dropbox offers secure data storage for all your files and documents. Once your files are downloaded to Dropbox, they're automatically backed up at regular intervals. Dropbox doesn't automatically restore your hard drive if it crashes, but it's simple to use and you can access your files anywhere you have an Internet connection. It's also popular for file sharing with clients and friends.

Backup is a critical part of your workflow. All the work you've done in the early stages of workflow is saved in backup. What exact system you use is up to you, but make sure you remember the Rule of 2 and use both on-site and off-site backup methods. Once you have reliable and secure backup in place, you'll be able to sleep better at night.

Check out the previous articles in this series on our website, dpmag.com/how-to. For an in-depth look at Tom Bol's workflow, pick up a copy of his book, Adventure Sports Photography: Creating Dramatic Images in Wild Places. Visit Tom's website at www.tombolphoto.com.


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