No matter what system you choose to organize and back up your images, two key aspects must be built into your system: redundancy and offsite backup.
Redundancy is just what you think it is. The more places you have your irreplaceable images, the less likelihood of losing them if something happens to one backup source. And directly tied to sound redundant backup systems is to have offsite backup solutions. Imagine this worst-case scenario: Your ground floor home office where you store your images floods to the ceiling, ruining your hard drive. Did you just lose all your images? Not if you had a second backup hard drive stored out of your home office.
Most photographers feel comfortable having two independent backup sources, one at their office and another offsite. There are many options for this strategy. First, consider the hard drive where you store your images. We use G-Technology G-SPEED Q RAID 5 systems to back up our images. RAID 5 systems use multiple drives that are redundant, meaning if one drive fails, you can replace it and not lose any data. If you have a single external hard drive backing up your images and it fails, you potentially could lose all your data. If you’re using single drives, back up to multiple drives to increase the redundancy of your database system and image backup.
Good-Bye Aperture, Hello Photos For OS X
|For years, the majority of professional photographers used one of two systems, Adobe Lightroom or Apple Aperture. These programs were designed to handle large image databases and have extensive editing controls. When Apple announced they would stop development of Aperture last year, those photographers were left with a choice of switching to Lightroom or waiting to see what Apple had in mind as a replacement.
Both Aperture and Apple’s amateur-oriented iPhoto will be replaced by a new Photos app for OS X (as of this writing, Photos is currently in beta). This app will allow images to be stored in iCloud, with access to images on Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad. Aperture users can migrate their photo libraries directly into Photos for OS X. The app will offer editing tools so users can edit their photos from anywhere on their devices via access through iCloud. This new app may be the solution for some photographers, but it won’t offer all the editing tools that were available in Aperture.
For former Aperture users, in the latest version of Lightroom, 5.7, Adobe has added an Aperture import plug-in that will allow you to import your image library from Aperture into Lightroom. In the Library module, choose File > Plug-in Extras > Import from Aperture Library. Lightroom will recognize image keywords, star ratings and flags—but Lightroom won’t recognize your edits done in Aperture. During import, Lightroom allows you to save a JPEG version with your Aperture RAW editing applied to the image, preserving those adjustments, to some exte