Learn how to backup your photos on location using portable devices and common sense. By Yanik's Photo School.
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Hello everybody, Yanik Chauvin here, I’m in my hotel room here at the wonderful Tassel Therapy Spa in lovely (--) in Quebec , we’re on day 2 of shooting, yesterday we shot the boutique and today we’re going to be shooting some food and some stuff in the restaurant and what not, so that’s the plan for today. What I want to do today with you guys is go through my back-up work flow. So you can have a little bit of an idea of what I go through to make sure that my files are always there when I get home and they’re not corrupted or they weren’t erased or stolen, so you might find my back-up method a little bit of an overkill, but you can take some and leave some as long as you’re comfortable with the way you back-up your files. Now it is important that you do back-up your files, that’s number one, and whether it’s for a client or professional contract or even just fir travel photos, you want to keep those souvenirs, many people get their cameras stolen while they’re away, so make sure that you do back-up your files and I would also recommend that you back-up your files every evening, that’s what I’m doing here, whether it’s for my personal photos that I go when I go out by the seashore and I take some shots there, I’ll back up my personal shots as well. So not only my client’s shots but my personal shots as well. Now this is work flow, first thing I do, take my camera, take the card out of the camera, you can use any type of card in your camera, you’ll either have the CF cards like I’m using or the SD cards, and whatever command you get, if it’s especially if you’re travelling, you want to travel light, so I recommend you get a back-up device like this one, this is the Epson P3000, it’s a little bit more expensive than your average back-up, but getting all source of back-up devices, some with or without viewing screens, some would only have little LCD telling you how much space you have left and how to transfer is progressing and what not. If you want to view your photos or show them to clients, the P3000 or the other Epson products are pretty good for that. So that’s the first thing I do, I get the memory card out, there are specific slots whether it’s SD or CF, I just stick my CF card into my Epson, and I started to back up, it’s that simple. Once that’s done, I’m not done backing-up. Next step, I can either take my Epson or put the camera back into my, put the CF card back into my camera and then via USB cable I plug it on my laptop and then I back-up again. So I have a double back-up all the time; why, because my laptop could break, it could blow up, we’ve seen videos on YouTube, there’s a black laptop blowing up, this is a hard drive as well, this can go wrong, it can shut down, it can blow up, it can break, I can drop it, so you’ll never know. So you want a double protection, I sleep so much better at night knowing that I have this back-up worth all. Now if I’m shooting with a client and we go through the photos and at the end of the shooting says this one and this one and this one goes three shots or else ten shots, those are the ones that I want, and I’ll see if I can do a triple back-up, I’m going to go in the internet, I’m going to go to a place and there area lot of back, on my back-up systems, I chose the Mozi cause it’s free and it’s very liable and it’s very well respected and you get 2 gigs free for storage. So you don’t need to store your whole photos but only the 4files that your client really, really likes and knows he’s going to use. So I would have an online back-up, a laptop back-up and a portable device back-up, and again, my memory cards, I will only erase them, I have 4 memory cards, 2 2-gigs and 2 8-gig cards, I will only erase those cards once the fourth one has been used, so I get a rotation there as well just in case, so that creates like a fourth back-up if you want. You might think I’m a little paranoid but I’d rather sleep on both two ears, that’s a French expression, I don’t know if it exists in English, but I will sleep better at night knowing that my files are backed-up. And that’s my work flow, I hope you enjoyed this little video clip on my work flow and my back-up work flow and we’ll talk to you soon, ba-bye.