If you’re like most professional photographers, you already have a reliable process for backing up your digital photos in case of a catastrophe or for migrating to a new computer. But what about the preferences and settings you’ve spent years tweaking in your favorite image processing software? Restoring your image files from backup is only half of a disaster recovery response. Getting you (the photographer) back to work as efficiently as before the catastrophe is the second task. In this post, I describe some of the commonly overlooked data that should be part of any photographer’s backup strategy.
Articles from: April 2011
I used to joke with my wife about the “action photos” she would take of me skiing or snowboarding. You know the kind: where the frame is either filled with a bunch of powder dust (about 2 seconds after you’ve already carved by) or the subject is completely out of focus. One day while at the terrain park in Jackson Hole, she asked me to show her how to improve so she could take some shots of the kids there (who were putting our skills to shame). I was pleasantly surprised at the result – after only about 5 minutes of instruction, she was able to capture a decently sharp image – and thus began my desire to share these simple tips on my blog.
I really enjoy using an L-Bracket on my camera. It makes switching between landscape and portrait composition very easy, which results in me taking more diverse compositions. I recently tried a Really Right Stuff L-bracket that fits my Canon body + grip with the hope that I could leave both my grip and L-Bracket on my camera 100% of the time. Instead, I was 100% disappointed with that bracket and quickly reverted back to my old setup: an RRS body-only L-Bracket.