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    Last Frame: Heads Up!
    Photo By Zach Rockvam

    Nineteen-year-old Colorado State University student Zach Rockvam is fortunate to live within an hour’s drive of Rocky Mountain National Park, where he often travels for nature and wildlife photography. “This picture was taken during the winter months, so several of the bull elk were congregating in the west Horseshoe Park area,” Rockvam explains. “I pulled off to the side of the road to observe and photograph the herd. After a couple hours and taking several hundred pictures, two of the bull elk started sparring near my vehicle. Luckily, I was in the right place at the right time when they both turned their heads in my direction, and I captured this perfect shot.”

    Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM with 1.4x extender. Exposure: 1/200 sec., ƒ/8, ISO 2500.

    See more of Zach Rockvam’s photography at nationalparknerd.com.

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    Last Frame: Heads Up!

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    Last Frame: Heads Up!

    Nineteen-year-old Colorado State University student Zach Rockvam is fortunate to live within an hour’s drive of Rocky Mountain National Park,...

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    Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:01:32 +0000

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Taiga Meanders” by Bob Faucher. Location: Denali National Park, Alaska.
    Photo By Bob Faucher

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Taiga Meanders” by Bob Faucher. Location: Denali National Park, Alaska.

    “Returning from our flightseeing tour with Sheldon Air Service over Mount Denali we passed over this view—deep in the taiga a small stream meanders through the muskeg, with its golden fall colors, to a beaver pond ending with its well-maintained dam,” says Faucher. “The only way to see this fabulous landscape is by flying. We were aboard a De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk1. Small, fixed-wing aircraft have vibrations associated with the engine and propeller and are easily jostled by wind gusts. The photographer must use his arms to form a gimbal to counteract these movements and absorb the vibrations.”

    Canon EOS 5D II; Canon EF 28-70mm @ 53mm; RAW capture: f/5 @ 1/250 sec, ISO 100; Auto exposure; Centerweighted-average metering; Auto WB.

    Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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    Photo Of The Day By Bob Faucher

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    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Taiga Meanders” by Bob Faucher. Location: Denali National Park, Alaska.

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Taiga Meanders” by Bob Faucher. Location: Denali National Park, Alaska. “Returning from our flightseeing...

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    Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:54:00 +0000

    Put Experimentation To The Test

    Every time you bring the camera to your eye, apply the many compositional rules that apply to art. But the word “rule” means one should abide by them. Herein lies the dilemma. What if breaking the rule makes the photo better or provides a unique twist? What if you simply feel like breaking a rule? I say, good for you. Go out and experiment. Think back to your high school science class when it was experiment day or you had lab time. Things would go up in smoke, turn different colors, make loud sounds or disappear. The immediate reaction was always a resounding WOW. Bring that feeling to your photography and create some WOWs of your own. Break the rules and experiment.

    RULE: Don’t Aim A Wide Angle Upwards—It Creates Distortion. Fact—The wider the angle, the more distortion it creates if it’s not perpendicular to the subject. This being the case, take advantage of the distortion to create a unique perspective. Get close to a foreground subject to exaggerate its size, skew the camera as much as possible and exploit the falsified look. The foreground elements will lean, bend and may take on a barrel shape depending on how wide a lens is used. Incorporate framing into the composition to make a connection between the subjects. Intentionally underexpose the background and add flash to the foreground element to make it more prominent. Experiment and create a WOW.

    RULE: Make Pictures With The Sun To Your Side Or Back. Fact—If you shoot into the sun, the light is contrasty and shadow detail is lost. Additionally, camera meters can be easily fooled, so it’s difficult to get a proper exposure. This being the case, make photos of subjects where blocked up shadows have no bearing on the outcome of the photo, and don’t worry about tricky exposures as meters in today’s cameras are programmed to ignore bright highlights. Besides, it’s digital and the results can be compensated for on the spot. Look for great silhouettes, colorful sunrises or sunsets, patterns that reflect the light and reflections of key compositional elements. Watch the nuances of how the light changes. As it decreases in contrast, make more images. Experiment and create a WOW.

    Put Experimentation To The Test

    RULE: Use The Rule Of Thirds. Fact—The rule of thirds dates back to the Renaissance painters, and it certainly worked for the masters. It evolved into photography because it works. This being the case, if you adhere to it ALL the time, you’ll never know if a composition can be improved if you ignore it. What's frequently heard is never center a subject. It becomes static and no movement is depicted. The majority of the time, this holds true. If you place the primary subject in one of the power points, a pleasing composition is the result. But I encourage you to investigate all options. I’m often heard saying, “Exhaust All Possibilities.” The next time you head into the field, deliberately center the main subject but also place it within the rule of thirds. Compare the results when you edit the pics. If you already have tons of images on your hard drive, open some and crop the photo so the subject is dead center. Did it improve any? The answer may be no, but you’re guaranteed to never find out unless you try. Experiment and create a WOW.

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    Put Experimentation To The Test

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    Mon, 16 Jul 2018 07:01:23 +0000

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Golden Crowned Kinglet” by Robert Kaplan. Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve, New York.
    Photo By Robert Kaplan

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Golden Crowned Kinglet” by Robert Kaplan. Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve, New York.

    Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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    Photo Of The Day By Robert Kaplan

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    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Golden Crowned Kinglet” by Robert Kaplan. Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve, New York.

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Golden Crowned Kinglet” by Robert Kaplan. Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve, New York. Photo...

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    Sun, 15 Jul 2018 14:52:13 +0000

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Tranquil Dawn” by Tom Elenbaas. Location: Mono Lake, Mono County, California.
    Photo By Tom Elenbaas

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Tranquil Dawn” by Tom Elenbaas. Location: Mono Lake, Mono County, California.

    Calm waters reflect the orange glow washing over the dawn sky above Mono Lake,” describes Elenbaas.

    See more of Tom Elenbaas’ photography at www.tomelenbaas.com.

    Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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    Photo Of The Day By Tom Elenbaas

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    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Tranquil Dawn” by Tom Elenbaas. Location: Mono Lake, Mono County, California.

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Tranquil Dawn” by Tom Elenbaas. Location: Mono Lake, Mono County, California. “Calm waters reflect...

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    Sat, 14 Jul 2018 14:45:17 +0000

    If you're a student or pro photographer looking for your "big break," placing in a photography competition is an excellent way to get your work noticed—and makes a great addition to your artist's bio.

    The premier contest of our sister publication Digital Photo Pro, Emerging Pro 2018 is now accepting submissions in three categories:

    Each category will be recognized in the final judging. Prizes include generous cash awards up to $1,000 and publication of the winning images in a future issue of Digital Photo Pro.

    The contest is accepting submissions now through October 16, 2018. You may enter as often as you'd like.

    Visit the contest portal on Digital Photo Pro for more information.

     

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    Emerging Pro Photo Contest Call For Submissions

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    Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:52:52 +0000

    Steadify is a wearable camera support system
    Overlooking the shores of Anchorage, Tobias Wagner travels light with Steadify at his hip.

    Plodding along the swampy shores of Turnagain Arm in Alaska, your feet sink into the gritty mud, swallowing your shoes like quicksand.

    Your gaze floats across the flat lake, and climbs up to the peaks of the Chugach Mountains, each crevice on its wind rugged-rocks, a story etched.

    But, when you check-out the flock of sandpipers on the beach, you sense an imminent interruption to this perfect peace. Those birds are spooked by your presence, perched ready to fly away.

    This is exactly where I found myself among the serene Alaskan terrain. And in that moment, I sought to capture the pipers’ impending flight.

    I’m Gert Wagner, a life-long photographer and videographer. As photographers, when we capture that exquisite moment, it’s exhilarating. Along my travels, I’ve found that there’s a few key elements to that perfect photo. Sometimes it happens with a chance click of the shutter. Sometimes the shot is visualized clearly and composed with care. Either way, that crisp moment of discovery requires a few key elements to coalesce:

    However, stability and quickness often contradict one another.

    Still, proper stabilization is the difference between great and failed results. Traditionally, tripods are used to bring this needed element of stability to photo and video. But, in the field, there are also clear limitations of tripods. A tripod is clumsy and can be a burden when hiking or traveling around. They limit discovery in more remote areas. Finally, they take time to set-up. When it comes to capturing fleeting moments, a shot can be missed in the time between set and snap.

    And in fact, in that moment of tripod setup, your pipers are out of view.

    My son Tobias and I searched for an answer to this problem: as traveling photographers and filmmakers, how can we be both quick and stable when capturing footage? For both our professional and personal life, we developed a solution resulting in superior images without the hurdles of bulkier tools. Together, we created Steadify, a wearable stabilizer allowing for agility, flexibility, and most of all stability on-the-go.

    Steadify Redefines The Physics Of Camera Stabilization

    Steadify works from the hip, as opposed to from the ground like most tripods. While standing solidly on both legs, the hip is the most steady part of the human body. This effect is amplified when adding vertical pressure to the Steadify mount, which comes naturally when holding a camera, binoculars, or scopes to the eyes. At this point, the body and Steadify form a solid triangle of incredible stability, more stable than a monopod. The effect is instantly tangible and a truly stunning experience, resulting in crisp photos, smooth videos, clear and steady views from binoculars and scopes, endless stand-by, and no missed opportunities.

    Steadify launches on Kickstarter July 18
    Tobias and Gert launch their new invention on Kickstarter, July 18. Learn more here.

    Maximizing image quality and minimizing baggage and set-up, Steadify stabilizes binoculars, scopes, and barrels absorbing the weight of any device—you can switch from binoculars to camera with ease. Steadify also functions as a jib arm for fluid vertical and horizontal video camera movements, a bonus usually found in more elaborate equipment.

    Back To The Trenches

    After a year of developing Steadify, Tobias and I piloted our new device on an expedition with a group in Alaska. I watched my colleagues struggle along our climbs, encumbered by the weight of their tripods. Although they rarely used them, they lugged them around the whole hike through. Even so, at points, when tripods were deployed in the shore sands, the tripod legs sagged into the wet beaches.In these situations and many others, we found Steadify solves three clear problems of the trade:

    1. Steadify stabilizes your device, regardless of rocky terrain
    2. It remains completely mobile while viewing or shooting, no standby fatigue for long scopes
    3. The lightweight device lies snug on your hip with a single swoop setup, whisper quiet

    See Steadify in action here:

    Launch on July 18. Delivery in September. Check out the Kickstarter campaign!

    I’m proud of our invention. In a time where all our equipment requires batteries and small parts, we revel in Steadify’s effective simplicity, literally grounding us back into the outdoors.  The mobility the device invites allows for travel toward more remote or preserved areas. For example, in his most recent article in OP, Justin Black articulates that Zion National Park actually outlawed tripods to preserve the beauty of the land. Steadify has you covered allowing you to shoot—right from the hip—every time.

    My son and I invite you into a new world of quick stability, redefining the physics of camera stabilization. Learn more about our travel journeys and how Steadify can help you Be Pro. On the go. And become the tripod.

    Like those sandpipers, lighten your load and let your photography take flight, sprawling across the Alaskan serene sky.

    Tobias and Gert launch on Kickstarter on July 18. Check out their Kickstarter campaign and support fellow outdoor photographers!

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    Be The Tripod

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    Steadify is a wearable camera support system

    With Steadify, a wearable stabilizer, your body becomes the tripod for agility and stability on-the-go.

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    Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:26:38 +0000

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Blue Eyes” by Frank Pali. Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan County, Washington.
    Photo By Frank Pali

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Blue Eyes” by Frank Pali. Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan County, Washington.

    See more of Frank Pali’s photography at www.frankpaliphotography.com.

    Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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    Photo Of The Day By Frank Pali

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    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Blue Eyes” by Frank Pali. Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan County, Washington.

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    Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:36:06 +0000

    Step-by-step diagram for keeping your photos safe
    Figure 1. Here’s a step-by-step diagram of the steps for a basic backup workflow. Look to the numbered steps toward the end of the article for explanation, and, remember, redundancy is key.

    In the previous articles in this series on keeping your photos safe, we’ve clarified what dangers threaten our data and discussed the commonly overlooked details of a photographer’s backup workflow. We looked at how DNGs can protect against data decay or bit-rot, backing up your catalogs, creating redundancy for your catalog’s metadata, and what RAID drives and Drobos are, along with other hardware.

    In this fourth and final article of the series, we’ll talk about a framework that brings all of these elements together. What do we do day-to-day, and how do we practice a sound backup workflow? Even though I can split these ideas into another four-article series, let me attempt to distill them for you. My main challenge in doing so arises as I try and predict who you are. I know some of you have image archives of modest size, and some of you have large archives of well over 10 terabytes, but most of you likely have something in between. Usually it works out that the more data one has, the deeper down the technical rabbit hole one goes.

    And so, without getting too technical, allow me to generalize, providing an overall framework. Meaning, there are certain principles and steps I think all photographers should follow regardless of the size of their archives, while other aspects of your workflow should be fine-tuned to fit your lifestyle and needs. I’ll do my best to make suggestions for each kind of photographer along the way.

    The 3-2-1 Rule For Keeping Your Photos Safe

    In the first article of this series, I covered a couple crucially important things. First, everything can, and at some point will, go wrong. Secondly, the best hardware in the world isn’t going to save you, so you have to start thinking in terms of redundancy. And so, in the spirit of redundancy, I’m talking once again about what I previously referred to as triple redundancy because, well, the safety of the fruit of all of our labors depends on it.

    The generally recommended practice for redundancy is the 3-2-1 Rule. This rule tells us that we should, at all times, have our work stored on a primary drive, then backed up to a second drive, and then to a third drive, at a minimum. Of course, this third drive is to protect you against a catastrophic failure triggered by things beyond our control and imagination and acts of god. To do so, we need to keep that third copy off site and safely away from your first two copies.

    Here’s an example of why offsite backups are so important: Type “How Toy Story 2 almost got deleted” into Google and check out the cute, but also scary, YouTube video of how the entire “Toy Story” sequel, with a budget of nearly $100 million, was almost totally lost. In short, the primary copy of the film was accidentally deleted, and because of some technical glitches in creating backups that were never properly checked, the film was believed to be all but lost. But out of pure luck, the film’s technical director had recently had a baby and took a copy of the film home so she could work from home. Can you say “close call!?”

    Most of us aren’t working with a $100 million budget, nor are we working with the technology, storage servers or a team of people managing our libraries like Pixar. However, the 3-2-1 Rule applies to Pixar as much as it does to us. The story illustrates that things happen, without warning and beyond our imagination, not to mention that floods, earthquakes, fires, robberies, tornadoes, hurricanes, wild animals, UFO abductions and supernatural events all happen. It’s all possible. Henceforth, store your data on one kind of external drive system, back it up to a second, and then back it up, at a minimum, to a third that is kept off-site. And unlike that story from our friends at Pixar, don’t just trust that your backups are happening. Test them as you go.

    Folder Organization & Archiving

    For my first tip in this department, keep everything—and I mean everything—in one folder. You can label this folder “Images” or “Archive" or whatever, and put all the images in your library in that folder. I’ve seen too many photographers with crazy folder systems, where some folders reside on their desktop, some on external devices, and others on different computers altogether. In short, don’t do that. I mean, don’t do that! Trying to find everything that needs to be backed up if it’s scattered all over is challenging even for the heartiest of brains. And of course, the larger one’s library grows over time, the more challenging this all becomes.

    Of course, folder organization can go beyond the simple “Images” folder on your backup drives. Think again about Pixar and how their initial copy of the film was accidentally deleted. Well, I’ve actually done this and then made a backup that then also reflected the accidental deletions of those files. Like Pixar I got lucky, but it was scary. Nowadays I archive everything that I delete. Or everything I delete gets put into a special folder called “Archive.” Pro tip: Get backup drives that are twice the size of your primary drive. This provides a buffer so you can archive deleted files in addition to your main image folder(s) without the worry of deleting work accidentally.

    Software like ChronoSync can be helpful for keeping your photos safe
    Figure 2. ChronoSync and other synchronization programs offer the ability to archive the files you delete as you go, just in case you accidentally delete work you need by accident.

    In article two of this series, I highlighted the use of synchronization software such as ChronoSync for Apple computers and Beyond Compare for Windows. Another program for Windows I forgot to mention is GoodSync. One of the key features to these programs is they have the ability to archive as you go, and it’s easy to do. Using ChronoSync as an example, by choosing the option to “Move To Archive”as shown in Figure 2, ChronoSync will move your deleted files to a separate folder that archives your deletions. Nothing is deleted, so you won’t lose a thing, even if you do something goofy like Pixar or me.

    If you don’t want to learn a synchronization program, and want to just drag-and-drop your folders to create a backup, you’ll have to find another hard drive to archive all of your images to protect against accidents. The pitfall for losing stuff lies in the method by which you drag-and-drop. Meaning, if you drag your “Images”folder from your primary drive to your backup drive, and you overwrite the “Images”folder on your backup, then you populate your backup with any changes you’ve made—accidental or intentional. You might simply choose to not overwrite your folder and create a new backup “Images”folder each time you do a backup. But for anyone who doesn’t have a small data set to work with, that is not a sustainable solution over the long term.

    Alternatively, you can have another backup drive where you’ve copied all of your image downloads. You can organize them by date, so it’s easy to track things down in the future if needed, but that ensures that, again, nothing is lost.

    Of course, another layer of redundancy and automation one can add to the workflow is using cloud services. Like learning to use synchronization software, working a cloud option into your workflow is yet another thing to learn. But cloud services today are very easy to use, very secure and quite affordable. And if you have large image archives, some companies have solutions for you to transfer your data without relying on slow internet bandwidth.

    Cloud Storage

    For whatever reason, the idea of the cloud still scares people. I’m not sure why, but there’s little to nothing to fear nowadays. Encryption technology is impenetrable if you’re using a halfway reputable company, and although we are talking about a three-layer redundancy approach in this article, most cloud services backup their data servers much more than that, and while using different geographic regions on completely separate power grids. Understand that the entire business of a cloud service is structured around not just storing your data but keeping it safe and accessible.

    Google, Amazon, Carbonite, Microsoft and Backblaze are some of the more popular companies offering easy-to-integrate and affordable cloud options. But out of all of them, I must say that Backblaze and Carbonite offer the best bang for one's buck. That said, I believe they are for two different kinds of users. Carbonite seems to be best for the user with modest-size archives of about 1TB or less, for the user who is less adept at working with computers or learning new systems. I say this because Carbonite, which is comparable in price to Backblaze for personal home use, has a customer service department that you can actually get on the phone during normal business hours. I find that extremely valuable. Backblaze relies on email support or live chat only during business hours. They do offer an upgrade service for those who want and need 24/7, on-the-phone customer support. But the fee for that is prohibitive and not for the average user.

    Try cloud storage systems like Backblaze for keeping your photos safe
    Figure 3. Backblaze’s B2 service offers an affordable way to backup large sets of data on the cloud. Here’s a breakdown of what storing 5TB of data would run, with average downloading and usage, compared to its prime competitors.

    Also, I say Carbonite is for users with “modest”-size libraries because you can only add to your cloud archive through the internet. Meaning, if you are a photographer starting out with a 5TB chunk of data, you are forced to transfer all of that over the internet. Even if you have good internet upload speeds in your home, that can take a month to upload. Alternatively, Backblaze’s B2 service offers the ability to import large chunks of data that are too big for a reasonable internet transfer. It is not free, but they can send you a 110 GB drive for $99, a 3.5 TB USB hard drive for $189, or its Fireball service, where it sends you a 40 TB drive array for $550 (each requires a refundable deposit as well). Backblaze is also the most affordable of all the cloud service options I’ve found, and one of the easiest to use. Carbonite is $6 per month for personal use, Backblaze is $5 per month, and each offers unlimited backup capacity. Backblaze’s B2 service is charged by the gigabyte. Storage is $0.005 per GB per month and $0.01 for each gigabyte downloaded. Figure 3 shows a breakdown of what that may look like for a user with 5TB photo archive who is working a lot with their library.

    In any instance, I highly recommend considering jumping in and using a cloud service in addition to, or in replacement of, your third copy of your data, which I recommend you keep offsite anyway. I’ve been using cloud services for data storage for many years.

    Step-By-Step Workflow For Keeping Your Photos Safe

    We’ve covered a lot of information during this article series, and we need to try to make some sense of it all. Allow me to therefore attempt to line things up. Know that the goal in doing this is not to tell you in that it’s my way or the highway. On the contrary; workflows are supposed to be tailored to accommodate each photographer’s lifestyle and needs. Thus, my goal is to show you the steps of a typical workflow, the workflow that I use, and provide you with the tools that you need to customize a workflow for you.

    But to be clear, I’m not suggesting you skip crucial steps that keep your data safe. I’m just not concerned with whether or not you use portable drives versus drive arrays, cloud services, synchronization programs or whatever. The numbers for each step illustrated in Figure 1 at the beginning of this article correspond to the numbers and steps laid out in the next section. Note that these steps refer to topics covered in earlier articles in this series and are not necessarily covered in this article—be sure to read the previous articles for a complete understanding.

    Backup Steps For Initial Image Ingestion

    1. Backups can begin while shooting and in-camera. If your camera accommodates two memory cards, set up your second card slot to be a backup for slot 1. Remember to have your cards’ capacities and speeds match.

    2. After your shoot, move images off of your memory card and onto your primary hard drive.

    3. Lightroom users should “Copy as DNG”during import. Creating DNGs embeds the ability to later “validate” files that have been backed up or transferred to secondary drives or that have been stored for extensive periods of time.

    4. To make sure all your images transferred from your memory card are not corrupt, Lightroom users should build previews upon import and perform a visual inspection to make sure all files look good.

    5. Back up your data onto a second hard drive or drive array.

    6. Use a cloud service to create a third copy of all of your data. Be sure to synchronize your data from your primary drive, not your secondary drive, with your cloud service.

    7. Once your data has been successfully copied three times, it is safe and you can reformat your memory cards in your camera.

    Maintenance Steps

    1. After performing a chunk of work in Lightroom Classic, make sure your metadata is saved not only to the catalog but also is saved to your files as well. This step protects all of the work you’ve done in Lightroom in the event of a catalog corruption or failure.
    2. Catalog backups: Make sure you back up your Lightroom catalog after each work session where you are adding a substantial amount of either organizational or developmental metadata.
    3. Make sure you are backing up your Lightroom catalog in a separate location from your original catalog. You can certainly use one of your backup drives.
    4. When using synchronization software, have your software archive your deletions.

    At the risk of being redundant: Your choices of hardware, cloud services or synchronization software are important but not the most important factor in keeping your photos safe. Nothing can truly protect all of the work that you’ve invested so much time, money and emotion to create, other than redundancy coupled with throwing little to nothing away. Always practice safe backups. Your photos deserve it!

    • • •

    Read All Articles In This Series

    Keeping Your Photos Safe, Part 1: Don’t Touch Anything!

    Keeping Your Photos Safe, Part 2: Tools Of The Trade

    Keeping Your Photos Safe, Part 3: Protecting The Big Little Things

    Keeping Your Photos Safe, Part 4: Backup Workflow

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    Keeping Your Photos Safe, Part 4: Backup Workflow

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    Essential steps to take for a cohesive backup strategy that ensures the longevity of your photo library

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    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “On The Edge” by Riccardo Zambelloni. Location: Faroe Islands.
    Riccardo Zambelloni

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “On The Edge” by Riccardo Zambelloni. Location: Faroe Islands.

    “There's nothing quite like the grueling weather of the Faroe Islands,” says Zambelloni. “It can be four seasons in a 30-minute span, as I experienced while shooting this picture. Despite being a classic spot, Gasadalur is probably one of the most picturesque villages I have ever seen. I just love how the houses are immersed in this raw and wild environment.”

    See more of Riccardo Zambelloni’s photography at rzlandscapes.com/.

    Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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    Photo Of The Day By Riccardo Zambelloni

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    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “On The Edge” by Riccardo Zambelloni. Location: Faroe Islands.

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “On The Edge” by Riccardo Zambelloni. Location: Faroe Islands. “There's nothing quite like the...

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