20 July 2014

how to back up your photos

I have been spending the past weeks trying to get up to date with my back ups and let me just tell you it is not an easy task. It made me want to dedicate a whole blog post to this pretty boring, yet so important thing that a good back up system is.

First of all: Do you even do it? Do you back up your photos and other important stuff on your computer?

Fruits in Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

I think that when it comes to the investment in a good back up system the first thing you need to ask yourself is how important your stuff is to you. What would it mean to you if you lost part of your work or everything? Would it be a total diaster? Would it maybe even have economical consequenses for you? In my case I can say yes to both of these questions. This is why I have decided to invest 150 USD per year in order to have a great and secure back up system.

Photography is my life. Not my whole life, but it is a very very important part of my life. If I was to loose it all… well, I have no words to describe how I would react.

Fortunately I don't have to worry about it. I am pretty well covered.

I have two back up systems. I use external hard drives and an online back up. The online back up is of course the safest solution. Once my files are there I will have to go and delete them myself before they disappear. My computer can burn or be stolen, it doesn't matter. Everything will still be there.

That said my online back up system is an emergency solution only. My first hand back up are my two external hard drives.

I use external hard drives for two reasons: Besides the obvious back up I also use them as my actual photo archive. I work on a Macbook Pro laptop and there is no way I can kep all my raw files on that hard disc. Well, I could but it would slow down my computer in an absolutely unacceptable way. That is why I only keep my photos on the actual computer until they have been backed up.

Fruits in Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Basically what I do is the following:

1) I import my photos from my camera to the computer. I go through them and immediately delete all the files I don't want to keep.

2) If I have just imported a few photos then I will finalize the editing before doing anything else. If they are many then I will immediately copy all of them to my external hard drive and import them into the Lightroom catalogue I have there. Now the files are in the actual photo archive and I can start doing the online back up of the files imported into the computer. When that is done I will delete all the files from the computer.

3) But it doesn't end here. As I told you I am a bit paranoid when it comes to my photos. So I have TWO external hard drives. The second one is a back up to the first one! Am I crazy? Maybe a little, but it sure feels good to be safe.

The annoying thing is of course that you have to repeat all of these steps every time you do some editing on a photo. In fact I think the real challenge in terms of backing up is to actually do it. It is so easy to get behind (as I have just recently discovered!) so I cannot recommend strongly enough to find yourself a procedure which you follow every time you have new stuff on your computer. It is so worth it.

Now tell me: How do you back up?

18 July 2014

links for your weekend

Copenhagen roof top view © Birgitte Brøndsted

Only a few days are left before we head north. I can't wait to spend three weeks in Copenhagen. 

I have some amazing photo assignments which I'm really looking forward to, but besides those I am just going to relax and enjoy life with my family and friends.

Tonight my friend Monica will arrive from Spain. She is going to house/catsit while we are gone and I am forever grateful that she agreed to stay here for three whole weeks. I am so looking forward to some Danish summer. 

I have collected a few links for your weekend. Enjoy!

I recently discovered this Belgium photographer. I love her work!

Tina and Jack Fussell did these amazing photos.

I love these little gifs which Anya found for us.

Amazing wedding photography in New York.

…and an even more amazing and completely different weeding in Lake Como

Oh, how I wish I had taken this photo

And finally an incredibly hilarious and oh so true text about Facebook status updates.

17 July 2014

gelato | children portraits copenhagen

14 July 2014

cooperativa le rose | florence

Last month we went for an afternoon trip to Cooperativa Le Rose who was having a little party. Due to the rain we only stayed for a couple of hours, but it was great to finally see some nature and Matilde had so much fun looking at all the animals.

Here are a few photos from our day.

Cooperativa Le Rose Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Cooperativa Le Rose Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Cooperativa Le Rose Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

© Birgitte Brøndsted

Cooperativa Le Rose Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Cooperativa Le Rose Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Cooperativa Le Rose Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Cooperativa Le Rose Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

© Birgitte Brøndsted