If you use computers or any electronic device for that matter, you’ve inevitably suffered data loss at one time or another. From the standpoint of a photographer, this can be quite devastating to lose cherished photographs.
Recently, I had both my main computer (which was 8 years old) and my laptop die on me. It was a few evenings work to get my new system back up and running with the software that I use on a daily basis. And fortunately, I’ve gotten in the habit of keeping my serial numbers for all the programs I use stored safely in a file on the cloud. I also have a fairly good system of archiving images. Every photographer does things differently, but not only do I keep my images on an external drive (which must be backed up also), but I regularly export my full resolution jpg files to DVD and I get prints done that go into an album.
So in the end, after suffering the failure of two machines inside a 3 week period, my files were very much recoverable and I lost only a few things that I found I didn’t use much anyhow.
I’m pretty tech savvy, but for someone who doesn’t like dealing with computer issues or isn’t that handy on computers, this can be a saddening ordeal.
I always encourage the photographers I know to get prints made of your best images. Even small 4 by 6’s stored in a photo album are a great way to preserve your memories. But here is a simple solution that may work for you as well: get yourself a USB stick to archive your best images and the serial numbers for your software. You could for example use a new USB stick each year and only store one year’s worth of images on it. Put them someplace safe and you will always have those photos that you could later re-import back into Lightroom if you have to.
On a single 128gb USB stick, you can store over 7000 full size high resolution jpg’s. The cost is about 50 dollars Canadian. Not a bad investment for a years worth of images don’t you think?
There is no longer any excuses for suffering the loss of your best photos. Most people I know could afford 50 bucks a year.
A family of 8 river otters stopped by to see me today. It was the most amazing experience. It all happened so fast – they appeared, I took a few photos, then they were gone.
I remember sitting there thinking, “Did that just really happen?”
I know you’re expecting to read yet another post about how great micro four thirds is for weight reduction, and I think we all know that. And most people are probably thinking about the cost of image quality. Well I have to say that so far with my style of shooting, I have not noticed any significant reduction in quality because I shoot MFT.
My wife still shoots full frame DSLR’s in the studio and for client shoots, but I suspect the way technology is advancing with mirrorless cameras, she will be on board in the coming years.
I have taught so many people in the past who have spent thousands of dollars on very good DSLR’s and lenses. But when I asked them about their vacation pictures, many didn’t even bother to bring their camera because it was just too bulky to lug around. So I have to say, if anyone is looking for something more convenient that still has very high quality, MFT is really something you should consider.
Here’s something even more extreme: I’m a rather serious wildlife photographer. I’ve been carrying around a Canon 1dx full frame DSLR with a 500mm f4 lens and a 1.4x teleconverter. This setup weighs about 5625 grams or 12.4 pounds and gives me about 700mm. It is almost impossible to handhold. I have done it, but most of the time it requires a sturdy tripod with a gimbal.
I have replaced this system with a MFT body and lens that is capable of 800mm reach. The total weight is 1411 grams or 3.1 pounds and is very easy to hand hold for shooting, especially with built-in 5 axes stabilization. This is a huge difference and it’s one of the best moves I’ve ever made. I can hardly wait until the weather allows me more time to spend in the field now that it’s become so much more convenient to use. And to top it all off, the MFT system takes 4K video as well.
Food for thought…
Tech specs: Shot handheld 1/60s, ISO 800, f16, Canon 1dx, Canon 24-70 f2.8L