I was a good girl and backed up my files before my trip and I finally maxed out my little external hard drive. I still had about 2gb left to go and decided we’d be okay since I knew my new 2TB external had it, plus the images were backed up on a DVD. I still feel like I want to cram this one last folder onto that hard drive though.
I don’t know why.
Lately I’ve been on a redundancy kick when I’m running backups. I mean, I always do that, but it’s getting a bit out of control. I have a minimum of four archives of everything. Is that weird or what? Sometimes I find I have five or six and, really, truly, I don’t need that many copies. Especially when most of them are stored in the same location.
I know other photographers — the guys who shoot multi-million dollar campaigns — have at least twenty copies of everything they produce. They have whole racks of storage, including off-site fireproof, bombproof safes. I’m not at that level, obviously, but even so, I can see why they’d go to such extreme lengths. One guy? As he’s shooting, he’s creating two backups. Then, after the shoot, the originals are with him, one backup goes with an assitant, and the other backup goes with another assistant. And they don’t stay in the same hotel just in case something happens at one of hotels. As soon as they get back to their respective places of lodging, they each create another backup and ship that to their main office. Once the backups arrive (by different shipping companies no less), more backups are made. When the images go into editing? More backups of each edit. Yep. A single shoot can generate a gazillion TB of files. Like I said, they have massive racks in various locations to store everything they do.
In a way, I’m glad I’m not a successful, big name commercial photographer with million dollar accounts. The archiving alone would drive even this OCD gal batty.
What do you do with your files?