I'm looking for advice on a simple workflow with a stress on keeping a backup of the original files and the images I worked on.
I have a laptop with limited drive space. Let’s say I can fit a year of photos on my local drive. I also have two external hard drives that I want to use for backups of my originals and modified files.
I also want to backup my Lightroom catalogue, because I’m learning it’s pretty important.
My thinking is I want to import NEF files from my memory card, and as part of the import I want to also generate a folder of DNG copies for me to work on in Lightroom so that the edits on files can be stored as part of the image file itself - unlike en extra file needed when using other RAW file formats.
This is where things get fuzzy for me. I’m not sure i need to backup the original files and the DNG, and the edited and keepers that I am thinking I would exports when post processing is completed.
I am thinking I can get away keeping thins local to my laptop and copy to external drives manually once a month.
What would it make most sense for me to backup without sacrificing originals and edited masterpieces?