Questions tagged [backup]

A backup is a duplicate intended to be kept in case of problems with an original. Such as a backup camera or a backup copy of some images.

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How can I backup my RAW photos while travelling without Internet access?

This question seems similar to this one, but my needs are different : I shoot in RAW exclusively I'm looking for a 100% offline solution: while traveling, Internet won't be accessible the "laptop" ...
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How can I backup my photos while travelling?

I'm going travelling around the world for a year in September and am already panicking about how best to send my photos home while in various countries. Requirements: I only need to backup JPEG ...
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Is version control software used for photos?

I am a software developer at heart and by trade, and spend a lot of time in development tools... One of the more useful development tool types is version control, and for the uninitiated, it works ...
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What options are there for good, cheap online backup of photos?

What is a good and cheap solution for online backup of over 100Gb, probably growing to 200+ in about a year, and then no doubt more after that. I am looking for something that can work in the ...
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What method is best to take backups of your digital photos?

What method do you recommend to take secure backups of your photos? I have used Carbonite.com for my family photos and videos - it is an online backup - just select folders to backup and the software ...
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Should I store unedited/raw, edited, or watermarked images while backing up on DVD/CD?

I have decided to store my photos on DVD/CDs as one form of back-up. I am struggling with what to back up though. The following are the stages my photos go through: 1. Save the unedited photos, i....
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How can I find duplicate photos in a very large pool of data (tens to hundreds of gigs)?

Can anyone suggests a good photo duplication detection utility that works well when I am dealing with about a 100gb of data (collected over the years)? I would prefer something that works on Ubuntu. ...
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Methods/experiences using Amazon S3 to store photos

I'm thinking of using S3 to backup my photos. Anyone have any experience with this? I'm wondering specifically: Cost: I know I can estimate the costs, but what are you paying? Methods: FTP, scripts, ...
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What are backup options for the lazy but paranoid dSLR user?

My main computer is a laptop, so disk space is at a premium. I have been taking RAW photos on and off for 18 months and I'm worried about disk space now. What options do I have for backing up my files?...
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How should I back up my photos?

I currently have a Time Capsule backing up all of my photos but I'm looking for advice on how else to back them up. I feel as though I should have an online back up along with the Time Capsule or ...
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how to backup large amounts of photos at home?

I have just lost an external drive and am looking for a more robust/ reliable way of backing up photos. I don't think the cloud is ready for me because I topically shoot 100 keepers and at 20MB each ...
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Why do copies of the same photo have slightly different file sizes?

I've been pulling my hair out at this task, which seems insurmountable. I have spent a lot of time consolidating all my past storage drives, and then doing it again, and now discover I have many ...
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How important is a backup camera body?

I've read that a professional photographer should have at least two camera bodies, with one serving as a backup. How important is it to have a backup camera body? Consider both amateur and ...
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Archiving digital photos while keeping thumbnails on the original computer

I'm running out of space on my laptop hard drive and will have to move some of my photos to a portable hard disk or burn them to DVD. Is there a way to keep thumbnails of the photos that I've archived ...
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How do I restore Lightroom photo metadata from a backup?

Yesterday I ran a bunch of my photos through exiftool in order to change their lens information. (I shoot some lenses on adapters and so the lens names and focal lengths have to be set manually.) ...
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How to make backups of RAW files from a DSLR without a computer?

I want to make backups of RAW files from my SD card during my travel. I do not want to carry a computer, a rotating hard drive, or an Android phone. I do have an SSD of 500gb with me. One idea was to ...
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Is there a way to export Lightroom's thumbnails whatever the resolution they are?

So, somehow I managed to erase folders containing some pictures. Now that I'm over my own stupidity, I ask, is there a way I can export Lightroom's thumbnails whatever the resolution they are? I ...
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Why is my Nikon camera writing non-identical files in Dual Cards Backup Mode?

I have a Nikon D7000 with which I use dual SD cards. I have the camera configured to write the same images to both cards, in case one of the cards becomes unreliable. I accidentally let the two ...
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Lightroom: how to backup the catalog and photos (raw files) on a network drive

I read a couple of post talking about the same topic but i didn't get an answer (step by step) on how can i backup all my catalg and files (pictures/raws) to another drive (network drive). So far i ...
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Difference between Lightroom Backup and copying .lrcat file?

When Lightroom does a catalog backup does it do anything more than copy the .lrcat file? Assuming the Optimize Catalog option is turned off of course. Lightroom takes a long while to backup my ...
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Can I ask Lightroom to delete copied photos from the SD card?

I have a 32GB SD card, and I find that I run out of space on the card sooner than I'd like. Can I get Lightroom to delete the photos from the SD card after they have been copied to the Mac? Not just ...
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Family Mac workflow to enable family editing/viewing of images/movies

What is the best software/hardware solution for editing/storage/viewing of a family's digital images/movies on multiple Macs? The family wants to collaborate on editing using Aperture and iMovie. We ...
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How do you backup your photos? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What method is best to take backups of your digital photos? Just as the question says: How do you guys back up your images? CDs DVDs SD cards Internal/external HDD or SSD USB ...
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Backup+format or buy a new SD card?

It's come to the time where my 128GB Samsung Micro SD has only 1% of its capacity left. Given I'm going travelling this summer, I need more memory to shoot. Is it better for me to buy a USB 1TB HDD, ...
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Scanning film photograph for backup and archives

My mom asked me to scan all her photos both for the reason of having a backup in case of fire and so she can have them digitally. My scanner (Doxie) has the option of several different file formats ...
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How were negatives backed up prior to the availability of inexpensive scanners?

Prior to scanners becoming a commodity, how did photographers make duplicates\backups of their negatives? For example, if a wedding photographer's shop burned down, how did they recover? Or was it a ...
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What devices transfer photos from one flash media to another?

I recall seeing years ago a device which you would attach two USB drives to, and it would copy files from one USB device to the other. Usually two flash drives, but it would also work with sd to USB ...
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Best way to move photos to another drive (Lightroom)?

My wife uses Lightroom for her Photography business. Her main drive is filling up and I installed another drive into our Mac Pro to be used as an archive. She has groups of files (Weddings, since ...
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Methods for wireless real-time remote backups of images?

This question was inspired by the recent question about Shooting Demonstrations and Political Events and the older How do you protect yourself at protests? question. It was originally posted as a ...
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What is the simplest way to consolidate a photo library that is spread across several hard drives?

For the last 5 years I've have collected a lot of pictures. Mainly travel and family pictures. The problem is that I was not particularly strict when it came to my workflow. Right now I have 3 USB ...
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How to properly archive Lightroom

We've got 4 catalogs running on our production computer (Families, Weddings, Fashion, Personal). All of these catalogs contain images that we want to retain long term. When our hard drive filled up, ...
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Different backup camera strategy

After reading good question here, I consider getting a backup. It looks like most photographers use same-camera-type backup, like 2 DSLRs and duplicate lenses. That is too expensive for amateurs! ...
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What would I lose by deleting old Lightroom backup folders?

So I've noticed that the size of my harddisk drive that has the Lightroom backups is decreased dramatically. This is because it contains many Lightroom backups. I've almost 10,000 photos in my catalog....
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When I take "Time Machine" backup of Lightroom, does it backup my edits?

I´m wondering, if I take "Time Machine" of my Macbook Pro, does it backup Lightroom? And if it does, will my edits follow the picture?
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How to best keep Lightroom catalog backups?

In order to save space on my HD I create a new Lightroom catalog at the beginning of the year. With the time I also backup the photos (.NET and exported .jpg) belonging to the catalog. However I ...
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Does the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E4 II A allow backup up to an external USB hard drive?

From what I understood from the material found at Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E4 II A, this device is capable of connecting to an external USB hard drive. But the site is not clear on what "...
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What is the recommended workflow for syncing a large Lightroom catalog with Dropbox?

I have a fairly large Lightroom catalog that I want to keep on an external hard drive to preserve space on my Macbook hard drive, as well as keeping originals backed up to Dropbox. Are there any ...
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How do I backup raw files and lightroom metadata without running lightroom?

I am new to Lightroom and started using it when Lightroom4 beta was released. I was using Lightroom4 beta on a test machine. I have few raw files (NEF) imported and edited in Lightroom. The trial ...
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If I back up a Lightroom catalog using Mac Time Machine, will the images still be properly connected?

I have recently moved from pc to mac and am about to start backing up my mac to a separate hard drive using Time Machine. My question is, if I am in the unfortunate position of needing to use the back ...
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Looking for a DSLR bag with wallet for 7" Android tablet / 9" netbook (for on-the-go editing, backup pics/WiFi uploads)

I'm looking for a DSLR camera bag that has a large enough wallet to house a 7" tablet or even a 9" netbook. I would like to carry a tablet or small notebook PC for making backup copies of the photos, ...
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How can I do incremental backups of my Lightroom library?

I'm already backing my entire computer (Mac) up to an external drive using Time Machine but I have a fireproof hard drive that I put my most critical documents onto, as well as my photo library. The ...
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Should I care about duplicates with different metadata?

I'm in photo-backup-deduplication hell. Thousands of folders organised in a different way, backups of backups of backups. There's no easy way to know what's latest/more important. I'm using dupeGuru ...
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Prepare to format my PC and backing up my photos in Lightroom 4

So finally I've enough time to format my pc and install Windows 7, I have Lightroom 4 and I want to know how can I backup my photos, catalog and settings so I can retrieve them in Lightroom 4 after ...
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How can I automatically back up only selected photos from Aperture?

Since some time I started using Aperture as my photo managament software. It offered me a nice workflow - but there's one thing I would like to know how to get working. I want to backup my files. ...
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How to import photos without duplicates? [closed]

I organize my pictures using a folder structure on an external hard drive. Every time I import new pictures from my camera, I move this pictures in these folders manually. This process is tedious, and ...
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When transferring photos from iPhone to computer, is it better to have selected "automatic" or "keep originals"?

When transferring photos from iPhone 7 to computer, is it better to have selected "automatic" or "keep originals"? Which setting would transfer the photos with the highest quality?
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How can I make Lightroom always backup on exit without the dialog asking everytime?

I've found many answers for how to disable the backup dialog, but they all involve turning off backups (like this one). I want Lightroom to always backup the catalog upon exiting, but I want to set ...
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Do any cameras with dual SD card slots support copying images from one card to the other?

Luckily, I've never had a memory card fail on me thus far and since making a backup copy of a memory card never was a real option for me when traveling, I never worried too much about backups. Today ...
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Is Mirroring on one card is done through camera or through cards?

It was a vague title, let me explain:) Some cameras for example Nikon D-610 and D-810 that I have used have two slots for memory cards and in settings you can tell it to use Slot2 as a mirror for the ...
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Back up digital images on travel [duplicate]

I would like to know if there is a solid state device I can use to back up my digital files without a computer when I am traveling.