Oh Hell hath no Fury
Now, in the past I have said that if Photography was a religion the camera manual would be the Bible, so... what would burn a Photographer the most?
It is also true that developed rolls would be placed in archival sleeves to make sure we could print pictures centuries later
For the most part, we don't shoot film anymore but follow the same logic. We keep our memory cards as protected from physical damage the best we can and transfer the pictures to our computers as soon as possible, organize them and store them away. But is there a 'Happily ever after'?
We'd like to think it will happen to somebody else but, whether Mac or Windows, computers crash. We don't need to like it... but is another fact of life.
What we do (or don't do) before the crash will set us on a Highway to Hell or send us to Picture Nirvana.
I remember when we just shot a wedding, was editing pictures and walked away to take a break. My one-year-old decided to play under my desk and turned power to my workstation... Yup, my computer crashed and crashed hard. Spent two hours after the workshop I was teaching bringing the workstation back to life and deleting corrupted pictures.
What if my workstation couldn't come back to life? Another workstation or even my laptop could finish the job without lossing a single picture.
Next time you are roaming the electronics sections (before drooling over the HD TV sets) check out the External Hard Drives. If a Hundred bucks is too much allow me to ask, how much are our pictures worth?
Can you imagine telling a young bride "Sorry, I lost all your wedding pictures"?