We photographers have precious, valuable cargo on our computers. In fact our computer, along with our camera body and lenses, are our most valuable possession. Without the computer part, we are out of business. It is, in a sense, our virtual dark room and studio. It takes the images out of our camera, processes them into a finished product, uploads them for displaying on our websites, burns them to CDs for selling to the customer, temporarily archives them until we permanently archives them, keeps our websites updated, brings us news of new trends and new gear, keeps us connected to our clients and potential clients, and helps get the word out about our greatness.
That box sitting under our desks silently humming along, is like one of those vital rectangular pieces of wood in the Jenga game. Pull it out, and it all comes crashing to the ground. Game over, dude! Game over.
We photographers need solutions and habits in place to protect our business, our photographs, and our reputations with our clients. A bride does not want to hear that your computer crashed and you lost all of her images. She won't just frown and say, awe that's too bad. She will likely pick up a chair and come after you like one of those wrestling chicks on the WWE.
So what are some habits and solutions we can utilize to help minimize damage, or avoid damage all together?
1. Have plenty of memory cards. How does that help? Well I like to leave the originals on the card until after I have uploaded the finished product to my website for client viewing. That way I can go back and yank them off of the card if something happens.
2. Spend $5 a month and invest in my sponsor Mozy. For just under $5 they will constantly monitor and backup everything on your computer to an off site location via the internet. Upload more pictures? The system sees that and backs it up as soon as it can or as soon as you allow. You call the shots on when, what, and how often it backs up. Come home to see your house a smoldering pile of ashes, and rest easy knowing that all your stuff is backed up. They are a sponsor of the show, and you will support me if you choose them by clicking this link below, or on the front page of my website, but that is not why you should use them. You use them because it is a smart thing to do. $5 a month? Are you kidding me? That is cheap and easy. It does not get any better than that.