Never Lose Your Photos Again with These 5 Backup Methods

As a professional photographer or a graphic designer you understand that your work and the photographs you use in them can never be exactly recreated after they’re lost. You also know that losing your work can be devastating to your business and your reputation. Protect these precious files with more than one backup method. There really is nothing worse than losing all your work from a computer crash or an accidental press of a button.

Setting up an online backup system for your photos is one of the best ways to safely store images. It’s also a backup method you won’t have to think or worry about once it’s implemented. Mozy is a data protection service that works automatically after the initial set up. This smart system encrypts your files and stores them in a secure, remote location, which lowers the chance of not only losing your photos but having them stolen as well. Don’t shy away from restricting access to your creative work, after all, the last thing you want is for someone else to take the credit.

Image Hosting Website

Using an image hosting website to store your photos is another off-site option, states The Guardian. Flickr, DeviantArt, Photobucket and Imgur are just a few of the many free registration services available online. Regardless of the site that you choose, make sure you have the option to keep your photos private and that the website doesn’t alter the image size for display purposes (Facebook, for example, will do this). Also, you should always have the choice to upgrade to a paid account with additional storage space.

External Hard Drive

Individuals that prefer a more hands-on approach to preserving their work might opt for an external hard drive. The drive connects directly to your computer and allows you to easily back-up your photos yourself. For heavy-duty storage, Explora suggests The Synology DS1513+, which fits five disks of up to 4TB each. External hard drives are also a great way to keep your photographs safe should your computer stop working or contract a virus. However, do keep in mind that hard drives can also be infected, though it’s unlikely, notes AskLeo.

USB Flash Drive

A more inexpensive version of the external hard drive is the USB flash drive. These small devices are significantly less costly and more portable than a drive. However, because of their size it’s also easier to lose or break them. A flash drive is a good choice for professional photographers that are just starting out and don’t have a lot of data they need to store. It’s also an ideal option for photographers that make house calls and need an easy way to show off their past work to potential clients.

3-2-1 Backup Method

Professional photographer, Robert Vanelli, suggests the 3-2-1 backup method in an article written for PhotoFocus. He explains that every photographer should create three copies of their files, store them on two different media and keep one backup copy offsite. The media you choose to store your photos doesn’t necessarily have to be two types of media. For example, using two external storage systems to create identical copies of the same file is a perfectly acceptable way to prevent data loss.

We hope this helps give you a few different ideas of where to backup your files. If you have any questions or need help finding an image please visit us at

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