Photograph Your Own Wedding (24) - The Day After the Wedding - The Backup

October 10, 2012

Before getting stuck into the actual processing of the images that you have lovingly captured the day before first there is a bit of ‘housekeeping’ to tackle. Photographers and in particular wedding photographers are paranoid about losing their precious images and so at the first available opportunity we perform the ancient ritual of ‘backing up’.

I have an imac with 1tb of memory and attached to the imac I have two separate external hard drives both with 2tb of memory. One external hard drive is used to back up the imac hard drive and the second external hard drive is where I archive completed weddings.

This is my routine:-

On the imac I create the main folder for the wedding.

I then create a sub folder for each camera into which I upload the images from the cameras used at the wedding.

Due to my own particular paranoia I do not delete the images from the cameras until I am absolutely certain that I have a retrievable backup.

I then burn all of the images uploaded onto the imac onto DVDs – this normally involves anything between 5 and 8 DVDs.

So, at this stage I have one set of images on the cameras, one set on the mac and a third set burnt to disk. I now, still with a little unease, feel in a position to reformat the cards on my cameras.

With all of the backing up complete I am now in a position to start processing the images. As you will have probably gathered by now I tend on the side of anal with these things but bear with me. I first of all create a number of further sub folders on the imac – one for each phase of the wedding day i.e. Bridal Preparation; Groom Preparation; Arrival at the Church; The Service etc etc. I then go through the sub folders where I uploaded the originals images from my cameras and move the images from these files into their sub folders according to the appropriate part of the day. So for example all of the images from each camera relating to Bridal Preparation will all be brought together in the one folder.


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