I don’t know about the Earthquake season since we have them all the time, but the rest of this info is great food for thought to protect your images.
Earthquake Season is Here!
Five Easy Ways to Backup and Protect
Being in California, we get pretty bit jumpy this time of year
Seriously though, any season is disaster season. Just because you might not be in Colorado, don’t think your building can’t flood. Last year at ioSafe, our fire sprinkler system was broken by an HVAC contractor and it “rained” in our office for 30 minutes. Every computer had ioSafe’s attached though so zero data was lost.
Every business and house is subject to fire – even the computer you’re working on can catch fire from the inside out. In fact, every 19 seconds a fire department in the United States is responding to a fire (source: National Fire Protection Association)
Every drive (SSD or HDD) has the possibility of breaking, being corrupted or being deleted accidentally.
3-2-1 Backup. Keep 3 complete copies on 2 different devices and 1 copy that can survive disaster (either ioSafe, online or offsite). Do something – anything to protect your data.
I put together list of the top five things I personally do to protect my stuff and business. This is by no means an exhaustive list – just one to get you started thinking about disaster plans. Only you really know your vulnerabilities.
#5: Bare Minimum: Use an ioSafe Solo (USB) drive with every computer in your home or business to backup (make a copy – not just move the data!) the OS, programs and data on that individual computer. This is a relatively simple thing to do to get terabytes of backed up/protected data and it won’t impact your network bandwidth even one bit (or byte)! By far our most common customer panic call is because data was only stored on one device and then something bad happened. Just like keeping a spare tire on your car, keep a spare copy of data.
#4: Inventory Everything: Take videos or pictures of everything periodically that you own and disaster proof the data. You’ll be glad you did when you’re arguing with the insurance adjuster over the big pile of ashes that used to be your business.
#3: Disaster-proof DVR: Run video surveillance to a fireproof waterproof drive (N2 or Solo series). There are hundreds of solutions out there at all kinds of price levels for businesses and consumers. Write to us with any questions if you get stuck (firstname.lastname@example.org). Maybe you’ll catch the person that bombed your building and impress Homeland Security with your forensic fortitude.
#2: Go Old School: Buy a big giant fire safe for all your non-digital stuff. Printed records, contracts, unscanned photos, keepsakes, etc. If you can’t afford a waterproof firesafe, I’d recommend using plastic ziplock bags to keep things dry inside the safe. In a real fire, the inside of a firesafe can get hot and steamy (not the Vegas definition). Also, firefighter hoses aren’t much help at keeping things dry. There’s a wide selection of options and special “media safes” for things like CDs and tapes, including specialty waterproof bags to protect from water damage. The folks at KLSecurity are probably the most knowledgeable people on the planet for this sort of thing (http://www.safefile.com). Tell them “Robb sent you” and maybe you’ll get a special deal (hint hint). Hopefully they won’t hangup!
#1: Want Unlimited Dropbox and 100% Privacy? Get an ioSafe N2 NAS and setup a private cloud with the Synology Cloud Station feature (like Dropbox) on your most valued laptops. Keep terabytes synced back to the N2 NAS automatically with Synology’s award winning NAS OS for no monthly fees, virtually no limits and no snoopy NSA types getting your data without permission. I thought my misplaced Macbook Air was stolen a few weeks ago. I had zero concern over the data (over 300GB) on the laptop and was just irritated to have to setup a new machine. I luckily found the laptop but never did I have that panicky feeling of dread about the data on the machine. I kept accessing my current data set from my iPhone and when I got my computer back, I simply resumed work.
Take control of your private cloud! 3-2-1 Backup !
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Think Tank has come out with some really cool new products for us Mac folks (yes, I am very much one now). The 2nd Brain series is really sweet, it keeps everything Mac in one place. The Powerhouse is what I’m really excited about. This very simple but very well thought out case keeps all your Mac cords organized and tangle free. Click on the link and look through all the compartments they have incorporated into this small case. It’s simply ingenious! Great stuff from Think Tank…again!
I’m here madly trying to get a post done on the new Lexar HR-1 and I see my bud Scott has a video out on it. So, since he did such a killer job, I abandoned my original post and grabbed his vid. The only thing he left out is a small piece of history. Many years ago, I had a blog post that was a write in campaign for just this product. While it took a couple of years, see…YOU folks can make a difference! How do I know? Because Lexar told me that because of YOU, we now have this killer product!!!
The next generation of the Di-GPS is now available with screw attachment and it is by far the best! The Di-GPS Eco is the smallest, lightest, most battery friendly and now MC cord friendly GPS on the planet. I can’t say enough good things about it. You see, there is no cord with the new unit. It screws into the 10 pin socket and goes. And it provides a socket so you can use your cable releases. They have models for cameras like the D4 (pictured) or like the D7100. GPS has come a long way!
Wow, the week has come and gone and I truly don’t know where. I’ve seen more folks, shaken more hands and presented more classes than ever and loved every moment! You might have noticed, not much blogging this week. Real simple, I’ve been sharing everything live at Photoshop World which leaves little time (energy) to share globally. Had a great week and thank each and everyone I’ve gotten to know and share tales with and until next fall when back for the next Photoshop World in Vegas (the next one is in April in Atlanta) …
There are times when I think video rocks (that’s never when I’m editing it) as a storyteller and this is one of them! Having friends in the right places really helps in aviation photography. The pilot of the C-53 is a dear friend and when I requested to attached the GoPro Hero3 to capture the skydivers exiting the plane, he said let’s make it happen! Na, the video and editing are not perfect, this is a first for me in a couple of ways. First, never worked a flight with jumpers. Second, never got fancy and included music (thanks to Roy at Triple Scoop Music). So with all of that, here’s a little fun for you to watch.
A little bit on the photography. The Hero3 is set to Protune which creates a huge file, in fact this flight it made 9 files. Why do I go so big? I have NO clue how this might be used in the future or what technology will come down the road. With storage space so inexpensive, it seems like a no-brainer. The GoPro is mounted on the wing with the new NFlightcam Billet Mount (the red part unscrews so can be attached to hot shoe ballhead, sweet) and has the “Bright” Aviator Lens Kit. The Aviator Lens Kit does not slow the shutter speed down enough for me, so working on improving for next flight. The video editing was done in Premier CC and the music, that help came from Roy.
I’m in the final throws of getting classes polished for Photoshop World that is just a couple of weeks away which includes my new class, Breaking In and Making It in the Editorial Market. I want to help you make money for your passion while maintaining your passion for photography. I will be teaching my Critter & Aviation class which is not only new from the Spring PSW, but geared to answer all the questions I’ve received in the last 6 months from basics to complex. I look forward to being there and meeting all of you!
Note: This is a tearsheet from Outdoor Photographer. One of the photos on this page was shot with a Coolpix 900 and as you can see, it made it to print. I’m going to share with you HOW to take the photo and than get PAID for it. YOU can do it too!
My buds at Wacom have been very busy, just announcing three new exciting products. The Cintiq Companion, Cintiq Companion Hybrid and Intuos Creative Stylus. There is simply way too much cool stuff here for me to list it all, you need to click on the links to read but it’s pretty amazing! Being a huge fan and hooked on the Cintiq 13HD, which I use all the time, I can only imagine the doors this new technology can open. Check it out!
Being recognized as a visual storyteller is not only an honor, but it means a lot to me as that’s what I strive for with every click. Being selected to be a Nikon Ambassador, we’ve all been working towards today’s launch. But it wasn’t until today I knew who the other Ambassadors were and wow, what a select group! I’m totally taken a back!
The dedication to advancing the art of visual storytelling while embracing and mastering the latest technologies and trends in the field are paramount to these photographers being selected as Nikon Ambassadors.
As the top visual storytellers of this era, their advanced techniques, unprecedented creativity and tenacious approach to imaging solutions is demonstrated assignment after assignment, each and every time they pick up a Nikon camera.
This sums up well the goal I’ve made for my photography, past, present and future. I want to thank all of you for coming along for the ride with me!