Stephen Bay's Photography Blog

How to Organize Your Photos (Lightroom Catalog)

If you’ve ever had a hard time finding a photo that you took before, couldn’t find the original raw file for a jpeg that you have, or found multiple copies of an image but couldn’t tell which was the final version then read on. I help a lot of people with editing their photos and invariably one area that people need assistance is organizing their photo files. Often their photos will be in mish mash of folders, spread across multiple disks, with random unintelligible file names.

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End of Year Checklist for Photographers

Here’s a short end-of-year checklist for photgraphers. Make sure you have up-to-date backups of your files. If you don’t have any backups, now is a great time to start. The general rule is that you should have 3 copies of your data with at least one offsite. The offsite copy could be a hard drive at the inlaws house or in a safety deposit box. You can also use a cloud provider like Backblaze or Crashplan.

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Crashplan Throttling and Switching to Backblaze

I have been a longtime user of Crashplan’s cloud backup service. I signed up in 2015, initially on the home program for $5/month and then switched to the small business plan for $10/month. It seemed to work well and at the start I had a only few TB of data. The upload wasn’t super speedy but it wasn’t terrible either. I don’t remember exactly how long it took me to upload everything but it was probably a month or two.

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