By far the most important thing about digital photography is megapixels. No wait, ISO! No wait, it’s per-pixel acuity and dynamic range!Wait, wait, nevermind. Of course the most important thing about digital photography is BOKEH!!!DUH!!!


…Please forgive my feeble attempt at sarcasm and humor. That will be all for today! BY FAR, the most important aspect of digital photography is of course IMAGE SAFETY. If you aren’t careful with how you capture, transfer, store and archive your images, you could lose them all. There are many, many horror stories out there about photographers whose homes were burglarized and their entire office was gutted of electronics, including computers, hard drives, everything. No bueno!


So, if you’re in the mood for a New Year’s resolution or something, here’s a resource you can use to help you keep your images safe in 2012:


I found this website while I was listening to Leo Laporte  the other day. Yeah, yeah, I listen to the Tech Guy!So what, I’m a camera geek.Anyways, was started by a few brilliant and generous people, and is funded by the Library of Congress as a free resource to the public.The contributors have also written a couple books on digital image safety, including “The DAM book” (digital asset management) and “Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow Handbook”, for which the site is named after.


I think that reading material like this, although sometimes a little boring for those who are not super-geeks, should be REQUIRED READING for anyone who every plans to capture a valuable image.ESPECIALLY if that image is captured for someone else, whether a paid or un-paid “job”. Some of the topics and methods don’t pertain exactly to my specific field of professional wedding photography, but in general it is one of the best, most thorough resources out there.


Don’t bother calling, the number is photoshopped.This is just an example of my OCD-ness… Here I’ve labeled my Sandisk CF Cards
…I get queasy just thinking how many people use COMPLETELY UN-LABELED CF CARDS!


Too often, I see other photographers teaching workshops or publishing articles that just briefly explain how they run their own workflow, and it sounds like good advice simply because it hasn’t failed them yet.But there are so many pitfalls out there, that unless you’re VERY careful, many workflows can be a ticking time bomb waiting to detonate in an “EPIC FAIL”…


I’m currently working on my own set of articles relating to digital image safety, but as a base foundation for digital data management and safety, check out!


Take care,

Amy & Pete Argyris
SLR Lounge Editor