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From Card to Client: Quick Tips on Keeping Your Images Safe | CreativeLive

By Hanssie on October 19th 2015

workflow-file-managementYou’ve heard the horror stories of photographers getting their gear stolen, lost, damaged, etc. before the images make it to back up This may be one of my greatest fears. We all have (or should have) our own various methods to protecting those precious images after a shoot or wedding and safeguarding them, but I’m always looking for ways to improve my workflow process.


My typical method for a portrait session is to take the card from the camera after a shoot and carry it in my pocket until I get to my computer to upload and back up. At weddings, I try to back up on site when I switch cards to a Western Digital My Passport Wireless portable hard drive (which Anthony reviews here). I then keep those backed up cards in a little wallet that goes in my pocket.

In the following video from her Studio Systems: A Photography Business Bootcamp on Creative Live (which runs for free until November 9th), Julia Kelleher shares with us some very important tips on protecting those images from the time you take them to the time you deliver them. Julia tells us her method and reminds us the importance of having processes in place so that our business runs smoothly.

If you’re looking for more tips and an in-depth method of workflow and organization, how to manage your images and files, be sure to check out our Lightroom Workflow System to help you speed up your workflow and increase your post production speed by 10 to 20 times. Click here to check it out.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Hector David Reyes

    My typical method for a portrait session is to take the card from the camera after a shoot and carry it in my pocket until I get to my computer to upload and back up.

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  2. Paul Empson

    decent info, if a little too dragged out.. and fairly obvious if you’ve thought for just a little while of risks to your photos.. and how to minimise the risk.

    1: Format before you arrive, NEVER format once on the assignment.
    2: use dual slots for in camera backup – big cards and keep them in while shooting.
    3: If you have to remove cards from camera a separation routine I use is: reverse side of card facing up when placing in card pouch.. ie: makers name face down = card has been used.. and placed in red (Velcro cable tie) marked camera bag pocket..
    4: unused memory cards makers side up in card pouch and from green (Velcro cable tie) marked pocket.

    That is my system for on location assignments…

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