After you've spent a few years taking photographs you're going to have a lot of digital files that you can't afford to lose. There's a lot of conflicting advice out there as to what you should do and how to do it when it comes to backing up your work. Let's cut through the noise and answer the age old question of...
How many backups do I really need?
You need to have 3 backups stored in 3 different places on earth, at a minimum.
That seems like a lot, are you sure?
Yes, because it doesn't do you any good to have 3 backups that are all kept in your house that just burned down... or was recently burglarized. 3 is also the magic number that allows you to lose 1 of your backups and still have 2 backups. Likewise, you can lose 2 of your backups and still have 1 backup. This is just a safe number to start with and it doesn't have to take a lot of work to maintain these backups and keep them up to date - you can easily manage this in your existing workflow.
Here's my 'Rule of 3' approach:
1 - Your In-home Backup
Backup to an external hard drive, usb flash drive, memory card, network attached storage device or even another computer that you keep in your house.
2 - Google Drive or Apple iCloud
This can be as easy as adding the files to Google Photos or Apple Photos.
3 - Adobe Creative Cloud
Chances are you're using Lightroom CC already and the Photographer Plan comes with enough Cloud Storage to get you started. If you aren't using Creative Cloud then you're in luck because Old Sad Songs is an affiliate with Adobe and we can help you get started.
You can do any combination of 2 cloud backups and 1 in-home backup and you're covered. If you're using Lightroom CC, Creative Cloud is great because you can have your photo edits synced across devices and you can even save your library on Google Drive or Apple iCloud to back that up, too.
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