Photography Tips

Backup, Backup, Backup!

Hard drives, SSD’s, Flash Drives, SD Cards, and computers do fail without warning. Make sure you regularly backup your data, photos, videos, etc.

Everyone knows hard drives fail. It’s just that no one believes their hard drive will fail! And using optical media for backup isn’t a guarantee either.

  1. Data should exist in a minimum of three devices/places. The 3-2-1 backup strategy means you have a total of three copies of your files. Two of which are local, but on different devices/drives. And one additional copy offsite.
  2. One of the places should be off-site.
  3. Your off-site backup should not be live synced.
  4. Test your backup procedures and medium to make sure,
    1. You’re backing up what you expected.
    2. You can successfully restore from the backup.
  5. RAID is not a backup.
  6. Configure your camera to not release the shutter, if a memory card is not present.

Storage – NAS, RAID, Long Term Storage, File Syncing, etc.

Backup Software and Services

  • BackupPC is a high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up Linux, Windows and macOS PCs and laptops to a server’s disk. BackupPC is highly configurable and easy to install and maintain.
  • FBackup – Free backup software with simple features.
  • Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition – Free Backup & Recovery Software for Virtual, Physical and Cloud Workloads

Cloud storage options

Note: Files with sensitive information, should be encrypted locally, before they’re uploaded/synchronized to the cloud.


Flash Drive & SD Card Diagnostics & Verification

  • f3 – Fight Flash Fraud – Tests flash cards capacity and performance to see if they live up to claimed specifications.
  • h2testw is a program for checking the speed and memory capacity of flash drives, SD cards and HDD
  • ValiDrive – Quickly spot-check any USB mass storage drive for fraudulent deliberately missing storage.
  • CrystalDiskMark is a simple disk benchmark software.

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Battery Charging and Storage

  • Remove batteries after use. Don’t leave batteries installed for extended periods of time.
  • Wait for the battery to cool down before charging.
  • Don’t leave batteries charging unattended, or while you’re asleep.
  • Never let a battery drain down to zero. Check the charge level, and charge it up to 50%+ before storing.
  • Store batteries in an insulator so the terminals don’t get shorted accidentally. See: LIPO bags.
  • Store batteries at or near room temperature.
  • As soon as a battery starts swelling, stop using it, and dispose of it, per environmental guidelines.


Camera Sensor Benchmarks

Back Button Focus (BBF)

Color Space: sRGB vs AdobeRGB vs ProPhotoRGB

RAW images are not restricted to a color space. The color space is determined when you export the image. For the Web and other electronic devices, export to sRGB. For printing, use AdobeRGB. If the target is a high gamut printer, then export to ProPhotoRGB.

Comparison of sRGB, Adobe RGB, and ProPhoto color spaces.
Comparison of sRGB, Adobe RGB, and ProPhoto color spaces


Bit-depth, also known as color depth, can be seen as the number of shades between the darkest and brightest values of a pixel. When you capture an image in JPG, the depth is 8-bit. This provides 256 shades per channel per pixel. A 12-bit RAW file captures 4,096 shades per channel, while a 16-bit RAW file captures 65,536 shades (2^16).


Color Management and Monitor Calibration

Calibrating your monitor is important to make sure the colors in your photographs are accurate and look consistent across devices and when printed.

Accurate monitor calibration requires an investment in a colorimeter. A colorimeter is a device, paired with software, to calibrate your display to show the most accurate colors possible. The two most popular companies who make colorimeters for photographers are Calibrite (formally X-Rite Pantone) and Datacolor.

My recommended monitor, the ViewSonic VP2786-4K – 27″ 4K, comes with the ColorPro Wheel colorimeter and has true 10-Bit Color.

When calibrating laptops, make sure to do the following:

  • Turn off Auto Brightness Adjustment.
  • Turn off the Energy Saving options for Laptop Displays.

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