Digital photography best practices

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Even if you take only family photographs, you’ll find plenty of good ideas on the ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) Best Practices page. I’m impressed with how thoroughly they cover the all-important topic of backup. I especially like its Backup Overview page, written by Peter Krogh. His 3-2-1 idea is very sensible:

  • We recommend keeping 3 copies of any important file (a primary and two backups)
  • We recommend having the files on 2 different media types (such as hard drive and optical media), to protect against different types of hazards.
  • 1 copy should be stored offsite (or at least offline).
  • In fact, this 3-2-1 idea makes sense for any important file.

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