Photography Tips Series: Storage and Backup

photography tips series: storage and backupPhotography Tips Series: Storage and Backup

You’ve got the right gear, you’ve learned the basics to make a great photo with the perfect exposure and nailed composition. The next step is just as important; welcome to the Photography Tips Series: Storage and Backup.

If you have a professional camera with dual card slots, you have automatically made your fist back up. But even if you do, the steps that I am going to give you need to be done as well. If you only have one card slot, same steps, just a little bit more important because you haven’t backed it up in any way.

photography tips series: storage and backup




1. When I get to my computer, the first thing that I do is connect my external hard drive, and the memory card/s.

2. I make a folder inside my drive, named with the date and the place/event (12.06.18 Barceloneta).

3. I then copy all of the photos from the memory card to that specific folder.
If you have photos of different events, days, etc. Make a specific folder for each and save your photos accordingly.

4. Inside that folder, I make another three folders. One named “Pre-selects” the second named “Selects” and the third named “Edits”.

5. I open Adobe Bridge and go one by one marking with 1-star whatever photos I like best. Then I copy all that 1-star photos to the “Pre-selects” album.

photography tips series: storage and backup6. I then go again one by one with the photos on the “Pre-selects” album and mark the best ones with 2 stars, so that way now I have the final images that I am going to edit later.

7. I copy all of the 2-star images to the “Selects” folder. And open them in Lightroom. I then develop and edit the raw files. Then I open in photoshop those who need it.

8. The final edited jpeg images are copied to the “Edits” folder.

And all of these are backed up in the external hard drive. But keep in mind that memory cards can fail. Hard drives can fail.
So I know it sounds too much, but it’s better to double backup. Every photographer recommends it. Especially if you are a professional and have client work. Believe me, you don’t want to lose those files.

photography tips series: storage and backupSo If you have another external hard drive, copy all those folders in that too.

There is also online backup. Which I eventually think is the better option.
You pay a monthly fee and your files are stored online. Most of the companies that offer this service also do online backups of your files. So you don’t have to worry about hard drives failing. And if they do, you’ve got your online backup and double backup.

If you are wondering how I edit my photos, and what exactly is it that I do while in Lightroom and Photoshop. Stick around to the last post of this Photography Tips Series: The Edits.



  1. Kelsey
    July 1, 2018 / 5:03 AM

    Such great tips- thanks for sharing!

    • andrea
      July 2, 2018 / 10:18 AM

      Thank you!!

  2. Sydney
    July 2, 2018 / 4:24 AM

    I desperately need to get an external hard drive!! Love this series!
    xo, Sydney

    • andrea
      July 2, 2018 / 10:18 AM

      Thank you so much! I’m really glad you like this series!

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