Recently I have been thinking about the tools that the iPhoneographer can’t live without. For that matter, these are tools the Photographer can’t live without.
What is more frustrating than losing an image? Certain images can never be recreated and there are few things more frustrating than losing an image. I have written before about using iCloud and the various other back-up work arounds on the iPhone here.
But what about for the iPhoneographer who is also a photographer (or vice versa)? Thus far the camera manufacturers have not rolled out back-up features straight from the cameras. While I am sure that day will come when such back-up features are standard, what is the current solution?
After much thought and research, I have landed on two levels of back-up. I utilize a Mac Time Capsule in my office. This is a fantastic tool that back-ups my MacBook Pro daily. The downside is this only backs up my images once I download them to a laptop and there is always a risk that the Time Capsule is compromised in some manner. Thus, I explored redundant systems and landed on the Carbonite System.
Here are the benefits:
1. It backs-up my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro, including all my images, as soon as I walk in my house into the Carbonite cloud (i.e. offsite). It also backup my wife’s devices.
2. The back-up space is unlimited. This a a huge benefit for the photographer. One of the largest complaints I have around the Mac iCloud is the cost of additional storage. It is well in excess of market prices. You pay a premium for the integration but what I care about is safe storage, not great integration.
3. The cost of rhe baseline Carbonite back-up system is nominal at $59.
The only downside I have identified thus far is camera images still must be downloaded to my MacBook Pro before the back-up can occur. This issue is usually circumvented by the fact that I download images very frequently and I often download my images to my iPad while on the move.