Thank you to everyone who has kindly contacted us with photography questions. It always seems like there’s something new to learn about the business and technical aspects of photography. We know there’s unending amounts of information out there. But we’re happy to share with you aspiring photographers what we’ve learned so far.
PHOTOG FAQ #1 | I have a growing library of images and I’m concerned about hard drive failures. How do you back up and store your images?
We know everyone tends to do something a little different. But this is what we’re currently doing.
- After a shoot, we upload all the cards onto an external hard drive (if we’re in a destination shoot, we’ll upload it into the laptop).
- We upload a copy of all the images from the hard drive into our Mac desktop.
- After we’re done editing, we upload all the images onto Pictage (our online gallery where clients can order. It also keeps a copy of all the images in case anything gets damaged in our office or wherever).
- We also burn DVD copies of everything and store them for safekeeping.
Bottom line: Make sure you have enough backups just in case ANYTHING happens to your wedding images. We’ve heard several stories where photographers lose images due to their poor process of backing up. Also, you want to try to keep the images in case your bride and groom want to order anything years after the wedding date (which has happened).
PHOTOG FAQ #2 | I saw you take engagement photos at [any specific location/popular site], do you need a permit to take pictures there?
Permits are very costly, can start at $150, and are generally for one day (or for one hour) use only.
In general, we’ve never had any issues with shooting at locations that require permits. There usually isn’t an issue as long as you don’t draw too much attention to your shooting or have too much equipment, such as softboxes, lightstands, etc. They won’t give you a hard time. Wherever you go, just always remember that, if you are approached, be sure to be very friendly and respectful to security.
Use your personal discretion.
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