Keep memories safe and secure

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Your travel photos deserve to be stored carefully, writes Mogens Johansen

We are often asked what is the best solution to back up your photos and videos while travelling.

There are several ways of backing up your data but for absolute piece of mind it is best to use a couple of different ways.

Cloud based back-ups are excellent and convenient provided you have access to secure and fast WiFi. Options like Google Photos and iCloud, are popular and particularly useful when you are using a smartphone as your primary camera. If you are using a conventional camera you will need to transfer the images to your smartphone, tablet or laptop before backing your pics up to the cloud.

Online storage platforms like Google Photos, Microsoft Photos and iCloud makes it easy to organise your photos into albums as well as creating movies, collages and animations of your collections that can be shared on your favourite social media platform.

Portable hard drives is another good option, they are compact and can easily be kept separate from your camera gear when travelling but choose a SSD (solid state drive). SSDs have no moving parts inside and are much more durable than a conventional portable hard disk which has sensitive moving parts inside that makes them susceptible to damage if dropped or bumped.

I’m a bit old fashioned and like the reassurance of an actual hard drive so I don’t have to rely on the internet to give me access to my files. I like the Samsung T5 range of portable SSD hard drives. A T5 easily fits in the palm of your hand. It can handle the rough and tumble of travel and thanks to its compact size it is easy to keep separate from your camera gear. It connects to your PC, Mac or smart phone with a USB C cable that allows fast reliable connectivity up to 540MB per second and it comes in a variety of sizes ranging from 250GB to 2TB.

I’m lucky to have a camera with two card slots and I use that facility as another form of back-up. I like to save my RAW files to one card and the jpeg files to another. That way there is an extra back-up ready in case of a card failure. I also like to use several smaller capacity cards so that not all of my travel images are on card.

All this may sound a little paranoid but if you establish a routine work flow, it takes little time to manage and it is well worth the effort for the the piece of mind that all of your precious travel images are safe and sound - somewhere.