Taking a photo is only one part of a long process that every professional photographer goes through. There’s the concept, the preparation, the shoot, the selection, the retouching and countless other steps between actually snapping away and publishing the photo.
Going from picture selection to publishing is an entire process by itself. If you shoot digital, images are saved on removable storage, which you then take out of your camera and transfer to your computer. This first computer or workstation might not be your editing station, but just an intermediate stop. If you’re on the road and don’t have time to edit, you’ll likely choose to put all of the photos on an external hard drive and then work on them when you get back to your studio, office, bedroom, you name it.
“You will probably shoot more than you think and the last thing you want to be doing as the light gets perfect is to delete images,” says Red Bull Illume photographer Lucas Gilman. “Also, plan on backing up your images onto multiple drives. The G-Technology G-DRIVE ev ATC with ThunderboltTM is my go-to in the field because it’s water tight and shockproof.”
For professional photographers, lost data means only one thing; lost opportunities.
“The reason I backup in the field is you never know when your gear will get nabbed, so keeping backup copies geographically separated is key. For instance, I’ll have one of the athletes on the expedition hold on to a drive in case my gear is stolen. There is no second chance to make a Red Bull Illume winning image. You’d hate to lose it," says Gilman.
As you might have guessed, storage is key for photographers. “Fast, dependable storage is essential throughout my workflow. Really, storage is the unsung hero in production. It’s just as valuable as having a great camera. Particularly in my case, solutions with high speed, large capacity, easy operation, reliability, and mobility are essential,” says surf photographer and filmmaker Aaron Lieber, adding that he’s “just a solo business guy trying to build something awesome with modest resources, and G-Technology comes closer than anyone to hitting every point on my Storage Solution Dream List.”
Adventure and outdoor photographer Kamil Tamiola is currently working on “The Sixth Sense,” in which he combines thermal imagery with medium-format photos to showcase the energy of the athlete in his natural environment. “When you’re working with thermographic imagery and RAW files that can easily go up to 5-6GB when you’re post-processing, a high-quality and fast storage system is a must, not only because you need it to be able to work, but because you sometimes need to work really fast and don’t want to waste time on backups and file transferring.”
There you have it, some tips from the pros on how to deal with the enormous amounts of data you create as a photographer.
To learn more about external storage and backup solutions, head over to G-Technology’s website.
While waiting for the unveiling of the winners on September 28, 2016, visit the Red Bull Illume social channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a sneak peek of this edition’s entries. These randomly selected shots showcase just-how impressive the 2016 Red Bull Illume submissions really were.