Dumpster Diving

It’s not always possible to use all your photos when you take them, so it is important to have good back-up systems in place. Ian Plant describes the tools he uses to prevent losing any of his unpolished masterpieces

Unfortunately, I can’t spend every living moment in the field making photographs, although I do try my very best. Truth be told, I spend more time stuck in the home office than I care to admit. When I’m not busy writing articles or eBooks, I manage to fill the never-ending need for new images by diving into my digital dumpster – my six terabyte collection of raw files created over the past ten years as a professional photographer. As it turns out, every now and then I manage to find a few unprocessed diamonds in the rough.

Because the collection is too big to store on my desktop computer, I used to keep my raw files on a bunch of external hard drives (with an extra set of drives to back up the files in case of drive failure). Over the years, this informal system has morphed into a …

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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