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Digital asset management How to save your sanity when a drive fails

Climate change is entirely my fault. From my sketchy understanding of the science, it seems as though the average temperature of the earth has risen around two degrees due to the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, released by the burning of fossil fuels, which traps heat around the planet like a big stinky doona. It’s been on my mind, and now it’s time to fess up: I made all that carbon. At last count, there are six external hard-drives hot-glued to the bottom of my desk, a couple of switches, and a server. They’re running 24/7. And still, I’m not totally sure my photos are secure.

This bothers me. So, while I’m waiting for Elon Musk to solve the energy crisis, I thought I’d talk to five experts about how to better manage my piccies. These experts refer to my photos as ‘digital assets.’ Who knew?

Can’t I have a new lens instead?

No. And anyway, it won’t make you a better photographer. What will make you a better photographer is not ruining a job and costing everyone – yourself included – lots of time and money. “I shake my head when people say they’ve lost their files. At that point, I think that it’s just unprofessional,” admits veteran photographer, William Long. “I just find it incredibly frustrating to hear people who say it’s just all on their iMac.

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