GoPro cameras are impressive in their own right, but they’re far from a complete video solution. Here to change that is SUPERcase, an all-in-one device from Austin-based startup Si-Jex that not only protects your GoPro camera but provides more storage, power and protection. [Read more…]
Not many of us have 50TB of data that we want to back up. But the creative amongst us who shoot lots of footage or want to backup all their 50,000 RAWs from a timelapse project now have a fast and easy option to do so.
Amazon’s new service is called Snowball and it is a small suitcase that has the sex appeal of a safe. But a safe that can hold 50 Terabytes.
Here is a quick question, how many lenses do you have? More than 1? Great. How do you match each lens with its front and rear lens caps?
I used to put the name of the lens on the cap with a tape (both on the front and the rear ends) but after watching this move from DSLR Video Shooter I think I am going to change to their method.
The problem is simple, if you have several lenses, they are all nice and neat when you start shooting, but by the end of the day, there are lens caps all over the place. Or if you are a bit neater, all the caps are accounted for, they just don’t match their lenses.
As photographers, backing up our images has sort of become a passion, and so it should. The catch-22 in the situation is that hard drives (the ones with the little DJ in there spinning laser-read disks) offer the most storage space but suffer from low long-term reliability. We therefore resort to all kinds of other methods to increase file redundancy, such as cloud storage. Solid state drives (SSD) are great (and fast), but they have typically been rather limited in capacity. That…is changing.
The other day we reported on Samsung’s new 256-gigabit flash technology that would significantly increase the storage capacities of solid state drives, but we had no idea they were aiming for the moon and hitting it!
Samsung has since unveiled the culmination of this technology: the world’s largest SSD hard drive.
A few days ago I was talking to my buddy Jim Goldstein and we reminisced about all the old discs that we used to have. Some of those will not even hold a jpg from a 2 MP camera.
Assuming an raw image is 7-35MP nowadays, it is amazing that we used to carry tiny pieces of plastic with as little as 360KB in them.
You know what? I am going to make it easy for you and you only need to know the size of the disk, getting the actual number of photos that would fit in introduces way to many variables.
When you shoot multiple cards, usually the workflow is to unload them once you get back to home base. This is usually enough, but if you want to be absolutely on the safe side (or just want to empty your cards) you have two common solutions: use a laptop to transfer the files or use something like the $219 WD My Passport Wireless hard drive that comes with an SD slot.
Reader Sasha Stojkovich just sent in this clever tip that enables a backup from practically any card to practically any portable hard-drive. The secret sauce? An OTG card reader with a USB hub built in.
I recently moved into a new studio. It is bigger than my last one, so I absolutely had to get more gear to match its size. Here is something I learnt in the process. While softboxes and stripboxes are small when folded if you want to have them readily available, they take up quite a bit of space.
My solution to this problem was to build a Striplight rack where I could easily store any unused striplight in its natural state, while not taking too much real-estate in the studio.
I have started taking photography seriously over the past year. I graduated from a point and shoot Fuji used mostly in Auto Mode to an entry level Nikon DSLR and have mastered Manual mode.
Having accumulated quite some photography gear, my camera bag (Lowepro Flipside AW400) was starting getting heavy. I was somewhat unwilling to shell the cash for another small camera bag and I needed a place to store my gear and avoid having to lug it all over when on the field. I came up with the idea of combining my other hobby of woodworking to come up with a solution.
The result is a 3 drawer cabinet which I keep inside my bedroom wardrobe.
Some ideas are simple. Simple to the point of how didn’t I came up with this… Such is this clever repurposing that Eric Krügl gave his business cards book. Those little black books are slowly disappearing from our world and being replaced with the contact app on our smart devices…
But then you look at all your Light Blaster Gobos and Gels that you cut for your strobes and you realize that it is that book that can bring order to them all. It is the simplicity of the solution that makes it so good so I am going to let the photos talk:
If you’ve ever lost an entire catalog of images to hard drive failure, you probably know how important it is to properly and securely back up your data. If you haven’t run into such a speed bump just yet, congratulations, but just because it hasn’t been an issue in the past, doesn’t mean you’re not prone to a hard drive failure in the future. Losing your images can be devastating, especially if you shoot a lot of paid work. Thankfully, a little forethought and planning can help prevent such a catastrophe.
In the video below, Matt Granger talks about a few options photographers have when it comes to photo storage and backing up image files. Very important stuff! Here’s a quick list of 4 ways Granger backs up his data, then be sure to watch the video as he explains the process he uses both at home and when shooting on location. [Read more…]