Thankfully I’ve not suffered such a loss, but I’m ready for it should the worst happen thanks to two horror stories that stuck in my mind, one from a fellow digital photographer who had a bag lifted and learnt the hard way to change his habits, the second from a couple that had no wedding images after the photographer had to admit he’d shot film and the lab messed up all the developing.
Every year a number of photographers are unfortunate enough to suffer the loss of their camera equipment. Either because someone’s stolen their bag, or stolen their car, getting the camera gear as an expected bonus to their crime.
Don’t let yourself be a total victim due to theft, no matter how unlikely. Keep the images on you until you’ve got them backed up to TWO devices, keeping in mind that drives do fail. Imagine coming back to a service station car park after a long shoot and hours of driving to find the space you’d parked in empty. I’ve had a car stolen outside a studio years ago in London while I was inside shooting.
My last wedding shoot started at 0900 and finished 0100. It was a long but enjoyable day with a great couple of families in the Scottish Boarders. By the time we sat down for the reception dinner I had all of my largest cards full of RAW format files. The contents were copied to both my laptop and USB drive before the CF cards were erased. Thanks to a handy little Lifeventure zip up belt bag from Millets the WD USB drive stayed with me, the CF cards tucked away in the Lowepro belt card carrier.
Another good little tip, keep empty cards face up, used cards face down. It will save guess work and wasted time when it’s time to swap cards.