You might not recognize the guy in the photo above. You might also be shocked to know that the photo is 7 years old. You’re looking at Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys shot at the TLA in Philadelphia, way back in 2005. Before winning 3 Grammys and rocking sold out shows in stadiums across the country, The Black Keys were making kick ass music and putting on a great live show. Chris was lucky enough to catch an early Black Keys performance and even make some photos. Keep reading for the rest of the story…
This is where the story becomes a cautionary tale about the importance of backing up your files. We’d have more concert shots to show, but the images were lost over the course of time and hard drive failure. It’s an unfortunate situation, but certainly one that is unavoidable with a little bit of planning and preparation. If you’re out there making pictures, you better have a way to back them up… and in all honesty, there better be a backup for that backup – just in case.
Here’s a look at our system now. It might look pretty intense, but we take our pictures (and making sure we have them secure) pretty seriously.
Immediately after a shoot, we’ll download the photos to our work laptop and run the first round of workflow to get everything organized. At that point, all of those raw files get backed up onto the hard drives that we travel with – so we’ll always have two copies when we’re on the road, just in case. In our studio, we have 25tb of networked RAID storage for our entire archive of images.
As soon as possible (depending on how long we’re away for we have even shipped drives back to the studio) we backup from the work laptop and travel drives onto our archive in the studio. Ultimately this means that all of our recent work is stored (redundantly) in the studio and on the road with us. The final piece of the puzzle are our offsite backups, where we keep an entire copy of the entire archive (stored in a super-top-secret location) just in case. These offsite backups are updated quarterly to keep up with all of the new images we make. Come hell or high water, we like to be prepared.
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Last but not least, if you don’t know any of The Black Keys’s music, do yourself a favor and change that. You can start with this live performance of the first track of their newest (and awesome) album El Camino. Enjoy.