Cloud Backup (Photo Taco)

Jeff Harmon is joined by guest Jim Goldstein from cloud backup provider Backblaze to talk about 7 important questions photographers should have about backing up their photos and Lightroom catalog to the cloud:

1) How can a cloud backup provider help with the “1” of the “3-2-1” backup strategy?
2) Does adding an external hard drive change how cloud backup providers can be used?
3) What about when a photography moves to a RAID system for their storage, does that change how cloud backup providers can be used?
4) How long should photographers expect it to take to backup their photos and the catalog to Backblaze?
5) What can photographers who are creating large amounts of content very quickly do to use cloud backup?
6) A lot of cloud backup and storage providers have died or significantly changed their licensing models. What makes Backblaze different to provide photographers comfort that it is going to be around for a while?
7) What is the difference between syncing, backup, and storage in the cloud?

Resources mentioned in the podcast:
Backblaze Blog Sync vs. Backup vs Cloud: https://www.backblaze.com/blog/sync-vs-backup-vs-storage/
THE ULTIMATE BACKUP WORKFLOW FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: https://improvephotography.com/33562/how-to-manage-storage-storage-workflow/

Other Photo Taco Resources:
Vote for Jeff’s “Cull” module idea to be added to Lightroom: https://bit.ly/cullmodule

Photo Taco Archive: https://improvephotography.com/category/taco/
Improve Photography Podcast Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ImprovePhotographyListeners/
Photo Taco Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phototacopodcast/
Photo Taco email: [email protected]

Jeff’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/harmon_jeff
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Jeff’s Portfolio: https://jsharmonphotos.com
Jeff’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harmonjeff/

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6 thoughts on “Cloud Backup (Photo Taco)”

  1. Hi Jeff,

    I’m a little surprised that both you and Jim are not completely familiar with the Drobo. Some of what Jim conveyed as really innovative features about Synology, were being done by Drobo from the start several years ago. I have used and enjoy BackBlaze for several years. I currently have 12TB backed up to their service and it works fantastically. I’ve had to use some degree of recovery three times over the last six years and all went perfect.

    I use a Drobo as my main drive directly attached to my PC and back that up to a NAS drive (Thecus) on my home network and then I have BackBlaze taking care of my off premises backup. The only problem I am running into is the backup software from my PC to the NAS now and the capacity on my NAS drive as it is not nearly so easy to expand as you go as the Drobo drive is. It is appearing that Acronis True Image is not really designed for such large data as I have?

    Thanks for all your work to help photographers. Remember that we all view and see photography through our own lenses. That also means that we also view photography challenges in different ways, in particular, not always through a budget constraint. What I mean by this is that I sense that you see photography through a budget minded perspective. If I can be so bold, I’m giving you a free pass to convey the very best and preferred method of handling a photography task, regardless of expense because some of us are more concerned about optimal quality, not the way to boot strap it.

    An example related to this would be how you present and in effect defend your position of why you have not gone to a full frame camera body. Frankly, this is amateur time, anyone who has great crop sensor bodies and great full frame bodies I believe knows the difference and what each one does best. I personally wouldn’t ever go back to having only a crop sensor body. All it took for me was owning a good full frame body and shooting Landscape and Architecture to realize that there is a very real quality difference in results. So my best suggestions are to become very familiar with all these various perspectives which are formed by both our particular photographic interests and also our budgets and try to cover the range of perspectives and stay away from voicing negative opines about that which you personally don’t have a full perspective. Almost impossible for all of us I admit.

    Thanks for all you do!
    John Williams
    Past Pres Lake County Camera Club
    Photography Instructor
    For the love of Photography

    1. Thanks for listening John and for your measured response here. I really do appreciate the time people take to listen and to provide feedback.

      Drobo devices are certainly very capable and I don’t remember what may have been said about Synology being something that was disparaging to Drobo. The episode was not an attempt to compare the two or to suggest that one is more capable than the other. This was a focus on online backup and with either solution (NAS or DAS) it becomes a pretty good challenge for most people to try and backup when they get to that point. I agree that Drobo devices have significant and very user friendly capabilities. A very solid option for photographers to have significant amounts of storage and solve that second storage wall all of them are headed for. Any indications you may have found in the episode that there was any attempt to say that Drobo devices are less than adequate were not intended.

      As to my use of a crop sensor camera, it has nothing to do with the relative quality between it and full frame. Absolutely true that full frame has significant image quality advantages in the right hands. My position is that for me as a hobbyist photographer, and a relatively new one at that, the crop sensor is currently the best fit for me. Likely will be the case for a long time as I am extremely convinced the factors limiting my image quality has far more to do with my skills rather than the sensor inside the camera. At some point I do hope that changes and I hope that my budget will allow for the massive jump in cost to upgrade my equipment. That isn’t today. It may not be for quite some time. You are right, all of my thoughts and positions regarding photography are exactly amateur time because I am very much an amateur. Have never claimed anything more than that.

      You are also correct in that there is no way for me to possibly have a fully well-rounded perspective on all things photography. That is what Jim, Connor, Erica, Brian, and Brent bring to the Improve Photography network. Everything I talk about on the podcasts and in articles comes from my own experience using my own funding (unless otherwise stated). It is limited in scope and perspective to be sure, which I believe is something thousands of listeners can better identify with than the professionals with all of the best gear.

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