Backing up your photographs when you are out on an adventure is a sensible idea.
If you carry a laptop on your trip and have access to power, then the process is very simple.
If you don’t have access to power, you have a choice between carrying sufficient batteries to last through your trip (my preferred option on trips lasting up to a couple of weeks) or using solar power to charge your batteries.
If you don’t have a laptop you need a way to get your photos off your camera and onto a hard drive. Ideally you would have sufficient memory cards for your trip so that you don’t need to wipe your card. This means you still have two copies of your images (albeit still stored worryingly in the same backpack).
Here’s my photo back-up system for my next trip.
(Numbers refer to the items on the picture below)
- Take my photos and film on a camera that uses SD cards (1). When it’s time to back up I…
- Stick the card into a very clever jobby (2) that is simultaneously a card reader, a storage battery, and a WiFi network. This means that I can now…
- ‘See’ all the card footage on my phone (3) (which, incidentally, I protect in a brilliant case (7) that is also a spare battery for the phone) and transfer the footage from the clever jobby to…
- A 500GB solid state hard drive (4) using the cable that comes with it. I can then use the WiFi on the phone to check that the footage has arrived safely on the hard drive and is not corrupt.
- To keep things charged I use a solar panel (5). This hangs on my pack all day (recharging its own internal battery) and then in the evening I plug in my phone or the clever WiFi jobby when they need charging.
- To be on the safe side I also carry an extra battery (6) that can charge all the other stuff. These come in loads of sizes depending on how much juice you want to store. This can be topped up by the solar panel, or any serendipitous access to a power socket or 12V car charger.
Please don’t worry if this sounds complicated. It works very well and is very simple.
If you have any technical questions about this system, please can I recommend you ask Google for the answer? I doubt I can help more than that!
I settled on this system after much Googling and asking clever friends to explain stuff.