Always backup your work, and then backup your backups! This opinion is brought to you by the recent news that Oakland-based photographer Jennifer Little lost her "life's work" when 21 hard drives containing over 70,000 photos were stolen from her home. To go along with the hard drives, she also lost eight cameras leaving only one left.
As reported by KPIX, the burglars took everything except for 30 images from a recent shoot and a single large format camera. Little was able to find one camera at a local flea market a couple days later but is still searching for the rest of her equipment. Among the photos were several ongoing projects, including one very time consuming and expensive one.
I’ll probably have to write off the project from China completely because it’s so expensive to go there and I’ve sort of lost all the groundwork documentation that the whole project was based on.
She believes they entered her house through the bathroom window, but that's not what's really important here. Let's ask the question we're all thinking inside our heads: With all the online backup options available these days, why weren't all these photos backed up somewhere else? There's no excuse for not having your photos backed up online. With such a standard precaution, you can keep your photos safe from house fires, floods, and even burglaries. Keep it secret, keep it safe, Fstoppers.