Protecting digital image files while on the trail is a tricky proposition. When everything needed for a good long walk must fit in a small backpack – clothing, toiletries, first aid kit, electronics and cameras – weight and space become significant factors. Reduce, minimize, lighten; this is my mantra when filling that pack. Not too difficult if I am just out for a walk. But I’m also a ‘serious photographer’ and those two words have the potential to add endless kilograms to my load, with every additional gram potentially increasing my discomfort level.
I’ve described my camera kit in a previous post and it has not changed substantially since then. So far, that kit has relied on divine intervention to ensure my pictures arrive home un-lost and un-corrupted (good thing our walks tend to be religious pilgrimages!). There is no backup of the thousands of image files on my collection of SD cards. Just the one set of memory cards. Lose one card and I could lose several days of irreplaceable photos. (more…)