Backing Up images and Catalogues In Lightroom 2 and 3

Hi, today I thought I would write about creating backups for your images in Lightroom.

This is a very important topic for every photographer (or even people treating photography as a hobby). You need to make sure that you have at least two copies of your images. In case anything happens to your hard drive, you have your backup.

The method I use is to keep all my images on an external hard drive and backups on my laptop which is being backed up systematically.

Here is the question I recently received:

“I have the full original of my prime system on the Drobo and a mirror including the catalogue on RAID , how do I keep the catalogue full backed up as well as the Pictures?”

Every time you start Lightroom (if you are using Lr 2) or every week – depending on your settings in Lightroom preferences  or when you close Lightroom (if you are using Lr 3), you will be prompted to back up your catalogue:

Here is the screenshot in Lightroom 2:

Back up in Lightroom 2And here is the screenshot from Lightroom 3 Beta:

Back up in Lightroom 3As to backing up the images, every time you import images from a memory card, you can tell Lightroom to create a back up of images in your defined location – I use a folder on my laptop that is backed up systematically.

Here is Lightroom 2:

Back up images in Lightroom2

And Lightroom 3 Beta:

Back up images in Lightroom 3That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy it. Tomorrow the second video about using new Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop CS5. Till tomorrow.

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