3 Laptops & 2 BlackBerries later: A Photographer’s dilemma

I awoke on November 23, 2011 to the bad news that a colleague’s studio was robbed. Apparently he worked late into the night the day before in an attempt to meet a client’s deadline. He finished at about 2 am and went to bed hoping to wake up in time to be the first customer at the print lab. To his dismay, the laptop on which he had been working with, was missing. Apparently someone (or some people, as the case may be) had gotten into the compound around 3 am (I think that’s when everyone gets into the height of a sound sleep) and while the security man was fast asleep, stole 3 laptops & 2 blackberries. It makes you question the job description of the security man. It was painful especially when you consider the fact that one of the laptops was just a few weeks old. What was more painful was the fact that most of the pictures on the laptops did not have a backup. Luckily enough, the client’s job that he was working on was backed up on another system. When I heard the news, the first thing I did interestingly enough had nothing to do with calling the photographer to extend my “apologies”. The first thing I did was to back up all my pictures; a second backup that is. You see, I had just covered a wedding a few days before and procrastinated on doing a second backup of the pictures. This has happened to a lot of photographers that I know and many more that might be reading this will swear by a spiritual authority that it can NEVER happen to them. Well, you might want to think again. I sometimes tell some of my christian photographer colleagues that even if Jesus was living in this day as a photographer, He would backup his pictures. The point I’m trying to make is not to deliberately use the “misfortune” of another colleague as a means to drive people to read my writeup. As you’re reading this, please understand that it can happen to you, YES YOU. No one is immune from stuffs like these; the best you can do is to significantly reduce the chances of being a victim. BACKUP your pictures, as in RIGHT NOW. Make a copy on a CD, DVD, external hard disk or BLU-RAY disc. You’ll be glad you did. It is usually recommended you have at least 2 backups in different locations but 1 backup is better than none. Oh by the way, I later called the photographer to extend my sympathies. Enough said, procrastinate no longer, go & sin no more BACKUP THOSE PICTURES…


  1. Alawode Olusegun Oladeji · November 28, 2011

    Well, it’s incumbent on any serious photoG to have a secured backup well kept away from any kind of infiltration and no one can tell back up too can be lost & stolen as well. So, i prefer and recommend an online storage facility that does not compress images quality and details.

    May the Lord help our friend to recover the losses in an amazing and unprecedented ways


  2. AlinaNikol · November 28, 2011



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