Those who have seen me present live know that I tend toward being a little paranoid. And petty. Among other things. But mostly paranoid.
One of the most significant reasons I’m involved in photography is that I desperately want to preserve great memories. That can mean a beautiful location, a beautiful person, a beautiful moment, or so much more. Which is to say, I don’t want to lose those captured memories.
I spend a rather significant percentage of my time traveling, and that means I need to be able to work with my images on the go. More importantly that means I need to be able to store and backup my images while moving from one place to another.
On many occasions I’ve traveled with around 6 terabytes of storage. In my photo backpack. Slung over my shoulder. And I pay a price for lugging that extra weight around.
On some trips I simply need a huge amount of storage, on account of my heavy trigger finger. But sometimes I don’t need an absurd amount of storage. And the reality is, sometimes my storage needs aren’t all that crazy.
I’ve taken one or two flights where I didn’t have any luggage. None. Not a checked bag, not a carry-on bag. Just my iPhone and me. I can’t tell you what an amazing experience that is. And I have found a similar experience in traveling with storage that fits in my pocket. Literally.
You see, more often than not, I can get by with a handful of gigabytes when traveling for photography. And a JumpDrive is a perfect replacement to an external hard drive in those situations.
Take, for example, the SanDisk Extreme 64GB flash drive. It is tiny, simple, fast, and offers 64GB of storage. For many trips, that’s more than enough. And you can get this device for about a dollar a gigabyte. Phenomenal.
I’ve tended to think of these JumpDrives as a modern alternative to the “sneaker net”, making it possible to transfer files with relative ease from one computer to another. But the reality is that these tiny little gadgets enable you to share a considerable amount of data. So much data that in many cases it can take the place of a relatively heavy and annoying external hard drive. Amazing.
So, the next time you’re thinking about the need to backup your photos when on the go, think about a JumpDrive. I’ll bet it will make your life much easier. It has already made my life easier.
Here’s the JumpDrive I’m using:
There are many others. What do you think? Is this the best thing going for storage, or what? Feel free to share your comments below…