Dual Card Slots & Backing Up Your Images

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We were traveling to South Africa and I packed everything necessary to back up our images during our trip:

- Hard drive
- Laptop
- D3s (I took this camera because it has dual card slots and copies every image onto the second card…and, well, it’s just the best.)
- D700 (One of us shot with this camera the whole time – you know, you can never have too many back ups of back ups :)

Every day during the trip, I backed up all of our images taken that day onto our laptop and also onto the hard drive and in Dropbox…except the last day.  We woke up early that morning, explored South African wineries and took about a million more pictures.  I couldn’t back those up, because we went straight from exploring all day to boarding our flight that afternoon.

Well, on the 17 hour flight from Johannesburg to Atlanta, I left the camera turned on the entire time…through the heat, the cold, and the variations in air pressure for 17 straight hours.  We got home super late that night, so I waited until the morning to backup the last memory card from our trip.  It had to have been at least 24 hours since I forgot to turn the camera off…That morning, I grabbed a cup of coffee, sat down at my desk and eagerly placed that last memory card into the card reader.  What popped up on my screen in that moment made my heart skip a beat:

ERROR.  The file is corrupted and unreadable.  

Error, as in the card failed, as in I am never going to see those pictures ever again.  I tried various card readers, computers and cords.  Nothin’.

BUT THEN, I remembered my handy dandy dual card slot.  I removed the second card from my camera, placed it into the memory card reader and waited for my computer to recognize the device.  On the verge of a nervous breakdown, all I could think was “please, please, please, work!”  It finally did.  I was SO thankful to have this second card slot.  The images were all in jpeg.  I use the second card to backup all of the images in jpeg; I set the first card to capture all of the images in RAW.  So, no…it wasn’t exactly an ideal situation (but neither is having your memory card fail).  Most importantly, I had a back up of all our pictures taken on our last day in South Africa.  I didn’t care if they were all jpegs!

Before this, I’ve never had to use my second memory card to retrieve backup images, but I am so thankful for technology that allows us the opportunity just in case.  

Brita Photography

Joseph C. Lange -

Anxiety just thinking about losing vacation pics…since my memory sucks!

Piedmont Park Engagement Session | Erin & Troy

I met up with Erin & Troy for their engagement session at Piedmont Park and we walked all around in search for the best spots.  The catch is that almost every great spot had a ton of people in the background.  We’re talking about a portrait session on a beautiful day where there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the park was packed!  We were up for the challenge!  With a little vision, a brave couple willing to venture off the path, and some gorgeous light…I think it’s safe to say we succeeded :)  The leaves were so colorful and vibrant!  We had so many beautiful, different backgrounds in every direction…not to mention the sunset over the Atlanta skyline.  We talked all about their upcoming wedding and the details that they’ve planned so far.  With their wedding at Park Tavern next year, it made Piedmont Park that much more perfect for their engagement session.
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Rachel Brewer -

These are GORGEOUS! Love the ones in front of the pond!!

Ann Jaeckels Cain -

Beautiful photos – beautiful day!

Linder Jaeckels -

Wonderful pictures! (So glad a squirrel did not run away with that gaaawgeous ring.)

Sarah Dailey -

I love these! Erin and Troy make great models. :)

Darlene Ball Easter -

Wow- what a beautiful couple. I loved the pictures. I know you are all excited about the upcoming wedding.

Chris Mathis Baum -

Beautiful!!!

David Jaeckels -

Very nice!

North Georgia Adventures

Good friends are like stars.  You don’t always see them, but you know they’re there.  Too cheesy?  But, oh so true!!  Nick, Greg, and Joe met 10 years ago on a trip to Costa Rica.  They all shared a lot of the same interests with one main, core similarity:  A love for traveling.  This same passion for traveling and people and culture bonded them for the next decade.  And just this weekend, all 3 of them and their awesome significant others joined in Atlanta to visit us!  They’ve already reunited in California, Joe’s hometown, and also Atlanta, where we live.  The next stop will be Toronto, where Greg lives!  We had such a great time and the weather was absolutely perfect!

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Victoria Schneider -

Lovely:)