Why Professional Photographers Use RAID Storage?

Many Photographers use RAID Storage to Increase the Speed of their Workflow

As a professional wildlife and nature photographer, I can quickly go through megabytes of images, even in just a single photo shoot!

That means it’s important for me to keep up to date with the best forms of my image storage. For that I have purchased a RAID storage (OWC ThunderBay 4 with 4 hard drives) in conjunction with other hard drives and online storage! Like me, many photographers use a RAID to help increase uptime and prevent data loss through drive failures. Realizing that you have “collected” enough external hard drives, which actually makes it difficult to access your images in a speedy way. What you want is a better faster solution for your images to access and save.

Waiting time for saving and accessing files in the office; I have enough waiting for animals or the best light in nature, in my office I want to have speed for image processing! There are many solutions out there, but for me the RAID solution was the best with speed so far.

Unfortunately, many people don’t know exactly what a RAID storage does and not does. That may lead to image and data loss! It’s not a backup for your images, this upfront! It speeds up your workflow immense while saving your files or accessing them.

 

Raid storage and image storage, a RAID with open door to see the hard drives inside. Raid for professional Photographer

 

What is RAID Storage?

Before I get into explaining the advantages and uses of working with RAID, let me explain what exactly a RAID does for me.

      • RAID is an acronym that stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. When you use a RAID storage with 2 or more hard drives installed, all your data from your photography will be copied exactly as it is onto a second drive. Huh, mine has 4 drives in the black box!
      • That means that by using a RAID storage, you can save copies of your digital photos or documents. These files will have same high quality, full file size in high resolution. You also can access your files from multiple devices. Using a RAID can help prevent data loss. Its data redundancy creates copies of your images or any other files you may have. Copies of your images will be accessible on that second drive even if the first drive has a drive failure. Sounds a tad complicated, but it has its plusses.

 

My RAID Storage is not My Backup

I’ve used a RAID storage system for years, but I have never used my RAID as a backup for my nature photographs. For that I use external hard drives and online storage, like Google Drive, Amazon or Dropbox…etc.

Why Don’t I store My Images on My RAID?

Very simple; a RAID can protect your images and files from a mechanical drive failure, because every file in a RAID storage is mirrored, if one image or file becomes corrupted or deleted, all the other copies are immediately changed to reflect that. Yikes! Do you want that as a backup?

Why Do I use a RAID

I use a RAID because it is much more reliable than other forms of storage and because its data redundancy allows me to “store” my images safely. It lets me store and view my latest nature photos on all my connected devices and it can process my images so much faster than an external normal hard drive. My ThunderBay 4 delivers the speedy uptime processing I want while giving me the image protection I need!

RAIDs are offered by several brands, do your proper research when you decide to buy one.

What do I do to Backup all My Photographs

At the moment, my ThunderBay is almost completely full. Usually I do a backup in between more often, before it is full, that is in my opinion much better!

I like to back up all my files to other external hard drives and of course to my online storages. I don’t want to risk leaving my ready-to-go nature photographs on my RAID, since a RAID storage is not an image backup for me!

Also, I make sure to always save my RAW image files on separate backup drives as well, because I don’t want a preventable thing like corruption, human error, or malware to be the reason to lose all valuable RAW files or ready-to-go photos!

The Bottom Line of Using a Raid Storage for Me

Taking the advantage of their useful features, speed, mirroring…etc. is just right for me. Just be careful, don’t use a RAID for your full backup of your images or any other data you have. It is not a backup for all your files! Also, a 2nd and 3rd backup of all your great images will always pay off!

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Wild Animals Images – Amazing Images for Every Space

Amazing Photographs for Every Project or Space

There are few photographs for a home or office as powerful as wild animals images, especially African animal photo prints. No matter what the space is, from classic Gothic to ultra-modern, photographs from the natural world can enhance any space, bringing photographs of a world without man into human spaces.

Wild animals images are as well for magazines, books, commercial or marketing and even for designing your website. Nature, wildlife and landscape photographs, the asset for web designers, marketers and business owners. Distinctive and memorable nature photographs are available for your immediate high resolution download in my photo galleries with rights managed or royalty free license.

I have been photographing nature and wildlife from Africa to the Arctic, from Southeast Asia to Japan, and I know that these are photographs are more than simply beautiful. They inspire emotions that humans have been feeling for millions of years.

 

Wild Animals images, African Elephant Bulls Fight in the savannah of the Etosha national park in Namibia

Two African elephant bulls fight in the savannah of Africa

Wild Animals Images for the Office, Editorial or Designers

Decorating An Office or a Website

Decorating an office or a website can be a difficult affair. It’s important to avoid any pictures that display a political ideology or religion. In the world of business, as all businesses become more global, the risk of alienating customers is a very real.

Many of the classic pictures from museums have a religious origin. Many modern art images are inscrutable and a bit off-putting for those who don’t understand the picture itself.

Wild animals images, such as the African wildlife photo prints and images from the Arctic, carry none of those stigmas. These pictures are relaxing and fit most decor, including the very modern to the classic stylings.

Many of these images also convey a certain mood and attitude. Here are a few examples:

      • Photos of elephants are excellent in an office where strength and stability are sought. Established law offices and accountants would find these types of images convey a solidity and reliability that they’re seeking.
      • Lions, tigers, and leopards are excellent for offices where aggressive power is preferred. Defense attorneys’, stock brokers’, and sports agents’ offices would be excellent.
      • Polar bears are perfect for offices, like technology companies. The white bear, white background, and the clean lines are excellent for the open spaces that many of the offices have.

 

African Lion B&W Art picture, fine art photograph for photo prints. Lion looking proudly back to his pride in the savannah

African Lion black and white photograph. This Lion was looking back to his pride

Wild Animals Images for Home

Every home decor can be home for wild animals images and nature photographs. Putting pictures up in nearly any home can help to add beauty and inspiration.

In a traditional country home, photos of animals from the local area are great. Homes that are more gothic or classical in design would be ideally complemented by photo prints of lions and other large cats.

Most importantly, choosing a style of photo that best fits the homeowner’s vision and ideas will be perfect. There are many choices that are amazing for every decor.

Some of my favourite photographs are the ones that I’ve taken of some of the world’s rarest wildlife, even the ones that I haven’t seen yet.

      • Black rhinos are so rare that there are only five thousand left in the world. Looking into their eyes as I took their picture I felt a love for them that was indescribable.
      • Curious, fearless, and adorable, the honey badger is a gorgeous animal that I was so excited to see in the wild.
      • Africa’s wild dogs are endangered. They were fun to watch and a bit terrifying. These pack animals can be at once playful and vicious.
      • There are penguins in Africa. On the list of animals that most beloved being cute and fun, penguins are at the top. African penguins are wonderful to watch.
      • A creature that looks like a prehistoric nightmare, the pangolin is like an anteater wearing a suit of armor.
      • The African black-footed cat looks like a house cat, but it’s not. It’s the smallest wild cat in Africa.
      • Aardvarks are slightly comical and make us want to stop and look more closely. (Not yet.)
      • Panthers are more than just scary. They are incredibly beautiful and mysterious, like a sliver of nighttime that has come to life. (Nope. Not this one yet either.)
      • Last not least, the lions and polar bears.

 
I haven’t been able to photograph all of the animals. Many are endangered or in decline.

 

Polar Bear standing at a rocky beach on a big boulder overlooking the Arctic Ocean in Svalbard Norway

Polar Bear standing at the edge on a beach overlooking the Artic Ocean in Svalbard / Norway

Color vs Black and White Photo Prints

Making the choice between black and white and color images is more than simply a matter of taste.

Colors evoke a mental state that arises spontaneously!

What the color of an image does for the emotions?

When choosing between color and black white animal photos, the feeling that a black and white image gives can change the meaning of the photo. For example, an image of a cheetah in black and white adds a bit of mystery and a classic feeling to the image. In color, there’s power and a feeling that this fantastic cat might take off at record speeds.

Images of elephants in black and white feel rustic, like the images of these majestic creatures from a time when there were fewer people in the world. In color, the gray and dark shadows of the elephant against the golden grass of a savannah or the green of jungle give a feeling that the animal is an alien creature in a brightly colored world.

Emotions and animals
As I’ve been pointing out, the emotions that animals evoke in us are visceral and intense. Pictures of wolves still give us a tiny twinge of fear. Lions and cheetahs empower us and make us feel like we can conquer the whole world. Images of elephants evoke strong emotions of safety and love.

 

Wild Animal, African Leopard stalking down a big tree trunk in Botswana.Eye focus on prey

This African leopard had a group of Impalas in its eyes while stalking down a big tree trunk

African Animal Prints – Capturing for Conservation

The only shooting that should be going on in Africa is shooting with cameras. While it might seem like a small gesture, purchasing images of animals in endangered areas, such as elephants in Africa or polar bears in the Arctic, provides more incentive for people to protect and conserve these majestic animals and their habitat.

As part of my life as a photographer, I have worked hard to make sure that I record images of these majestic wildlife and their habitats. As I noted in the list of animals above, I haven’t been able to photograph many of these animals because they are so rare.

Purchasing quality photographic prints from photographers, like me who lead photographic safaris, is a perfect way to promote eco-tourism. When these animals are more valuable alive for tourists than they are dead for some hunters wall, there will be a much larger push to promote conservation.

Wild Animals Images for You. No matter what wild animals images you choose, in black and white or color, you are bringing a piece of nature, often rare and endangered, into your project or home.