Over my years of reporting around the world, I have developed both a fear, and its solution. We all share fear: losing our photos before we reach home. Get your stuff stolen, break your gear, forget your bag: I’ve heard dozens of stories of travellers returning home without their pictures. So, to solve any possible problem, I developed a certain organization, and two rules.

Absolute rule 1: copy your photos twice every night

I bring with me a small travel computer dedicated to storage (and to Netflix in the evening at the hotel, ok…). Every night I copy my files on it and put them in the right folders. But I don’t leave the responsibility for my images solely to my computer: I systematically double the backup by copying the files onto an external hard disk.

This is the system I applied when I went to Greenland to shoot my documentary it’s impossible to imagine losing 3 weeks of shooting in a computer crash or an upside-down coffee ! So I copied all the dailies and photos to both my computer and my external hard drive.

Rule 2: do not leave both backups in the same place

The idea of double backup is to make sure that we can have a copy of the files in case of trouble with the other backup. So if the computer crashes, I get the disk. So it’s obvious: you don’t leave the computer and the record in the same place! If the computer is at the hotel, the disk is in the bag. If the computer accompanies me to the restaurant to work, the external disk remains in the room. In short, in case of theft of my bag, or accident (I imagined my bag falling into the water on every boat trip in Greenland…), I do not lose my images. I’ll be unhappy and broke, but at least I could give my pictures to the client, or finish my work!

Note: the only time the two backups are in the same place is for the return flight, where I put everything in the same place (i.e. in the cabin, nothing of value in the hold!).


All hard disks are not equal, and when travelling, we will look for other qualities than reliability (even if it remains non-negotiable!).

A good external travel hard drive is light and compact.
Whether at home or at the office, you can have a huge hard drive, as much on the road I count the grams. My bag weighs heavy, even very heavy on some trips, and I still care about my back. My record must therefore succeed in finding a place or middle of the objectives, and know how to be discreet.

A good external travel hard drive is fast.
In the evening, after walking and photographing all day, no one wants to spend two hours laboriously copying their photos and videos. If it takes too long, we quickly give up the idea of doing it every night.

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I am a wedding photographer and I have the chance to travel all over the world. On this blog, you will find both travel and wedding stories and tips to make your own blog photos a success.

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