Loss Prevention: Disk Failure đź’»

Every photographer’s worst nightmare. You have thousands of photos stored on your computer or on an external hard drive and this happens. You plug in your hard drive and your computer rejects to recognize it. I had this happening a few times and my Windows based Laptop suggested to format the disc. Not a good idea. I solved the issue by plugging in the hard drive into another USB port and that worked great, but still, a scary moment.

You can also have an issue with your computer crashing, leaving you without your data. Many things can happen to your hard work getting lost. I have all my photos on several external disks and, paranoid as I am, have signed up with an external storage service iDrive with a 5TB plan  that allows me to setup all my devices for daily backups plus having an iDrive where I can upload my images from my external hard drives.

I like this solution as I can access my images on the go. Imagine you are traveling and want to access a photo you took some time ago. Having these images at your fingertips where ever you have an internet connection comes handy.

Sign up with iDrive today to get your photos and data safely backed up and get a big discount on your 1st year subscription. Note, this website does generate some commissions from our partners that covers a small portion of the costs involved to keep this website up & running. Please come back for more information about other services iDrive is offering





Photography Contracts Bundle

Many peer photographers asked me if I could provide them with some guidance on contracts every photographer needs at some point in time, especially when it comes to photograph people. I have found a Forms Bundle for Photographers that might just be what you were looking for.

Running a full-time photography business is tough. Being the creative head, photographer, editor, and marketer yourself, photography contracts & forms take a backseat. You definitely don’t have the time to create them yourself. And hiring a lawyer to do it for you is expensive.

Is it then wise to proceed without a contract? No way!

You are literally putting yourself out there without a security blanket. Everyone wants to work with good clients. It’s hard to imagine that sweet couple you photographed at their wedding taking advantage of you.

But the truth is that any client [even friends and family] will look out for their own interests!

From copyright disputes, payment issues, and unrealistic expectations, a lot can go wrong. Not to mention you also need to set your terms and conditions.

Result? misunderstandings, fights, delayed payments, and eventually loss of a client. Sounds incredibly ugly, doesn’t it? This is where photography contracts and forms come into play.

Contracts not only sustain your clients but also helps you gain new ones.

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Internet Presence: WordPress Hosting

Easy WordPress

As described in our previous post, you need to make sure you secure a compelling new domain name that is in line with the services or information you want to offer to your customers, followers or fans. If you haven’t followed the previous task, you can still search for a good domain name using this search:

Find a domain starting at $0.99

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Now, after security and registering your domain name, you need to think about what content you want to offer and what publishing solution you want to use. It all depends on what your plans are. Most of the small business websites, such as dentists, car repair shops, photographers and others use WordPress. More about this later. The reason why we mention this at this stage is, that depending on your needs, you need to make sure that the hosting company you want to use offers the services you need at an affordable price.

If you think of having one website and only use WordPress, my preferred company Namecheap offers EasyWP that gives you all you need to setup your WordPress based website. They probably offer the most affordable and reliable WP Solution on the market. Click here for pricing information:

“This isn’t just cheap WordPress Hosting. With EasyWP, your WordPress website is managed by our very own optimized cloud technology, giving you that “set-and-forget” experience. This unique infrastructure is designed to let each and every website live and grow quickly, without hiccups.”


In the next post, we will describe what other options you have besides WordPress Hosting and which solution we have selected and why.