My Total Storage & Organisational Workflow As A Panorama Photographer in 2023


It’s been some time since I’ve written an article about my workflow with storage specifically. On this article I can’t solely let you know about how I handle my storage, but additionally how I work on the street and organise every part in order that I can seamlessly switch it to my residence setup with out an excessive amount of trouble. I’ll additionally discuss my listing construction and backups. I’ll attempt to maintain every part easy, as I’m not an enormous tech-head, and I do know that which can be quite a lot of readers on the market that aren’t both.

The largest purpose for writing this text is similar query that pops up on virtually all of my workshops : “Albert, how do you deal with storage of your entire photographs?” . It’s humorous, this query at all times stays the identical all through the years. Apparently there nonetheless isn’t a ‘commonplace’ approach or workflow that everybody makes use of. And even for myself, some issues are usually not at all times clear. Extra on that later. The second purpose I’m writing this text is that I not too long ago switched storage methods. I’ve an article on my web site during which I labored with my Drobo from about 4 years in the past. That is all a bit outdated, so I figured it’s time for a brand new article.

Full Disclaimer: I requested QNAP to work with me on this in return for a QNAP NAS, which I’m presently utilizing for nearly a 12 months. The QNAP Nas is simply a part of this text, whereas the article is especially centered on my Lightroom and NAS workflow.


First issues first: not everybody has the identical workflow. The workflow I’m utilizing is certainly not the one proper one, or the one it’s best to use. However this text can in all probability enable you to provide you a basic overview of what’s probably wanted when working with massive quantities of images.

Half 1,000,000 photographs : That’s proper. My catalogue is nearing about half 1,000,000 RAW photographs. I really do not know if that’s lots in comparison with different photographers. I suppose it actually will depend on how a lot you’re capturing, how lengthy you’re a photographer and most significantly: How a lot photographs you delete! In my case: That’s zero (sure I’m lazy). I’m presently over 40 terabytes of information, and all of the photographs are in only one catalogue.

Lightroom as a Host

Discover I’m utilizing the phrase catalogue each time. Sure, I certainly imply my Lightroom catalog with it. I exploit Lightroom as my host and do every part from there. I’ve been doing is from the very begin of my images profession greater than 10 years in the past and have at all times been happy with it. I’ve not used different software program for cataloguing so I can’t say if Lightroom is the very best for it. However in my case, it really works. Additionally word that I’m utilizing simply one catalog for all of my photographs. I’ve heard folks utilizing totally different catalogues for extra velocity. I’m unsure if that actually works, however I discovered that my catalog with 40 terabyte of photographs remains to be fairly quick to work with. I do generally run ‘File -> Optimise catalogue’ when the catalog runs a bit slower, and that does work to make it quick once more.

It’s essential to retailer your Lightroom catalog on the quickest location you have got out there. For me, that’s merely on my foremost machine that I’m presently utilizing: My Mac Studio M1Ultra. This one has my quickest inner SSD drive, on which I merely retailer the catalog. Do NOT retailer your catalog on an exterior drive, as that can make your total workflow a lot slower. It’s high-quality to retailer your photographs on exterior drives, extra on that later on the Storage a part of this text.

To take care of velocity and overview, it’s essential to construct up your catalog in a structured approach. For me, that’s as follows:

  • One folder the place your entire photographs are in, identify it Images for instance

  • Sub folders with years

  • Sub folders with months

  • Sub folders with tasks. I used to do dates a couple of years in the past however figured that was not likely wanted for my use case. Merely naming it the situation / identify of the undertaking works ok for me.

Right here’s a photograph of how that appears in my Lightroom Catalog:

lightroom catalog

Now what’s essential is that you should use Lightroom’s key-wording to simply discover again your entire photographs through the years. The most effective is to import your photographs by Lightroom and put a couple of key-words on each import. Nevertheless, I do know a few of you’re lazy (me included) and don’t put any key phrases. However Lightroom is sensible sufficient: Even in the event you don’t put key phrases however give your directories good names, Lightroom will use these while you seek for key phrases as properly. So if I merely seek for ‘Amsterdam’ in my total ‘Images’ (keep in mind, we put every part in 1 folder) folder, it’s going to discover the entire photographs from Amsterdam that I took in my total profession as a photographer.

So that is how I construction my Lightroom catalog in a nutshell. Crucial factor is to have an excellent construction, and be constant. That approach you’ll profit from it in the long term.

Utilizing Lightroom as a bunch has many benefits. It’s additionally tremendous straightforward to type recordsdata primarily based on metadata or rankings. I can simply see what number of photographs I took with a sure lens through the years. It provides me an excellent overview of which lenses to carry to what sort of journeys.

Albert Dros in studio

Recording a YouTube video in my studio

The way in which I work in Lightroom after importing the photographs.

After I’ve imported each picture session in Lightroom, I am going by the entire photographs, choose which of them I’m going to edit and easily put them right into a TBP (To be processed) assortment. These generally pile up as I don’t at all times have the time to right away put up course of photographs. However having them within the TBP folder sorted by date, I can at all times simply begin engaged on them quick.

Please word that I don’t do all of my enhancing in Lightroom, however the finish outcomes at all times come again into Lightroom. I typically sidetrack into Photoshop or different software program like Luminar Neo. However as soon as I’m accomplished there, I save my file and have it pop up again into my Lightroom catalogue, to maintain every part organised.

If you’re to be taught postprocessing from me, I’ve a full enhancing course out there that teaches all my postprocessing methods.

The following factor I do is use collections for completed tasks. I’ve a set set for ‘Photograph Sequence’. These are themed particular and never at all times location sure (though they are often). After which I’ve greater collections per location.

A little bit instance from an Antarctica journey:

  • over 14.000 photographs (sure, lots).

  • On daily basis I rapidly sorted photographs that is likely to be price to edit. They find yourself within the TBP folder.

  • Finally I edit all of the photographs, they find yourself within the Antarctica assortment in my Location folders.

  • Nevertheless, I’ve a number of Antarctica collection. So a few of these find yourself within the ‘Photograph collection’ as totally different collection, like ‘Penguins’ or ‘Antarctic Landscapes’

  • That signifies that the identical photographs typically may be discovered on totally different collections. And that’s okay.

Hope that’s clear. It’s not all that difficult, however once more: Construction and workflow is essential right here. Now you in all probability marvel how I deal with issues on the street and make the transition to the workplace workflow clean. Extra on that later within the ‘On the Highway’ chapter.


Let’s step again just a little bit and discuss my storage workflow when working with great amount of photographs.

Lots of people who shall be studying this text are in all probability be utilizing the ‘Let’s purchase a brand new greater exterior arduous drive when my different one is near full’ technique. They then put the older photographs with the older arduous drives someplace within the closet, and virtually by no means take a look at them once more. Belief me, I’ve been there 🙂

The plain benefit of gaining access to your entire outdated recordsdata is clearly what I discussed above: You’re capable of seek for photographs in your total catalog of photographs with ease. And that’s one thing you don’t have in the event you maintain shopping for new arduous drives and placing the older ones within the closet. If you wish to get barely extra severe about storage, you’ll have to purchase a tool that teams a number of drives collectively. A NAS (community connected storage) or a DAS (Direct connected storage).

You could find loads of units on-line with every their very own benefits. Most individuals shall be choosing a NAS to retailer massive quantities of information.


Please word that I used to be utilizing a DAS earlier than by way of thunderbolt. You may examine that in my older article on my web site, utilizing a Drobo gadget. I switched to a NAS (which you can really additionally join by way of Thunderbolt as an extension) after some time due to the next causes:

  • A NAS has extra performance: each by way of configuration and instruments

  • A NAS may be on-line 24/7 with out your workstation having to be on-line

  • A NAS is simpler for use by a number of customers on the similar time.

  • You may put your NAS wherever, as its linked by way of your ethernet community (you should use lengthy cables). A DAS must be proper subsequent to your workstation.

  • And the most important purpose: my Drobo, the model that I used to be utilizing as a DAS, was not anymore supported by newer OS variations as they went (semi) bankrupt. I did at all times love utilizing the system.


Plenty of folks with comparable setups as mine will need to go for a NAS system. A NAS, Community Hooked up Storage gadget, is principally a mini pc which you can entry by way of your community. So that you don’t connect it by way of USB, you connected it by way of an ethernet cable. It provides numerous performance, apps and instruments which you can play with. Not solely that, however trendy NAS units additionally supply numerous inner (and exterior) backup choices. However an important factor is that such gadget has various drive bays that group your arduous drives collectively. Which means you possibly can principally put various arduous drives collectively and your workstation will see it as 1 drive.

QNAP NAS closeup

In my case I exploit the QNAP TVS-H1288x, which has 8 regular drive bays, 4 ssd slots and a pair of NVME SSD slots. Sure, that’s not a simple identify. For my part, these merchandise are usually not so properly marketed to ‘the plenty’ and focus extra on the tech-industry, therefore the difficult names. If I could give firms like QNAP some recommendation: Photographers and content material creators typically want quite a lot of storage and are all in favour of these units. Merely identify a product QNAP Creator Professional and it’ll instantly catch curiosity of this complete area of interest. Simply an recommendation 😉

However extra concerning the QNAP TVS-H1288x. Like I stated: it’s principally a mini pc absolutely specced with a Xeon processor, its personal reminiscence and it even has a graphic card. It’s absolutely practical with out the necessity to join it to a pc. This has largely benefits, however may have disadvantages (consider on-line vulnerabilities). You merely join it to your community by way of an ethernet cable. The QNAP TVS-H1288x has 10gbit performance for quick information transfers. My Mac Studio helps 10gbit ethernet, therefore the selection for a full 10gbit workflow. Needless to say you’ll desire a full 10gbit workflow to maintain all of the speeds to the utmost. So you possibly can’t simply merely use the router that you just obtained together with your web subscription for that, as most of them don’t help 10gbit (they’re largely 1 Gbit). So to get the 10gbit speeds all over the place, I’ve the QNAP swap. This works tremendous easy: Simply plugin your workstation and the QNAP NAS within the quickest 10gbit ports, and plugin your ‘slower’ community units (like your web) within the 2.5gbit ports. You should not have to setup something, simply plug them in and it really works.

QNAP switch network cables

QNAP Change: Crimson cable going from to the QNAP, blue cable going to my workstation (Mac Studio), white cable goes to my web router.

For a full record of specs of the QNAP I’m utilizing, please test https://www.qnap.com/en/product/tvs-h1288x/specs/{hardware}

So how is my QNAP NAS arrange?

Earlier than we transfer on, it is essential to say that the setup of the QNAP NAS is sort of ‘basic’ and can be utilized for any type of NAS.

As talked about earlier than, my QNAP has 8 regular drive bays, 4 ssd slots and a pair of NVME ssd slots. NVME SSD don’t use the ‘old school’ SATA connection that limits speeds. They use a PCIe bus interface which is a quicker connection to the CPU. Normally, NVME is usually a bit quicker than requirements SSDs. In NAS units, NVME slots are sometimes used for cache storage.

My QNAP setup:

  • 8 drive bays every geared up with a WD Crimson Plus 10 TB. The WD Crimson Plus drives are constructed for NAS units which can be on 24/7, relating to efficiency and reliability.

  • 4 ssd drive bays geared up with WD Crimson SA500 1TB SSD

  • 2x NVMe ssd slots geared up with WD Crimson SN700 NVMe 1 TB SSD

Full disclosure: Western Digital collaborated with me on this setup and despatched me a couple of arduous drives as a part of WD celebrating their tenth anniversary of the WD Crimson Sequence. Congratulations! I’ve additionally been utilizing WD Crimson drives previously (and have purchased them myself)

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My QNAP has 8x WD Crimson 10 TB, 4x WD Crimson 1TB SSD and 2x 1TB WD Crimson NVMe SSD Entrance of the QNAP NAS, changing a drive is so simple as taking out one of many bays, attaching the arduous drive, and placing it again in.

QNAP NAS front

Entrance of the QNAP NAS, changing a drive is so simple as taking out one of many bays, attaching the arduous drive, and placing it again in.

So does that imply I’ve near 100 terabyte of disk house? In idea sure, nevertheless it doesn’t actually work that approach. It’s all about the way you configure your NAS gadget. NAS units are very versatile that approach, and supply alternative ways on methods to arrange your storage. It’s largely about how a lot backup you need. Would you like your information back-up if 1 drive fails? Or what if 2 fail on the similar time? Or 3? The extent of backup determines your most disk house. That is referred to as a RAID setup. RAID setups are usually not only for backups, but additionally for velocity. My setup is predicated on RAID 5, as QNAP’s personal web site says:

‘Knowledge and parity data are striped throughout all disks.The capability of 1 disk is misplaced for parity. Which means that if anyone disk fails, it may be changed and the information on it may be restored.Striping means learn speeds are elevated with every further disk.Really helpful for an excellent steadiness between information safety and velocity.’

I might additionally select RAID 6, which has an additional layer of safety that means 2 drives can fail on the similar time. However that hardly ever occurs (By no means occurred to me previously, however 1 drive failures are usually not out of the extraordinary) , so I opted for RAID 5, as I additionally produce other back-ups (extra on that later) incase actually dangerous issues occur. For a full record of raid setups, see https://www.qnap.com/en/how-to/faq/article/raid-level-comparison-table

So ultimately, I’ve about 60 TB of storage left on the 80 TB that’s within the 8 drive bays. However I get a ‘protected’ feeling, and far quicker speeds in return.

So what concerning the 4 ssd drives? They make 4 tb collectively, however I additionally put them in RAID with an efficient storage of two.4tb. This a part of the storage I exploit for newer tasks, as It’s quicker storage. And the 2x NVMe SSDs are assigned to ‘cache’. Cache is utilized by QNAP for recordsdata that you just use lots to make issues quicker. Don’t fear an excessive amount of concerning the technical facet of it: Within the QNAP interface you simply assign the NVME SSDs to cache, and the gadget will do the remaining.

As for the traditional arduous drives and the SSDs: the QNAP interface permits you to create ‘storage’ swimming pools with a immediately assigned to them. This implies I can create a immediately on my QNAP with all of my images on the 60 TB half, and one other immediately referred to as ‘latest tasks’ assigned to the 4 TB of ssd storage. You may principally choose which a part of storage you need to use for which listing on the drive.

The entire above is completed by QNAP’s personal working system that you just connect with by way of the community. Right here you possibly can see the management panels, dozens of apps and extra. You prepare all of your drives by the ‘Storage and Snapshots’ . It could be a bit overwhelming at first, however you rapidly get the dangle of it after utilizing it a few occasions.

QNAP OS storage & snapshots

QNAP’s working system with ‘storage & snapshots’ displaying all my 14 drives. Inexperienced that means they’re all in good well being. It’s also possible to setup storage swimming pools right here, and the NVMe cache (on the left)

Fast Abstract of Drive setup

Onerous to comply with? Right here’s a fast abstract of the above:

  • I’ve 60 TB of storage on my 80 TB drives due to the RAID5 setup for backup and velocity. That is the storage I exploit for all of my information.

  • I’ve 2.4 TB of storage on my 4 TB ssd drive half, due to the identical as above. I exploit this for my newer tasks. As soon as the undertaking is completed, I merely transfer it to the 60TB folder.

  • My 2x NVMe SSD’s are used for Cache, which you merely assign on the QNAP interface and QNAP does the remaining.

Now the entire above is predicated on my QNAP NAS, however these are basic setups that may be utilized to different NAS units as properly. So be at liberty to choose the NAS that matches your necessities.

So do you really want such a ‘skilled’ gadget? That’s fully as much as you. You won’t want a lot information as me, during which case you should buy a less expensive (and smaller) different. These methods are available every kind of configurations and sizes. However my recommendation is: Be sure to’re prepared for the longer term. Higher to speculate a bit extra money so to use it for a few years, as an alternative of getting to interchange it after just some years.

QNAP in Albert Dros office

QNAP Nas in my workplace. Please word which you can put as NAS wherever you need, because it’s connected with a community cable. On this case I merely put it in my ‘working room’, and never in my studio the place I typically file issues.

So how does the QNAP NAS work in my images workflow?

I’ll spare you all of the technical particulars of organising a the NAS. Like I discussed: It’s like a mini pc so which means it’s all a bit ‘techy’. When I was an adolescent I beloved every part about computer systems and was tremendous attention-grabbing in constructing them. Organising the NAS type of jogged my memory of these occasions. But it surely’s not that troublesome. Merely comply with the guide or watch a setup video on YouTube. My setup was barely extra ‘difficult’ as a result of I opted for some additional extensions that I added to the QNAP gadget: the QXP-T32P (right here we go once more with the names), which is an extension card that enables the gadget to simply accept Thunderbolt 4 connections for greater information velocity transfers. 10gbit ethernet is quick, however Thunderbolt 4 is quicker! To put in this, I needed to open the QNAP gadget and plug-in the extension card.

However yeah, let’s get a bit extra sensible once more after all of the somewhat difficult stuff: That is the way it seems like on my system:

The NAS is known as DROSQNAP and is connected to the community. I merely connected the NAS by way of the swap (see above) to my workstation, the place it’s immediately detected. Root folders are merely ‘Tasks’ and ‘New Tasks’. The ‘Tasks’ folder can be the basis folder of my catalogue in Lightroom, which you may see to start with of this text. Mainly, Lightroom doesn’t menace community storage any totally different than regular folders. You don’t even see that it’s community storage.

Each time I import photographs from my SD (or CF) playing cards into Lightroom, I instantly import them onto the NAS. This works quite simple and once more, no totally different than how you’d usually import photographs. This goes as quick as you’d count on in your regular workstation.

Additionally, enhancing and scrubbing by photographs goes quick within the Lightroom Develop module. Granted, it’s not as quick as immediately out of your SSD, however I wouldn’t count on it to be. Nonetheless, the 10gbit connection simply handles enhancing immediately from the NAS. In fact, the raid system actually helps with the velocity. Additionally saving large recordsdata with many layers in Photoshop shouldn’t be a lot slower than saving it to your SSD. The velocity is completely acceptable. I’m even enhancing YouTube movies immediately from my NAS.

copying thunderbolt high speed

Copying near 300 gb by way of thunderbolt in round 4 minutes.

And if you wish to use the ‘actual’ velocity, you possibly can at all times connect it to the thunderbolt port. The velocity is then on one other degree, and copying tons of of gigabytes occurs in a matter of minutes. Connecting by thunderbolt is as straightforward as placing a thunderbolt cable in between the NAS and your workstation. The workstation won’t see the thunderbolt connection as a tough drive. It would see it as an additional community connection. In my case, the traditional ethernet connection gadget is known as DROSQNAP, and in the event you join it with a thunderbolt cable it’s named DROSQNAP (Thunderbolt). Merely use that one for the tremendous quick speeds. Essential to notice right here is that you really want to make use of a Thunderbolt 4 cable, and never simply a regular usb-c cable. This may be complicated as they give the impression of being the identical. For those who use a regular usb-c cable, you may assume the connection shouldn’t be working because it merely doesn’t present up (I had this occur myself).

Right here’s just a little diagram to indicate how every part comes collectively:

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On the street workflow

See the little ‘journey laptop computer’ icon on the precise? Let’s discuss that just a little bit right here. As I discussed earlier than to start with of this text after I briefly talked about my 14k Antarctica photographs: It’s essential to have a streamlined workflow on the street, and mixing it together with your workplace workflow. This makes certain you possibly can seamlessly switch edits and sorting photographs.

person standing in front of beautiful mountain Kyrgyzstan

Mountain climbing in Kyrgyzstan

On all of my journeys I carry a (quick) laptop computer. I typically do fast edits on the street and I discover it essential that my workstation on the street is as quick as attainable, however is transportable as properly. I at all times make certain to have loads of disk house on my cell workstation for photographs and movies. However I additionally at all times carry 1 or 2 Sandisk Excessive Transportable SSDs with me. They weigh virtually nothing, are quick, and have loads of house (not sponsored, at all times shopping for them myself. NOTE that these drives obtained some dangerous media consideration not too long ago. However for me, they’ve at all times labored simply high-quality). I largely attempt to retailer all my recordsdata from a visit on the laptop computer, and again them up by way of the transportable SSDs.

Like on my foremost workstation, I exploit Lightroom on my laptop computer as properly. My workflow right here is as comply with:

  • Put all of the photographs in my Lightroom Catalog

  • Use the same construction as on my foremost workstation: month location shoot identify

  • Attempt to type photographs daily (or each few days) with photographs which can be ‘keepers’ and want processing

  • Edit photographs on the street (at any time when I’ve time)

  • Put the sorted and completed photographs in collections.

For me the sorting is most essential right here. Typically I’ve time for enhancing, generally I don’t. The outcomes are put into collections. And right here is how I make certain the switch to my residence workstation goes seamlessly:

On all of the completed photographs (in a set), give them a score. The quantity of stars doesn’t matter. Often I give ‘completed’ photographs 5 stars, and ‘sorted’ photographs that also want enhancing 4 stars. Merely proper click on the entire photographs in a set, proper click on -> Set Score -> give them a star score. When you’ve given rankings, choose all of the recordsdata in all of the collections, proper click on -> Metadata -> save metadata to recordsdata.

This is essential, and makes certain that every one your edits and rankings are saved inside an .xmp file for each picture.

ethernet cables QNAP switch

I switch all of my photographs after journey from my laptop computer onto the QNAP nas by way of the thunderbolt 4.0 extension card

Now that is the way you switch your photographs:

  • Merely choose the entire folder of photographs, and replica it to your workstation. For instance for Antarctica, I merely copy my total Antarctica folder (that has subfolders for daily of capturing) to my workstation , within the month 2020 / March (when it was shot). Please word that I exploit the thunderbolt 4 extension card on my NAS for large information transfers. Transferring 1 TB takes me no more than 10 minutes to repeat.

  • After copying the recordsdata, I am going into your Lightroom on my workstation, proper click on on March and click on ‘Synchronise Folder’. Lightroom will now replace that folder with the Antarctica photographs.

  • Now go into Library and kind my Attribute (on prime) and click on the score. You now type the photographs by score. Ensure that the sorting is ready to ‘Score is Equal to’ and never the usual ‘Score is larger than or equal to’.

  • You now see the entire photographs that you just sorted by score in your laptop computer. Now make new collections in your workstation with for instance ‘Antarctica completed’ and put the 5 star score photographs in there. The one factor it’s good to do right here is principally make the collections once more, however that actually takes you a minute.

That is how I seamlessly switch your photographs from travels to your workstation, with out an excessive amount of trouble. Hope that was useful 🙂

Backups and different capabilities

As may be seen from the above workflow, my QNAP NAS is built-in in my residence community, which can be linked to the web. This enables me to entry my QNAP from wherever on the earth. It’s essential that the community is safe, so I at all times maintain my QNAP NAS up to date with all the brand new safety updates, and ensure I’ve a number of authentications to login. The benefit of having the ability to entry the QNAP from wherever is that I can rapidly entry some recordsdata on the street, if the necessity is there.

I’m typically away from residence for a number of weeks and I often obtain emails with license requests. I can then merely take the RAW (and edited) recordsdata from my QNAP by its on-line entry, and that’s very handy.

What’s additionally handy is that NAS units have apps to mechanically backup your entire recordsdata with numerous choices to your selecting. With QNAP, that app is known as HBS (Hybrid Backup Sync) 3.0 . This app is tremendous useful to create backup ‘jobs’ in your QNAP NAS gadget.


HBS permits you to backup your entire recordsdata with numerous choices.

HBS3 permits you to create a number of ‘sync’ jobs. You may merely select copy, transfer or mirror. I largely use ‘mirror’ to have a precise mirrored copy that at all times syncs. You may select to backup by a number of methods, as may be seen on the picture above:

  • Native NAS : put one other (cheaper) NAS in your community that’s used as backup

  • Distant NAS : Use a NAS and put it at one other location. I really actually advocate that with greater storage. Or a Distant FTP server. Merely put a server at your dad and mom and backup to there 🙂

  • Cloud storage: HBS3 helps all the most important cloud platforms, like Amazon Glacier, Dropbox, Backblaze and so forth.

What do I exploit? Good query, as I’m presently in a transition part. Till a month in the past, I might have really useful the Dropbox superior plan, that labored nice. It allowed for backups of limitless storage that you may simply entry (like regular dropbox), for an appropriate value of about 70 USD monthly. Nevertheless, till not too long ago, dropbox modified this and solely permits for 1 TB monthly of backup. So rapidly importing 30-40 tb is just not attainable anymore.

At present, Amazon s3 glacier deep archive is most value efficient. After that I might advocate Backblaze B2. However presently, the best (and most cost-effective) approach is to easily have a backup at one other location. Observe that I used to be beforehand utilizing Backblaze for simply 10 USD monthly for limitless storage. That is the best possible, however sadly private Backblaze solely backs up native drives and USB drives. Backing up community storage shouldn’t be attainable, and for that you just want Backblaze B2, which is rather more costly.

So briefly: I presently use a sync backup at one other location.

You may set every part up in HBS 3 with ease and it’s very straight ahead.


This somewhat lengthy article actually focuses on utilizing a NAS for a images workflow. A fast abstract of what we have now mentioned:

  • Methods to use Lightroom as a Host and methods to construction your directories and photographs.

  • How I work in Lightroom and the way I import my photographs immediately on my NAS.

  • Detailed Storage workflow:

  • Utilizing a NAS with a number of (totally different) drives for a fast and organised workflow.

  • Methods to join every part on the ethernet community for a 10gbit workflow.

  • Utilizing Thunderbolt extension for even quicker speeds.

  • How I organise the photographs on my journey laptop computer, work with metadata and rankings, for a seamless transition onto my foremost workstation.

  • How I copy recordsdata from my journey laptop computer to my foremost workstation by way of thunderbolt 4.

  • Methods to use backup instruments like HBS 3 on QNAP to backup all of the recordsdata on the NAS

It’s essential to notice that I solely scratched the floor right here relating to prospects, apps and instruments which you can with a NAS gadget. For those who’re going the NAS route, it’s undoubtedly enjoyable to take a look at all of the apps and prospects, in the event you like that type of stuff. However in the event you merely desire a stable workflow, this can be the one you’re in search of. I actually hope that this text was useful and as at all times: If in case you have any questions, be at liberty to ask! I at all times reply!

Thanks for studying.


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