Image Management Workflow Podcast – 4/27/11

April 27, 2011


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This is the fourth episode of the NEW Image Management Workflow podcast segment. In this new series of podcasts Rick and Juan will talk about managing all your digital photos and videos.

We’d like to thank you for all your comments and feedback and the topic of this podcast is a result of your emails, so keep them coming.

In this episode we discuss online backup solutions and what to look for in a provider. We also announce the winner of the Drobo contest, so make sure to listen to the podcast and if you are the winner make sure to contact us to claim your prize.

As always if you have any questions, please send them on in and we’ll get to them pretty soon. You can send your questions via email to email hidden; JavaScript is required or click on the “Contact us” button on the top of the website.

This new Image Management Workflow podcast is brought to you by Drobo and Lexar.

As you have heard us discuss on the podcast Drobo makes the best storage units to safely and securely store all you digital assets. Both Rick and Juan trust Drobo to store all of their digital images!

Lexar is THE premier maker of memory cards for all your cameras as well as some of the best memory card readers. Rick and Juan always suggest offloading you images from your cards using a card reader instead of plugging the camera in directly, and Lexar makes some very versatile readers.

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This is Episode number 4 of the Image Management Workflow Podcast with Rick Sammon & Juan Pons.

We hope you enjoy the episode, and if you do, we would greatly appreciate it if you could give us a positive rating on iTunes. Hey, it only takes a minute!

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Click on this video screenshot to view the video Juan made to for the B&H presentation on how he uses his Drobos.

Hope you enjoy this episode.

Show Notes/Links

  • Drobo
  • Lexar
  • Lexar Dual-Slot USB 2.0 Flash Memory Card Reader RW035-001
  • Crashplan
  • DropBox
  • JungleDisk
  • Things to look for in a backup solution:

    • Company Stability
    • Procedure for Retrieval of your files (accident, company goes under, etc)
    • Well designed & robust interface program for your system
    • Understand their archive & support policy
    • Check and test their file recovery
    • Keep in mind your bandwidth limitations
    • Make use of the trial period

    Winner of the Drobo FS is Pamela Cather

    Pamelas essay:

    Dear Rick and Juan,


In the Fall of 2007, approaching 50 and with children leaving the nest, I took my first photography class.  It captured my heart and soon after, I bought my first digital SLR as I desired to journal the lives of people and animals.  In 2009, I decided to lay my newly acquired skills on the line by starting my own portrait business.  With a growing portfolio of precious client photos, one ongoing battle has been with the protection of my photographic assets. Once, with a half terabyte external drive in failure, we were able with prayer, a few tears and a freezer trick, to rescue the files before its last dying gasp.

My husband is an avid podcast listener and a few months ago while he was doing some research for a presentation he was giving to our Kodaroamer Camera Club on backup systems, he discovered your podcast on file storage.  He shared it with me and now I am an enthusiastic listener. Excited about the prospects of not living through another stressful file recovery, I knew that I needed a Drobo to complete my workflow.  Since I’m working with a “pay as I earn” philosophy, it will be a while until I can afford one.  Your contest gives me hope of greater security and I know I will sleep better at night with a Drobo!

    Thanks for all your help,
    Pamela Cather

    You can find out more about Pamela at:

    Pamela, make sure to contact us to claim your prize! A brand new Drobo FS from our good friends at Drobo!

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Juan is a wildlife photographer who currently lives in Maine. Juan lives and breathes photography and travels around the country making images, teaching and leading photo workshops. Juan’s favorite destination is Yellowstone in winter.

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5 Responses to “Image Management Workflow Podcast – 4/27/11”

  1. David Arkin Says:


    The more I watch the videos, which are excellent, the more i learn but also ask questions. With your setup (B & H video) you have two firewire 800 cables to the computer ( Drobo and “toaster”). My iMAC only has one FW 800 port. How do you get the two cables into the machine? Are you using FW 800 hubs ( very expensive) or what? What is name of toaster?


    David Arkin


    • Juan Pons Says:


      For machines that only have one FW800 port, you daisy chain the FW800 devices. Most external FW800 devices have two ports on the back.

      The “toaster” that I use is the NwerTech voyager. Here is a direct link:

      Take care,



      • David Arkin Says:

        Thanks for answering so quickly. Besides this techie stuff I must say I loved seeing your images especially the turtle in your yard.

        As a followup to previous question from another podcast as to workflow. If I remember correctly, you bring images onto desktop from card and then place these images on the folder system you created on the Drobo. Do you do this by copying onto the Drobo directly or use LightRoom to bring into the Drobo folder and thus it goes into LightRoom Library? Do you then delete the folder on the desktop? Do you keep any images on the computer itself or that the very reason you use Drobo? Once the folder is in the Drobo and in the LightRoom library does LightRoom get confused when you swap out the HD that had the folder information or does Drobo somehow add that original folder to the new drive? Sorry to go on so long and make this confusing.

        If I have this correct, the main reason for the Drobo is security of the files, even though you have backup on another Drobo and “toaster” made backup. What HD do uou use in toaster application?

        Thanks again.

        David Arkin


        • Juan Pons Says:


          I am afraid my workflow is a bit more complicated than that, specially when I am in the field.

          But let’s pretend I am not in the field and shooting around my house.

          I will copy the files by hand from the cards into folders on my main drobo unit. The folders I have organized by year then shoot, so for example:


          I then “Add” this folder into Lightroom, using the “Add” command not the copy.

          My secondary Drobo is set to backup my primary every night.

          Then every so often I backup my year folder onto an external drive using the “Drive Toaster”

          The difference when I am out in the field is as follows:

          In the field I will make a new LightRoom catalog on my travel laptop for the specific shoot, let’s say SouthWestUSA.

          Every night I download the cards onto folders named as in the example above at least one per day, sometimes more if the subjects I am shooting are very different.

          Once all the cards have been downloaded, I will then “Add” those files to the catalog.

          I then backup the new images and the updated LR catalog to a secondary external drive which I store separately from my laptop.

          Once I return home I copy my image folders from the laptop (or backup external drive) into the year folder on my main drobo.

          I then in LightRoom do “Import from Catalog” and import the new catalog I created on my travel laptop.

          At this point LR will indicate that it can’t find the raw files. But all you do is simply right click on the folders that indicate that they are missing files, and select “Find Files” at this point you are presented with a dialog box, using this dialog box I navigate to the appropriate folder on my main drobo, and LR links to the files.

          At this point I am all done.

          Hope this helps.



          • David Arkin Says:

            Thanks ever so much. I confused myself by thinking wrongly that you meant putting the files on iMAC itself rather than Drobo. I just ordered my Toaster and drives. Waiting to get Drobo in future. I appreciate your time.

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