Tech Tip Tuesday: Quickly Downloading and Backing Up Multiple CF Cards

When I first started using my camera for paid jobs and began using multiple cards per shoot, coming home to download and backup the images on those cards used to be a bit of a pain. For one thing, it took way too long. And it also became a complicated weave of opening one folder after another to even get to the images before I could move them over to another drive and condense them all down into the same folder. I always felt there was a better use of my time and I often worried I’d accidentally miss some images during the drag and drop process.

Nowadays my download and backup process at the end of the shoot only takes a few clicks of the mouse. I download three cards at once and they’re all instantly downloaded and backed up into one folder. A nice and tidy package with almost no effort on my part. It’s wonderful! It’s saved me lots of time and headache and if you’re not already doing this or something like it, watch the video below and improve your post-production workflow instantly!

I decided to do another video this time. I really tried to say “uh” and “um” less, so hopefully it’s less annoying. ;) If you want to view it at a larger size, check it out here instead.

If you’re not already using multiple card readers to download all of your cards at once, here’s a reliable and fast reader. Buy two to four of them and a USB or Firewire hub and you’ll be good to go!

Lexar Professinal USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader

Photo Mechanic can be purchased here. Do yourself a favor and buy it – there are so many reasons to, only one of which are covered in this post.

*DISCLAIMER: I am in no way affiliated with Camera Bits, Inc., Lexar or B&H Photo. In fact, they have no idea I’m mentioning and/or linking to them. I did not receive compensation of any kind for this blog post.

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  • Emily - I have Photo Mechanic but I don’t think I use it to the fullest extent! Love this tutorial!

  • Jordana Hazel - You are a GENIUS Heidi Ryder. I’m sure we are slowly getting to the point where I hire you to teach me how to do all of this stuff. Or better yet, just do all of this stuff for me. Thank you for making my life easier!

  • Heidi - Emily – I’m glad this was a useful tip for you! Photo Mechanic is a way more powerful tool than people realize!

  • Heidi - Jordana – kisses! :)

  • Kaysha - AHHHH thank you!! This is fantastic and I’ve never used this part of Photo Mechanic, and I’ve totally been missing out!

  • Brandi - This is WONDERFUL!!!! Thank you soooo much!!!!

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