Special effect product photography ft. ioSafe N2, a flamethrower and an aquarium (with a giveaway!)

By on August 27, 2013

 

Earlier this month I had the chance to do some special effects product photography for ioSafe. As a company who makes fireproof, waterproof and generally near indestructible hard drives they needed some shots that showcased how truly rugged their latest ioSafe N2 NAS drives actually were.

 

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I think you will feel my pain. I begged my wife to let me use her
laptop to catalog a bunch of magic tricks I had received from my cousin
who died suddenly. She reluctantly agreed.

As I
was going through the boxes of stuff, put them on my lab, with the
computer, and then list them and put them into another box. Unbeknownst
to me, one of the items was a very powerful magnet.

You see where this is going, huh?

I
set it on the laptop, right over the hard drive and not only toasted
the hard drive, but the mother board as well. All the work I had done.
All her files. All the kids school files. She had to replace her
whole computer. She has still not let me forget that moment.

I could really use some joy in my life. :)

Enter Von Wong.

- That nifty device to control the camera from the iPad? That was the CamRanger.

The goal:

The goal of the shoot was to produce images featuring the ioSafe N2 in all of it’s glory highlighting its waterproof and fireproof abilities. To do this we had two set of shots planned out – a simpler one where the drive would be dropped into an aquarium, and a more complicated one that would feature the hard drive in all of its glory bathing in a symphony of flames and water.

The challenges:

The first challenge was to make sure that the ioSafe N2 – which, photographically speaking, was essentially a big black rectangle look good. In general, when lighting a rectangle, it is important to light it up in such a way that you see the depth, width and height of the drive. This meant that we would have to focus on the reflections on the sides and edges to give it structure, shape and form.

When shooting in the aquarium, we had the additional concern of making sure that we wouldn’t be stuck with any god-awful reflections – this meant that all the lighting would have to come from the sides or top of the fish bowl. We would also have to make sure that we had enough fish in the right position to make the composition of the final shot interesting but still believable.

When shooting with the flamethrower, we would have to match the lighting from the fire, with the lighting from the strobes. Select a shutter speed that would be appropriate to freeze the movement in the flames, while worrying about flash sync speed and flash duration since those would impact the waterdrops.

Finally, in all cases, the logo had to be clean, visible and readable.

Setup#1 – The Aquarium

How it was done:

For the aquarium shot, the procedure was relatively straight forward:

  • Be sure to light the aquarium from the side to minimize reflections
  • Shoot using a remote trigger to not move the camera and capture the fish in a variety of different positions. In my case, I converted my PocketWizard Plus III into a remote trigger using a 10 pin motor drive cord**note: though we had initially planned on using a polarizer, lighting placement took care of the reflections so I didn’t bother.From that point forward, it was just click & blend in photoshop.

    The lighting setup:

    Iosafe by VonWong

    VON 8547 Edit
    Nikon D800E | 70-200mm f2.8 | 1/125th sec at f6.3, ISO 100 | PocketWizard Plus III |Elinchrom Ranger Quadra

    Setup#2 – Flamethrower, fire & water

    Disclaimer: Don’t try this at home.

    Building the set:

    Location:

    We chose to do the shoot in a parking garage that would have both adequate ventilation and nothing nearby that would get damaged by either the water that we would be tossing around nor the fire from our homemade flamethrower.

    Materials

    Since we wanted to have a flame that we could do over and over, having somebody spit fire wasn’t going to be the most efficient or controllable solution. We needed something that would be able to perform consistently over and over again. This is where the idea to create a homemade flamethrower came in.

    While touring through Europe a couple months back, my favorite pyrotechnician DAS had shown me a little trick on how to convert a Chemical Sprayer into a flamethrower.

    The result? Controllable fireballs. Perfect.

    Breaking the shots down:

    Part 1: Just Fire

    As with any technically complex shoot, it’s always best to split the elements up before trying to combine them together. In this case, we had two very different effects we wanted to blend together: Fire & Water.

    For any of you who have looked at my previous posts on how to shoot with fire, you’ll remember that shooting fire means that we need a high shutter-speed to be able to freeze the explosion. 1/1000th of a second was the best shutter speed for this flame.

    1/250th is the standard flash sync speed so I had to grab up my Pocketwizard Flex TT5 to be able to shoot at the desired shutter speed using HSS/FP sync. For those of you who don’t know what what HSS/FP is, it essentially makes the flashes “pulse” multiple times so that you can shoot at a higher shutter speed. To read more on it, you can click here.

    Since fire is pretty much translucent, the light coming from the strobes simply passed through the flames lighting up the hard drive without interfering with the exposure of the flame which made this shot a simple balancing act of finding the optimal power settings from the flash to match the exposure of the flames.

    VON 1197 Edit
    Nikon D800E | 70-200mm f2.8 | 1/1000th sec at f8.0, ISO 100 | Flex TT5

    Part 2: Just Water

    In my mind, water would be the simpler of the two elements. I already had some dramatic edge lighting coming in from the sides to light up my hard drive so I knew that making the water visible against a black backdrop wasn’t going to be a problem.

    A couple issues did come up though while shooting. I noticed two things:

    1. Water, unlike fire actually had a mass… which meant that although it was transparent, it also did cast some potentially distracting shadows against my hard drive.

    2. HSS/FP was not good at freezing motion. This meant that even though I was shooting at 1/1000th of a second, I wasn’t going to get the frozen water droplets that I was looking for.

    Example: Though the shot below is pretty, the water is blurry.

    VON 1229 Edit
    Nikon D800E | 70-200mm f2.8 | 1/1000th sec at f8.0, ISO 100 | Flex TT5

    If I was only shooting water, this wouldn’t be a problem – Dial down the power of the speedlights (speedlights have a shorter flash duration at lower power), shoot at 1/250th of a second – Bang. Instant sharp waterdrops.

    Unfortunately though, since we wanted to combine this with fire which requires a fast shutter speed and is in itself it’s own light source, that wouldn’t be possible.

    So what was the solution? Sacrifice the exposure of the flame or get blurry water droplets?

    The answer? Neither. Keep reading to find out ^^

    Part 3: Combining Fire & Water

    Q: What’s the worst that can happen when shooting with over 1/250th of a second?
    A: you get black bars on the top and bottom of your image. As your shutter speed goes higher, that bar of light gets thinner and thinner but at least, you get the proper flash duration that you’re looking for.

    Since Fire is in as of itself a light source… why not let the fire wrap around the hard drive while framing the shot so that the flash only lit the logo?

    Look closely at the shot below and notice the “line” that appears to create a nice highlight over the logo. By leaving the strobe bare, as opposed to with a CTO gel, we managed to get a very interesting two toned image without needing to sacrifice the droplets of water or the texture of the flames.

    VON 1287 Edit
    Nikon D800E | 70-200mm f2.8 | 1/800th sec at f7.1, ISO 100 | Flex TT5

    Take a closer look:

    Cutoff 1250th

    Although I had gotten some pretty nice results from the last image, I felt that the shot could be improved by having an even higher shutter speed to make sure that the water droplets would be completely frozen. To compensate for the now even thinner “bar” of light crossing the shot, I now had to step back even farther from the hard drive to make sure that the beam would be large enough to illuminate the logo. Thankfully the Nikon D800E had ample megapixels to accommodate that.

    I also felt that it might be a good idea to toss on a CTO gel onto my strobe so that the entire image would make the “bar of light” slightly less obvious.

    A couple more tosses later:

    VON 1370 Edit

    Nikon D800E | 70-200mm f2.8 | 1/3200th sec at f7.1, ISO 400 | Flex TT5

    After studying the images on my ipad, I found that the CTO gel made the hard drive blend in a little bit too much with the rest of the background so I finally removed it and went back to the original gel-less setup figuring that I could fix the colour cast of the water in postproduction.

    Finally, after trying over and over to get the perfect shot, we managed to capture this beauty:

    VON 1360 Edit
    Nikon D800E | 70-200mm f2.8 | 1/3200th sec at f7.1, ISO 400 | Flex TT5

    And for those curious to see the before/after of colouring with photoshop:

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    In Conclusion:

    I like to break down photoshoots like math problems – solving problems one step at a time. Taking a complex problem and breaking it down into multiple smaller problems makes them easier to deal with. Technology is fun, but unless you understand it, you’ll find yourself limited by it more than anything else.

    Elements that could have made this shoot easier:
    - A PhaseOne with a V-grip Air + some Profoto B-3s so that I could shoot at 1/1500th of a sync speed.
    - Slower flash heads such as the Elinchrom S-Heads (which I now have!) and combine that with PocketWizard’s Hypersync.

    Cool pictures! What exactly is the ioSafe N2 anyways?

    The ioSafe N2 is a fireproof (over a 1000 degrees) and waterproof (10 ft of water over 30 days), NAS/RAID storage device perfect for a private cloud powered by Synology.

    For the moment I use it as a limitless 4 TB cloud server from which I can access as I travel. Services like Dropbox and the others are great but they provided limited amount of storage so it’s definitely a plus to have terabytes of it safely stored on an indestructible drive somewhere.

    There’s also definitely some comfort in knowing where the files are physically and being in control of them!

    Finally, these N2s also come with up to 5000$ of data recovery loss. That’s not the gimmicky software recovery, it’s the actual “thousands of dollars” physical recovery which you pray will never happen to you.

    I do plan on doing a full review of the N2 in the near future, so stay tuned! :)

    And finally… the giveaway!

    Iosafe rugged portable hard drive copy

    I’ve asked the kind folks over at ioSAFE if they would be so kind as to give my followers a gift and they’ve volunteered to give a 500GB Rugged Portable Drive to someone who has suffered a spectacular hard drive failure in the past.

    To enter, simply share your worst hard drive failure experience in the comments down below and share this post with your friends for a chance to win.

    Some simple stats of the drive (read more here):

  • Crush protection up to 5,000 lbs.
  • Drop protection up to 20′
  • Immersion protection up to 30′ for 3 days
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, FireWire 800
  • Data Recovery Service up to $5,000On top of that, it’s apparently…bulletproof. Check out this durability test.
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  • http://www.vsmittal.com/ VSM Photo

    shot an event for over 3 hours and went back to my laptop to see the pics from my card. Yup laptop says can not read card… That was a hard one to tell the client until I was able to recover it with some wizardry of progamming

  • Jamie

    I had a second drive in my work computer that I had moved all my files over to when I rebuilt & upgraded it with a SSD as the main drive. Somehow even though I had a regular backup schedule for the SSD drive with windows & programs I never created one for my files. Rebooted one day, second drive didn’t show up, 6 months of work lost.

  • Matthew Ryan Donahue

    Hey Ben! My first ever hard drive crash happened when producing your BTS Detroit video! My motherboard and C Drive failed delaying the project by about a week! Fortunately all of your video files were on a different drive….needless to say…that was a week of hell! :)

  • Alfred Y

    I was migrating hard drives to a new computer and accidentally wipe out the wrong hard drive. This was at a time when 2 mega pixels was the biggest thing and there was no such thing as cheap data recovery for photos. I held on that drive for YEARS until data recovery programs were common before getting the photos back.

  • Sonny Kumukoa Monioz

    Great post btw…

    After having filled roughly 8TB of data just before a trip to Hawaii, I decided to get a new WD 3TB Desk Drive. Once I got back I immediately backed up my entire vacation onto the drive in addition to my entire MacBook Pro. My display had a nice red line across it, so I needed to dump everything to exchange it at Apple. A few days later I received my new macbook pro and plugged in the hard drive to do a system restore. After 15 seconds of reading the drive it crashed. Couldn’t recover anything because it simply wouldn’t stay on. To add insult to injury, I (like an idiot) purchased it from Walmart and lost the receipt. Unlike most retail chains, they literally work off a long receipt without actually backing up customer information on the purchase. Lost story short, lost every image, and got stuck with a non functioning hard drive that acts as a paperweight.

  • Artem Ermakov

    Very Interesting.
    When I buy my first MacBook Pro after few weeks of shooting and editing on it I recognized that it had totally small hard drive (250GB). I was shooting Nikon D300 that time. I asked my father for a Time Capsule that he was recently bought. So I got it. First time I was happy. Wi-fi backup, wi-fi transfer, beautifully working Time Machine and so on. When I came home with my mac I wouldn’t worry about back up them. But… One time I came home really late after night shootings. I saw that my Time Machine didn’t want to back up (I should write that I have two copies of my photos. One that did time machine and one I did manually to time capsule hard drive) it asked me to clean some space on it to made a backup. I was tired so I decided to do it next day. I didn’t push anything on my computer and just leave it.
    When I woke up and came to the computer I was totally shocked. There was clean hard drive and just the latest copy of my system. There was something about 500-600 GB of photos on it and after one night I lost them all. I tried to rescue them but didn’t succeed.
    After that I returned Time Capsule to my feather and use simple hard drives like LaCie rugged for travel and seagate 3.5 for storage.

  • http://www.vincentmorretino.com/ fast eddie

    I had shot a wedding (14 hour day), uploaded over 3,500 photos into a new Lightroom catalog and began sorting through the images, rating the good ones. As Lightroom was still rendering previews, I got a blue screen of death. I rebooted, and the Seagate HDD started making a terrible noise, like a muffled chainsaw. The OS would not load.

    I ran the Seagate diagnostic disc, and there were tons of unrepairable sectors. It turns out that the drive model was known for going bad way too soon, but just outside the warranty period. It was a good thing that I keep my CF cards out of rotation, until I upload to the cloud and deliver the photos to the client.

  • Daniel S

    I had an external rugged harddrive from a company (rhymes with “RaCie”) start to self-eject, randomly power-down, and fail to copy files. Then one day, in the middle of a back-up, it shorted and stopped working entirely.
    It contained EVERY PHOTO I had taken in 2010, including weddings, papal assignments, personal work, and portraits. I was creating a lot of brick-shaped plops at the prospect of losing these images.

    It cost me over $750 to have the images recovered, another $2000 to get a back-up HDD tower, and $500 more dollars to replace my external HDDs that travel with me.

  • Scottie

    My worst HD failure was when I lost about a years worth of work for a client. I contract for Titleist golf and wasn’t able to be on their network to save files due to legal stuff from not being an employee. Every so often I would have to pass off files to an employee to put on the network but before I could save a large brochure which probably had about 75 hours into design and layout, my WD HD froze up and we had to spend about $2,000 to try and recover the files. Which they did but it took almost 4 weeks and our deadline was 3 weeks. So, I had to completely rebuild the brochure in about 2 weeks to make our deadline. Probably the worst mistake of my career. :(

  • Ken Lawson

    my HD failure, I have a older portable hard drive…tons of photo on it….the connection to power I lost. Its no longer available due to outdated portable hard drive…..So I have like storage shed locked and cannot get my “money” out, lol. Lost in a digital world…..lol

  • Rui Silva

    The year is 2012. I was shooting a long-short film (50 minutes) with some friends, and I was storing it not on my already full PC, but on a 500GB iomega eGo. Those things are tough. Definitely not THIS tough, but tough. A good case and the silicon shock things did good for casual falls and the port was tough as hell. I could have it hanging off a table (if it happened by accident, of course I wouldn’t do it that voluntarily), and it wouldn’t pop off and let the drive fall to the floor.

    Fast forward to a month before the premiere of the film. We were coming back from a shoot and since we were on a rush, most of the equipment was on our laps or on bags in the passenger part of the car and not on the trunk. We were at an intersection, it was probably 10PM the sign was red while we were still far, turned green so we just kept on driving. Some douche didn’t see us, run past the red light at an absurd speed for a small town, hit us right in the side. We flipped over a couple of times, he bolted out FAST (his car could still go, I remember it being a rugged jeep of some sort), and we had the luck of ending up with the car the right side up. None of us was hurt apart from some scratches and bumps, two broken ribs and a dislodged shoulder, but we had broken some camera equipment, on which luckily we had insurance, despite not being on all of it (some cheaper Canon lenses were gone for good, we had insurance on the 2 L-lenses we had). However, when we had time to think straight again, we couldn’t find the drive we’d been offloading footage to.

    Back to accident site, about 7 meters away from where we ended up, was the drive, totally screwed up, didn’t boot up at all, no sound, no recovery possible (at least not one we could afford), and that’s how we lost 2/3′s of the movie’s footage, some of it (fortunately not much) not re-shootable. Luckily, we busted out asses off working and had the movie done in time, but that’s the story on how my drive crashed down and we lost time and money.

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  • Tony

    I woke up in the middle of night because I hear a strange noise.
    My dog were chewing my portable hard drive. :(

  • János Pásztor

    Back in the old days when hard drives were a lot more error prone, a friend managed to install a drive in a 45 degree angle. The drive had already taken a beating, but that finally did it. The next time I installed it in it’s intended position, it made a sound as if somebody was hammering a nail though it every 2 seconds. Needless to say, the drive wasn’t working any more. Ever since then I never had data loss due to my backup strategy (Everything is backed up once on site and once off site.)

  • Emaad ud din

    Being an IT manager data is most critical thing for me. I had a disaster at my IT room due to fire. Almost everything burnt or melted. Fire was controlled early and it could not reach my most critical server. But SAS drive refused to work. It shows extreme temperature can ruin your harddrive. I got my backup from big steel fireproof locker. Now reading this article I just feel as if big steel fireproof locker is miniaturized by iosafe. But Iosafe has made it easy, lightweight and portable. I hope its safe as a big steel fireproof locker and I dont have to bring a team to handle heavy steel locker :)

  • tanguerochino

    Note to self: Do not drive car over laptop bag. Luckily, I had back-ups of my data. Luckier still, my laptop was not in the bag. Just my external HDD and a note book, the paper type. :-p

  • Timo Vandiest

    Being a beginner filmmaker I assured my first ever ‘boss’ that I would be able to take his product and turn it into a great commercial/Motion graphics project. Everything went super fine, I even back-upped everything multiple times and the evening before the deadline disaster stroke. A power failure shut down my PC in the middle of rendering… I thought, ‘no problem’ I rebooted, only to find out all my hard drives (the external ones were all plugged in) were wipped clean as if nothing ever was put on them. 100% clean as a whistle… I took them to a friend who knows a lot about pc and he couldn’t find a trace of any file, everything was gone. I had to give back the 500$ that ‘boss’ gave me for the product and he went to tell anyone and everyone not to hire me because of my lack of respect for deadline. Needless to say it took me a long time to get another job and to prove I was worthy of another chance.

  • Benoit Touchette

    In the old days just dropping an HD might cause it to die, or heat or dust bunnies LOL. I’ve had all them kill off a drive at one point or another. Those dust bunnies can hold a pretty good static charge :)

  • Akram

    I was working once on a project, a huge one, connecting my external hard drive to my PC, we were almost done putting the finishing touches, suddenly electricity went out and when it came back the external hard drive didn’t work! and I lost almost 2 month of work!

  • Christian Major

    My worst drive failure?
    Let’s just say that a Cintiq 24HD will pretty much crush anything if it slips from your desk during repositioning. Including a 3TB Seagate BackUp Plus. Still waiting for their RMA too…

    At least the Cintiq is all fine. Not so much as a scratch!!

  • Simon Taylor Photography

    My worst hard drive failure involved one of my very first clients spilling his piping hot coffee all over my laptop and frying everything. Goodbye laptop, goodbye hard drive, goodbye tethered shooting.

  • Carlos Gouveia

    I agree that having worked done is one thing but losing personnel family precious
    moments is another.

    Many of us take those precious images that we document through are life for granted
    and stock it and forget about it, I myself lost photos of my children because
    of an outage that led to bad sectors, clusters that cannot be repaired or recovered.
    IMO this product will be very useful not only for business wise but also for
    the average Joe, let’s face it everything is digital and what better way to
    keep it safe?
    Just something to really think about!

  • osc707

    my worst hard drive failure just happened, about 3 weeks ago. My data drive on my pc died. My data drive contains all our data, except the OS. Luckily I sent it off to data recovery (costs a pretty penny) but they should be able to recover 80% of what is on there. Oh yeah, the CPU also died! I recently purchased a WD NAS drive to back up our data partition to.

  • Shameless Record

    about six months ago, i had just finished a whole two week run of nightlife photography (clubs, raves, photoshoots, parties) with a total of 18 sets to be edited and published. i hadn’t had time to edit any of them since my schedule was packed so tightly for those two weeks so i had uploaded them to both my laptop AND my 1TB external HD. at the end of those two weeks the hardrive on my laptop failed, losing all of my data. thought i was all safe and sound since i backed up but nope! as i’m packing up to head to my bat cave to offload the pictures my friend spills her drink on AND falls and lands on my HD. not sure if it was the momosa that killed it or her elbow but either way them disks were not spinning afterwards haha

  • Thien Nguyen

    Lightning stroke down the apartment complex, which fried my computer and the hard drive. I couldnt get any file back from it.

  • Dan Cavallari

    Worst hard drive experience:

    Had a portable 500gb Western Digital hard drive that I had taken with me to Mexico City when my then-girlfriend was living there. I had: 200gb of photos on it, 3 novel manuscripts, and irreplaceable documents from various projects I’d been working on.

    Yes, 3 novel manuscripts.

    And 200gb of photos.

    What happened?

    A restaurant called El Dragoncito.

    It was a delicious streetside taco joint in a small suburb called Atizapan de Zaragoza, and I loved going there. So, the night before my flight home from Mexico, we ate there.

    The next morning, there was hell to pay. Saying I had the Runs would be putting it lightly.

    Long story short: dropped the hard drive in an airport toilet as I was rushing to catch my flight. I had left the top pocket of my backpack open, and when I leaned over to put some toilet paper on the toilet seat, out fell my hard drive, keys, and chap stick.

    I could live without the chapstick.

    Luckily, I had backups of the novel manuscripts and most of the photos, but some of the irreplaceable stuff was, obviously, irreplaceable. Heartbreaking.

    More of a user error than a hard drive error, though.

  • Michael Frazier

    I guess I’ve been fortunate — so far. My worst HD experience was actually leaving an external backup drive from a shoot in a hotel room. Thankfully, the hotel found it and shipped it to me a few heart-stopping days later.

  • Kolnari

    My portable drive fell off of a counter top while helping a friend save their files from a dying laptop. Talk about embarrassing, there I was trying to help them save their files and my hard drive didn’t survive a short drop. Thankfully we were able to borrow another drive to save their files. But my hard drive was dead…

  • jihwoanahn

    Back in somewhat 2006 or 2007, I had left my computer system at a professional repairs for motherboard failure to be fixed. What happened until when I picked it back up, they actually electric shocked my hard drive (somehow). They didn’t know it, and I couldn’t have imagined that such called ‘professionals’ will make that mistake.
    Yes, my hard drive was fried and they didn’t know what to compensate other than the hard drive. What about my months and years of works and data, sir?! :(

  • MélanieWolfrin

    As a photographer when you shoot with a model and you get all your pretty photo on the computer in a neat file, without having money for a backup drive, you hope that they will stay there without a problem… Of course it doesn’t happen this way.

    A couple years back, I had bought a computer at, what I know now to be the worst place to buy, a computer store. My computer looked cool and all, but it almost literally burned on me after what a year and maybe half. It was doing closing without me knowing why, rebooting almost on it’s on etc. So I went over the store since they did repair as well, they told me everything was fine and I was off home again.

    I told myself it was weird. Then I tried saving my stuff on cheap usb keys, but none was big enough for my raw pictures at the time. So I hoped that I would have the chance to buy a new computer. Did not happened. Money was very short, and computer was crazy.

    So eventually, it died.
    With everything on it.
    Had no hair on my head…took them all out by going crazy. (figurative speaking)

    Then a friend of my brother in law that I happen to know after the crash, told me maybe we can save everything if the hard drive wasn’t touched.
    He was what I needed all alone. A computer freak. (couldn’t had that before all this madness? No of course)
    So with a glimpse of hope he looked at it. He told me the power supplied fried. That most of my computer fried with it. And the hard drive?
    It was fine omg!
    Until he went to try it of course.
    The cables and the plug, were no good.

    He told me with a smile, you’re lucky no fire was set because of this crazy machine. They had done everything upside down and some other computer freak terms that I didn’t know nor I wanted to know.

    I wanted to kill his smile. All this, hope and… nothing? (so I pictured all my photos burned in a crazy fire)

    So in the end he told me once I get the money he was going to make my new computer and that this will never happen again. So of course I said yes!!
    So I still don’t have any backup plan, but at least my computer is really awesome and don’t do crazy sh**. (ps: sorry got carried away telling my story haha.)

  • Shivam Patel Jc

    I am a student photographer and I am sure everybody knows how expensive photography is as passion or as a profession. I got my first job 2 years ago and I saved every single penny for my first decent camera kit. I live in USA but my family lives in India so I visit my family every summer.
    6 months ago I bought my new camera and a camera kit which included all beginners stuff in it. A camera, Tripod, Portable flash, SD cards, Hard drive and some small accessories. I travelled to India and my trip was successful met my family and travelled to some beautiful destinations but when I came back to USA opened my bags I found that all my luggage was wet as it was monsoon in india and people working at Bombay international airport just left the luggage container open as waiting for other people’s luggage to put it in the same container going to USA. I had my camera with me in my hand luggage but my Hard Drive and flash were already wet and didn’t work after that. I was really lucky that I still had the original files on my SD cards and they were in one of those SD card holder cases which was in my hand bag. But I lost many files that were important.
    2013 really a bad year for me. Loosing original files/pictures taken at some beautiful places where I wont be able to go back and most importantly I lost those moments I was experiencing.
    It would be really helpful if I get this portable drive so I don’t have to face sad days that I have already faced.

  • Ben

    The family Dogs ran into my room and pulled my external hard drive of my desk !!
    (Was not funny at the time)

    All my second year A-level photography stuff on it, I freaked out because I need my work when I apply for uni soon lol , luckily I backed up my important and irreplaceable things.. I also had photos I did at BBC event few days before on there months worth of work…. and photos that are in a gallery. BUT thank god, I had them on my memory sticks, google drive and my dads hardrive… But I did lose some edits and a-level minor things I spent days on.. I was just glad my best things were backed up !! Hahaha lost a hard drive and days of a-level work though.. hopefully I can look back at this and laugh because the our pet dogs could have ruined my life ambitions. rumbustious devils.. I bet they planned, they even did it in front of me, I had to watch ! LOL

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