Cowart’s ability to build and leverage his platform depends on the equipment of his craft. He shoots a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, a 21.1-megapixel dream machine that generates RAW images of about 23MB each. Each of these streams into a tethered MacBook Pro, which in turn backs up les to any of the several nine-ounce G-DRIVE minis Cowart totes about in his bag.
Even with only six years as a pro photographer, Cowart knows what it’s like to lose les, which is why he’s now nearly obsessive about having multiple backups. “I try to keep every job on multiple externals in case of something going bad,” he says. “I also try to keep it on my cards and not erase any cards in case something bad were to happen. You can never be too careful.”
Cowart never trusts his computer as a storage medium. Beyond ash cards and G-DRIVE minis , he relies on an 8TB G-RAID with Thunderbolt. Now that Cowart is storing nearly 20TB of le data, his need for the 10Gb/s transfers enabled by his G-Technology drive has become more important than ever.
“Thunderbolt is such a major step forward that I’m kind of giddy with it,” says Cowart. “I need speed, and G-Technology is delivering that in this Thunderbolt unit. I’m just loving it.”
Of course, the photos never stop stacking up, and Cowart is waiting anxiously for G-Technology’s next G-RAID to arrive. The drive will be one more node in a chain of drives reaching from Cowart’s house to his oce and even to his business manager’s oce as he segregates current work from long - term file storage and implements his unique strategy for backup protection. Download the full pdf here