Data Backup and File Organization

Ron Nichols M.Photog.Cr., API

Photographers are typically creative, passionate, and artistic—they’re not IT geeks! However, if you don’t know how to manage and organize your data, all your hard work and effort goes down the drain.

In this course, PPA Instructor Ron Nichols teaches you a detailed, organized way to ensure your data goes and stays where you need it.

Explore how to organize and back-up your working files—categorizing job names, client names and file types—so that they’re easily accessible for modifying and completing projects. These files are the key to your business. Not stopping there, Ron teaches you how to manage archived data; hopefully you rarely need it, but when you do, you DO!

Then, get technical as Ron discusses:

  • RAID drives and the data security they provide.
  • Off-loading software like Adobe Bridget, Adobe Lightroom, and Ron Nichols Studio Retouching Palette.
  • System back-ups and what to use with what operating systems.
  • External storage options and redundancy plans.

Ron takes overwhelming information and details and boils it down to easy explanations and simple steps. After all, your time is valuable, spend it doing what you love, not searching for what you’ve lost!

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Ron Nichols Bio

Ron Nichols, M.Photog.Cr.Hon.M.Photog., API, has been a successful professional photographer for over 25 years. His Grand Ledge, Michigan studio specializes in family portraits, children and high school seniors. In addition to his studio work, he's worked as a consultant for many other studios and works with manufacturers and software developers on ways to best integrate their products into studios.

As a beta tester for labs and developers, he quickly learned and created solutions to optimize workflow. He also developed the Ron Nichols Studio Retouching Palette that has simplified portrait retouching and is now being used in studios around the world. He even teaches digital workflow and sales through in-studio seminars, at affiliate schools, conventions and lab-sponsored events.

A PPA past president, Ron is current president of the Society of XXV, an elite group of world-class photographers. He has earned Gallery and Masterpiece Awards along with PPA International Loan Collection image recognitions. In 1998, he received the PPA National Award, and in 2011, was presented the Leadership Award by the United Nations International Photographic Council.