Sony a7 IV Backup Workflow

Sony a7 IV backup workflow

One of the most important aspects of photography is the backup workflow of pictures – transferring the image files from a SD or CFexpress card to a safe place.

I’ve visualized my photo backup workflow in the image above and will describe the steps in more detail below.

  1. SD & CFexpress card

    While I’m taking pictures with my Sony a7 IV, I save my images to CFexpress or SD cards.

  2. Sony a7 IV to MacBook Air

    I transfer the images from my SD or CFexpress cards that are in my Sony a7 IV camera to my MacBook Air M1. The two devices are connected with a USB-C cable.

    Once the image and video files are transferred to my MacBook Air, I do the first edit in Lightroom. My Lightroom catalog is permanently stored on my MacBook Air. I also use Sony Catalyst Browse to review my video files and edit the Metadata.

  3. MacBook Air to external SSD drives

    My images and video files live on my external SSD drives. Once the initial review and editing is done on my MacBook Air, I transfer the image and video files from my MacBook Air to my SSD drives.

    I have two separate SSD drives of different colors so I can easily identify the contents on them. My gray SSD is where I store my pictures, while my blue SSD is where I store my video files. I use Samsung T7 SSDs (the ones without a fingerprint sensor).

  4. Backup to external drive with 3.5″ hard disks

    I use a backup software (Carbon Copy Cloner) to back up the files on my external SSD drives and my Lightroom and Final Cut Pro libraries on my Macbook Air to an external QNAP TR-002 enclosure with 2 x 3.5″ had drives in it. The 3.5″ hard drives don’t need to be as fast as my SSDs because I don’t work directly with the files.

    The QNAP drive is connected to my Macbook Air with a USB cable.

There is also the possibility to backup the files encrypted into the Cloud but I don’t use that option.

You can find an overview of my camera gear here.