It’s rather shocking how quickly a picture you’re taking in the moment becomes a glimpse into your past. I can track an entire day’s movement through time just by scrolling through the pictures I’ve taken on my SD card. I have learned to make sure I carry two SD cards with me; one is 8 GB, the other is 2 GB. That has ensured that I have enough backup for four or five days when I haven’t been able to upload pictures directly to my computer.
The iPad has proved invaluable as a travel backup for pictures. Although it doesn’t have the sophisticated software I need to mess with my shots, at the very least, the iPad is a useful and easy-to-carry backup device.