WD My Passport Photowalk shows media audience a secure and convenient way of backing up pictures and videos


Here’s a nifty, pocketable necessity that provides the peace of mind photographers need.

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If securing your photos and videos are crucial, take a serious look at the WD My Passport Wireless. If you’re shooting a prenup, the wedding itself, a corporate event, a product launch, a celebrity appearance, close ups of a gadget in-review, food shots for a menu or brochure, a jumping-alive concert, slice-of-life street photography, or even your kid’s graduation, you need a way to back up all that’s in that SD card, which can get corrupted or dropped or misplaced forever and you only have yourself to blame.

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WD took bloggers and print media crew, each of them ready with a DSLR or a reliable mirrorless shooter, to Talisay, Batangas, for a Photowalk and portraiture class helmed by renowned photographer RV Mitra.

The goal of the WD My Passport Wireless Photowalk, other than passing on tried-and-true portraiture tips from an expert, is to show how seamless the WD My Passport Wireless fits into a photographer’s workflow. One event follows another and soon, especially when you shoot in RAW, your SD cards will get filled up.

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Above: the pocketable WD My Passport Wireless, two of them; and my battle-tested Fujifilm X10, an equally handy device that I use for all my event coverages and close up shots of gadget reviews. 

That’s where the WD My Passport Wireless comes in. It’s your one stop shop, your own pocketable private cloud, the one ring to rule them all. It’s the single storage drive you need to bring and hold on to when you’re on the road and on assignment. In the unfortunate event your camera gear gets stolen or your SD cards get corrupted, as long as you’ve backed up your shots and vids into the WD MPW, you can count your blessings, you can soldier on, you can recover.

Some photographers do their back up at home, at the end of the day. With the WD MPW, you can do that on the drive back home, during the long commute, the boring plane trip back, and you can rest easy that your pics and vids are backed up. Piece of cake, peace of mind.

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Model: Chiara Marie Jayag Sarmiento

Here are a few more shots I took that I am not sure a wedding shooter would like, seeing as I’m still green, and that I like images with as little post-processing done – save for cropping, resizing, and watermarking – before I publish them.

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In hindsight, even if she had looked straight into the camera and smiled, I still would not have been comfortable with this shot. It’s too stiff.

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Models have to endure minutes of holding a single pose, and in this one, she had just shifted her weight and had visibly sighed as she closed her eyes. You can see her relief. 

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A moment after photographers had finished capturing her previous pose, and she was fixing her hair while listening intently to RV’s instructions for the next pose. 

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Compare this smile with her practiced smile in the first picture. I like this one better. Because even her eyes are smiling. Yes, I’m no good as a wedding photographer. Sorry, RV. 


With the WD My Passport Wireless, you can:

  • back up your pics and vids on your SD card into the WD MPW – slip the SD card in or do it wirelessly via your camera’s WiFi connection – and just keep shooting.
  • do the same for your tablets, phones, phablets, computers, to free up space.
  • connect up to 5 devices at the same time. You can stream pics and vids and music to connected TVs, media players, gaming consoles, and other DLNA/UPnP devices.
  • get up to 6 hours of non-stop video streaming, perfect for those long trips, so that you or your friends and family won’t get bored. Otherwise, you get 20 hours of standby time. Recharging the WD MPW takes about 3 hours.
  • access your files via your tablet or phone using the WD My Cloud app. You can do this from your PC or Mac, too.
  • use it as a WiFI hub to share Internet connection with multiple devices.
  • use the SD card slot to house an SD card that extends the MPW’s storage capacity. Not every wireless storage device has this feature.
  • enjoy a great level security for your files – the MWP has a USB lock, data security, and allows network encryption.

My favorite feature

My personal favorite feature is that the WD MPW can be set for Auto SD card Dump (as soon as it detects the SD card you connected, the WD MPW will copy all the files into a spefic folder with the date of copying; it will do this for every SD card inserted). This is great for those times when you’re so tired after 7 events in a day and you just want to back everything up and lose consciousness.

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WD My Passport Wireless comes in three variants – 2TB (SRP P11,990), 1TB (SRP P9,590), and 500G (SRP P7,590). It comes with 2 years warranty and is available at select retailers and is distributed by EA Global Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. and Iontech, Inc..

Visit the WD website for details.


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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.