Storing digital photos isn’t easy, so it’s time to change
I don’t know how many of you out there are photographers.
I’m sure most of you take photos and all, but I mean somebody who really takes photos. It doesn’t even mean you’re a pro or anything. When I take photos, I take a lot. And it takes up a lot of space.
I shoot in RAW, which makes storing all of these photos harder than somebody who shoots just with JPEG or not many photos. I’ve filled three external hard drives — a 250 gig, a 500 gig and a 1 TB.
That’s a lot of space.
I also have about 500 or 600 gig on my hard drive.
Now, I’m out of space. Seriously. I have a heap of memory cards I need to empty. So after talking to a computer guy friend of mine, there’s a better way of doing this. Basically, it entails getting a certain cable and hooking it to the computer and then grabbing an actual hard drive (not external) and using it like an external. Once I fill it, unplug and store.
Why is this good?
Because none of the parts are moving. The hard drive doesn’t age or go bad (hopefully) because of that. So when you need it, hook it in and get what you need.
Now, I can order the cable off Amazon (which I am doing). But then I need to grab a couple of hard drives to start doing this.
My eventual goal is to have a good place to store all my photos and have an easy access system to get them (in other words, a good organizational setup). I plan on starting from the beginning and working my way through.
Things I am going to do:
- Create a filing system I can access (maybe in my DropBox), so when I need something I can search it and find where I have the photos stores;
- Go through photos to delete junk, duplicates and stuff that never would be used;
- Upload a ton of photos to Flickr, so I have an online spot for my images.
This isn’t going to be easy. I started digitally in about 2006, and with a DSLR in like 2007.
That’s a lot of time!
But in the end, I think it will be a good thing to do as my images will be safer, I’ll know where images are and I’ll be able to build the Flickr set a bit. I’ll also be able to do some blogging about things I find and such. I also had a few other ideas for photo books and it’s my hope to eventually do a couple of those, too. Especially with going through all of my images!
As much as I’d love to say this is a challenge I could finish in a week or two, the reality is this will take months and months. In the end, I hope it makes it so it’s easier to find and access my images, as well as show me what I’ve done with photography over the years.
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