Where should I store my digital images? After all, I will need to erase my memory cards so I can keep shooting.

by Bruce Farnsworth - 0 Comments

In remote locations, you have three options. Let’s start with the laptop computer. After shooting, you could upload your images to the laptop, and begin to browse and edit your images in your favorite software. However, if you can save your photo-editing for later, then are ways to manage your images without having to carry a laptop.

There are a couple non-laptop options for portable digital image storing & viewing. The most convenient are portable image storage/viewer devices such as the Epson P-Series Viewers, the Sanho Hyperdrive Colorspace UDMA or the Wolverine. These are used to download images off your memory cards daily. The Epson has the nicest screen, but the Sanho Hyperdrive is a great value for the memory, speed and feature set. Along these lines, the current generation iPods also have a camera connector accessory, and will transfer RAW files, but it cannot read or display them. You must transfer the RAW files to a computer, and synchronize them through iTunes before you can view them on the iPod.

You can also download your images from your memory cards each day, provided your laptop’s hard drive has enough room on it. Bruce upgraded the standard internal drive on his 2007 MacBook Pro laptop with a 320Gb, 5400 rpm Caviar Scorpio internal drive by Western Digital.

An alternative to the laptop is to use something like the Delkin DVD Burnaway, which allows you to burn DVD’s directly from your memory card – without the need for a computer. However, DVD’s and CD’s are not archival forms of image storage. If they become scratched or damaged, they can become unreadable. For this reason, the laptop, combined with another portable storage device, allows two forms of archival storage. Some photographers copy their images to DVD/CD media and mail the discs home.

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