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Tag: digital photo storage

How to use Dropbox to Backup Your Photos

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How to use Dropbox to Backup Your Photos

That moment of panic when you realize your hard drive has crashed (or something worse) and your photos are lost. Hundreds or even thousands of images can be lost in a split second in disastrous ways we don’t even want to think about. That’s why backing up is the only way to ensure you have extra copies of your files stored elsewhere just in case. One of the popular sites for backing up files is Dropbox. If you’re not familiar with them, think of them as an online storage cabinet that holds all your precious images. It’s easy to set up and use, and the peace of mind that comes with it will let you sleep better at night.
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Adobe Lightroom – The best photo organizing software available

Adobe Lightroom – The best photo organizing software available

For photo organization, nothing beats an old shoebox. Actually, everything beats an old shoebox, which is one of many reasons why modern photographers ought to be thankful for digital. Digital photos don’t have to be printed and filed away somewhere, and we no longer have to keep track of the physical location of our negatives, most of which are difficult to identify by sight and either have to be well-labelled or painstakingly held up to a window and squinted at.

But the blessing of easy-to-store digital photographs can also be a curse, because photographers tend to get a bit lazy about those thousands of images that need some sort of permanent home. Filing them manually can be tedious, and renaming them to something logical (vs. that cryptic IMG_, DSC_ or other variation thereof) is nothing short of a huge time suck. Feeling daunted? Enter Adobe Lightroom.
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How To Backup Your Photos

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How To Backup Your Photos

It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional photographer, a mom with four kids, a world traveler or just a guy who looks for unusual subjects in ordinary places – your photos are valuable. They are art pieces, one-of-a-kind snapshots of moments that will never happen again, and a unique reflection of the way you see the world.

Digital has done a lot of great things for photographers, but it has one very profound drawback. Digital photos are more vulnerable than film photos. Sure, film photos have to be protected, too, and negatives can be easy to lose. They can be destroyed by fire or lost in a move, but for the most part, a conscientious film photographer can file them, store them in binders, lock them up and keep them safe. For the digital photographer, though, one catastrophic hard drive failure can wipe out months – even years – of precious photos, and there’s often nothing that can be done to retrieve them. You already know that your photos should be given the same protection as the things in your life that have monetary value, but manually backing them up is time consuming and often gets filed away on the “to do later” list. I lost a hard drive with some valuable photos on it a few weeks ago. So I thought it was worth examining some of the common ways to make sure your photos are always safe.
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Scanning Film Negatives With Your DSLR Camera

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Scanning Film Negatives With Your DSLR Camera

It’s a digital world. Our books are digital, our visual entertainment is digital, and our pictures are digital. But if you’ve been taking photos for more than a decade, you probably also have files full of old film negatives that don’t fit into the same mold as all of your digital-age images. And if you’re like most busy people, you probably haven’t done anything with them in years. So the question is, how can you get them out of that old, archaic storage system and into the real world with your other photos? Digitize them, of course! Here’s how.
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Displaying Your Photos

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Displaying Your Photos

Today’s photographers take a lot more pictures than photographers did just a couple of decades ago. But on average, fewer of those images ever get seen. That’s because storing digital photos is easy, fast and requires virtually no extra space. We take photos, we offload them onto a hard drive and there they sit, waiting for us to make good on a vague promise to “have them printed” when time allows. So how can you break out of that rut and get your photos off that hard drive and out into the world?
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Ask David: Can I Put RAW Files and JPEG Files on the Same Memory Card?

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Ask David: Can I Put RAW Files and JPEG Files on the Same Memory Card?

A lot of us like to shoot in two different modes. If I’m shooting fast pace sports like tennis or racing, I like to use JPEG mode because it allows me to take a longer burst of photos before my camera has to start sending the images to my memory card. When I want a little more control over the final result, I shoot in RAW instead. I recently received a question from one of my readers. If it okay to keep RAW files and JPEG files on the same memory card? The short answer is YES. Now here’s why.
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Camera thieves. Are you prepared for the unthinkable?

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Camera thieves. Are you prepared for the unthinkable?

We like to think we’re safe. I know I take all of the right precautions to make sure my camera equipment never gets stolen. Even so, we’re still human. We’ve got busy lives, and that means we’re prone to leaving ourselves vulnerable every now and again. How many times have you left your camera equipment in your hotel room while going out for a quick meal? Did you really think you were safe? Here are a few things you can do to prepare yourself for the unthinkable.
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Quick Tips For Traveling With Photography Gear

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Quick Tips For Traveling With Photography Gear

Once you start getting more into digital photography, you realize quite quickly that it isn’t for people who are averse to carrying things. If you get a nicer digital SLR camera, you’ve got to bring the camera, the lens, a few filters, and most likely a tripod. With the following tips, you can keep your camera safe and get the most out of your digital photography while traveling the world.
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Ask David: Can I Retrieve Deleted Photos From My Memory Card?

Ask David: Can I Retrieve Deleted Photos From My Memory Card?

This week’s Ask David question comes from one somewhat panicked Bekka Jacobs. After having accidentally deleted a few photos from her memory card, she wants to know if there is a way to get them back. It’s a problem that’s pretty common to all of us. No matter how hard we try to avoid deleting the good ones, we inevitably press the delete button one too many times.
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Ask David: Continuous shooting mode only takes 5 shots and then starts to buffer. Why?

Ask David: Continuous shooting mode only takes 5 shots and then starts to buffer. Why?

This week’s “Ask David” question comes from Dean Sheard. He’s a big fan of action photography, but whenever he sets his camera to continuous shooting mode, it only takes five pictures before it starts “buffering.” What’s going on here? Can he do anything to take more pictures, or is he stuck in limbo between his camera’s image sensor and his memory card (the digital equivalent of a rock and a hard place)?
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How To Select Your Images

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How To Select Your Images

How many pictures do you take on an average shoot? If you’re at all like me, it’s at least a few hundred. With so many photos and so little space, how do you choose which ones you want to keep and which ones don’t deserve your attention? If you have too many images, you risk losing track of them all, but if you delete everything, you’ll have nothing to show for your efforts. How do you make the call?
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The ABC’s of Storing Your Digital Photos

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The ABC’s of Storing Your Digital Photos

If you are like me, you love taking as many digital photos as you can. You go out to shoot, fill up your SD card, and then pull a few more cards out of your pouch before continuing on. By now, you probably have at least a few gigabytes of digital photos on your hard drive. That is a lot to keep track of, and if you don’t manage them somehow, you’ll end up losing all of your favorites. So, in an effort to make your photo viewing and sharing more enjoyable and less frustrating, I am presenting my tried and true digital photo storage methods. They have served me for years, and I am certain they will serve you.
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Finding Duplicate Images On Your Computer

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If you’re like me, you have heaps of duplicate photos on your computer. Either from making copies of your photo directories, copying from your camera more than once, or even changing the size of the photo.

Thankfully there is now some free software that will find these duplicates for you!
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Backing up your digital photos

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Backing up your digital photos

Don’t take a chance with your precious images. Digital storage of data can and does fail so it is vitally important to backup your photos to ensure they will be around for years and years to come.

We should do backup regularly because our computers and hard drives are NOT a safe place to store our photos for a long period of time. Hard drives crash; You could accidentally delete the files with a few mouse clicks; or (in the worst case) your computer could be stolen or destroyed by fire.
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Organise Your Images

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Organise Your Images

With the popularity of digital cameras these days, more and more photos are in the digital format. In fact, because it costs to little to take photos, we usually end up taking thousands of them.

So how do you organize your photos so that you can easily find photos later (even years) afterwards?
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