I'm planning to be travelling for up to a year and wondered if anyone had tips on managing photos while away - I'll have a couple of gb of memory cards with my D40, but they're sure to fill up - what do you do to avoid this? Take a HDD and download every couple of weeks? Trying to upload to photo sites seems like it would be a real pain from web cafe's (and painfully slow).
Is there a better way???
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When we traveled for our year (373 days) we took a laptop and an external hard drive. I took 20,000 photos during the year and took all of them in RAW (large fie) so needed the extra space. There are other options though...check them out.
Excellent, I missed that somehow...thanks!
I just rely on internet cafes. They are all over the world, even in developing countries, and they all can burn CDs or DVDs for you. I think this is a lot easier than lugging around a hard drive.
You can get one of those small laptops ('netbooks') that have been growing in popularity recently. You can get one for as little as $299 in the US with 120GB of storage...not to mention the ability to type your travel experiences while on the road and in many major cities, it's easy to find wireless access and you can use your own PC, rather than hunt for a cyber café. There are also many great deals on memory cards; (again in the US) you can find 8GB SD as low as $20 and 16GB SD as low as $35-40.
Hey Andrew, funnily enough I had a netbook and was planning to use it but recently got burgled... guess what they took?? Not happy.
This topic was just resurrected by a spammer - missed it first time around 😊
Couple of additional points to add;
Even modest point and shoot cameras are now creating such huge files - that Burning DVD's and CD's is becoming a almost daily task.
I'd suggest the following;
Plenty of 4GB flash cards - each will equate to a DVD to burn. If you get larger cards - you have to spend extra time dividing the contents into 4gb chunks for burning.
Either - a netbook - less $400 for 160GB model - or a 2.5inch
portable hard drive (PHD) - same size as a iPod so not big or heavy!
On a regular basis - backup the filled flash cards to the Netbook/PHD - a directory per card.
When ever possible - burn either the contents of the filled cards - to a DVD - or use the directories - if you had to reuse the flash cards.
Send the DVDs home as often as possible.
The reason being - netbooks, cameras, and PHDs - do get stolen - and while the hardware can be replaced your photos can't.
@BnK - sorry to hear this - kinda emphasises the point...
Ha yeah it does...
Good news is my insurance finally came through so I have a new netbook. It also came with 12 months free online storage (up to 10GB) so where possible I'll probably back up the best shots to that (my d40 is only 6mp so the filesizes aren't too silly). I'll probably also use the DVD idea to make sure everything is relatively safe as well... thanks for the advice everyone!