Posts Tagged ‘memory cards’

My Photo Resolutions for 2014

Welcome 2014 – it’s time to get my ducks in a row. My photo ducks, at least.  Here are my five photo-related resolutions for 2014.  I’ll let you know at the end of the year how well I did with them.

Back-up.  Don’t get me wrong, I DO back-up all of my work.  Unfortunately, I usually go overboard and save different versions often in multiple places. Now while this means that I generally don’t lose anything, it also means that it can take me a while to find something (and it uses a lot of space).  So I resolve to back-up my work and delete earlier and working versions when I have completed the project.

Process and delete.  I usually shoot in RAW and shoot more photos than I want to keep.  This means that the files are quite large and many are extra.  To process my photos I need to convert them to JPEGs, delete what I don’t want and make any edits with color or cropping.  Photos can sit on my computer (and back-up) for months before I get to this.  So I resolve to process and delete my photos in a timely manner and then delete the original files.

Share. We learned to share in kindergarten and I’m not, not sharing. I first have to get the files ready (see above resolution) and then second actually do it.  Perhaps the biggest misconception about digital photography is that it makes it easier to share photos.  While this is technically true, I always found that I gave more photos and got more photos when we had them developed.  Towards the end of film it was cheap to have another set of prints made and most people did just that.  So I resolve to burn discs and share them with family and friends no later than one month after the event.

Print.  I haven’t printed photos in years.  Sure, I’ve made many individual photos for frames, but my photo albums are woefully out of date (another casualty of digital).  So I resolve to print or, better yet, create photo books in a timely manner.

Scan.  I have been made the official archivist of my family and as a result have literally boxes of old photos.  I need to get them scanned.  So I resolve to scan, process, share and create photo books of all of my family photos.

I guess I’m going to be fairly busy this year!


Travel, Cameras, Cards and Photos

Digital is wonderful, but how do I deal with all of the memory cards and all my vacation photos? Here is a routine that has helped me:

Before you leave:

  • Unload and backup your memory cards and reformat the cards.  DO NOT reformat until you are sure that you have saved the old photos.  Reformatting the cards will remove any corrupt data and improve performance.
  • Make sure that you have enough cards.  Extra memory is cheap, but not in a gift shop.  If you could possibly fill your card(s), buy another one before you leave.
  • Write your name, full address, email and cell number on a paper and take a picture of it with each card.  If you lose your camera, that information just might get it back to you.
  • Pack your charger and extra batteries in the camera bag.  When we’re out for just the day, we often leave these at home.  Be sure to carry-on the camera bag.

While you are there:

  • Develop a plan to exchange cards.   Perhaps have one pocket of the camera bag for empty cards and another one for full cards.  Do not fill the card to capacity, it could damage the files and make them unreadable.
  • If you delete all of your photos by mistake, don’t panic, you may be able to retrieve them.  Replace that card and do not take any more photos on it (be sure to put it with the “full” cards).  Once you are home, use the recovery software that came with the disk.  It’ll usually find most of your files.

After you are home:

  • Copy all of your photos into one folder with an appropriate title.  Once you have finished all of your cards, sort to make sure the files are in order.
  • Delete, delete,  delete!  You have taken way too many photos.  Get rid of the blurry ones,  the poorly lit ones, the duplicates and the just plain boring ones.   Go through at least two “review and delete” cycles.
  • Once you have only your best photos, use the software that came with your camera to rename your files.  The software will add a number to each (GrandCanyon_001, GrandCanyon_002 …).
  • Back up these files to an external hard drive or burn them to a DVD (or both).  Only then should you delete the photos from your cards.