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Best options for storing my photos

Discussion in 'Computer Related Help & Discussion' started by luciafilley, May 19, 2020.

  1. luciafilley

    luciafilley New Member

    Hi, everyone. A newbie here, looking for some storage advice.

    I had recently purchased a Canon EOS 800D and given the enthusiasm with which I make a thousand photos per day and the size of each of these photos, I quickly ran out of disc space on my rather old MacBook Pro.

    So I started looking at other options to store my creations. Since there is so much info out there & it's difficult to process everything, I decided to ask you guys for help. Which are the solutions you find optimal in terms of pricing, ease of use, etc. I would prefer a cloud solution, I don’t want to purchase any hardware. I would really appreciate it if you could share the reasons behind your decision so that I can make an informed choice.

    All advice welcome and appreciated.
  2. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Depending on just how old your MacBook Pro is an upgraded hard drive may be an option. Even later MacBooks with solid state drives can be upgraded though it is a little less easy. If you have a pre 2013 model you may also be able to upgrade the RAM. To upgrade the hard drive you will need a back-up and for that you need an external drive of, preferably, greater capacity than your existing hard drive then you can use Time Machine to create the back-up. After replacing the internal drive you can recover everything from this back-up.

    This link might help https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204904

    One alternative is to use a large external drive to store your photographs but if your Mac uses USB 2 ports it may be slow.

    The other alternative is to use a Micro SD card in the SD card slot using a "Nifty" drive adaptor, you can get 256GB Micro SD cards so that may be a viable option.

    I know you didn't want to buy any hardware but even cloud storage will have a cost. A large internal SSD for a post 2013 MacBook will cost around £300, an external drive of around 2TB is £60-70 and a Nifty adaptor and Micro SD under £100 depending on how large a card you choose.
  3. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    You say you make a thousand photo's a day. Perhaps before storage, to ease up space on your HD is to cull some of those (unless they are all brilliant photo's of course). Flikr pro will cost, but it's easy to use and all of your photo's will be stored in the cloud. They can be private or public. I believe Google drive has free storage. I have never used it though o no idea what it is like.
    You can always go old school and burn to DVD's but then you risk the chance of damage etc. Don't rely on just the one HD. I suffered a HD failure and lost loads, some of great sentimental value.
    I know you said you don't want to buy hardware, but consider a NAS drive, so you can save wirelessly. Make sure, if you do, to look at one with 2 HD's so everything is saved onto 2 drives.
  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    If you go for a cloud solution then use a commercial solution from a large company. Like Adobe which I think uses Microsoft Azure. The risk with a cloud service is that it goes bust. The risk with a free service is that they owe you no duty of care. I would not use a photo storage web-site, e.g. like Flickr, as sole host of pictures in case it goes bust. The thing to remember is that it is very easy to upload images to the cloud and over time that can become a whole lot of data. Getting, say, > 10 GB back on demand is not so easy even if you have an ultrafast line. You still need to be able to store it somewhere.

    Personally I keep 3 copies of everything. At the moment the HDD on my mac is big enough for one. I have a time-machine copy of that and I also keep a manual copy which is not left on the machine but kept locked away. Properly there should be another copy kept at another address for absolute security. I also keep jpg copies on Flickr. These are now low resolution since someone stole one for commercial use. The Flickr copies are just there for ease of access as they are available from anywhere.

    I pay for a Flickr Pro (unlimited storage) account. I pay for an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription ( Lightroom Classic) but I don't use the Adobe Cloud service. I pay for a Microsoft Office 365 account (business edition) which uses cloud storage with local copies(s) and local backup but I don't use that for personal stuff.
  5. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

  6. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Do you process the images?
  7. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    I was wondering about that, 1,000 images a day seems excessive and I totally agree with Stephen, it is quality that matters, not quantity.

    Might I suggest that you review your images and see how many are very similar to each other? If you have batches of very similar images it might be worth taking a bit more time to select the shot before pressing the shutter. If you have a large proportion of blurred or out of focus shots it might be a good idea to determine why that is and then make appropriate changes to achieve more first time "hits".

    Many of the members here started with film, where every shot carried a cost, and thus learned how to be selective about actually pressing the shutter. In the days of film I used slide film and 1,000 images would have cost between £150 and £300 as the price of film increased. I couldn't have done that for many days.

    You will obviously need more storage but being selective about what you actually capture and what you keep should make that less of a problem. Conversely, if your "hit" rate is close to 100% you can ignore everything in this post.
  8. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    How about we support and encourage people rather than gatekeeping their enjoyment. If someone enjoys shooting thousands of photographs then great. Your experience is irrelevant in that. Please don't tell people they're doing something wrong.
  9. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    No actually, unless you're doing it professionally for someone else, it's enjoyment that matters, not quality or quantity. Someone might get more enjoyment if they get better quality, but that's their call, not yours.
  10. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

  11. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Whilst I can agree with the sentiment I am fairly convinced that very few people derive much enjoyment from blurred and/or out of focus images (unless it is intentional) but I suppose it is possible.
  12. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Lighten up! It is a brand new camera and FUN! Lucia probably has taken lots and lots of pictures already. I'd read 1000 = a lot and a lot can feel like a thousand - for me a thousand is the number that comes after 49.
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  13. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    I'm glad you're convinced about how other people feel. For me, I'm rarely convinced about how I feel, never mind other people, I envy the certainty in your life.

    Also you've gone from a volume of images, to a judgement about their quality.

    I've taken over a thousand images in a day and every single one of them was tac sharp and in focus.

    Your move.
  14. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    I did say
  15. doobs

    doobs Member


    Seriously, I love mine. Does everything I want and more and doesn't require an IT specialist to set up and maintain.

  16. RobertCoombes

    RobertCoombes Well-Known Member

    Print the ones you like, stick them in an album and delete the rest.
  17. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    Do you use an album any more ?

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