Storing images

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8 years 2 weeks ago #13321 by gordon
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Hi All,

I have now reached the point where I have so many photo's that my 100GB spare disk is no longer large enough to store any more images. In fact some months ago I zipped/compressed all my images to make space on the drive and it has now filled up again.

I have now bought myself a 500GB external hard drive and am in the process of copying all the compressed files across and uncompressing them to enable me to start processing all of these pictures. This is obviously going to be a rather onerous task and one I have been dreading starting for quite a while now! <!-- s:banghead: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/banghead.gif" alt=":banghead:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:banghead: --> <!-- s:banghead: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/banghead.gif" alt=":banghead:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:banghead: -->

My question to those that take and keep images is how do you handle your storage and which images do you keep? (I am trying to keep at least one image of every species I have ever photographed even if the image is not that great, with the intention of deleting poor pictures once I manage a decent one...)

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Gordon

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8 years 2 weeks ago #13322 by Rusty Justy
Rusty Justy replied the topic: Re: Storing images
Currently, im also using a 500gig hard drive for my images and pretty much everything else(Music and Wildlife Series) <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> . I've only had a camera for about 2 years, and dont get around too much for many birding trips(small or large) being my age and being at Varsity. So I dont really have a storage problem, but I will soon...I've started shooting in RAW, and also have a wild passion for Trees, Butteflies, Reptiles etc etc trying to get photos of everything I see so Im sure space wont last long :) I keep only the best images of each species (From each area I see them, as well as best female, male, juv umage etc etc)....Pretty much keep any image I can use for refrencing and possible publication at some stage <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: --> :D Have about 2000 images stored in folders................ +- 7000 untouched <!-- s:banghead: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/banghead.gif" alt=":banghead:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:banghead: --> I feel your pain Gordon!!!!

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8 years 2 weeks ago #13323 by Duncan
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Hi Gordon. My method is as follows: After exporting my images to my PC. I generally go through them as early as possible because if I leave them they accumulate and the task of sorting through them becomes more of a chore. I have never really had more than 30GB of drive space used on photos (all stored in RAW format). When going through them I will delete anything that is out of focus or totally incorrectly exposed virtually immediately unless they are my only photos of a species. If they are my first photos of a species and they can be ID'd as that species I will add them to my photo list. If I have multiple shots of the same species taken on the same day I will go through those shots and choose the best one either deleting the rest (if they are not really good) or keeping them if I think they may be useful in the future. Sometimes some of the ones I kept at this stage get deleted at a later stage because I change my mind about them. My best photo of a species from the day will be added to my photo list automatically if it is a new one for my list or else I compare it to the current list photo and decide which one should be kept as part of my list. The other photo will either be deleted or moved off the list. My list itself is a folder which contains sub-folders A-Z. These sub-folders each contain further sub-folders which are the family names and in these folders the photos are stored. I rename the photo by the species contained in it followed by the place it was taken for future reference. I store my photos in RAW but I am slowly converting them to Jpeg and editing them although I will continue to keep the RAW files in case I decide to redo them. I also plan to add links from my lifelist (excel doc) to the photos.

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8 years 2 weeks ago #13327 by gordon
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I worked out I need to sort through about 30 000 images... wonder if I can write some code to do it? <!-- s:spin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/spin.gif" alt=":spin:" title="Spinning" /><!-- s:spin: -->

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