If there is a downside to shooting digital, Â it has to be the need for a reliable, scalable backup system.
Scariest abbreviation you should all know is MTTF–Mean Time To Failure.
About 10 years ago, my Powerbook’s hard drive was 6G. Today, the capacity of my one compact flash card alone is bigger than that!
Such is the voracious appetite for storage of our cameras. And mind you, I don’t even shoot RAW all the time.
I came across this Western Digital 1 TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 external hard drive for only $200.
It is BUS powered. That simply means your computer can power the hard drive and you don’t need to plug in an AC adapter to spin it up.
I am considering this seriously for my MacBook Pro to use with Time Machine. I think it would be ideal since my internal hard drive has a 500GB capacity.
Those of you who are impatient and have a â€œwait problemâ€, this littleÂ 250 GB hard drive by LaCie looks promising. Also BUS powered, it will transfer your files faster if you are on a Mac and have Firewire 800. The internal drive spins at 5400 RPM just like the Western Digital above. But the connector is the key.
Before you go off on me about spending, I already did myÂ part to stimulate the economy, now it’s your turn.
Things You Absolutely Need
There are some things you simply can’t put off or be stingy about, if you are shooting with a digital camera.
Storage space or hard drive space
It would be like owning a gun and not having bullets. Fans of the Andy Griffith show can appreciate how his deputy Barney Fife was only given one bullet which he couldn’t even load in his revolver.
A Spare Monitor or even a CRT Monitor
Don’t forget also if your monitor dies, you have no choice. Even if it’s after hours, you’ll need a monitor. Pray you have friends who can loan you a monitor so you can make the deadline. Better yet, keep that CRT monitor that is big and heavy, but don’t forget to keep that VGA to DVI connector. You won’t be able to connect that heavy, power-hungry beast to your computer without that connector. It’s probably a good idea to keep track of these pesky connectors whenever you get a new computer. Nothing worse than having state-of-the-art hardware only to be stymied by a cheap $10 part like a connector.
Spare Camera Batteries
I’ve said often enough, â€œWithout battery power, all you have is a ugly necklace.â€
These are so cheap now, you have no excuse. The more you have the more options you give yourself.
I usually shoot RAW and jpegs. I archive the RAW and only work on the jpegs.
No sense slowing the workflow. Having the RAW files is a good option but again, Â delete those pictures that are obviously misfires. Those shots of your belly, feet etc.
Here are my other thoughts on â€œsome myths about Digital Photographyâ€ in general.