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My pictures counter for September 2010

How many digital pictures do you have? Have you ever counted them? It’s easy! At the end of October 2009 I decided to keep track of how many digital pictures and videos I have on my hard drive. So, I hope to be able to provide an update at the end of each month and show you how many pictures & videos I have, how much space they take and how much space I have left on my main hard drive.

My digital pictures counter for September 2010

  • Pictures & videos: 50,911
  • Number of folders: 3165
  • Total size: 140 GigaBytes(GB)
  • Space remaining: 860 GigaBytes
  • Change from last month: + 1260 files
  • Size change from last month: + 8Gb size

Why the difference from last month?

During September 2010, we passed the 50,000 picture mark! Amazing, how many pictures we can take. This month we took more than one thousand pictures and videos. We did go to a wedding and a couple of small trips. The size increased by 8Gb, but now we have a lot more space since we have upgraded our computer and backup system to 1Tb ( Read How to setup your computer for easy backup) .

I am trying to use Picasa more because it’s good photo management software that has slowly been adding support for most image metadata and most of all it’s very easy to use. So, I have been playing with Picasa quite a bit and find it very good…still! I’ll keep reporting on this.

Another new thing is that I have been shooting in RAW format instead of JPG. This explains why the size has increased so much while the quantity of pictures didn’t increase that much. I love how I can change white balance, sharpness and brightness. It’s great but it eats lots of space very quickly. I’ll let you know how this works.

My computer hardware setup

I keep using our new Dell Inspirion 580s after outfitting it with an extra 1Tb internal drive. I have installed all the software we need and set up the daily automatic backup schedule. Everything is running pretty sweetly 🙂

As a summary, my new computer setup is as follows:

  • 1 System hard drive – 320 Gb
  • 1 Media hard drive – 1Tb
  • 1 RAID 1 backup system (2x 1Tb hard drives that replicate automatically). I use the Western Digital My Book Mirror Edition (affiliate link) for backing up all our media files.

My photo gear

I have the new Canon T2i (affiliate link) and loving it. I discovered that my pictures were out of focus when seen in full resolution. Talked to Canon and they suggested I sent it in for fixing. In about 10 days I had it back fixed indeed. The auto focus feature was not configured correctly and they fixed it. Big difference! Kudos to Canon for taking care of servicing warranty problems very painlessly.

In addition we have a Canon A570IS point and shoot that my wife loves. She still uses the DSLR camera sometimes, but the fact that the point and shoot is small and light makes all the difference for her. She uses it mainly to shoot lots of videos.

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