YOURS FREE! 10 crucial steps most people miss when organizing their digital photos

Most people want to just organize their digital pictures and ignore these crucial steps right at the beginning...when they are shooting and transferring their digital pictures. Then they wonder why they can't organize their digital photos! Avoid most people's mistakes and start on the right track!

My pictures counter for July 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 March 2010

  • Pictures & videos: 46,633 files
  • Number of folders: 1661
  • Total size: 127 GigaBytes(GB)
  • Space remaining: 23 GigaBytes
  • Change from last month: + 1247 files
  • Size change from last month: + 7Gb size

Why the difference from last month?

During July 2010, we took 1247 pictures and videos. We didn’t go anywhere, but we had a few events we attended and we naturally took more pictures. Once thing to note is the size increase…7 Gb!!! This is mainly because the videos I’m shooting are high definition. Even though I’m shooting at the lowest resolution (640×480 at 60frames/second) the .MOV format videos are huge!!! Good thing I’m upgrading our family computer and I’m installing larger hard drives. We’re coming close to the end of our current computer. More about this upgrade in a later post.

My computer hardware setup

Since we’re starting to run out of space and our computer is very old (almost 8 years old) I have purchased a new Dell Inspirion 580S for very little money. I have not had time to install it however and it sits in its nice big box. I need to install an additional hard drive and the backup system as well…which they’re both still sitting in their boxes as well.

I am pretty cheap when it comes to purchasing technology. I usually buy older technology because it’s much cheaper than the latest technology…duh! I have an old PC (probably more than five years old) with two internal hard drives. One hard drive is smaller (100Gb) and I use it mainly for all my programs and some media other than pictures and videos. I have some music and lots of podcasts on that drive. I divided it in two partitions (40Gb for programs and 60Gb for other media). This is still my setup but next month it will be brand spanking new with lots more space!

The second hard drive is dedicated to my pictures and videos. It is a bit larger than my system disk (150Gb). This is where all my pictures are being stored.

The third hard drive is external and it is the largest of them all (200Gb). I have also created two partitions: one that is 150Gb for my pictures and another partition that is 50Gb for backing up my documents and some other media. I back up both my pictures and all my music and podcasts. This is a simple hard drive enclosure where I have added an internal hard drive. I build it myself so that I make sure that there is a good hard drive inside. Simple but functional.

My photo gear

I do have the new Canon T2i (link takes you to B&H Photo Video) and loving it. 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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