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. Now, more than a year later I have been providing an update at the end of each month showing 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 February 2011
- Pictures & videos: 61,377
- Number of folders: 3332
- Total size: 183 GigaBytes(GB)
- Space remaining: 816 GigaBytes
- Change from last month: + 2270 files
- Size change from last month: + 9Gb size
Why the difference from last month?
During January and February 2011, we have an extra 2270 pictures which is again a lot of pictures. We did a few trips around the area and again we have accumulated a bunch of pictures.
The size increased by 9Gb, 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 keep using Picasa all the time now because it’s a great photo management software. Picasa has slowly been adding support for most image metadata and most of all it’s very easy to use and best of all it’s FREE. I love the search capability in Picasa…it’s super fast. Since my folders have very descriptive names, searching for specific pictures is very simple with Picasa. I’ll keep reporting on my Picasa experience.
I have stopped shooting in RAW since I don’t really have the time I need to spend editing my pictures in order to take full advantage of the RAW format. JPG works fine for me for now
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 for backing up all our media files.
My photo gear
I have the new Canon T2i and loving it. I have been using it for almost 6 months now and love the low light capabilities of this camera.
In addition we have a Canon A570IS point and shoot that my wife loves. She still uses the Canon T2i 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.