Storing photos while traveling

Apr 23rd, 2015, 08:20 AM
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Storing photos while traveling

On a typical two week trip I would wait till I got home to sort and store my photos, but for a longer trip I definitely don't want to wait. I could end up with thousands of photos and a fuzzy memory.

What I would like to do is to upload photos to dropbox and/or flickr every couple days so I won't risk losing the photo plus I can label them while I'm at it.

Couple problems--
--I don't have a laptop nor does my camera have wifi (Canon G12, photos shot in raw). I will have my iphone with me if that's useful.
--One place I plan on visiting is China which I think dropbox is not accessible.
--I also don't know if every place offers wifi.

I can't control the last two issues so I'll just have extra memory cards for that part.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 09:15 AM
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And you put the full memory cards into the little plastic case that they came in, and put them in a plastic bag and/or little box to protect them.

Or just take fewer photos. Or, if your camera supports it, reduce the resolution of the images you take. Unless you plan to make large prints there is not much point in collecting an image where you can count the number of pores on a person's face.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 09:28 AM
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We used to carry a small portable hard drive we could download photos to. But now we carry a laptop and download photos to that and back it up to an external hard drive.

If you are into photography, I understand why you shoot in raw, and that does take up more space. MrW, for photographers, shooting in raw allows for post-processing.

I don't know where you are traveling to other than China, but you will have wi fi access most places in Asia other than Myanmar. China does block some websites, as you note.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 10:57 AM
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I don't mind carrying extra memory cards if I need to but I'm trying to figure out how to upload them. At home I connect my camera to my computer via USB but on the road I need another solution. I don't know if it's worth buying a laptop just for this.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 12:17 PM
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Buy a little thing at Apple that allows you to upload photos from your memory card. To iPhone or iPad I do this each day when traveling as a backup.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 12:38 PM
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Before I carried an iPad I used to have my photos dumped to CD every so often. I would have the store make two copies and mail one home. Of course that won't help with the labelling issue, but I keep a journal and my photos are time and date stamped so I don't have much of a problem labelling when I get home - provided I don't wait too long.

If you want to access blocked sites in China you might want to sign up for a VPN.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 03:14 PM
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I upload to my iPad using a separateltly purchased convector.. That will automatically store up to 5gb the last 1000 photos to iCloud. ( you can purchase larger storage. It wil then automatically share with my MacBook when that is meet connected to wifi.

In addition, I I have the Flickr app on the iPad which automatically stores all photos las and when loaded to the iPad ( max storage 1 TB.). I can then delete photos from my iPad if running short of storage and then download to my MacBook when I eventually return home.

Not sure whether Dropbox, ICloud or any other cloud server will store in RAW.

It is very easy to organise in Flickr. Microsofts One drive is also useful but I find Flickr easier to use.

Essentially you do need either a laptop or tablet of some description to take with you.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 03:32 PM
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I also use my iPad -- very easy to do with an adaptor. Great for editing, too. Flickr does not store RAW files (I just checked) but it looks like you might be able to use iCloud to store RAW photos ( Just make sure you have enough space to store the photos -- RAW photos use up a lot of space quickly.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 04:01 PM
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I always thought flickr accepted raw... There goes my plan to label photos as I go. Dropbox does accept raw files but is unable to preview them. I can organize the folder with date and place to be tidy.

Apple has a card reader but oddly it does not work for iPhone. I found a wireless card reader but need to read carefully how this works...

You'd think today this wouldn't be so complicated... Then again in my grandparents' age taking photos was a big deal. : )
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 04:27 PM
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If you're willing to use a pay site, Smugmug gives you unlimited storage for $40/year, plus basic editing function and you can certainly label and caption.
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