Digital images can accumulate quickly and you have thousands of them before you know it. There is a caution in the work of a photographer to protect their work, your photographs are vulnerable too. The computer, a lightweight portable hard drive and an external hard drive is the perfect organizing tool for digital images.
As soon as create a digital image, you have to think about storing it – The storage space that image files occupy is a consideration when you are using a digital camera, scanning prints or negatives, editing files, or archiving them.
Traditional photographic material must be stored carefully in order to last. Prints can be damaged by time and careless storage.
Save your files in the original form – The file that is captured by your camera is consider a raw file, as oppose to a derivative file – one that has been processed, altered, edited, or changed in any way. A camera raw file is a specific kind of raw file that holds all of the information captured by your digital camera’s sensor in a unprocessed form. If you set your camera to capture images and save them as TIFF files or JPEGs, those original files are considered raw files as well.
Post-Processing, or image editing, produces more files – Saving them becomes a step in your work-flow and they take up storage space. Derivative files are changed from their raw state. They may consist of your raw files with a few color and tone adjustments, re-sized to print, or layer composite images. You can save editing steps as derivative files, in case you want to change it back to its previous state.
Photo files can be stored on different devices – the easiest, fastest and accessible form of storage is to keep the image files on your computer’s internal hard drive. If you scan an image, the scanner sends the image directly to it. After you use a digital camera, you must transfer your photos from the memory card to the hard drive before editing them. Memory cards are not good for long time storage, you will erase, reformat the card for reuse, it is best to download your files onto your hard drive. Your computer hard drive can run out of storage especially if your keeping storing photographs on it. External hard drive are available that can be plugged into your computer to add to its storage capacity. Portable drives are smaller and are protected against damage than a full size external drive. Drives designed as pocket drives are even smaller, lightweight and draw their power from your computer. No hard drive should dropped.
Digital Files can be lost instantly – Hard drives are susceptible to dirt, stray dust, spikes of electricity, and magnetic fields, and theft or physical damage. External media like disks and tapes are sensitive to storage conditions and can become unreadable or corrupt over time. Losing digital files can happen based on how you store your digital images; or you accidentally delete files, or write over one by saving something else with the same name.
With digital photographs you can have several originals – Keeping a set of your digital images of each picture file is how you can protect yourself against loss. Have a backup that you can follow and afford. Download all files onto a laptop, computer, duplicate them onto a portable hard drive, and then write them to a DVD.