How to Download Photos - Important Considerations
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- I have been taking several hundred digital pix per week for over
6 years. I have twice in that time inadvertently modified the pictures
during the initial sort after downloading but after having deleted
the card contents. The last time I removed the resource fork for the
- My rule since
day 1 is to check the first 2, middle 2 and last 2 pix on the computer
hard drive before deleting anything from the card. If possible I
also do the rough sort, using the slide show before deleting, and
better yet, if time allows, I do the editing (cropping, adjusting,
etc.) before deleting. I make some errors every time as I try
to automate my eye-hand movement, including shortcuts for SAVE, CLOSE....
Sometimes it is Wooops! and the file is messed up forever, unless the
original is on the card. I now keep the card loaded or make a duplicate
folder until I am through my rough sort.
- When deleting
all the pictures on a card, use the reformat control. It
is much faster and thorough, giving the camera fresh space to lay down
your pictures. Before I learned this, my Canon and Nikon prosumer cameras
both had fatal errors in the middle of shooting after having used the
computer to empty the memory card folder. I graduated to only using
the camera to delete the pix and had no more problems of this kind.
I reformatted the card every few times, particularly after using it
as a USB storage device with a card reader to transfer computer files.
This also seems to mess up something on the card. I then learned that
the pictures should not be erased, unless just making room on the card,
or editing out some clearly bad pictures while killing time. Rather,
the card should be reformatted.
- Many professionals
burn CDs/DVDs on the spot, to avoid all the bad things that can happen....This
fits right in with the conservative step of keeping all photos in
their original state and editing only the copies. If you need to
do more editing, it is better to work from the original and your
taste in what looks good may well evolve, making you wish you had
- Devise a filing
system and stay with it. Mine is: Year/MonthPlace/DateTimePlace.jpg For
example: 2007/Pix094Hungary/070923134523BudapestZoo.jpg which translates
to the folder of 2007 pictures taken in September (4th batch) in
Hungary on year 07 Month 09; day 23; hour 13:45; second 23 while
at the Budapest Zoo. Shortcuts or aliases to important photos can
be made and place in subset folders (e.g., African elephants or foreign
zoos) so that only one copy of the picture itself is on the HD.
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