From the Camera to the Computer

Here, we are going to address part of chapter 2's second phase (P2) step of image data transfer and organization. This will help us to clarify the background and incentives behind some of the topics that we will be discussing later in this chapter.

Transferring the data from a full memory card to your computer after a long session often uses a large amount of disk space, especially if you convert some of your images to 16-bit TIFF format. You will quickly learn to think in gigabytes (GB) or terabytes (TB). Our network already has more than 6,000 GB (6 TB) of disk space attached to it in various forms. Such large amounts of data require serious organization if we are to be able to find specific images, and if we want to avoid duplicating data and retain an overview of the current versions of the images we have. A good basic setup includes a 300 GB hard disk in your notebook and 750 GB - 2 TB in your * Nowadays, external drives are connected desktop. You will also need a similar amount of disk space on external to computers via FireWire, USB 2.0, eSATA, or drives for your backups.* high-speed NAS systems.

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