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1. Posted by JAY_H (Full Member, 69 posts) 10 Dec '06 13:36

Hi guys

Just wondering how people sort there pictures out when they go away.

Basically im backpacking Southeast Asia and instead of downloading them on to a website id like to keep them maybe on disk or something. Can you do this at the internet cafe's?
Do they sell disc's?

What do most people do??

Do you just take loads of blank disks out there and burn them as you go or... em... cant think of another way of doing it???

Please any info would be good as im clueless!!!

Cheers guys

Jan x

2. Posted by rebmamber (Respected Member, 40 posts) 11 Dec '06 07:12

YOu have many options available to you. In all cities of Southeast Asia, and in particular, throughout almost all of Thailand and Vietnam, you will find internet cafes and other shops who will all burn to cd/dvd's. another thought, i would make sure that you have several different memory cards for those times where you may not be able to get to a store for a couple of days.

I don't know how long you are going to be gone for, but carrying around cd's for a few months may not be a good idea. I went to Asia for 4 months and before I left I bought a mini-portable hard drive. I only had one 5MP digital camera, along with film, and a 20 GB drive was enough to store all my photos. I just had to bring a charger for it (i think i only had to charge it 3 times) and a cord to hook to the camera. it was nice because if I was in the middle of nowhere, i was still able to upload my photos. you could probably get a 20 - 40 GB hard drive for less than $100.

3. Posted by jkeller1ca (Budding Member, 3 posts) 11 Dec '06 17:57

I just returned from a five month trip to South America. I also found that there were many,many cafes that would burn CD's. What I didn't find was too many cafe's that had memory card readers.

I found it worrysome to carry the backup of my photos and camera with me, and decided to upload my photos to Flickr while on the road. If someone took my bag and camera , at least I'd have my photos.

If you are lucky enough to have a camera that uses SD style memory cards, check out SanDisk's SD Ultra II Plus cards. By snapping the card in half, you get a high speed USB 2.0 connection - no cable or reader required. I loaded the Flickr upload tool onto the SD card so whenever I went to a cafe, I'd just plug in the card, up would pop the Flickr upload tool. Twenty seconds later, I was uploading my photos. Don't forget, flickr is FREE! :)

By the way, I also copied a portable version of Mozilla's Firefox to the card. That way, I would have a web browser in English that I could use. In East Asian countries, I would think that that would be even more important.

Good Luck!

4. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member, 352 posts) 12 Dec '06 12:29

Whatever you do, DO NOT down load your pictures onto a msn spaces website. I did this whenever my memory card was full without making backup copies i.e. onto a disk. What I didn't realise is that they reduce the quality of your pictures, therefore I cannot print any pictures out, as they come out blurry ! I didn't realise this until I came back from my trip, I was most disappointed to say the least. They look ok online, but when printed, they're just second rate. Well I've learnt for next time I guess!

As rebmamber mentioned get a few memory cards, that way you can sort all your pictures on your return, it's just a bummer if you loose them though!

5. Posted by jennygro (Full Member, 119 posts) 18 Dec '06 09:43

how do some people know so much about computer stuff?! i have not got a clue. How do you burn photos to a cd without uploading them. I have only ever done this using nero, and i just winged it. hopefully this approach will work for me again in south east asia!!

6. Posted by kevstump (Full Member, 123 posts) 18 Dec '06 20:48

Hi Jay,
I travelled through asia for 8 months and never had any problems buying cds and getting pictures burnt on them. Nearly all net cafes will do it for you. What i did was to burn two copies of each cd, send one home and when my parents confirmed it was back safe and sound i could discard the other cd so i didnt have to carry it around any more. My mate did the same, but instead of 2 cds he copied all his photos on to a cd (which was sent home) and backed them up on his Ipod.
Dont take any ricks of losing them - you will regret it big time!

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4383 posts) 19 Dec '06 04:05

One thing to pay attention to is that many of the CDs sold in these cheap internet cafes are not archival quality. That means that they degrade swiftly, and could start becoming unreadable after as few as 2-3 years (depending on how they're being stored). So, when you get home, make a point of it to buy some high quality CDs or DVDs and copy over the contents of these on-the-road discs to the new discs. (And then it's still good policy to spotcheck their accuracy and make new redundant backups every few years as well.)

8. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member, 349 posts) 9 Jan '07 00:39

We just uploaded to websites as we went using either the hotel's computer, if it was available, or an internet cafe, which is available nearly everywhere, even in some pretty remote places. Just learn to love teen and pre-teen kids playing video games. Lots of video games...

Definitely don't rely on just one way to save them, though. You never know what could happen to them. They could be lost, stolen, not saved properly, give yourself several options.

After the holidays, memory cards go on sale. If you have gift cards for stores that sell them, go stock up. That's what I do. I seem to be upgrading cameras every two years, so I have to upgrade the size of my cards along with them.