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11. Posted by jl98584 (Travel Guru 114 posts) 9y

You've probably already planned for this, but since you're taking the DSLR and there always is some risk (no matter what camera you take) - the pictures are probably worth more to you than the camera. So you'll want to back up the pictures daily (or as often as you can). If you've got internet access, you can always upload the pic's to Flickr or some such site (Travellerspoint is nice, but you'll want to save the full resolution pic's somewhere). You can use memory cards, a laptop, or burn to DVD's of course, but all of those will be with out. In the unlikely (?) event you lose everything - say your luggage gets washed away in a flash flood, maybe online is the safest?

I'm not going that far yet, but am copying my pic's to the laptop daily. My mom (also on the trip) has lost her camera, probably left it outside somewhere - but we still have all her pic's at least.

12. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4893 posts) 9y

Quoting jl98584

Travellerspoint is nice, but you'll want to save the full resolution pic's somewhere

We do keep the original resolution photos on travellerspoint if they're uploaded; we just don't make the links to them public. But look for the "download original" links in your personal photo gallery.

13. Posted by serachewhi (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Yep, backups are always a good idea :) i'm taking a asus eee pc and two usb 2.5" hard disks; each hard disk will be kept in seperate bags at least. Plus, i won't remove the raw files from the flash cards unless absolutely necessary. You are right though, losing the cam is one thing, losing the images? I'd be gutted.

Sander i'm curious, does travellerspoint compress the images in any way?

14. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4893 posts) 9y

No, the original stays completely untouched. (We do try to compress the images that show up in the regular galleries, though.)
(Of course, the monthly bandwidth limits here mean most people won't really use travellerspoint as a backup service, as those limits would be reached relatively swiftly; but if you have a one in a million shot that you really want to be kept safe, than you could do worse than uploading it here. And I probably should also mention that we don't in any way pretend to be a super secure backup service; the harddisks in the travellerspoint server can corrupt just as much as anywhere, with dataloss always being possible, no matter how unlikely.)

Good thinking on those harddisks, btw! Might have to ponder going that way myself; last big trip I shot over 40GB of photos, and burning to DVD gets quite bothersome with such amounts...

15. Posted by serachewhi (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hi Sander

Thanks for the info, thats good to know! :)

As for the hard disks, you can pick up a usb2 2.5" aluminium case on ebay for very little (~$10 delivered) and i've found that these are very handy.

Great forum this btw!


16. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4893 posts) 9y
  • shudders* I'd never get a hard disk on eBay. Ten to one that it'll end up being refurbished, and will have a life expectancy which can be measured in months. If I'm going to entrust my precious photos to it, I'd much rather pay for a guarantee of quality.
17. Posted by serachewhi (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Sander, LOL, neither would I (get a hard disk off ebay)

If you re-read my post, i bought the CASE off ebay, which has a usb connector. You install the hard disk yourself.

Sorry for the confusion.

18. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4893 posts) 9y

Ah, duh, was indeed hasty with reading. *g*

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