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1. Posted by Meesh (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi- just wondering if you guys shoot in raw while traveling? And can you backup raw images on your ipod with the adapter? thanks!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5232 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I never did when on the big two year backpacking trip; shot everything in JPG, because it all had to go to my laptop, which only had 40GB, and I was in a constant race to edit, put online and burn to DVD before the next batch had to go onto the laptop. Only when I saw that a location was _so_ incredibly beautiful that I'd want to get the absolute most out of my pictures did I switch to RAW for those specific shots. I really wish I could've gone RAW all the way, but there's just no way I could ever have made that work out.

Now that I'm back home and trips last just a week or two, everything is RAW+JPG (the JPG for 'swift' editing and putting online, the RAW for when I start to edit for print). And wow, does that ever suck up space fast. But it's worth it.

No idea on the iPod.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 18, 2006 3:21 PM by Sander ]

3. Posted by Jase007 (Respected Member 8870 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Sander, you've just hit the nail on the head. RAW useage saps up loads of memory space, and your i-pod would be full in no time.
But it depends on what your piority is, 1 - have you got the storage capacity?

4. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Your question is difficult to answer. RAW is like any other camera control. No different than changing film or shutter speed or aperature. So "have I used RAW while travelling". Yes, when the shot called for it. But I don't do it all the time of course. Just like I don't shoot 800ISO film all the time.

As Sander has correctly hinted at, one tends to shoot more while travelling than in other situations. Probably due to the fact that everything you see is brand new, exciting, and filled with immediate emotional impact. Shooting RAW doesn't lend itself to this type of shooting and would just take up valuable memory for the shots that REALLY count !

As for the IPOD question. I don't believe you can do it directly from camera to IPOD with any existing camera. But since I don't have an IPOD, I can be sure of that.

5. Posted by Signposts (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

As I'm a pro photographer I suppose to some degree I have different priorities than some of you, but I've always shot raw for the past few years because the quality is better, latitude is superior and the flexibility it gives you is invaluable. Now I shoot raw + jpeg (simultaneously)as standard for convenience.

Storage on the road is a problem that can be solved provided you have power access. I've previously used a Nixvue Vista 20GB and now use a FlashTrax 40GB. Since I might be on the road for a month on a trip, I'm now aiming to upgrade to one of the new Jobo Evolution 80 or 120 GB drives which should deal with the recent increase in my file-size.

I currently use 2GB cards though am considering going up to 4GB Lexars (the new ones are fast).

Having said all this, the fact is that the vast majority of shots that I require are now for my own travel website, and if you ignore the lens limitations, my wife Helen's Canon Ixus produces just as good a result for these small pix as the hugely reduced ones from my gear (sometimes better!). For shots that I know will only be used on the site I'll just shoot jpegs myself.

If you're just shooting smaller jpegs and not travelling for a long period, I'd consider just going with a handful of CF cards. They're more rugged, can be re-used easily, and are infinitely easier to carry!;)

Of course, if you want to review the pix in your hotel, the storage drives I've mentioned will let you do that, and you can add the Epson 2000 model as an option (the 4500 is overpriced). They're a lot more convenient than carrying a laptop, and if you're on holiday you don't want to be spending all your time in the hotel room editing; do that when you get back on a decent screen.


Tony Page

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6. Posted by LuisDafos (Full Member 15 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi there

I'm having the same problem and just thougt...what about a portable dvd recorder as the ones for cds,do you know of something like this?
I´m about to start a long (over 6 months)trip to Asia 100% aimed towards photography ,and am completely determinated to forget compact cameras and shoot only raw in a DSLR,but the storing problem is driving me crazy.I think that I could easily shoot 4GB a day...

7. Posted by luis75 (Inactive 27 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I´ve been using lately a 40GB imagetank, Mine is a Starblitz one, without any hassle. It seems to be easy to upgrade its HD, so maybe it could be a good option.

Though for your trip Luis it will be something like 4 GB x 30 days x 6 months make.. 720 GB

On DVD´s near 200 units, on CD´s i don´t want to think about it!!! :D

Good Luck, just come back after all to tell how did u do it!! I´m really curious!