South America photos logistics

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1. Posted by natewhd (Full Member 35 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I'm not much of a photographer, but i do like to try and capture my experiences on film. I am planning a trip to SA for roughly one year, and I have some questions regarding storage etc..

I know there are web based programs, sites etc,, to load your photos. But I am worried they will shrink the size and reduce the quality of my dig photos. I am not hip on carrying a bunch of CDs, what if I loose them? I thought about a portable hard drive, same problem.

I'm trying to travel light, I'd love any advice on this topic.
Internet cafes in SA esay to use/ upload photos, that sort of thing. Thanks,

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5712 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Uploading more than a handful of full resolution photos to any website would be far too time consuming to be feasible. Your best bet is burning the photos to CD/DVD twice, putting one in your luggage, and sending one home by mail.

3. Posted by natewhd (Full Member 35 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Is it likely that there will be photo management software at an internet cafe, to load and select photos to upload, delet edit and burn? I'm sure there are, but heres asking. If not do people bring a disk with their favorite software albums etc..?

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5712 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I have no idea what that's like in South America, but I wouldn't be spending expensive time in an internet cafe doing anything with the photos. Just move them over en masse from memory card to harddisk (bring a usb card reader so that you can treat the cards as external harddisks and don't need to deal with any quirks from your camera - although most internet cafes should have those themselves, too), and then burn the whole batch to CD/DVD.
You can sort through them and go editing when you're back home - treat the burning to CD purely as fire and forget backup; it's not cost effective to do anything more. Storage is cheap, processing is expensive.

5. Posted by y_b (Budding Member 3 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

i've travelled for 7 months in SA - and i can tell you that some places the internet connection is SOOOOOOO slow that you want to shoot the computer - most major cities have ok advice is whenever you get to a major city download your pics from the camera and burn to a CD (double copy like Sander said).
if you are using a digital make sure you have spare batteries if you are planning on long trecks...