File Size Suggestions

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AW9nineteen Regular Member • Posts: 108
File Size Suggestions

I am in the middle of trying to scrub my MacBook and reorganize the photos I have for simplicity. Currently I do not have a system in place except that I pay 9.99 for Lightroom and also use iCloud. My current plan of action is to put all of the photos I have on an SD card and start over.

The Sony A7R series has monstrous file sizes, so my question is, how do you manage all of your photos and keep things simple? Do you keep RAW files/is it worth it? I think one of the keys will be to do a better job of not importing files I do not want to keep/have in 2 years.

Until then, I have to find a way to pull all 200gbs of photos and videos into a single program and remove them from my hard drive from there.

Open to opinions and suggestions. Thank you

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blue_skies
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Re: File Size Suggestions
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AW9nineteen wrote:

I am in the middle of trying to scrub my MacBook and reorganize the photos I have for simplicity. Currently I do not have a system in place except that I pay 9.99 for Lightroom and also use iCloud. My current plan of action is to put all of the photos I have on an SD card and start over.

The Sony A7R series has monstrous file sizes, so my question is, how do you manage all of your photos and keep things simple? Do you keep RAW files/is it worth it? I think one of the keys will be to do a better job of not importing files I do not want to keep/have in 2 years.

Until then, I have to find a way to pull all 200gbs of photos and videos into a single program and remove them from my hard drive from there.

Open to opinions and suggestions. Thank you

Use a USB hard drive? They are at least 2TB today, and fast enough with UBS 3.0/3.1.

You can go faster if you need.

200GB is nothing 2TB drive.

I suggest to organize them by year, by topic, by camera, by project, etc.

Yes, I keep RAW files, but put them in separate folders. They are a backup, usually for low light or other details (often color or lens profile related).

Lightroom lets you organize libraries. I would first set up the file system, and then link them back to LR.

Also be aware, libraries in LR do import thumbnails into local drive folders, this can accumulate as well.

If you can operate on the USB hard drive, instead of the local hard drive, you win in two ways: 1) you free up the local disk and 2) you can make infinite copies (just copy the HDD hard drive data onto another hard drive and plug in, mapping the drive-name).

I prefer  local backup rather than cloud backup... Do keep processed files in the cloud, but not all the raw data.

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Cheers,
Henry

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OP AW9nineteen Regular Member • Posts: 108
Re: File Size Suggestions

blue_skies wrote:

AW9nineteen wrote:

I am in the middle of trying to scrub my MacBook and reorganize the photos I have for simplicity. Currently I do not have a system in place except that I pay 9.99 for Lightroom and also use iCloud. My current plan of action is to put all of the photos I have on an SD card and start over.

The Sony A7R series has monstrous file sizes, so my question is, how do you manage all of your photos and keep things simple? Do you keep RAW files/is it worth it? I think one of the keys will be to do a better job of not importing files I do not want to keep/have in 2 years.

Until then, I have to find a way to pull all 200gbs of photos and videos into a single program and remove them from my hard drive from there.

Open to opinions and suggestions. Thank you

Use a USB hard drive? They are at least 2TB today, and fast enough with UBS 3.0/3.1.

You can go faster if you need.

200GB is nothing 2TB drive.

I suggest to organize them by year, by topic, by camera, by project, etc.

Yes, I keep RAW files, but put them in separate folders. They are a backup, usually for low light or other details (often color or lens profile related).

Lightroom lets you organize libraries. I would first set up the file system, and then link them back to LR.

Also be aware, libraries in LR do import thumbnails into local drive folders, this can accumulate as well.

If you can operate on the USB hard drive, instead of the local hard drive, you win in two ways: 1) you free up the local disk and 2) you can make infinite copies (just copy the HDD hard drive data onto another hard drive and plug in, mapping the drive-name).

I prefer local backup rather than cloud backup... Do keep processed files in the cloud, but not all the raw data.

So are you suggesting putting all files onto a flash, then using the flash to control what goes onto the Mac?

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blue_skies
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Re: File Size Suggestions

AW9nineteen wrote:

blue_skies wrote:

AW9nineteen wrote:

I am in the middle of trying to scrub my MacBook and reorganize the photos I have for simplicity. Currently I do not have a system in place except that I pay 9.99 for Lightroom and also use iCloud. My current plan of action is to put all of the photos I have on an SD card and start over.

The Sony A7R series has monstrous file sizes, so my question is, how do you manage all of your photos and keep things simple? Do you keep RAW files/is it worth it? I think one of the keys will be to do a better job of not importing files I do not want to keep/have in 2 years.

Until then, I have to find a way to pull all 200gbs of photos and videos into a single program and remove them from my hard drive from there.

Open to opinions and suggestions. Thank you

Use a USB hard drive? They are at least 2TB today, and fast enough with UBS 3.0/3.1.

You can go faster if you need.

200GB is nothing 2TB drive.

I suggest to organize them by year, by topic, by camera, by project, etc.

Yes, I keep RAW files, but put them in separate folders. They are a backup, usually for low light or other details (often color or lens profile related).

Lightroom lets you organize libraries. I would first set up the file system, and then link them back to LR.

Also be aware, libraries in LR do import thumbnails into local drive folders, this can accumulate as well.

If you can operate on the USB hard drive, instead of the local hard drive, you win in two ways: 1) you free up the local disk and 2) you can make infinite copies (just copy the HDD hard drive data onto another hard drive and plug in, mapping the drive-name).

I prefer local backup rather than cloud backup... Do keep processed files in the cloud, but not all the raw data.

So are you suggesting putting all files onto a flash, then using the flash to control what goes onto the Mac?

No, I would suggest to keep all import and export data on the secondary hard-drive, but keep libraries, workflows, on the main harddrive.

Nothing goes on the Mac this way, only context and work data (LR doesn't touch the originals), and your output is also on the external harddrive.

You can organize projects by such drives, and make backup copies of such drives.

You would never hit a file size issue -  unless you'd want to access all files in a single search, etc. Either way, you should not overflow disk space this way.

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Henry

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Dan_168 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,766
Re: File Size Suggestions

AW9nineteen wrote:

I am in the middle of trying to scrub my MacBook and reorganize the photos I have for simplicity. Currently I do not have a system in place except that I pay 9.99 for Lightroom and also use iCloud. My current plan of action is to put all of the photos I have on an SD card and start over.

The Sony A7R series has monstrous file sizes, so my question is, how do you manage all of your photos and keep things simple? Do you keep RAW files/is it worth it? I think one of the keys will be to do a better job of not importing files I do not want to keep/have in 2 years.

Until then, I have to find a way to pull all 200gbs of photos and videos into a single program and remove them from my hard drive from there.

Open to opinions and suggestions. Thank you

I almost never leave any photo in my mac book, for two reason. 1, I carry my MacBook everywhere, so it may get robbed, or stolen, or smily damaged, 2. Internal space is very expensive, Apple want $1000 extra for 4 TB SSD for their new 16 inch MacBook pro, so only have a 1TB internal  only so it can fill up pretty soon too with all those 120MB uncompressed RAW.

I use multiple 2TB external SSD as photo processing drive, so as soon as I get home or hotel room or office,  I dump all my files from my memory cards to this external SSD, and do all my editing there. Once all the editing is done, I transfer it to the Synology NAS. I also have a Drobo DAS and I even back up my file there so I always have two copies, which is really not necessary but since I have it so i just do it.

Nowadays the external SSD is really fast, I now use the NVMe M.2 SSD ( in a Thunderbolt 3 enclosure and in USB 3.2 enclosure), it's super fast, and even when I use that in  USB 3.2. enclosure connect via  USB-C cable it fast enough for photo processing. after all done, I transfer them to the NAS and empty my external SSD for next photo session.

Reason I use NAS is besides the redundancy protection, I can also access to all my files from any of my computer whether I am at home sitting in front of home office desk using my Mac Pro, or in my living room watching TV and playing with my Mac Book pro, or in a different room using my iMac, or on the road sitting in coffee shop with my laptop, or a hotel room at night during my vacation or business trip,  in the office with my work computer.........I can access to my file anywhere there is internet.

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