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Saturday, November 26, 2011

The ideal photo storage solution for the road: Netbook + backup drive

Whenever I have been traveling for several weeks, I was faced with the following problems:

a) Where do I store all my photos, once the memory cards have filled up?
b) How can I do a first review/edit of photos?

I now found a surprisingly capable but yet affordable solution. This is what you need:

- Asus Eee PC 1015PN (should have at least a 250GB hard drive and discrete Nvidida GPU; about $ 300)
       This Netbook is great, as it is very small (only 10 inches wide) but yet sufficiently powerful.
- a rugged external hard drive enclosure like the Acomdata Samurai (about $ 30)
       There is also some nice rugged external hard drives from other vendors, e.g. Lacie.
- 500GB Seagate Momentus XT solid state hybrid drive (about $ 90)
       This hard drive has an additional 8GB of solid state memory, boosting the netbooks performance. But also a cheaper drive can do just fine.
- any CF card reader that attaches to USB 2.0 (if you use CF cards. An SD card reader is already built-in into the Asus 1015PN; $ 10)
- memory upgrade for the netbook to 2GB (e.g. from Crucuial; about $ 20)

TOTAL: $ 450


Feel free to choose alternative products to the ones mentioned above, but make sure that especially the Netbook has equal or more power compared to the one mentioned. In particular the discrete graphics card is important to have and also the CPU should not be anything slower than an Atom N570.

Now, this is what I did to set up my storage solution:

In my case the Asus 1015PN came with a regular 250 GB 2.5” hard drive. I mirrored this drive to the new 500GB Seagate Momentus drive, in order to keep the Windows 7 Starter install that came with the Netbook. For instructions on how to do this, see here: I then swapped the hard drives, placing the 500 GB drive in the Netbook. For instructions on how to open an Asus 1015PN, see here: I partitioned this drive into two 250GB partitions. The first runs the OS, the second will be used for data storage. The old 250GB hard drive I placed in the external enclosure and formatted it. Next, I upgraded the memory of my Netbook to 2GB, using an upgrade kit from Crucial. (NOTE: If you feel uncomfortable altering your netbook, simply buy one that already has 2GB of memory and a sufficiently large hard drive preinstalled) For instructions on how to upgrade the memory, see here: Finally, you simply install your favorite photo editing software. If you already own software like Lightroom or Photoshop, you are usually allowed to make this second install for free (check their licensing rules to be sure). Alternatively, you could use free software like Picasa. Surprisingly, even demanding software like Lightroom or Photoshop runs fairly well on this netbook. Hence reviewing and even some casual editing of photos can be done while still on the road.

And this is it! Now you have 250GB of redundant data storage and the possibility to do first photo review and editing on the road for a total of $ 450.

This is my actual workflow for image storage on the road and the later transfer of the images to my main computer at home:

a) I copy images from my memory cards to two destinations: to the 2nd partition on my netbook and as a backup to the external hard drive. This way, my photos are redundantly stored and protected.
b) I import all photos stored on the netbook’s 2nd partition into Lightroom 3. Now I can review and edit images in this software.
c) when back at home, I export my images from Lightroom as a library that can then easily be imported into my main computer’s photo collection.

I hope this tutorial helps people to find their ideal photo storage solution for the road. I surely found mine.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sony releases Nex 7, Alpha 65, lenses and accessories

Sony also released a whole line of other photo products. Very attractive is the new addition to the NEX line: The Nex7:




See here for more information on the Nex7 and other products:


Sony releases the new Alpha 77 DSLR

Sony has release their newest semi-pro APS-C DSRL: The Sony A77. It is a rather revolutionary design, featuring a translucent mirror, electronic viewfinder, and the capability to shoot at 12 fps.




At the same time they also announced a matching 2.8/16-50 lens. Very nice.



see here for more details on both products:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Invitation to Google +

I just joined Google + (Google Plus) – a service similar to facebook, but that offers better and more intuitive privacy settings. Currently this service is only accessible, if other members invite you. Here my invitation link for anyone to use:

and see here for some info on what Google Plus is and how it works:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Microsoft releases RAW codec pack for Windows 7

Microsoft released a RAW codec pack for Windows 7. This pack allows you now to view RAW images from your digital camera natively in Windows Explorer. Also thumbnails are now displayed.

You can download the codec pack here:

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Download a screensaver that displays photos from !

You can now download a screensaver that will allow you to display photos from The photos are displayed as a nice slideshow and you can customize what photos will be shown. Here is how you get such a screensaver:

for Windows computers:

- download the following google screensaver file:

- place the file in your “Windows” directory (e.g. C:/Windows/)

- now navigate to where windows allows you to choose your screensaver (e.g. click START and type “screensaver”, choose “change screensaver”)

- select the Google Photo Screensaver and click on “Settings”

- select it to display photos from public sites and click the “configure” button.

- Our website streams photos as Atom Feeds. To display our favorite photos add the following photo location/feed:

That’s it. You are done and have a great screensaver. FYI: In addition you can also display photos from your own harddrive or any other “Photo Atom feeds”. Links to such feeds can be found at any of our photo galleries by clicking the “Share” button.

for Macs:

I am not a Mac user, but from what I know you don’t need to install the above google screensaver but can directly tell your computer to use photo feeds from our site, e.g.

Enjoy !

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sony launches professional Super 35mm camcorder NEX-FS100EK

Sony just launched a new professional camcorder that sports a Super 35mm sensor and is meant to provide stunning image quality. The camcorder uses the E-mount from the NEX cameras, allowing for use of any NEX and Alpha DSLR lenses.

The NEX-FS100EK will cost around 6000 USD.




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