A Hobbyist Photographer's Wish List by Juro Malazo

A Hobbyist Photographer’s Wish List, Item #6: 1TB Western Digital My Passport USB 3.0

It’s become quite customary for most people to wish for things during the Christmas season. Some dream of driving off in a new car, some want to get their hands on the latest smartphone, and some others, like me, have wish for gear…photography gear, that is.

I’ve also got a wish list of sorts, arranged from the most affordable to the most expensive. I’ll be posting the items on the list over the next few days, with item #1 to be revealed on Christmas day.

Yesterday, I posted Item #8, LX5 Lens Adapter + Hoya Pro1D ND8.

Today we look at Item #6: A 1TB Western Digital My Passport USB 3.0. I found an [local] seller that sells this for about P4,000.

1TB Western Digital My Passport USB 3.0
1TB Western Digital My Passport [image source: amazon.com]
Several months ago I tried out shooting in RAW after reading about it online. Eventually I was converted, and now need a shirt that says, “I shoot RAW.” The benefits of having the RAW file of the shots, at least to me,  far outweigh the disadvantages it brings.

One of those disadvantages is file size. With my 10 Megapixel (you’re probably thinking, “whaa…just 10?”) LX5, the JPEG files average at around 4 Megabytes. RAW files, however, are typically around 10 Megabytes. That means on average, I could have had 2 photos in JPEG for the same space that 1 photo in RAW takes in my hard drive.

I’ve been shooting now more than ever, and that’s almost always in RAW. Also, the number of photos I keep living on my laptop’s drive has also been increasing (I sincerely hope this means I’m improving!). My Acer Aspire V3 comes with a 500GB drive, which I’ve partitioned into three. I keep my photos in one, currently taking 115 GB of the 304 GB partition…and that’s just the original photos, excluding the JPEGs I’ve produced from before I was shooting RAW and for sharing online. Herein lies the problem. Because I shoot RAW, and RAW is about 10 Megabytes a photo, I’m running out of space!

A Hobbyist Photographer's Wish List - 1TB Western Digital My Passport - Screen Capture

Having an external drive exclusively for my photos should provide a mansion for these bits of pixels which are, at present, living in an almost-full apartment.

So…Item #6 on my wish list, a 1TB Western Digital My Passport that could be bought for around P4,000.


Do you shoot JPG, RAW or RAW+JPG? Where do you store your photos? Have you any preferences on which brands you trust for storage? 

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