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What's the best way to store over 400 GB of digital photos?

The general reccomendation is a 3-2-1 Backup strategy, meaning you have 3 copies: 2 local, 1 offsite. Here's one way: Get a NAS appliance (like a Drobo) to protect against a single disk crash (or ...
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How to preserve undeveloped film as a legacy gift

I recently had this strangle little idea to take some photos and just leave them undeveloped until I am nearing the end or my family is looking at them after my passing. How disappointed do you think ...
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What's the best way to store over 400 GB of digital photos?

Perhaps I'm a bit old-school in this way, but I personally avoid storing my stuff on "somebody else's computer" (a.k.a. the "cloud"). I would just buy (at least) two external drives of sufficient ...
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Backup+format or buy a new SD card?

I'm assuming that the card is just full and you're concerned about the impact of reformatting it and reusing — not that it's failing to the point where the maximum free space is 1% of what it used to ...
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How to preserve undeveloped film as a legacy gift

If you leave something unfinished it will probably stay unfinished. People have enough to do tying up the normal loose ends after someone croaks. Schubert’s unfinished symphony stayed unfinished for a ...
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Is SSD a safe replacement for HDD image storage?

The answer is always the same: you should never rely on having just one copy of anything important. Any difference in reliability between magnetic drives and SSDs is essentially irrelevant - they are ...
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Why aren't lens/body caps transparent?

No! You want opaque lens caps because: Keep light out of the camera when not using it. In film cameras, the sensor is effectively always on. The shutter should in theory block all light, but stuff ...
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Are overheated rolls of film (both exposed and unexposed) likely to be damaged?

Black & white film is pretty robust. Remember it has been around for longer than air conditioning. In the old photo cookbooks (and even new ones, such as Steve Anchell's) there are recipes for ...
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What's the best way to store over 400 GB of digital photos?

The easiest and faster way to backup is an external drive. 400 Gb is not that much and 1 Tb hard drives are pretty cheap. You could backup on two external hard drives and store one in a different ...
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What's the best way to store over 400 GB of digital photos?

With Amazon Prime you can store an unlimited amount of Photos incl. Raw Files! https://www.amazon.de/b?ie=UTF8&node=12153288031
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How long do developed negatives last?

Processed film does deteriorate, but not at such a rate that surviving 10-15 years would be remarkable! It also depends on the type of film; black & white film lasts longer than colour film for ...
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How to format a 4TB hard disk for photography files?

'Photography files' are no different to any other kind of file. Use NTFS (because it allows for larger files and is generally the newer, better system) and the default allocation unit size - a larger ...
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Is there an alternative to Apple's Photos application without a single library file?

I used to use Mac's Photos application, but I don't like the fact that it's generating some huge Library file which might get corrupted and without mac I can't access my images. Frankly, I think you'...
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What container to use to store developer concentrate?

What you want is called an accordion bottle. These are opaque, plastic bottles shaped like a cylindrical bellows with a cap on one end. To use it, you pour in the liquid to be stored, compress the ...
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Why do 'Print File' film storage pages say "Insert Emulsion Side Down"?

Simple: so that when looking at the front of the print file sheet, the image appears correctly. The emulsion side of the film was the side facing the lens, the side receiving the image to expose. By ...
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Should I save the original boxes for lenses and cameras?

The only reason I can think of to continue keeping them is they'll be worth a heck of a lot more than they are now, with the original boxes, when your grandchildren want to sell them off in another 30 ...
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What's the best way to store over 400 GB of digital photos?

Get Google Photos. It's free, it's easy, and once you set it up then future backups are automatic.
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Can powder chemicals be mixed in smaller amounts or must you mix the entire batch?

You are basically on the right track. If you have a powder mix, as is common for black and white developers, the different substances are not uniformly distributed, but depending on grain size, ...
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Is SSD a safe replacement for HDD image storage?

While all the comments about the backup and X-Y problem are absolutely correct, I'll still try to answer the question directly. "Other things being equal", so to speak. SSDs are primarily ...
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Why aren't lens/body caps transparent?

Lens caps are opaque to keep light out of the camera. This is something you really want when there's light-sensitive film in it rather than a digital sensor. Most shutters work well, but a tiny leak ...
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Why aren't lens/body caps transparent?

Interestingly enough, optics made for hunting rifles often come with transparent lens caps for both the front and rear lenses. This allows the scope to be used, albeit with less optical precision, ...
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Developed film stuck to storage sleeves

I known about Kodachrome -- hold lifetime license from Kodak to process. The water soak should work. If it should fail, add a teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing detergent to the soak. OK to soak up to 8 ...
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Are overheated rolls of film (both exposed and unexposed) likely to be damaged?

Photographic film is a perishable. It will be damaged if stored in a hot – humid location. That being said, the damage has been done, hopefully your film has survived. It is difficult in the field to ...
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Does film (get a chance to) degrade before sale?

It used to be a good policy for camera stores to keep fresh film in coolers - the one in Yodobashi in Tokyo was / is a popular photo location (I am not sure whether they are still open to business). ...
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What are the pros and cons of deleting all of my archived RAW files?

Pros: You gain some space. Cons: You won't ever be able to change your mind. A 4TB drive is about $£€70 these days. Buy one, stack all your old data on it & put it on a shelf. If the drive does ...
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What are the pros and cons of deleting all of my archived RAW files?

The biggest thing that is missing from a work flow of "Just blast it all away from the command line" is that of conscious control. And deleting your raw files to save space might leave you missing the ...
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How to format a 4TB hard disk for photography files?

Use NTFS unless you plan on connecting this drive to a system which only supports FAT. Also, set the Allocation Unit Size as high as possible per http://www.howtogeek.com/136078/what-should-i-set-the-...
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What is important in a chemical container?

The various chemical solutions of the photo process can be safely stored in glass or high density polyethylene (HDPE). Nalgene is a trade name for this material by Fisher Scientific. It is important ...
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What will happen to exposed 35mm film left in a car in summer heat for 3 weeks?

Film is perishable! It spoils when storage conditions include high temperatures and the latent image (undeveloped) degrades when their is a prolonged period between exposure and processing. That being ...
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What's the best way to store over 400 GB of digital photos?

Don't be me and store them all on a hard drive. Back them up online as well. It'll suck when you lose the drive or break it. A physical backup only, is not the right solution
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