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Chapter 5. It's All About the Workflow > Storing and Transferring Raw Images

Storing and Transferring Raw Images

The workflow starts with your in-camera storage media, typically but not invariably Compact Flash Type I or II. Transferring your images from the camera to the computer is one of the most critical, yet often one of the least examined, stages of your workflow. The following ground rules have stood me in good stead for several years—I've had my share of equipment problems, but thus far, I've yet to lose a single image.

  • Don't use the camera as a card reader. Most cameras will let you connect them to the computer and download your images, but doing so is a bad idea for at least two reasons. Cameras are typically very slow as card readers, and when the camera is being used as a card reader, you can't shoot with it.

  • Never open images directly from the camera media.

  • Don't rely on just one copy of the images—always copy them to two separate drives before you start working.

  • Don't erase your images from the camera media until you've verified the copies—see “Verifying Images,” later in this chapter.

  • Always format the cards in the camera in which they will be shot, never in the computer.


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