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    Default Digital workflow pain

    With the large gigabyte size memory cards in the market nowadays, how do you guys manage the digital workflow process. Out of the hundreds of shots that i take in a 1gb card, probably more than half get discarded.

    However, the process of importing the shots, previewing them and then deciding which one to keep is REALLY slow and time consuming. Does anyone have a better solution for this? Right now, I copy the card over to the hard disk and use Picasa or ACDSee to preview and delete. Even then it takes a long time! Thanks for suggestions..

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    U need a fast computer and USB 2.0 card reader.
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    - Pentium 4, 3GHz
    - Ram 1GB
    - SATA HDD
    - Windows XP

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    No leh. Nikon view does it chop chop for me.

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    i concur with espn. nikon view load pics thumbnails at a fast speed, so can delete off the rubbish first. even loading of raw files are fast too.

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    i have a pretty fast laptop with 1gb ram. seems that it doesnt help...

    i transfer stuff using my pc card adaptor for CF.. could that be the bottleneck?

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    If you're only printing a 4R photo, don't shoot in RAW mode, unless you're not confident on white balance. Try shooting in JPEG of the desired size. It'll download much faster.
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    hi virgo, i usually use the large-fine jpg settings. anyway, thanks for your feedback.

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    Try look thru PS CS file browser to rank and delete the shots... See Scott Kelby book for suggestion on how to do it.

    It's an impt step as it will cut down your processing time substantially.

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    ps cs2 adobe bridge/raw processing is pretty neat...

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    shoot selectively.
    crop in the viewfinder

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    try to upgrade your pc to a better spec type (with average cpu speed, lots of ram, lots of hdd space). use a high-speed (usb 2) card reader for download into pc before viewing as thumbnails.

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    I usually shoot in RAW+JPEG (Small) mode if I were to shoot in RAW. To see whether the shots are not usable, just open the JPEG (Small) file, which is much faster. If the shot is unsatisfactory, just delete both files. --> My fast method of deciding which files to keep and which to discard.

    Also, a fast PC/laptop is preferred. I use a USB 2.0 card reader to transfer images from CF/SD to my laptop, and transferring 1GB of files from a CF to laptop takes only about a minute or so.

    >1GB RAM is also recommended for fast opening and processing of files...
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