When it comes to Photographic storage you have to think ahead. I think the summary rule is store at the currently highest resolution you can, for in the future, it will quite literally seem ridiculous.
Having spent (literally) a few thousand hours scanning all of our 35 mm slides, prints from our generation and back 2 generations, I can review some statistics:
2003: Slide scans from 128Kb to 3000KB, normally around 400KB
2004 Photographs 2GB
2005: Slide Scans: Higher resolution, average size about 600KB
2006: Slide Scans: Files 800KB plus on average
2008: Panasonic LX2 Average photograph 3MB
2008: Photographs 12GB for the year
2010: Panasonic LX3: Photograph size about 4MB
2011: Samsung Camera (20MP) >7MB per photo
2011: Photographs 55GB year
Overall then, really Digital Decadence? Well even in these flooded times a 3TB original Plus a 3TB Backup disk will cost a total of about 1000CHF
So that is about 1000 * (3000 / 45*1.024 ) = 65 Francs per Year (40 GBP, 70 USD)!
So what makes all this possible?
To play in the Digital Decadence club you are going to need
- A great Online Storage Facility = Google Storage for me. The storage pool you buy can be used to populate your Blog, to store Google Documents, or save your Photoraphs (in Picasa)
- A camera that can shoot really large quality files. A Canon EOS-1D full frame camera, or perhaps a Samsung NX-200 with an APS-C sized sensor should you think 1.5Kg plus is ridiculous for a portable camera! (I do)
- A Good Blogging tool - With Google Blogger you can click on the photographs to uncover the higher resolutions. So a summary resolution is displayed, and users click thru to get more.
- >10 Mbit/sec Internet download speed (cf 0.5Mbit/sec upload) . Well you need to upload your large photographs