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Why Are My Pictures Taking Up So Much Space?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014 by | Filed Under: Digital Photography

Daniel says,

You said in a recent article that I could store several thousand pictures on a 16 GB thumb drive. I have a 1 Terabyte external and it is over half full. I only store my pictures there so what’s using up all the space? I don’t have 100,000 pics on there.

Hello Daniel! The amount of pictures you can store on a device is based on how many megapixels the pictures are saved at. If you have a good camera that is taking higher megapixel pictures, such as 12 MP or higher, you would get quite a few less pictures. But if you say you have a TB drive, and only have pictures on it, you’d still have to have a lot of pictures even at 22 MP to have it be half full, well over 10,000.

However, if your pictures are in RAW format, then they will save as a very large size. If this is the case, that hard drive will fill up much quicker. Briefly, RAW files offer the highest quality of images, allowing for easier editing and formatting. It also allows the user more control over the quality of the image. However, this format is not easy to work with and generally requires some type of third party programs to open and edit files. 

– Audra

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