Carrying Along Your Pictures

When I’m traveling, I shoot gads of pictures. I now carry, like, four 1Gb cards with me so that I can just shoot and shoot and shoot. If I’m shooting a bunch of panos in a place, and if I’m gone for a long time…sometimes that’s not enough. On my recent trip to Chicago, I brought along my laptop so I could dump off photos onto my hard drive. The fact is, the advent of digital photography has allowed photographers to take vastly more pictures than they ever did before. But what if you can’t lug your laptop around? A company called Digital Foci introduced the Picture Porter portable digital photo album that allows you to load all your pics directly from your storage card. It handles all card formats including CF I/II, MD, SM,MMC, SD Card, miniSD, Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo. And can load media types including photo: JPEG, TIFF, BMP, RAW and Video: MPEG1, MPEG4, MJPEG, DivX 5.x, as well as Music: MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV. The Picture Porter comes in 20GB & 40GB models which start at $399, so it ain’t exactly cheap, but it could be a very nice solution if you take a ton of pics.