Review: SanDisk Extreme Pro Thumb Drive for Travel

Can a thumb drive replace an external hard drive for travel photography?

Most laptops just don’t have enough internal storage for lots of images, especially if you want to use a fast solid state drive (SSD). I keep my Lightroom catalog on my internal drive, but all my images are stored externally. That arrangement makes it much easier to transfer my files when I get back from a photo workshop or safari.

Until recently, I’ve always used 1 or 2TB external drives. My current one is the LaCie 2TB Rugged Drive, which I like a lot. They are reliable, and come in a variety of interfaces (USB/Thunderbolt). However, even with a fast interface, most traditional hard drives are still fairly slow. That can limit the transfer rate when you’re downloading your photos or accessing them with Lightroom or Photoshop.

San Disk Extreme Pro Thumb Drive
San Disk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive

The idea of using a thumb drive (memory stick) for travel didn’t really appeal to me, other than the concept of having a small and light storage solution without the need for cables. Most memory sticks are actually quite slow, even ones that are marketed with USB 3 interfaces. However, SanDisk recently released a USB 3.1 spec solid state thumb drive that claims to have speeds that match that of regular SSDs. Considering that most of the time, I rarely capture more than 100GB of images on any given trip, I figured that a 256GB drive might just work. So I purchased one from B&H and gave it a whirl, and compared it to my other drives using the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test utility.

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Retina Macs: Setting Proper Screen Resolution in Photoshop

If you’re using one of the new iMacs or MacBooks with Retina Display for Adobe Photoshop, you may have noticed that your images look very small when selecting, View–> Print Size.  That’s because the retina display has a MUCH higher resolution than the typical CRT or LCD monitor. Most displays have a screen resolution around 72 pixels per inch (ppi), which is far less than what you get with a retina display.

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POTD: Thunder over the Rockies

The US Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team performs in Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 23, 2017.

Every May we residents of Colorado Springs get treated to a performance by the US Air Force Thunderbirds precision aerial demonstration team. I photographed them with my Nikon D500 and 300mm f/2.8 AFS G VR Nikkor lens as they passed in front of Pikes Peak.

See high-resolution images at my portfolio.