TL;DR: Use a large external hard drive for your library or, ideally, a NAS with RAID protection.
Your library’s disk space is proportional to the number of photos and videos you have in your library, and whether or not you choose to have PhotoStructure organize your photos and videos by copying them into your library.
How big are photos and videos? #
Digital photo and video file sizes vary greatly between cameras.
1 gigabyte (8 billion bits) will store:
- thousands of pictures from a digital camera from 10 years ago
- about 100 JPEGs from a recent full-frame SLR
- about 20 RAW photos from a recent full-frame SLR
- less than a minute of 4K 60 fps video
How can I minimize the disk space that PhotoStructure uses? #
The default settings are optimized for viewing your images and videos on a 4K display, but there are several ways to reduce disk consumption, at the expense of browsing speed.
Change the following library settings:
- Shut down PhotoStructure, navigate to your library, and open
.photostructure/settings.tomlin a text editor. TextEdit on Mac and Wordpad on Windows will work fine.
- If you don't need to stream videos, set the
- If you don't have a 4k display, set the
- Restart PhotoStructure
Note that these settings will only impact assets that are subsequently synced. You can “force resync” from the system tray to expedite this.
Photo by Vincent Botta