You can rush your job, but you can’t rush your upload

You can rush your job, but you can’t rush your upload

Hopefully, business is wrapping up for you just in time for the holidays (or the end of the world, if you believe the Mayans), but in case you’re still rushing to finish a few jobs, keep the following in mind when submitting files.

No matter the upload method (FTP, web upload, ROES, etc.), the amount of time the transfer takes depends on two things:

  • Total file size you’re sending.  Your operating system can tell you this.
  • Your upload speed (not download speed).  Find this using a speed test site like

Once you have this info, use the table below to approximate your upload time.

Total File Size

10 MB

(about 1 image file)

500 MB

(about 50-70 files)

1 GB

(about 100-140 files)

2 GB

(about 200-280 files)

3 GB

(about 300-430 files)

10 GB

(about 1000-1430 files)



56 Kb (Dial-up)
25 min.
21 hrs
42 hrs
83 hrs
125 hrs
416 hrs
64 Kb (DSL)
22 min.
18 hrs
36.5 hrs
73 hrs
109 hrs
364 hrs
128 Kb (Cable)
10 min.
8.5 hrs
17 hrs
34 hrs
51 hrs
171 hrs
256 Kb
5 min.
4 hrs
8.5 hrs
17 hrs
26 hrs
86 hrs
1 min.
45 min.
1.5 hrs
3 hrs
4.5 hrs
14 hrs


Quick-Tip: Always turn off the power saving features on your computer when starting an upload of any significance. It’s very frustrating to come back in the morning and discover that your computer went to sleep 30 minutes after the upload began. Quick-Tip: Assuming the world doesn’t end tomorrow, you may be looking to reassess your photography for the coming 2013 season. PWD’s new ProView Critique service helps you do just that by providing useful insights into your strengths and weaknesses as a photographer.

Check out more Post-Production Tips from the pros at PWD.
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