Photography Tip 4

August 17, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland.

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This photography tip is about managing storage cards for your camera.

The most common type of storage card used by most cameras is the SD card (SD stands for secure digital) and all my cameras use these cards. The photo below is a typical SD card that I use.

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A couple of my cameras have dual card slots which house an SD card and also a CF card (CF stands for compact flash). There are also a couple of other types of cards. I'm not going to go into all the types and speeds of cards here but what I will say is that its best to use a reputable brand (I use Sandisk) and purchase as fast a card as you can afford. With the method I explain below you don't really need a huge size with your card/s as it's more about managing the cards properly.

The main reason card management is important is so that we don't lose any precious photos from failed or corrupt cards. While this does happen from time to time, it's rare if you manage your cards correctly. The process is really quite easy and should be a regular part of your photography workflow. Basically it's shoot, download, backup, format, repeat. So you shoot some photos, download them to your computer, ensure you have backup copies in place on say a couple of external hard drives or your computer and an external hard drive, then put the card back in your camera and use the format function in your camera menu to format your card which will delete all your photos and give you a clean slate on your card ready for your next shoot.

Cards that are at risk of failure/corruption are ones that are full of photos and/or never get formatted regularly. It's also important to not remove or insert your card in your camera with the camera power on, this can corrupt cards also.

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions here or send me a message or email.

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 


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