Memory Card Reality Check [IP 116]

Darin Mellor is joined by Erica Coffman, Jeff Harmon, & Nick page to talk about photography news, memory cards for photographers, our FAVORITE tools/features in Lightroom.  The four photo nerds share their Doodads of the Week to help you Improve your photography skills!

What's in this episode:

  • Compact Flash (CF) versus Secure Digital (SD) cards; which is best for photographers & why?
  • What are all of these symbols on the memory card & what do they mean?
  • Which brand or type of SD card is best for you?
  • Why it is important to have a fast card for still photographers.
  • Erica's favorite Lightroom features. – Adjustment Brushes & Star Rating system
  • Nick's favorite Lightroom tools. – Keywords & the Syncing option
  • Features in Lightroom Jeff cannot live without. – The HSL Panel & Collections
  • How Collections in Lightroom can assist you with picking your best images of the year! – Helpful when evaluating your portfolio.
  • Collections are great, but having multiple Lightroom Catalogs may not be ideal. – Find out why!

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4 thoughts on “Memory Card Reality Check [IP 116]”

  1. Your website UI hides the audio player behind he dark grey menu in narrow browser windows.

    1. Thank you for the feedback QuietQC. We will take a look into that & see what we can do. However, it looks great with a full browser window. Also, if you would like you are more than welcome to subscribe to the podcasts, using the instructions above. – It is a great way to listen to our shows on the go. Thank you for your support of the Improve Photography Podcast!

      1. It is a really wide menu. So it was three rows deep at me at my default window size, but it collapses to one row on a narrower window. And it is still 2 rows deep full screen on this 1280×1024 LCD. You might want to tweak the settings to prevent the 3 row arrangement.

        I spent some time figuring out why I couldn’t find a way to play the audio before I happened to suspect something was hidden.

  2. Most cameras don’t have any UHS support at all. UHS-I and UHS-II aren’t speed classes of cards. The former (UHS-I) is a faster bus interface clockspeed. UHS-II adds an extra row of contacts to the card and device along with the faster bus clockspeed.

    “U3” (30MB/s) and “U1” (10MB/s) are write speed classes of UHS cards. My new UHS-I U3 card could be slower in my non-UHS Sony A58 than some other non-UHS-I class 10 card.

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