Chris Marquardt

Episode 1122 (1:19:11)

Today's photo topic is memory cards. Which cards should you buy and do you need the fastest ones? Chris says there's no difference anymore between Compact Flash cards and SD cards performance wise. And the prices have come down. For regular everyday photography, speed doesn't really matter. Video though, a class 10 is a good speed. And they're not that expensive. Chris also treats cards like film. Once they're full, he replaces them like he replaces film. That way he's always using a new card. And then they serve as a backup once he's moved them onto the computer.

How big? Leo likes 32GB because he doesn't want to put all his eggs in one basket. Chris agrees. Larger cards don't really offer an advantage in photography. Chris also says to adopted a two second rule to wait a few seconds before pulling the card out. The camera may be still writing, even though the blue blinking LED isn't on. So just be patient.

Need to empty a card? Don't delete it, format the card. It's far better for the card and takes less time than deleting them one at a time. Leo also says he likes to shoot stills but also small six second clips as well, just to have a video log. Chris also says that if you have two slots in your camera, that you use the same kind of SD card and use one slot to backup to the second. Just in case.

Don't forget our current assignment - Layers! ! Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "Layers" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "Layers" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on our next photo segment!