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Photography 101

Lesson 49 of 55

5 Tips on Memory Cards


Photography 101

Lesson 49 of 55

5 Tips on Memory Cards


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5 Tips on Memory Cards

Five tips on memory cards we talked about this earlier we covered things like making sure that you were buying reputable cards we flex our sanders okay and buying it from reputable places as well reputable that's another hard work you know one thing that's really easy to do with the reputable thing he told you yeah okay so get him from repeat will dealers but also if you purchased them in retail packaging helps because they're sealed reed help acting right don't push them in like the open easy kind of packaging because then it's well you never know what you're getting right what about speed speed? Definitely yes, speed is huge especially if you are shooting fast action for shooting sports if they're shooting live action events whatever we're doing if we're planning on shooting say raw and we want to shoot five, six, seven images per second for, say, ten seconds or whatever amount of period we want well, you need to get faster cards and this is one of the big factors is going to affect ...

the overall cost of a card so I can tell that actually I'm gonna open up my little think tank here and I'm gonna bust out of cf cards and you'll see right on there it says this one is sixty megabytes per second so this is a sand is this extreme this is rated for sixty megabytes per second of a right time this I have here another extreme. This is ah, sandisk sd card is a thirty two gig. And this one's only forty five it's a class ten card, forty five megabytes per second. Okay, so what that basically means is that this one can write forty five megabytes per second. This one is sixty megabytes per second. So if we're shooting at a rate that's creating mohr images than sixteen megabytes per second. Well, it's going to basically causing it basically backs up the buffer. There's a delay, there's a delay. So once the buffer fills up, it has to pause, as is transferring images over to the memory card so you might miss some shots. You could miss him shot. So if you are shooting action events than what do we need to look for a much faster rate? So maybe where we at these days? Ninety. I mean, you got a pretty high, like, ninety hundred hundred plus. I mean, they have now that we're able to do like, ultra hd and stuff with these cameras, like four k, they have sd cards that I think are approaching with one fifty plus, but they get very, very expensive that's the only downside to it, so you kind of wanna gauge exactly what you need it for. So hold on pie just this is another one of those if the newest speed comes out don't just jump on it because it's there just make sure that you really do need it if you're not shooting in high speed and it's really not holding you back maybe it's not time to upgrade yet because it can get expensive absolutely and you know with memory cards oftentimes get forced to upgrade is based on cameras like cameras for longest time we're on lease e f right now like almost all these cameras are basically all sd will have the higher end pro cameras will be using both cf plus sd cards but yeah it's not something that you need to just right especially if you've got a great lesson you'll go around all right, so next I want to say systematize the way that you shoot now I pulled us out of the camera for a simple purpose when I pull my my cards out of the camera I do not just set them down when I said I don't like this well, what happens? Well if it gets confusing well especially the whole label, anything you don't know which one of these air filled up exactly right? They all look identical and I don't know what's got images also becomes a really big workflow hassle so generally want to take a nesting card directly at the camera if I've shot on it it goes into my this is a think tank pixel pocket rocket. Okay, so this is a card wallet that pretty much everybody uses. So when I've shot on it, it goes in upside down, so I put it with this little well, I number my cards too, so it goes upside down just like this and my slot that way I can see that has been used otherwise if it hasn't been used, I just leave it right side up so it just shows the extreme but let's, talk about labeling real quick so you should label your cards. You should put your names on it because everybody's card looks the same, you should probably number it to help you figure out. You know what sequence you're shooting at and you should date it with games that you started labels and pie put his phone number on it keeps him in on this for a good time. Call me. I'm just kidding. If you find my cards, call me. I really don't have fun. Ok? We're moving on to tip them before tip number four put that away remember for what is the number for back up back up, you say that again, back casing, it needs to be a song for backing up that doesn't need to back up their memory cards back them up always and generally what we do is when we get done with the shoot I know you and your studio you do things the similarly, but I'm not the exact same as what we do is we take our memory cards, we dump them onto a local computer and then it goes on to a server which is has redundant backups ok? So before we clear the memory cards, it's backed up in three different locations in case just in case, right and actually for our case, one of them is on the cloud just even safer. So now tip number five what happens when something goes wrong with the cards? Okay, in case something goes wrong with your cards well let's say you papa camera in or a well let's just do this I'm going to take that card that I didn't look that it was flipped upside down, I just took it popped it into my camera and I went into the menu and I accidentally format it. Okay, well, in that situation, all is not lost. Okay? Generally, when you format your memory card, what happens is the camera just preps the file system, ok, so it hasn't actually cleared everything it just is essentially preparing it to be written so so long as you don't start shooting again, you can actually recover all the images even if let's say you happen to throw your card in the washer and dryer and it goes around to those in your pocket, you've done big eye on all is not lost. Yes, generally you can still recover images if the card's been damaged or are so forth, it can still typically at least a lot of the images can be recovered. What you want to do is go and get an image recovery software. Generally the sandy ones I believe they come with their own likes. They have their sandisk's recovery program. Lexar has their own there's also professional applications that you could buy that do a better job of it, but generally that the factory software does a good job of recovering data, so if you format it or damage or anything goes wrong, don't throw the card out, try to recover it first. It is possible many cases, and particularly with cf card. I don't know how long have you shot on cf cards? I try to recycle my cf cards at least every two years. I have some that are even three years old, but then those air, like lower in my work flow, okay, so that's it when it comes to memory cars, I think we're done here, right? Yep, moving on let's, move on.

Class Description

Learn how to create, edit, and share stunning digital images.

To a photography beginner, the gleaming complexity of a new camera seems to demand an arsenal of expensive equipment and a long legacy of training. This is a common misconception – beautiful, professional-grade shots are within reach to any with a mastery of the basic mechanics of photography.

Join Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge for a thorough, practical exploration of the fundamentals. Photography 101 teaches you how to use standard, inexpensive equipment to:

  • Explore the inner mechanical workings of your camera
  • Learn how to recognize good light and modify it to your needs
  • Make the elements of manual mode - aperture, shutter speed and ISO - work for you
Take advantage of the flexibility and control offered by your camera’s manual mode by shadowing Pye on 5 days of shooting at 8 different locations. You’ll learn how to capture both crisp action shots of moving subjects and classic portraiture with posed models. You’ll also gain a sense of what makes a great photograph, and how to mix professional staging with candid, humanizing moments.

You will walk away from Photography 101 with SLR Lounge's Pye Jirsa as a better photographer, and you’ll have the creative and practical skills to create, edit, and share stunning digital images; all with no more gear than you started with. 


  1. Introduction
  2. The Camera is Simply a Tool
  3. How Does a Camera Work?
  4. How to Adjust Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
  5. Exposure Triangle
  6. What is a Stop of Light
  7. Reading Exposure Via the Histogram
  8. Blown Highlights or Clipped Details
  9. White Balance & Color Temperature
  10. No Such Thing as the Correct Exposure
  11. How To Measure or Meter Light
  12. 8 Key Points to Understanding ISO and Image Quality
  13. Understanding the 3 Primary Metering Methods
  14. How to Get Perfect Exposures in One Shot
  15. Equivalent Exposure but Different Images
  16. Compensating for Light and Dark Scenes
  17. Starting with Automated Modes
  18. Auto Mode and Flash-Off Mode
  19. Portrait Mode on a Fashion Shoot
  20. Landscape Mode on the Beach
  21. Sports or Action Mode
  22. Macro Mode with Food Photography
  23. Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography
  24. In-Camera Processing
  25. A Glimpse into RAW Processing
  26. 15 Tips When You’re Having Trouble Focusing
  27. 3 Primary Types of Autofocus
  28. Single Shot with Portrait Session
  29. Single Shot with Action Shots
  30. AI Servo with Action Shots
  31. Focus Recomposing vs. AF Point Selection
  32. Shutter Speed and the Reciprocal Rule
  33. How to Hold a Camera and Panning Tutorial
  34. What Makes a Great Photograph?
  35. How to Capture Candid Moments
  36. How to Find the Right Light Direction
  37. 5 Basic Compositional Theories
  38. The Power of Cropping
  39. Color Schemes
  40. Diving into the Narrative
  41. If It’s Not Working With, It’s Probably Working Against
  42. More About Your Camera and Lenses
  43. Understanding Megapixels
  44. Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras
  45. Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras Demonstration
  46. Prime vs. Zoom Lens
  47. How the Lens Affects Composition
  48. Dynamic Range and RAW vs. JPEG
  49. 5 Tips on Memory Cards
  50. 10 Tips on Buying Gear
  51. Conclusion
  52. The Good Karma Jar
  53. Posing and Action Shots with Female Model
  54. Posing and Lighting with Female Model
  55. Posing and Lighting Couples Portraits



I watched this class "live" and was simply amazed at the amount of information Pye covered. Yes, he talks a little fast, and since I was streaming the class I couldn't stop it to review anything, but this guy really knows his stuff and explains it very well so I absorbed quite a bit. Bye is enthusiastic, clearly enjoys his craft, and delivers excellent information to students in a light heartedI and fun way. I think some reviewers are a bit harsh about his humor. Lighten up, people! His examples and the additional information his co-host provides are very worthwhile and you can tell the course was well thought out. I plan to buy the class to help me get back into DSLR photography.


I really enjoyed this class. I am not a beginner, but there were still things I learned here that I found helpful. I really enjoy learning from Pye. He is quick, gets to the point and doesn't spend a lot of time going over and over the same point. There is a wide variety of things that he covers, so really something for everyone. I would recommend purchasing this class if you want to understand your camera better, improve your technique and start taking better photos.

Joy Bobrink

I have tried to learn photography myself via the internet / YouTube but always felt like I was missing something in my foundation. Sure I can zero out my meter...but why? How do I know the settings I've selected are the correct ones? I've been circling this drain for a year until this course. WOW! Pye has SO MUCH information in every video. He doesn't just stand in a classroom and talk, he's out in the field actually putting his settings into his camera, talking about why and why not and then shooting. He's hands on the entire course. You don't just hear him, you see exactly what he's doing! I'm a visual / listening learner and this is my eureka moment! Thank you Pye! Watching the Exposure video and how you changed the settings yet maintained the exact same exposure was mind blowing. Awesome course! I would recommend this to anyone new to photography or anyone that feels like they don't have all the info.