How to buy, format, use Memory Cards | FD Photo Studio
Main +1 (323) 454-2323
530 East 8th Street; 5th Floor
Pro Stages +1 (323) 454-1314
224 East 11th Street; 2nd Floor
Art Stages +1 (213) 536-5631
1048 Santee Street; 5th Floor
Hill Stages +1 (213) 536-8030
1808 S Hill St; 2nd Floor
Olympic +1 (323) 968-1089
3316 E Olympic blvd
N.Y. +1 (844) 644-3377
4020 22nd street; 4th floor
N.Y. Astoria +1 (917) 745-0053
3613 36th avenue, 3rd floor
Chicago +1 (312) 291-9092
124 N Campbell Ave
Sign in

How to buy, format, use Memory Cards

How to buy, format, use Memory Cards -wrongron, Wrong Ron, using memory card, Tutorial, tips, sun disk, Studio Photography, shot at FD Photo Studio, rental stages, Photoshop, Photoshoot, Photography blog, photographer blog, photo gallery, paid photography, modeling, memory card, Los Angeles, History of photography, gear, gallery, formatting memory card, FD photo studio, fashion photographer, exhibits, exhibition, DTLA, buying memory card, blog
cover photo taken from Have Camera Will Travel

 

Memory cards are among the essential equipment for any photographer or videographer. They store images or videos and transfer this precious information to our computers/ main storage. Some use memory cards as a backup. It needless to say how important memory cards are for any photographer and how severe its damage or loss might be. For some it might cost precious memories, for others – working with big commercial brands – it might cause financial liability.

Here are some tips on how to choose, use and store memory cards to get the best of it.

 

 

THE BUYING

Don’t go cheap.

Going cheap and buying no-brand memory cards will dramatically increase the chance of it failing during the crucial moment of shooting. Most likely the information on that broken card will cost far more than dollars saved on card’s quality. Plus the second disappointment will be introduced – buying AGAIN the card, now more expensive one. (Lesson learned).

Go with established brands.

Tend to choose from SanDisk, Lexar, Samsung, Sony, Transcend, Kingston and PNY. These brands have already established a great deal of trust with many notorious photographers and currently dominate the market.

Buy from authorized sellers.

Nowadays you cannot trust the label placed on a physical card. The art of counterfeit perfected the deception and to validate authenticity you have to know who you are buying AND who you are buying from.  Most reliable retail websites are B&H Photo Video , Amazon and Adorama.

Please note that usually the prices do not vary extremely. It is the manufacturer who sets the price guidelines for the retail. So if the price is cut in half on some of the items, chances are it is fake.

No Refurbished Memory Cards.

The quality and a life span of any card depends on the frequency of use. The more it’s used the less it has to last. Unfortunately with refurbished or preowned cards there is no way to verify how often it was used thus undermining the goal of good investment.

Avoid large capacity memory cards.

Unless the card is used as a backup, large capacity memory might allure the photographer/videographer with the convenience of not having to change the cards often while the shoot. However the larger the file the larger the fail when the card gets damaged.

It is true that some cameras have 2 slots for cards in the body where the second one is used as a backup. In this instance it might make sense to get a larger capacity unit. So what are the sufficient sizes of the card needed?   For a regular photographer shooting RAW 32 gb should be enough to get things done. A videographer might have 64 or 128gb. It is important to note that some photography fields require a great amount of shots to be taken which might depends large capacities and this tip might be irrelevant. And it is always a good habit to shoot&backup each time, all the time.

Get a fast and reliable memory card Reader.

Again the lesson of greedy paying twice. SanDisk and other known brands offer reliable, fast and affordable choices as always.

THE FORMATTING

Some cameras like Sony create the database within each card and accumulate files for each new photo and video. In case the photo or video was moved from the card, its database file will alarm the system and initiate the search. All of it results in nothing but your headache.

Formatting is easy. It can be done right from your camera and takes a few minutes. When doing it from the computer choose “fast formatting” – it is healthier for the card and faster for you.

 

 THE USING

Keep Camera Batteries Charged!

Can happen to anybody. Happened to me once. I was shooting the 360 video of one of the stages for the entire day to capture the change in the lighting condition. That meant leaving the camera for 12+ hours without attendance. Upon finishing up I noticed that one of the camera butteries died but did not think much of it. Alas, upon popping the card to the computer I got the ERROR message on that one loooong video I was shooting. Beyond repair. So always keep your batteries charged.

Safe Eject.

 

Another killer of the card is the interruption of a  writing operation that your camera or computer performs. While reading operations are lenient to the card, writing – like shooting long exposure, copying to or modifying – will cost severe damage. In some cases due to incompatibility of the card with the camera it takes way longer to write the file on the card. Some photographers become impatient and pop it out before the operation is complete. To their disadvantage.

No From Direct Sun and Moisture

Most cards are made with plastic body which easily melts under the intense sun light or heat. The inner components’ electrical paths are also prone to break under the high temperatures. Other enemy of the card – moisture – if contaminated by minerals – can cause an electrical short. If the card was exposed to water, dry it up from the outside and inside before using.

Replace triennially.

Nothing lasts forever. While each card’s lifespan varies depending on its workload, a good period to refresh with current standards of quality would be 3-4 years.

 


by Wrong Ron

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Rent Studio

starting from
  • Lights
  • Modifiers
  • C-Stands
  • V-Flats
  • Wi-Fi
  • MUA Station
Los Angeles Any Available Studio

Clients Review

My first time here and had a ball. Great experience. Beautiful view! Perfect natural lighting and had use of equipment. Great ...

READ MORE

Really enjoy using the new studios. Great natural light and the studio is well equipped with everything I would need to shoot f...

READ MORE

Used FD Studios for first time- great experience. I forgot my triggers- no problem, I was able to borrow some. Alex was a cool g...

READ MORE

Used FD multiple times for photo shoots for Volga Verdi clothing line – the results are amazing! Great rates, convenient locatio...

READ MORE

I love FD studio. This place is like a home to me :). I use this studio a lot to shoot portraits, engagements, fashion and artwor...

READ MORE

We did shooting of our products at FDPhotostudio. Reasonable price, great service and convenient location compare to other places...

READ MORE

This was my first experience of working in a professional photo studio. To tell you the truth, I didn’t quite know how to set th...

READ MORE

First time using the studio and I must say the experience was terrific. Alex was great to work with and could not be any nicer. Th...

READ MORE

Toba was fantastic to deal with throughout. From our first call to the point when we had wrapped out - she was great. Thank you...

READ MORE

The lady at the front desk helped me with setting up the light. I had a few questions and was humble in response. Definitely comin...

READ MORE

Great staff, easy to work with and very helpful.

READ MORE

Just great location and very chill!

READ MORE

I actually haven't rented studio space here yet, but I felt like I should write a review based on the customer service I've experi...

READ MORE

I have been using FD Photo Studio for the past 6 months and the experience has been nothing short of excellent. The studios are cl...

READ MORE

Great place!

READ MORE

It's BEST place to implement any ideas for photo and video shooting. The location inspires to create unique work. Thank you guys f...

READ MORE

I had a superb experience with FD Photostudio. I had no problems reserving the studio, confirming it and shooting there! The staff...

READ MORE

Having shot at FD Photo Studio for about 5 times, I can't help but say that this place is a gem in the middle of LA. It is really ...

READ MORE

The best studio in town no doubt, lots of space plus latest equipment, strongly recommend!

READ MORE

Great place! Been there for a few times and will definitely shoot more up there!

Guys who work there are cool and the ...

READ MORE

Update, I posted some snap shots of studio C. Seriously quick snap shots but you get the idea! I would love to keep the studio as...

READ MORE

I shot here a few times and have been happy each time. The staff have been more than helpful and accommodating. Parking is easy...

READ MORE

Shot at FD Photo Studio last week and it was a pleasure shooting there. They have a full bathroom with shower for models, alien...

READ MORE

This is a straight-forward studio, and works great as that. The space is very customizable. I have shot in Studio B, and am ren...

READ MORE

This studio is so dope! Great natural lighting and really cool space. They have good portions where to get ready for hair and m...

READ MORE

Stage A has great natural light and the all white paint makes for nice high key indoor window light shots. Great for quick small-s...

READ MORE

Awesome place and very good rates. Alex is always helpful . That's my first time at the new location and it's just perfect, lar...

READ MORE

I love this place! Such an inspiring and versatile studio! Great atmosphere and amazing people working there! So friendly and h...

READ MORE

I've shot at FD Photo Studio several times. The place is huge with 3 different spacious studios. I've honestly had the best exper...

READ MORE

After seven months of doing nothing I decided to do some review of what I learned in lighting and rented the studio for a while. V...

READ MORE

Great place. the set up, the rooftop access is a wonderful plus and the rates are great.

READ MORE

Everyone was so nice working there. The płace was fantastic and price was amazing. Very happy

READ MORE

Such a great studio to shoot , Studio A is really amazing with large windows to allow in natural sun light, and enough room for...

READ MORE

Love the natural lighting. Great place to shoot. Nice friendly staff.

READ MORE

LOVE this studio! SHOOT HERE!! I ll be in to shoot tomorrow for the 2nd time this week. Grateful!

READ MORE

It was great. Wish we booked more time. Definitely coming back!

READ MORE

Very friendly! Love this studio.

READ MORE

Used the studio multiple times for various projects, mostly for my product photography. They have the mannequins, steamer and a...

READ MORE

Gorgeous space, and another WINNER WINNER headshot session! I really love bringing clients to your space

READ MORE

The staff was great. Super friendly and helpful. The space is also perfect, with plenty of natural light.

READ MORE

Wonderful customer service... Always a pleasure shooting there. No issues except I wish that
someone would be available ...

READ MORE

I shot here for the very first time yesterday. Great location, great light, great studio!!! Everything you need is there. Th...

READ MORE

Toma at FD Photo Studio worked as our photo assitant during our shoot -- she is very knowledgeable and helpful! All facilities ...

READ MORE

You can tell by the lack of space in their schedules that FD Photo Studio is starting to catch on as the go-to hourly rental. Easy...

READ MORE

We recently shot our Fall 15 Product Look Book and could not be happier or more pleased with our overall experience at FD Photo St...

READ MORE

Thanks for a great video shoot. The staff was always there and very helpful. We will be booking FD Studios again soon, THANKS!!

READ MORE

Great studio spaces and value! I chose FD Photo Studios for my shoots on my recent trip to LA from Sydney Australia. Pro Studio I...

READ MORE

This place is amazing! The staff is really helpful and the place is very clean and ready to go when you arrive. For this rate, I w...

READ MORE

Our first experience with FD Studio was pretty amazing. From the helpful, really nice staff to the space itself, for the price is ...

READ MORE

Amazing space, very helpful staff. I will always continue to bring business to this studio.

READ MORE

I am the manager of a rock band in SoCal called Real Fiction. We were in need of a location to film their music video on a tight b...

READ MORE

Love the atmosphere. Great natural lighting...plus the rates are very reasonable. A+++ all around. I will be shooting there again.

READ MORE

Love this awesome studio Art 3! Will be back for more photoshoot for my next season designs for Summer 2017. Thanks FD Studio!

READ MORE

I love shooting at FD. The staff is great and the booking system is seamless and efficient. Great space and great light if you ant...

READ MORE

Anytime I"m visiting LA, FD is always my go to. Great studio space, easy to access and friendly staff.

READ MORE

Great place I just shot at Hill St. Studio 2 today and lots of Natural light plus 3 Alien Bee Strobes. Really clean and super clos...

READ MORE

I love FD studio because of their staff and of course their bright natural lighting. I also love the wooden background for art 1 a...

READ MORE

I love shooting on several of the stages this studio has to offer. The staff all have outstanding personalities and are very helpf...

READ MORE

This was an amazing collaboration with lovely models and great photographers. I worked with this Model creating a look that compli...

READ MORE

This is my go-to studio when I shoot. I absolutely love the gorgeous sets, the lighting equipment is always in great shape and rel...

READ MORE

Awesome place! The location we filmed at worked perfectly. Victor was a blast. Super helpful and friendly. I will definitely book ...

READ MORE

We had a great experience LOVED shooting there!! Staff was fantastic as was the location. Ease of use and exactly what was pictu...

READ MORE

I've used FD Studios Several times & every time I go, I'm always leaving satisfied. Keep up with the amazing stages! I hear you ma...

READ MORE
See All Studio Reviews
No event found!
BBB Accredited rental photo studio - FD Studios SSL Certified Trusted Rental Photo Studio Logo Comodo