When Good Memory Cards Go Bad


Never underestimate the importance of using the best possible—highest speed—memory card for your photography. High-speed memory cards are designed to perform faster, which means the camera can write to the card faster, which in turn means the above error at left (from a recent shoot) would not have occurred. The X that you see on a card represents its transfer rate and 1x means the card can perform data transfer at 150 Kilobytes (KB) per second. This is important to know because it lets you match the capabilities of your camera to the memory card.

Capacity and workflow are two benefits of a high-speed memory card. Not only are you able to increase the number of photos you make but you can improve the speed in which you take them. A high-speed card is important if you’re photographing a fast-paced sporting event, fast moving model like Pamela Simpson (above) or an important occasion such as a shoot for an upcoming magazine article that the above was made for. High-speed memory cards make a difference in post-production work too.

Reliability is the most critical component for any memory card—you can say that again. And a high-quality, high-speed memory card ensures you won’t lose any images or parts of images. Besides enhancing in-camera functions and greatly reduced transfer time, you get the extra enhancements of security and memory features that make selecting a high-speed memory card an easy choice and one I’ve learned albeit a bit too late.

PS: So how did I make the image at right? It is a composite of sections of five additional image files, that when added to the original half-photograph, created a more or less finished image. I’ll explain how I did it in an upcoming post.

Author: Joe Farace

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