Digital Camera Memory And Memory Cards

Digital Camera Memory And Memory Cards

Every digital camera uses some kind of memory that provides storing space for the images you take. We will be discussing what type of memory cards there are and how many is required as a professional photographer. The memory within a digital camera is a chip called flash memory. It contains all the information that completes a photo. Each digital camera has card slots that are used to contain cards for storage.

When you remove a memory card from a digital camera, it does not mean that you are losing all your photos. They are safely stored on the card to download on your computer. When buying a digital camera, you would probably get a card in the box to start with. It is essential that you buy more cards for extra storage space when you do professional photography. Always check your camera manual before you buy more cards to ensure that you get the right kind.

There are different kinds of memory cards that also have different storing space measured in megabytes and gigabytes. 1 gigabyte is equivalent to 1024 megabytes. So, when comparing the space on a card, note that a 1 gigabyte card has more space than a 512 megabyte card. The bigger the gigabyte indicated on the card the more space you will have to store your images on. The more gigabytes a card has, the more you will pay for one card, but you would save money if buying multiple lower gigabyte cards.

Compact Flash (CF) CardsCompact Flash (CF) Cards

The most popular cards are the compact flash as it has been around since the digital camera. It comes in capacities of up to 256 gigabytes and is available in higher performance versions with improved writing speeds when shooting high-definition videos.
These are often denoted as having a 300x or 1000x write speeds.



Secure Digital (SD) and Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)Secure Digital (SD) and Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)

The secure digital card now comes out in secure digital high-capacity that is designed to offer an increase in storage for high-resolution digital cameras. Most digital cameras can shoot high-definition videos and would require bigger storage capacities and performance.
You can get capacities of up to 128 gigabytes.

As a professional photographer, you should not only get the highest capacity cards available. My reason for saying so is that all your photos are stored on one card. If something goes wrong, you will not lose all your images. I recommend that you buy several smaller memory cards to store your images on and get a handy card carry case to safely carry your cards in your carry bag.

I recommend that you buy several smaller memory cards to store your images on and get a handy memory card carry case to safely carry your cards in your carry bag. I have prepared the following list that I would recommend buying if I was starting out as a professional photographer. (And for full disclosure, since I’m all about doing things right, almost all the links in this article pays me a commission if you use them, so please use my links and thanks for helping support this site by using them to make your purchases!)

SanDisk 16 GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash CardSanDisk 16 GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Card

It features technologies that were previously only available in the professional line of CompactFlash memory cards. It is managed by the Power Core Controller, which raises the bar for speed and performance of the product line. The advanced Error Correction Code engine improves the overall data integrity and reliability of the card during read and write. Experience RAW + JPEG continuous burst mode shooting and capture fast-action Full HD video like never before. For capturing Full HD video or that professional shot with your D-SLR or HD camcorder. Check your camera manual before you buy more memory cards to ensure that you get the right kind.

Total cost: $36

SanDisk 16 GB Extreme CompactFlash CardSanDisk 16 GB Extreme CompactFlash Card

Get exactly the shots you want with a professional-grade card. With up to 60 MB/s read/write speeds, you’ll see it takes more than a great digital SLR camera to bring your ideas to life. And with 16GB of space, you’ll have room to capture it all in RAW+JPEG, and save the editing for later. SanDisk engineered its Power CoreTM Controller to take whatever your camera’s buffer can dish out. By distributing image data across the card more rapidly and efficiently, this card delivers professional performance. Check your camera manual before you buy more memory cards to ensure that you get the right kind.

Total cost: $69

SanDisk 32 GB Extreme CompactFlash CardSanDisk 32 GB Extreme CompactFlash Card

The SanDisk 32GB Extreme CompactFlash Memory Card were designed for professionals who shoot the highest quality RAW photos and high-definition videos, and need the large storage capacities that these files demand. The SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash card comes in capacities up to 32GB so you won’t need to worry about running out of space.
Check your camera manual before you buy more memory cards to ensure that you get the right kind.

Total cost: $150

Storage and Memory Card CareECO-FUSED® Memory Card Carrying Case

This compact and convenient case provides the perfect storage solution for your precious memory cards. It contains 8 pages which can hold up to 22 memory cards and has a secure zipper closure. This case is perfect for professional and amateur photographers alike and will keep your cards together, safe, and protected.

Total cost: $7

Starting To Use Your Digital Camera

Starting To Use Your Digital Camera

A digital camera can be used in the same way as an old traditional film camera, but can also do much more than you think. I have prepared a list of the basic operations on a camera to get you started. D-SLR cameras have many functions and settings that can be adjusted to take awesome images for any type of scene. You only need to learn how to adjust your camera settings to take photos like a professional. Achieve this and you can start your professional photography business. Become a Pro by learning the basics first and then continue to more advanced settings.

Inserting The BatteriesInserting The Batteries

The first thing you need to do before using your camera is to insert the camera batteries. More than 60% of cameras have special designed battery packs that can be charged with a charger. Charging the batteries can take a few hours. But you need to ensure that they are fully charged before you use them. Some cameras use multiple power sources, such as AA batteries and a battery pack. Once you have charged the camera batteries, insert them into your camera and use the on/off switch to start using it.

Inserting Memory CardsInserting Memory Cards

There is only one way that you can insert a memory card into your camera. You find special memory card slots on your camera for them. Make sure that you read your manual on how to insert your memory card and make use of the sample images that can be located on the camera. Once you have inserted your memory card into your digital camera, you would be ready to shoot different scenes for your photography business.

Shooting ControlsShooting Controls

The “mode” dials and shutter button is the actual controls that allow you to take a photo. The former button would be the most important function on your camera as it will first focus the picture and then fire the shutter taking the image. The latter is used to set different shooting options and to play between different pictures that you took. It also sets different modes to shoot with.

Using Scene ModesUsing Scene Modes

When you select a scene mode, your camera will be set automatically for specific shooting situations that are indicated by small icons or pictures on the mode dial. Depending on your camera the icons can be displayed in the on-screen menus or both. You can expect to find modes such as, landscape, portrait, sports, still and night settings. Some digital cameras have many more than that. When you selected a mode option that you would like to use, your camera will do almost all the work for you on that type of scene.

Using MenusUsing Menus

When using menus that appear on your camera screen might be confusing at first, but you will find a step-by-step manual that will help you set your camera up. It can be different types of settings such as setting the date or choosing your camera resolution type or adjusting the brightness of the camera screen. Work through your manual slowly to set up your camera the way you want it to function on a personal level.

Built-In FlashBuilt-In Flash

The built-in flash will allow you to add extra light to a scene that is too dark to take a photo of. To use the flash, it can be automatically/manually set for a particular shot. In addition you can use the flash to fill shadows and it will help to prevent unwanted silhouettes if a background is dark.

Video and Audio Functions

Most cameras have an option to capture a video with audio included. They do vary from low-resolution movies for the use on the Internet while many other cameras can shoot in high-definition. Using the video mode, will allow you to shoot clips from a few minutes or until you have used up all the memory on your memory card. Capturing audio can be used to add comments to your photos.

Connecting To A Personal Computer Or TelevisionConnecting To A Personal Computer Or Television

When buying a digital camera, you will also receive connection cables required to connect to a television or personal computer. When you connect to a television, you will be able to view your images and videos taken on the screen directly. When you connect to a personal computer, you will be able to download your images and videos from you camera and burn a CD or edit them as you need to.


Marquee Wedding

Marquee Wedding Tips To Consider Before Hiring

Marquee Wedding Lights

A marquee wedding would be a great option if you want your wedding reception in your own garden or that of a willing parent or friend. It can be a magnificent structure that transforms a small area into a wonderful marquee wedding venue. They can be cooled in the summer and heated in the winter. Marquees can be constructed against buildings, in and around gardens, with dramatic roof linings, window walls, level floors and transparent ceilings.

They can become expensive to hire due to optional extras such as, heating, linings, lighting and flooring. If you are considering a marquee wedding held at home and you have had any experience of organizing and planning a wedding, then you will know that there a multitude of things that need sorting out. It would mean that you would need to assemble a team from scratch that includes catering with a temporary kitchen, linen, furniture, cutlery, decorations and flowers, facilities for alcohol, washrooms and parking close by. All this needs to be held together – who could be you!

It would be worth it if you could get it right. Nothing can be put in place unless the marquee is fully installed for your marquee wedding. Hire enough people to avoid doing everything yourself on the day. Safety is of high importance, so ensure that the people you hire is a company that has certification that meets the standards of quality and safety. Not everybody has the spending power of wealthy superstars who may have high end marquees for a wedding party. So, exactly what can you do to enable you to get the best value on your marquee hire price?

Marquee Wedding

Marquee Wedding Checklist

  • Obtain at least 3 quotes.
  • To accommodate your guests, determine the size of marquee you will need.
  • What does the price include?
  • What flooring types are available?
  • What is the marquee color and does it come with linings?
  • Can side doors and windows be opened and closed?
  • Is lighting, heating and cooling required?
  • Is a mobile washroom required?
  • Can a generator be provided if additional electricity is needed?
  • Can tables, chairs and linen be hired as additional options?
  • When would the balance be due is is a deposit required?
  • When will the marquee be put up?
  • When will the marquee be taken down?

A marquee wedding are fast becoming the choice of couples getting married today. If you are one of these couples, you should know that aside from choosing a good wedding marquee hire, there are also various choices of wedding marquees. Wedding marquees are available in different styles, shapes and sizes. In my opinion the pros of having a marquee outweigh the cons by a long way, for example marquees can be erected pretty much anywhere as long as the ground allows it.

There are many benefits of hiring a marquee for an outdoor wedding or reception party. The main benefit is that a marquee provides a stylish canopy which gives shelter from unpredictable weather conditions, such as strong winds, sunshine and rainfall.

Wedding Venues

Wedding Venues – Tips to Choosing a Great Venue

Are you looking for wedding venues that can hold your ceremony and reception in one place or do you require separate venues? If you require separate venues, search for a reception venue within a 30 minute drive from the ceremony. You can search local authority websites that has an approved license to hold marriage ceremonies.

Get as much information as you can from your list of wedding venues before visiting them and only visit the venues that is within your budget. See them during the time of day you’ll be using them. If the venue is out of your price range and you have set your heart upon it, consider an out-of-season wedding. Perhaps you could reduce the costs by having a different wedding style for example.

Before booking wedding venues for religious or civil ceremonies where a registrar presence is required, contact your local register office to ensure someone is available on your date.

10 Wedding Venues Search Tips

Wedding Venues 2

  1. Do you require easy access to public transport?
  2. How many guests will be coming to the ceremony?
  3. How many guests will be at the reception?
  4. If at separate locations, how far is the ceremony from the reception?
  5. At the reception, is there a wedding coordinator available?
  6. Do you require a wedding venue with separate areas for the ceremony and reception?
  7. What format should the wedding breakfast be (buffet or sit down)?
  8. Will there be additional evening guests?
  9. On your wedding night. Will you stay over at the reception venue?
  10. For out-of-town guests. Is accommodation available for them at the venue?

Ceremony Wedding Venues Checklist

Wedding Venues 5

  • If the ceremony and reception are held in the same room, where will your guests go while the room is prepared for the reception?
  • How long will your ceremony be?
  • Is confetti throwing allowed at the wedding venues?
  • Is candles allowed to be lit?
  • Is there available parking?
  • Is the wedding venues easily accessible by public transport?
  • Where can you take photographs with your wedding photography packages?

Reception Wedding Venues Checklist

Wedding Venues 10

  • Is there a facility fee?
  • Can you hire your own catering, or is there in-house catering available?
  • Are meals calculated per head and what is included in the package?
  • Will a service charge be added to the final bill and does the price include VAT?
  • When will full payment be required and how much is the deposit?
  • Is there a minimum spend amount?
  • Can you request a free of charge menu tasting?
  • How much will an additional evening buffet cost per head at the wedding venues?
  • Are furniture, glassware and linens included in the price?
  • Is a honeymoon suite included in the wedding venues package?
  • If there’s any accommodation available for wedding guests, is it discounted?
  • If no accommodation is available for wedding guests, is there any close by?
  • Where can the bride get ready and will there be any cost for that?
  • Does the wedding venues have a license to sell alcohol?
  • Is there a dance floor available for entertainment?
  • Is live music allowed?
  • What time must the reception finish?
  • Are there any special areas for wedding photography?
  • Are there any wet weather alternatives?
  • Is there any parking available?
  • Can they provide you with a list of recommended suppliers?
  • Can gifts be stored in a safe area at the wedding venues?
  • Will your wedding be the only wedding taking place?

Wedding Budgeting

Wedding Budgeting & The Big 5

Wedding Budgeting

How much money you spend is not measured on celebrating your commitment to one another. Weddings are not about the pounds and pennies, it’s about the people. Always keep tat in mind! Wedding budgeting is one of the most important and usually the most difficult tasks there is in wedding planning.

Try to see if there is any family or friends willing to contribute to your day as soon as you can. In most cases, parents often provide a couple with cash or would offer to pay for a particular part of the wedding. If there is anyone making a large contribution, they might also want a say on decisions made.

Take your wedding budgeting financial responsibility over unless someone advises you otherwise. Make a decision who would pay for bridesmaids outfits and what the costs would be for hiring menswear. Unless they offer or you ask, the bridal party is likely to let you foot the bill.

Wedding Budgeting Breakdown

  • 50% Wedding Reception (Food and Drinks included)
  • 15% Wedding Outfits
  • 10% Flowers
  • 10% Photography
  • 5% Entertainment
  • 10% Everything Else (Gifts, Stationary etc.)

The Big 5

The Big 5

There are five key elements that needs to be considered before you can even begin with your wedding planning. We call them the “Big 5.” It is crucial to use these five points when you have meetings with everyone involved. These points would be your ideal road map and would even help you on your wedding budgeting.

  • How? Will you have a religious or civil ceremony?
  • Where? Where would you like to be married?
  • When? Be flexible on your wedding date to have more options available.
  • Who? Who will be invited to your big day?
  • Budget? How much are you willing to spend with your wedding budgeting campaign?

Wedding Budgeting Tips

  1. Stick to your set budget and allow only a 10% contingency for overspending.
  2. Create a wedding account with your bank.
  3. Allocate funds accordingly, for example, flowers being more important than champagne.
  4. When overspending in a certain area, take it back from another.
  5. 50% of your wedding budgeting should go to your wedding reception that includes the food and drinks.
  6. Hire rather than buy expensive items and borrow if necessary.
  7. Ask every supplier if they offered you their best prices.
  8. Check all quotes if they include Vat and read the small print.
  9. Plan ahead and shop during post Christmas times.
  10. Do not spend to alleviate pre-wedding nerves.

Wedding Planning

10 Tips To Successful Wedding Planning

Top ten tips that you can use towards your wedding planning campaign.

Spectacular flowers and fantastic food will compliment and contribute the “wow” factor to any wedding planning day, but the thing being enjoyed the most during the celebrations are the people. All you do is create the perfect backdrop. Weddings from large to small, requires many hours of wedding planning. The main key is to keep a sense of portion and staying organized. Resist the overall temptation to get carried away while exploring the details before making some key decisions. You could waste a lot of time if you don’t follow this advise and you could tie yourselves into things you do not eventually want or cannot afford.  That would restrict your options at a later time. Remember, there is no right or wrong in wedding planning, just find the way that works for you.

Wedding Planning1. The key to successful and stress-free wedding planning is being organized. Invest in some good and solid wedding checklists that you can use to survive and thrive as a bride.

2. Don’t waste too much time on the detail of your wedding by getting carried away until you have put in place some key elements: how much you can spend and when and where you’ll be married.

3. Present a united front to your families and create your day together. If your family are contributing financially, leave some room for their input.

4. Be sensitive to the expectation and desires of each other and your families when you are drawing up your guest list. Listen and respect the point of view of others. Prepare yourself to compromise and negotiate in your wedding planning effort.

5. Behind every gorgeous groom and blooming bride is a efficient and fabulous team, so delegate what you can to friends and family who have skills in areas you need help with.

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6. Have a reliable chief bridesmaid and best man. If your closest friends are not competent and/or reliable, give them something else to do!

7. Do not hire anything or anyone until you have seen their wares and samples. Before signing a contract, get every detail in writing and ask: “Is this your best price?”

8. Keep calm, cool and collected – especially with your dearest and nearest. Don’t alienate anyone you’ll need later on in your wedding planning.

9. Have wedding-free evenings with your hubby and wedding-free zones in your home. You will then remember why you are getting married!

10. Consider yourself as a bride on a budget by planning only for the type of wedding that you can afford. Always shop in mind by accepting what you’ve got to spend.  Create your perfect wedding and not that of a premier league footballer’s dream.