OTHER PREPARATIONS FOR GETTING THERE
(ALL THE SUPPORT ITEMS YOU MAY NEED FOR YOUR TRIP)
Photography's transformation from film to digital also brings a
change of habits. No longer do you need to search for just the right film and have to deal with the extra bulk,
temperature sensitivity, and expirations that film had.
Instead, you will shop for memory that comes with different
record speeds and, of course, overall capacity. Will you be taking many pictures in rapid succession like on a
safari or sporting event, where you need to spend more on faster cards?
How about capacity? Since memory cards are so small and easy
to lose, is it better to get large capacity cards to reduce the number of cards you have to keep track of, or do
you spread the "risk" around by not having too many shots on any one card?
Better yet, why not periodically download your photos to an online
backup service so you don't have to worry about losing ANY cards!
MEMORY CARDS / BACKUP
While they are so much more convenient than dealing with film, here are a few tips in
dealing with them.
In a pinch, a ziploc bag can serve to hold your memory cards or, for something sturdier and
A large bag is a good way to keep all accessories to your camera together; keeping the
manual with them is even better because you will be consulting that manual often.
Have a surplus - It never hurts to have too much
memory with you, especially when overseas where it is much more expensive, if you can find it (especially
in remote areas). Save yourself a headache by investing in several more cards than you expect to need; you
will always use them and don't have to worry about them expiring, like film.
For the point-and-shoot digital cameras that use SD cards:
(remember, more is always better)
Compact Flash memory for a digital SLR:
Digital Camera Memory Cards at Amazon
Downloading Image Files
Speaking of accessories, a hint regarding the downloading of
your image files to your computer: I learned at a recent Nikon School that it is best to get a high speed
card reader to download your photos directly from memory card to computer rather than from your camera to
computer. Apparently, if your download should get interrupted, like from a low camera battery, the interruption
of the download could harm your memory card. (Nikon School is a great 1-2 day investment in photographic
Backup Storage Drives
Portable Hard Drive
- Most Popular
"Another great invention from SanDisk, the microSD is about a quarter of
the size of an SD card and is the newest standard of SD flash memory specifically designed for use with
ultra-small mobile phones and other devices. Like the miniSD, the microSD is ideal for use in storing
media-rich files such as music, videos, and photographs in compatible mobile phones" (from Buy.com):
Online Backup Services:
Online Backup Software
A valuable service for serious photographers who need:
additional memory - ran out of memory cards for their camera and are in a part of
the world where new cards are either too expensive or not available or
backup capability - and don't have a way to back up valuable images in case of
loss of memory cards or simply for peace of mind as cheap 'insurance'.
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