Digital photography is the cleanest, most efficient, and litter-free form of photography on the planet. An added bonus to the cleanliness of digital photography, it is the the ability to easily share, edit, and store thousands upon thousands of pictures, but what happens when you reach the end of a thousand pictures? Well, the answer is simple, you just add more memory.
The first step to upgrading you digital camera's memory is to find out what kind of digital memory it uses. Most common camera memories are either SD or microSD, other formats are SmartMedia, xD-PictureCard, MMC card, and CF-I. The easiest way to figure out which card you have is simply look at the card that came with your camera, and just buy a similar one.
Once you've figured out the type of memory card you have and need to buy, it's time to decide how much memory you want your new one to have. Most good quality digital camera have five to eight megapixel lenses, so it is recommended you consider buying a 2 to 4 GB camera memory card. The basic rule of thumb is. the more megapixels your camera has the more GB's you'll need.
Remember the amount of pictures you can take varies depending on the type of pictures you are shooting. If you're shooting JPEGs you'll be able to take more pictures at a lower quality, if you are taking RAW pictures you'll have less pictures but at higher level of quality.
Once you've figured out the type, memory capacity and price of your digital camera's memory card, it's time to stick it n the camera. Find the entry slot and enter the card label up, this might be different on other cameras, so check your manual for proper instructions on how to insert a memory card. Once you've inserted the memory card, you will need to determine how many shots you have left, start by taking a picture, give it a few seconds to process and your LCD screen should show you how many shots you have left.
The next step is to format your memory card, format it inside the camera, not on a laptop or smartphone or card converter. Formatting you card will insure that it works smoothly, takes pictures quickly and formats the pictures themselves correctly. Correctly formatting you camera's memory card also reduces the chances of it becoming corrupt or damaging itself.
Another thing to remember is to keep a back up card if you're going to be taking pictures at a wedding, birthday, camping trip or barbecue. Depending on how many pictures you think you'll have to take it's best to keep three to five back up memory cards.
The final step is removing the card, as carelessly removing your camera memory card can damage the card and delete all your images.
Most cameras have safety eject buttons or icons on the LCD display. First select safety eject, then turn off the camera, open the slot hatch if there is one and gently remove the camera. Always follow this procedure carefully, as failing to follow these instruction can damage you memory card very easily, and you'll end up losing all your pictures.
Always keep your memory card warranty, it'll come in handy. Buy a memory card holder, it will help keep you cards safe from scratches.
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