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  1. F & F2 Man's Avatar

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    I use this card,
    My Built in card reader destroys cards now, so I use Plug-in-USB reader...not worth fixing on a 3 year old laptop IMO.
    I got it for faster write times for my Camera, But, the Panasonic G3 may not utilize UHS-1 designation... The Olympus E-M5 I think does.
    Plus, I don't need fast download times.. this is a hobby, I can wait 5-10 minutes for 300 RAW images to load in Capture One 6.4 Express.
  2. TVCamera's Avatar
    Thanks - I used to go for the cheapest stick available before, but will avoid them having read your article.
  3. Browncoat's Avatar
    Using a built-in card reader is faster than downloading via the USB cable. External card readers still transfer via USB cable so it becomes a moot point with those. And yes, you will notice a significant difference with USB 3.0, which is 10x faster than USB 2.0.
    Updated 12-01-2011 at 01:21 PM by Browncoat
  4. RLPhoto's Avatar
    Anthony, thank you for this. I have a question: how about the time it takes to download pictures from your camera to your computer? I'm using class 10 SDHCs and a card reader (yes, El Cheapo card reader) connected to a USB 2.0 on a PC running Windows XP. What can I do to get this done more quickly? Is USB 3.0 the only way to go? Will it be faster if I use the USB cable? I haven't tried that, actually.
  5. Malsam's Avatar
    thks for sharing! Back in my old film shooting days, I was also considering picking up photography as a full time career. I was young and aspiring, and did ask around for a job similar to yours. Besides all those crazy schedules and work nature, what eventually stops me from going fulltime is the country I reside have limited press freedom + our pay are pathetic. I can easily get a job a few times higher paid than what I will get if I become a press photographer. Yes its more cool that way, doing what I wanted. But I guess eventually reality falls into me and now I'm seeing people sharing the experiences that I would have gone through if I would take a different path back then.
  6. Browncoat's Avatar
    No, certainly not glamorous! We shoot a lot of award presentations, speeches, and otherwise boring stuff. We do get to do fun events too from time to time, so you have to take the good with the bad.
  7. Rick M's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing your experiences Anthony, not the glamour I envisioned! Sounds like a great experience to have under your belt.
  8. Browncoat's Avatar
    Just an FYI: The Kingston memory cards are mentioned here as well. Cheap Shots is a Scott Kelby sponsored blog for photographers looking to get quality gear on the cheap.
  9. Kamper's Avatar
    I was shooting with a Photographer in Yellowstone last spring and he told me to hang to the right as the first 25% has 75% of the information. It is easier to correct after shot if your shot is hanging to the right as compared with the left of your histogram. Any thoughts. Thanks in advance, Ken
  10. jdeg's Avatar
    How about the SDXC cards? Kingston 64GB Secure Digital Extended Capacity SD10A/64GB B&H

    A little too expensive right now to be worth it, and most cameras out there can't take full advantage of them, unless you have a D7000
  11. chrismacleod's Avatar
    awesome and straight to the point
  12. jdeg's Avatar
    great write up!
  13. ezsplace's Avatar
    Thanks for the post I try to use my histogram and tend to get lost, this has been a real help.
    Updated 12-03-2010 at 02:56 PM by ezsplace
  14. jcottone45's Avatar
    I agree with Laurie Anne King, great presentation, I never understood the value of the histogram till now, now all I have to do is learn to use it to my advantage, if you don't mind I'll report back to you as to my progress, maybe next time my fireworks pics will be clearer.

    Joe Cottone
  15. Laurie Anne King's Avatar
    I am hooked! I have just joined this community today and I have already learned so much!!!
    Thanks for yet another well presented bit of information!
    Laurie Anne
  16. NikonGreg's Avatar
    My son gave my wife and me these for Christmas. Yes we do have our own Nikon's 2 D90's. They are bulky, but I do like the look and feel of having it on my D90. I do get alot of looks from the point and shoot crowd thinking that I must be a pro photographer. I also like that it comes with a AA battery holder that allows me to switch to it if my 2 batteries need recharged. You won't want to keep this on your camera all of the time, but when you are on an extended shoot, you'll be glad you have it.
    I also like having the command dials and shutter release for when I shoot vertically.
  17. GonyeaGalleries's Avatar
    Definitely a great post. I've been doing this from the beginning, and it's good to see this subject brought up again, because it does indeed prevent a lot of wasted shots. I never go by the EV number anyway. The histogram is an awesome tool!

    Also, I'd like to add a few other tips related to the histogram:

    1. Be careful when shooting pictures that have a small area that is very bright (such as white birds or boats in a shot) because you might still get a nice bell curve, but there will be a tall, narrow spike on the right that signals you have burnt-out highlights.

    2. With three- color histograms, if you clip the blue channel (blue histogram with a big right spike) and the other channels look ok, you will have a cyan (nasty!) sky on sunny days.

    3. Likewise, when shooting sunsets, red is more likely to clip with a right spike, causing ugly yellow or red sploches around the sun.

    4. If a shot looks good in the histogram(s), also check it in "highlight mode" (if your camera supports this playback option). Anything overexposed will repeatedly blink at you. I've used this to pick out washed-out areas in clouds, white birds, or boats, to name a few possibilities. Then I re-shoot down a half-stop or full stop, if necessary to capture that detail.

    5. Another thing you can do to get better histograms is to (if your camera allows it) adjust your contrast. Usually, this is a custom setting, but if you have a scene with a wide dynamic range (the range of brightnesses), you can often prevent the dilemma of having to decide whether to overexpose highlights or black-out shadows. Just lower the contrast to a minimum on bright scenes with shadows, increase the contrast on foggy or cloudy days where there are few shadows and the light is more even-toned. The goal, as Anthony said, is a nice wide curved histogram with no peaks at either end.

    I hope this info is helpful,

  18. jdeg's Avatar
    great review!
  19. M.Hinch's Avatar
    Exellent post, will help me out alot.

  20. gpaakkonen's Avatar
    Great past Anthony! I definately do keep an eye on the Histogram and it saves me countless hours in post!
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