The Fastest Memory Cards Money Can Buy

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This is another article from B&H Photo Video superstore. It’s the third time that they have explained the difference between the various memory cards used in our digital cameras.

One item you should remember is what the different speed indicators mean. Because one refers to the short burst speed of the memory card and the other refers to the continuous read/write speed of the card. If you are using your camera to create movies then the continuous read/write speed is the important specification.

Here’s the link: The Fastest Memory Cards Money Can Buy

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What Do All The Letters And Numbers Mean?

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B&H Camera and Video has explained these numbers and letters in the past but it is always good to get a different point of view so here is another explanation of all the printed gook on our camera’s memory cards.

The Numbers on Your Memory Card Explained

Really Big Download

Really Big Download

That’s right it’s over a Two GigaByte download for the new Windows 10. I have no idea how long that will take with my DSL going full blast. And that’s not that fast.

Personally I’m going to wait a while. If you have downloaded Windows 10 already let us know how it went.

Memory Cards – What Do All The Numbers & Letters Mean

TS_MEMORY-CARDSMystery solved. I’ve always wanted to know what all the numbers and letters meant on the face of SD and other memory cards. Thanks to B&H Photo Video I now have a much better appreciation of what I’ve already purchased and, of course, what I need to know for future purchases.

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April 2014 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

GPS Embedded With My Tracks and GeoTag Photos Pro

GPS Embedded With My Tracks and GeoTag Photos Pro

SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We had 8 members at the meeting.

Video For The Day

Showed a short video that explains where the term ISO was derived. Interesting stuff. The photographer, Nick Carver, that explained ISO is local. He has an office/classroom in Tustin, CA. http://www.nickcarverphotography.com/.

Geotagging Your Photos

Many of us have digital cameras that have no GPS built-in but we still want to have GPS data embedded into our digital photos.

Today we had a demonstration of two GPS tracking apps for the Android.

My Tracks

The first is a free app from Google called My Tracks. My Tracks is a general use GPS tracker. Take it on walks and you can keep track of how far you walked, total time of the walk, how fast, the calories consumed. You can view your walk overlaid on Google maps. For photographers you can upload a GPX file that can be used to embed GPS data into your photos. Because the GPX file type is not the default for My Tracks you need to select Export from the menu and then to make it easier for the photographer use the Share option and send the file to yourself. Once that was figured out the app became very useful. It has a simple interface and is easy to use. It’s a recommend.

Geotag Photos Pro

The second program that was shown is called GeoTag Photos Pro. The app works with both Apple and Andriod tablets. The app cost $3.99 when purchased through the Google Play store. Unlike My Tracks GeoTag Photos Pro is strickly for photographers. Once you’re through with your picture taking just stop the app. Then upload the GPX file. It will send a GPX file to the email address you specified during setup.

While preparing this report I went searching for Windows desktop apps that could be used to embed GPS data into photos and avoid using Adobe Lightroom. I found a couple Windows apps that worked and I will report on these apps in a future post. What I did find was the web site for GeoTag Photos Pro. It’s: http://www.geotagphotos.net/. I mention this because they have a Windows and Apple desktop apps that you can use to embed your GPS data from the GPX file you created on your iPhone or Android device. All you need to do is log-in using the Username and Password you created when you first setup the app on your tablet. You don’t even need the GPX file you sent to yourself because they KEEP a copy at their site and use it to embed the GPS data into your photos. All I can say is that it’s easy to use but I think their desktop app works only with JPG files. Haven’t tested with other image formats.

Geotag Photos Pro is easy to use with a simple interface. It’s a recommend.

Note: We paid $3.99 for the Pro version but at the web site it states the cost at $4.99.

Note 09 April 2014: Found a list of supported file types at the Geotag Photos Pro web site. Geotag Photos Pro supports the following file formats: jpg, nef, cr2, crw, dcr, ciff, erf, orf, k25, kdc, mef, mrw, nrw, pef, raf, tif, tiff, raw, arw, rw2, srf, sr2, srw, x3f, dng.

They do support RAW camera formats. Desktop Geotag Photos Pro supports more than 40 RAW files formats, including most common NEF, CRW, CR2, RAW, RW2 and so on.

New Method For Cleaning Your Camera’s Sensor

Showed a youtube video that demonstrated the use of the Sensor Gel Stick. If you are interested then do a search a youtube for: How To Clean A DSLR Sensor: Sensor Gel Stick. You can also go to the web site: http://photographylife.com/product/sensor-gel-stick.

The SIG Blog. I have a link, on the sidebar of the blog, to a youtube playlist for videos I recommend to the SIG members. One of those videos is the above mentioned. Nick Caver videos are also listed. I recommend them.

May Meeting

I will continue to show one or two youtube videos at the beginning of the meeting.

I will demonstrate the additional features I discovered for Geotag Photos Pro.

PS: You have any ideas?

Standard Stuff That Is Always In This Report

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

Check out the SIG BLog for other information and maybe info on what we will discuss at the next meeting.

As always we will answer any and all questions.

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

See you at the next meeting.

Where the Pictures From The Main Meeting Go To Die

Note: I am using a new Web location for the photos I take at the meeting. I now upload the photos I take to Microsoft OneDrive and Flickr. A link will be put here every month to the folder location with the current month’s photos.

OneDrive Photos for the April 2014 Club Meeting: http://1drv.ms/1oHA3UO
Flickr Photos for April 2014 Club Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/lpcogsu

SIG BLog: https://nocccbgphotosig.wordpress.com/

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

Tidbits For December 2013

Haven’t done this for a couple of months but here we go again. This is something I started back in May. I will do one a month but with a twist. I’ll continue to add tidbits to this one page for the entire month.

Helpful Guide To Buying a Digital Camera

How To Chose A Digital Camera: B&H Photo Video is one of the best sites for photography on web. They just put up this little gem of a page on choosing a digital camera.

My suggestion is to start at this page and then go forth and buy.

 

November Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We had 8 members at the meeting.

Shutterfly

The holidays are upon us and we all need holiday cards and gifts such as calendars. Shutterfly provides us with a way to send out photos of the family, as calendars and cards, especially those that aren’t confident with the computer.

For this meeting I brought in two examples of Shutterfly products and demonstrated how to create holiday cards.

Calendars are a specialty of Shutterfly. I show a 12-month calendar and a one-year poster calendar.

Everything on Shutterfly starts with the picture. Once the pictures are uploaded to Shutterfly you then create your card, calendar, etc using Shutterfly templates.

The two calendars I created for the meeting arrived in less than a week.

We discovered that the 12-month calendar had one picture that was not printed properly. So Monday morning I got on the Shutterfly web site and used the Customer Service links to report the problem with the calendar. The customer service links are at the bottom of the page. Once I figured out how to send in a report it took another two days of back and forth messaging before they provided me with a procedure to get a replacement calendar. Even though they put a RUSH on the order it took the same number of days to get the replacement as it did to get the original calendar.

I was not required to send back the bad calendar.

Sending Photos Via E-Mail

Even though we talked about sending pictures through e-mail I’m again putting it in the minutes because of the holidays coming up, especially Thanksgiving.

One member has been having problems sending photos via email. Suggested they ZIP all the photos into one file and send them via Adobe’s SendNow. Some e-mail providers the size of attachments to e-mail and others limit the number of attachments to an e-mail. Some even do both.

By using SendNow you by pass both of these restrictions. Your photos are sent via SendNow and held until the recipient downloads them.

December Meeting

Not sure at this time what we will be talking about in the December meeting. Maybe something to do with Christmas.

I still want to do a ‘Walk About.’ Didn’t I say that last month? Bring your camera and we’ll walk about and see what kind of picture taking problems we can find and maybe answer.

If you have specific picture taking problems then bring your camera and just maybe we can solve your problem.

Standard Stuff That Is Always In This Report

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

Check out the SIG BLog for other information and maybe info on what we will discuss at the next meeting.

As always we will answer any and all questions.

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

See you at the next meeting.

Note: I am using a new Web location for the photos I take at the meeting. I now upload the photos I take to Microsoft SkyDrive and Flickr. A link will be put here every month to the folder location with the current month’s photos.

SkyDrive Photos for the November 2013 Club Meeting: http://sdrv.ms/1aWl7Jl.
Flickr Photos for November 2013 Club Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/lvzhbgz.

SIG BLog: https://nocccbgphotosig.wordpress.com/

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com