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Rich: When we're out in the field shooting, you'll probably notice, we got a lot of shots. In fact, there was a bunch of shooting that I did over a couple of days that you didn't even get to see. Well, the thing is is that all of those shots really add up. When you start to shoot Time Lapse in a RAW format, you're going to burn through cards pretty quick. In fact, I've been using 128 GB cards a lot. Now, you don't have to shoot RAW and you don't have to shoot JPEG. I don't care what format card you use, but I don't want you to lose data.
As such, I can't emphasize it enough to have a data management strategy. And mind for the field Is really simple. It all starts with having two card wallets. Now, I put one in my right pocket and one in my left pocket. The one in the right pocket has all my cards. These cards are empty, and if you look at them, they're ready to go. I've already formatted them, I've cleared them off. There's no data on them. Now, I know that when I put this card in the camera, it's ready to shoot with. Now, some people will flip the card upside down in the card wallet to indicate that it's full.
But what happens when you drop the card wallet or it falls out loose and you open it and they're all just floating around? You're looking into that card wallet going, I dunno, is that an empty card? Is that a full card? Is that a half full card? You don't want to blow away your hard work. So, what I do is, when I take the card out of the wallet, it goes in the camera immediately. And, it's ready to go. The wallet with the good cards goes back into the right pocket. And, I can put that into the camera and shoot with it. You know, and I'm essentially all set.
You know, so okay, let's say that's loaded, and, we've been firing off a bunch of shots. Well, when I'm done, easy enough, it comes out. I tend to flip the switch on the card itself. It's a little read write tab. Now, only SD cards have this. Compact flash cards don't, but you'll find this more and more as you go forward. And I take that and I immediately put it into the other card wallet. The reason why, here, is that I want to keep that safe, (SOUND) and I put that into my left pocket. Now, you might be thinking what's the big deal about right and left. Well, here's the deal.
When I'm out shooting all day long under sunlight, rigorous conditions, dealing with all the stress, pressure, of getting the shot I get a little stupid. And I've learned through the years that I might as well limit the chance of screwing something up due to human error. So the cards in my right pocket are empty. They're ready to use. The right pocket is the right card to put in the camera, the right card to shoot with. The cards in my left pocket Those should be left alone.
Now, this is a real simple philosophy. And you can do whatever you'd like, but I can't tell you how many times that this has saved me. The right cards are the right cards to shoot with, the left cards should be left alone. Try it, and I think you'll be happy that all your time lapse data comes home safely to the studio so you could back it up. And we're going to talk about that next.
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