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3rd of May 2010 (Mon), 08:54
Interesting question...Wedding Photographers: As you look at your LCD screen on the top of your camera and it says 21....are you nervous yet, do you switch cards. Here is the scenario: The ceremony is in full swing. At what point do you as a photographer switch cards....do you wait till CARD FULL as you enter "Frown Town" or do you switch without fretting.....I do not think this question has been asked...I am in Smile town, BTW.
3rd of May 2010 (Mon), 09:02
I never wait until card full (excepting the times it's happened because I wasn't paying enough attention :rolleyes:). That said, 24 images aren't that few; entire rolls of film were 24-36 images and they were pretty obnoxious to change compared to CF cards. I always have two blank cards in my pocket so I'm always ready to change quickly and I just look for a pocket of time when I'll have the 10 seconds to make a swap. If I were coming up on the rings followed by the kiss followed by the processional, I would swap if there are only 24 left because that's a lot of activity I don't control and those shots are important. You should have so many cards and total capacity that you don't have to worry about swapping cards early and leaving a little space behind.
3rd of May 2010 (Mon), 09:07
Yes...that is waht I wanted to hear...BTW, What size cards do you use at a wedding venue?
3rd of May 2010 (Mon), 09:11
I don't wait until it's full either...Actually, the last wedding I shot I used the same card the entire time :lol:. Don't tell anyone. Generally, if I am approaching capacity and the ring exchange is near, I switch. As Peacefield said, you want to be able to capture the shots that you can't control. So far I have not shot a wedding where I had to switch the cards more than once (though I should).
3rd of May 2010 (Mon), 09:11
An often debated issue for which there is no right answer. I use a bunch of 4GB and 8GB cards so that I change more often and never have too much of the day on any one card should one go bad.
3rd of May 2010 (Mon), 10:33
I switch cards before it's full. I will often change cards after the end of the ceremony, after portraits and then use a couple during the reception (depending on how long/what's going on).
3rd of May 2010 (Mon), 11:07
i use 2gb & 4gb ..never more than that incase something went wrong with a card or i lost one, or it got stolen etc..only some shots i would lose... i think with 8gb its just too many pics dedicated to one card. and i pretty much to the same as auroraskye when changing cards...
images by Paul
3rd of May 2010 (Mon), 12:22
I view my cards the same way I viewed film. I consider the next segment of the wedding and ask myself, "Do I have enough images left for this segment of the wedding" If not, I change them out. But I never let the card run out for fear that things could be missed.
I also never use anything more than a 4gb card because, as mentioned before, I don't want an entire wedding on one card for a variety of reasons.
3rd of May 2010 (Mon), 12:37
What Paul said. I go back to my early days of shooting 120 film... 12 images left was a LOT. :lol:
That being said, depends on what you're shooting. In the middle of the reception, just shooting dancing photos, 21 photos left is a lot! Coming up to the first dance, father/dau dance/ cake /toast, that's not very many. So I just shoot until the card is full and check it before each main event. Years of checking shots left (when shooting film) makes it second nature. ;)
Interesting views on Card sizes. Also depends on what cam you're shooting, doesn't it? 8 GB card isn't nearly as much on the 5DII as it is on my 1DIII... ;)
3rd of May 2010 (Mon), 12:57
I wouldn't go higher than 8gb. Best size for RAW+JPEG in my opinion. Who still shoots weddings on film?
3rd of May 2010 (Mon), 16:36
I use very good quality 16GB cards that have error checking and correction, they generally last all day or at least most of the day, one in each camera. By the time the ceremony comes around i'll always have 500+ images available, it's only at the reception I need to worry about that sort of thing. I have older 8GB and 4GB cards to but I usually give them to my assistant.
3rd of May 2010 (Mon), 22:03
I keep track of how many I shoot, and change when appropriate, doesn't have to down to zero. But I always change when I know critical shots are coming up and I might not have enough shots left.
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