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Tips & Tricks

Canon’s Tips on How to Properly Handle Your Memory Cards

By Hanssie on October 17th 2014

Whether it be photography, guitar lessons, kickboxing or algebra, when you first start something – a project, a hobby, a job – there’s always an overwhelming sense of having so much to learn and how in the world will you learn it all? (I felt that way about learning Lightroom, coming from Bridge). Once you have survived the learning curve, the basics become part of your general knowledge that is automatic. You sort of forget the pain of the learning curve (Except for algebra. That I’ll never understand).

When I look back at my photography journey and through some of my old journals, I read over my struggles with understanding the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO. I would read the book, take notes, take my camera out and practice what I just read, look at the images…lather, rinse, repeat. One day it just finally all clicked and I was on my way. Now, it’s easy and I don’t even give it a second thought.

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The following Canon Service and Support video is one of those basic videos for beginners.  It’s a brief, 3 minute clip that talks about one of the most important pieces of our gear – the memory card and gives some general tips on how to properly handle them. Most of the tips given, like the rest of the Canon Service videos, are very helpful for newcomers about how to care for the gadgets and gizmos in their newfound photography obsession. This video will be too simple for many of you who are already knee deep in this photography journey, but you probably know someone who just picked up their first DSLR that could benefit from a video like this, so pass it along as your good deed for the day.


Now, if only I could find a video on basic algebraic concepts…


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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ralph Hightower

    I found this link on Photofocus about an SD Card Formatter. Photofocus says that it formats SD cards to their standard. It doesn’t do CF cards.

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  2. Peter Nord

    So far my cards that have gone through the washer and dryer still work fine. SanDisk must do a nice seal job.

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  3. Nick Viton

    Hey now – that’s the same lady who helped me with my batteries! She’s everywhere.

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    • Hanssie

      Yes, Holly. As someone pointed out, she looks like a stewardess.

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    • Nick Viton

      Well now Holly says I should keep my cards away from magnets, but I’ve read reports that magnets have no affect on cards. Can someone weigh in on this? If magnets are in fact bad for memory cards, then that’s something to think about if you’re planning on throwing MagMod accessories in your bag.

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  4. Mircea Blanaru

    Great tips to recall even if you already know them!!!!

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