Manage with existing Camera memory card

Insufficient memory message

Say you have gone trekking in Himalayas and your camera memory card has limited memory left in it. Most of us stop shooting images and instead save some memory for some beautiful interesting photos to be captured later on. By doing so you might capture some of the interesting shots but might miss out on many other important shots which you could have captured if you were to have an extra camera memory card. Here are few tips on how you can manage and take more shots with the existing space of your camera memory card without missing any beautiful scenery.

  • Change the camera settings to capture images either in RAW or in JPEG (RAW is always better) and not both at the same time. These days cameras come with dual slots, where you can have 2 memory cards placed in the camera. Here same image is saved in both the cards as and when you shoot/write/save an image (usually done to be on safer side by wedding photographers, just in case if one memory card fails). You may have to disable this option to save memory.
  • In the camera settings change the settings from 14 bit to 12 bit. A camera RAW file which is in 14-bit can consume almost 27-30 MB of space for each photo, but instead if you change the settings to 12 bit (RAW file) the memory consumed will be around 19-23 MB. Also, 12 or 14 bit should not make much of a difference and also you will still be capturing in RAW.
  • Change the image format from RAW to JPEG (high). This will save a lot of memory but remember that capturing images in RAW is always better than JPEG because in JPEG there is huge loss of color information and the lost image data is not recoverable. RAW is always better but when you have no other option, go for high quality JPEG images. Each RAW (NEF) format photos will consume almost 30MB space (on my Nikon D600) where as JPEG high quality image will consume 10 to 12 MB.
  • If you don’t care much about image quality and just want photos to upload it on social media then you can go for JPEG (normal) quality images.
  • Use your camera inbuilt software to convert RAW to JPEG format for not so important photos and delete the RAW format photos. I usually use RAW format when I capture landscape, nature photos and when I capture group photos of our trekking group I usually use JPEG- High.
  • Delete duplicate images or very similar images.
  • Check your already captured images, delete unwanted blurred images, over or under exposed images (if captured in JPEG) etc.

Also check: How to recover an overexposed image.

Note: When you are on a long trip or a week long trekking then it’s better to get an extra camera memory card. I usually carry two 64 GB during my week long Himalayan trekking.

The above tips will help you save a lot of your camera memory card space, and make good use of it. If you think that the above tips were useful then please share this on social media and follow me as well to get more tips and tricks on photography. Also, if you think that there are few more tips that you can add then please leave a comment below.

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