If you have an old compact flash card or IBM microdrive sitting around that you no longer use, I have an idea for you. Use it to save your camera settings. Most digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras allow you to save your settings.

It can take 15 minutes to set one of these babies up. You know, deciding how long you want the LCD to display, how long the camera will stay on until self-power down mode starts, which buttons control which functions, etc.

If you have a problem and lose those settings, you have to spend that 15 minutes redoing everything. So here’s the idea. Take an old flash card, stick it in the camera and save your settings. Then put it in a separate case and mark it with an “S” for settings.

Then if you have to reset your camera, you can just load this card and re-load settings in a second or two.

This is also very helpful if you have two or more people using the same camera. Each person may have a different preference for setup. You can often store more than one setup on a card. Sort of like the memory seats in a nice car. There can be one for you and one for your spouse.

Saving your camera settings will save you some time.

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  1. This is a great use for those tiny memory cards that get packed with some cameras, like that useless 32MB SD card that came packed with my G9!

  2. This is a great use for those tiny memory cards that get packed with some cameras, like that useless 32MB SD card that came packed with my G9!

  3. Sounds like a great idea, I’ve never seen this option on the 40D – Does anyone know how to “save your settings” on a 40D?

  4. Sounds like a great idea, I’ve never seen this option on the 40D – Does anyone know how to “save your settings” on a 40D?

  5. Genius. My wife and I swap cameras all the time. This is a perfect solution. Thanks Scott!

  6. Genius. My wife and I swap cameras all the time. This is a perfect solution. Thanks Scott!

  7. I have a D40 does anyone know if this will autosave to the memory card as I don’t think I’ve seen a save settings on the camera and I don’t have it with me today (shame since its a beautiful day and the view of Mt. Hood was amazing this morning)

    ps Love the show and I am amazed that people want an even longer show :)

  8. I have a D40 does anyone know if this will autosave to the memory card as I don’t think I’ve seen a save settings on the camera and I don’t have it with me today (shame since its a beautiful day and the view of Mt. Hood was amazing this morning)

    ps Love the show and I am amazed that people want an even longer show :)

  9. I looked around google for information on the Rebel Xti and did not find anything, but then again those searches usually just turn up vendors selling Rebel’s. I don’t remember anything in the manual about it either. Is this usually a documented feature? It will probably be something obvious.

    Scott, Love the tips on the blog. The ones on the show go by sort of fast and I remember more from reading. Looking forward to the upcoming information on geotagging photos.

  10. The Nikon D40 will not autosave John, sorry to brake the bad news :-)

  11. I doubt anything but the high end cameras will do this

  12. @SP actually not true. Many lower-end cameras also offer this option.

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