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Save Those Pictures

Friday, May 18th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Digital Photography

With today’s digital photography tip, I will be giving you a few helpful hints on how to save your memory card from losing the pictures you take. Keep reading for some more details!

Now, while these tips are elementary, not many photographers adhere to them. I’m hoping you will though. Here are a few tips that will help you protect all those precious photos you’ve taken. Remember, the moments you capture on your camera’s memory card cannot be recreated. They’re either there or they’re not. To avoid a bad situation, abide by these simple rules and you will be on your way to photo protection via your camera’s memory card/chip/stick!

Helpful Hints

1.) Always make sure your batteries are charged completely before downloading photos to your computer. If the battery dies during the transfer, the card can be damaged and the photos may be lost. It’s a good idea to purchase extra batteries in case you need them as well. The best way to download your photos is with a card reader. You can purchase one that takes either just one type of card or multiple types. They’re perfect for putting pictures onto a computer.

2.) Always reformat your card each time after downloading and saving all the pictures on your computer. Don’t use the computer to delete the photos or to format the card.

3.) Wait a few moments until the camera is through writing to the memory card before turning off the camera.

4.) Do not remove the card from the camera while the camera is turned on.

5.) Do not touch the metal contacts on your memory card. Avoid static electricity charges and be extra careful when handling cards in low humidity areas.

6.) Don’t remove the card from a card reader until you are sure it has finished downloading the photos.

7.) If you have a problem with the memory card, stop using it immediately. Do not take more photos, reformat the card again (if you have done it once) or try to delete the photos. Use an image recovery program to try and recover the images before you do anything else.

8.) Be careful when using the Delete All or Format options on your camera. Don’t let people who aren’t familiar with the camera play with it until you have downloaded your photos, as they might accidentally delete them.

If you follow these guidelines, you should never have to worry about losing all those pictures that I know mean so much to you!

~ Zahid H. Javali

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