To a photographer, a memory card is an essential item just like a pencil and a brush are to an artist. Imagine damaging your memory card after a wedding photoshoot, or corrupting the photos taken for an entire ceremony. It would be a nightmare since retaking the photos will not be an option and you would have to explain to the groom how you lost their most important memories or reach out to data recovery company for your cf card data recovery.
To avoid such scenarios, taking good care of your memory cards is a must.
1- Buy Memory Cards from reliable brands
Choosing the right memory card can be so frustrating since there are so many different types of memory cards from various manufacturers and different prices. Make sure you get a memory card from renowned brands like San disk, Samsung, or Kingston to get value for your money. We also recommend buying memory card readers from the same brand as the memory card.
2- Always format the card before using it
At a new photoshoot, always format your card using the camera first. This structures the card better and gets it ready to read/write any new data efficiently. Avoid formatting using your computer because sometimes this causes errors.
3- Safely eject the card before plugging it out of the computer or camera
Ejecting the card from the computer wrongly will risk corrupting all your photos or damaging the card. Every time you’re done copying the photos, endeavor to eject the memory card through the right steps instead of just plucking it out from the pc.
4- Remove the card after shutting down the camera
Removing the card from the camera while it’s still reading is a common mistake many photographers make and one which at times costs them their photos. Imagine having to reshoot an entire session just because you weren’t patient enough to switch off the camera before ejecting the card.
5- Insert the card correctly
Always double-check that the card has been inserted correctly. Putting it in backward, with a bit of force, is a good way to destroy the device’s contact pins which may even cost you your entire camera. It’s even more costly than destroying your card because then you will have to repair the pin alignment that isn’t cheap.
6- Use Bluetooth or WiFi if available
If your camera supports Bluetooth or WiFi, it’s better to take advantage of them. It’s safer to copy your photos from the camera via Bluetooth or WiFi tethering than physically removing the card each time you want to transfer media to your computer. This will save you a lot of trouble.
7- Always back up your photos
Every piece of the technological device has a life span, and you never know when either your camera or memory card meets its end. Always back up all the media files you take and make multiple copies to be on the safe side.