Backup Media Card Tip
I feel compelled to write about this camera tip – the first one for this site. Sadly, on two recent occasions I left my house without a media card in my camera. Now as a wedding photographer, it’s typically unlikely to ever leave 4-8 media cards at home. Those cards usually remain in your camera bag ready to go.
But on two occasions, I have grabbed my camera without the bag and headed out the door, only to discover that the media card that was previously used in the camera was still in the media card reader in my office.
The first time it happened was on a small freelance job that I was asked to do at the last minute. I ended up shooting the event with one 128mb compact media card, for my 35mm camera, I had in the truck of my car, and with my Canon Powershot G9. I had shot for the clients on my occasions, so they were very cool about it. Especially since they did call me at the last minute.
I thought I had learned my lesson, but not so. Again about two weeks later, I took my camera out on downtown shooting event. But this time it wasn’t a paid gig, thankfully. I really needed my Canon 30D for some shots, but again ended up having to shoot with just my G9.
So at the end of the event, I drove straight to the camera store and purchased a 1gb media card. And when I arrived home, I put it in the media card holder affixed to the camera strap. Needless to say, that card will remain in the holder no matter what. If I need to take it out to import photos, it will immediately be put back into the holder. In fact, I might even purchase another card to put the car.
So that’s the tip. Get a backup card and keep in a card holder that can be attached to your camera strap. You never know when you will need it.Related Tips: