There’s nothing as dangerous to a photographer’s carrier as having malfunctioning flash storage. Even though the flash memory cards are the best storage devices due to their portability and high storage capacity, they can get corrupted or damaged if not handled with care. To be on the safe side, therefore, here are some flash storage tips for a photographer.
1. Practice Patience
As a photographer, if the memory card begins acting glitchy, you can easily replace it. But, you will have lost your precious photographs. Most photographers often rush to pulling out the flash memory card once they have taken some photos. By doing this, however, you are not giving your camera sufficient time to write on the flash storage device fully. This can result in errors. Therefore, always give it a minute or two. Also, practice proper ejection and inserting of the flash drive in computers.
2. Be Keen with Your Cameras Battery Level
If a camera shuts down while writing data to a card, there is a probability that errors will occur. As such, before you begin a shoot, always ensure that your battery is fully charged. When the battery level lowers, however, it’s best that you stop shooting to avoid data loss on the flash storage.
3. Be Careful with the Elements
High temperatures and water are common threats to flash storage devices. Therefore, always make sure that your storage device is free from these two elements. Invest in a good camera bag, particularly one that is waterproof. This will protect both your flash storage and your camera.
4. Stay Clear of Viruses
At times, you might go for a shoot and forget to carry your laptop with you. You might also be tempted to insert your flash drive into a colleague’s laptop to copy photos. It is best however that you avoid this at all costs. Besides, you never know if the computer might be infected with a virus that can corrupt your flash drive and erase the photos you had stored in it.
5. Handle it with Care
Remember, a flash storage device is delicate. You should, therefore, handle it with care. Don’t carry it in your pocket when it’s uncased. A simple static buildup in your pocket can render it obsolete. Moreover, it can also get broken.
The above are five helpful tips to ensure photographers keep their flash storage safe and avoid losing photos. Prevention is always better than cure. It’s, therefore, best for a photographer to adapt these tips.