Photo Review: Deleting Photos

Almost everyone has had this experience: you're at an event taking pictures when all of a sudden your memory card is full. You need to delete some pictures quickly if you want to take more. You're rushing. And you accidentally delete something you just took and it's lost forever. So how do you make sure this doesn't happen to you? Well, you need to develop good habits for managing your photos.

When to Delete

Memory cards have gotten a lot bigger than they were a few years ago. Depending on your settings you can probably take hundreds of pictures. Since the cards are relatively inexpensive it can be very tempting to consider your memory cards as another back up for your photos. If you're going to keep extra blank cards on hand then by all means continue doing this.

You may get in the habit of uploading your photos to your computer when you first get home from shooting. It's a pretty easy thing to do. Connect the camera, wait for the computer to recognize it, and import. This ensures that your files are backed up. Now you can delete them off your camera without worrying about losing your images forever.

If you're worried about the possibility of your computer crashing then you can used memory sticks to back up your work. They're around the same price as the memory cards in the camera and plug into any computer's usb ports.

The bottom line is to constantly back up your work on your computer, and then delete it from the camera. If you get into this habit you won't find your self having to delete photos on the fly

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