- BACK UP YOUR IMAGES!- Protect yourself and your images by implementing a regular backup plan to guard against data loss when (not if) your computer's hard drive crashes or your camera's memory card fails.
- TRANSFER YOUR PHOTOS. - After a photo session, always copy the image files from the camera's flash memory to a computer's hard drive a soon as you can. We recommend that you do not delete images or reformat the memory card until all the photos are transferred and verified.
- AVOID CORRUPTION. - Take care when removing flash memory from a card reader. Avoid corrupting images by using the eject command on the computer before physically removing the card.
- MAKE MORE THAN ONE COPY. - Back up your backup. Whenever possible make at least two copies of critical files and keep a duplicate set offsite in a secure location.
- PROTECT YOUR CARDS. - Always use the original plastic case that your card came packaged in, when transporting it. Without the case, simple static buildup can zap the card and make it unreadable.
- DON'T STORE CARDS IN YOUR POCKET! - Although most flash memory cards are somewhat durable, it's best not to store them in your pocket. Cards can break in your pocket or worse--end up in the wash with your clothing.
- REPLACE YOUR FLASH MEMORY CARDS. - The life expectancy of flash media continues to grow, but the likelihood of a card "going bad" during a shoot is still a possibility. Take extra precaution and replace your heavily used camera cards every six months.
- AVOID EXTREME TEMPERATURES. - Extreme heat, cold and humidity can wreak havoc with digital equipment, especially flash memory. Whenever possible, protect your equipment from exposure by preparing in advance for expected climate conditions.
- DON'T READ A WET CARD. - If your flash memory card gets wet, do not try and read the files using a card reader. If the card is wet inside its plastic housing, you will likely short out the electronics, which can make the photos irretrievable.
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