Protect Your Camera and Equipment.
There are lots of things you can do to protect your camera and equipment. Most have to do with the elements and stuff like that. Today I am going to concentrate on preventing total loss of your equipment.
If you follow my site you will, by default, have your pictures in a computer because that is necessary in order to do much of the post editing I speak of. But – how would I ever have been able to hold onto this little critter if I lost the camera and had no backup?
1) Transfer your pictures from the camera memory card to a computer or other suitable storage unit.
A) What happens when you leave your camera on an airplane?
B) Don’t fly!? What happens when you leave it on a bus, train or park bench?
C) Don’t go any of those places?
D) What happens whenever you are using your camera, you set it down for just a second? You know what I mean, when your attention is off the equipment for 2 seconds and someone less than honest happens by during that time? Then someone else will start to protect your camera - - - for themselves!
E) Yeah, that’s right, some of you know exactly what I’m talking about!!! I’ll tell you what happens. You not only lose your camera, but contained in your camera are all the photos you’ve shot in the past two years. They’re all gone because you have no backup.
F) So - - - not only do I strongly suggest that you transfer them to a computer, but back up the pictures right out there in the field. There are many options for backing up your photos. There are many external storage units available as well as online back up.
Right this minute I am looking at a portable storage device on Amazon.com. It's pocket size. It holds 80 Gigs, reads 7 types of memory cards and sells for a scant $75.00 from a seller that has a 98% positive feedback. Is it worth an investment to safeguard your irreplaceable photos?
Keep the backup unit some place other than in your camera bag for the same reasons mentioned throughout this page. If one gets lost or dropped over the hillside, you still have the other safe and sound.
I carry my backup unit in a case strapped securely to my side. The only time it comes out of the case is when I am loading or removing a memory card. All this will help protect your camera, and your photos.
2) Put a contact name, phone number, email and mailing address inside your camera case. If you don't want to use your own, at least use some kind of contact information.
A) It very well may happen that someone with your own personal sense of honesty comes along and protects your camera for you.
B) If you don’t have your contact information in there, there is no way to return it. Then you can only blame, guess who, for the non-return of your memories!?
3) Hang your camera bag around your neck. Do not set it down.
A) The only way I set my bag down is if I have a strap and wrap it around my leg as I sit there. That way I can’t forget it; plus no one can run off with it.
4) When you set it down anyway, as you leave a spot, look back and look intently to see if you left anything behind. This is a good habit to have regardless of whether you are carrying your camera. Consider your $400 sunglasses, your purse, ladies; or whatever you have that you set beside you as you sit down.
A) That way you’ll never have to depend on some one else's honesty.
B) Most people will try to return something that does not belong to them, but how can they if your information is not in or on it.
Do you want to keep the pictures you decide to keep? Or do you want to lose them?
It’s not a matter of if, it’s more a matter of when something will happen that will cause you to lose all the pictures on the memory stick and maybe even your whole camera and bag. My suggestion!? Protect your camera and stay happy.
One thing that will help you stay happy is insurance for your camera and accessories. Insurance will obviously not replace the pictures, but it will replace the equipment. Be sure to read the enitre camera accessories page to help make those decisions.
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