Digital Photography Secrets to Save Your Sanity

When you’re out taking pictures, and a problem crops up, it isn’t always easy to solve it. There’s a better way however! As football fans are fond of saying, “The best defense is a good offense.” And the best offense here is to avoid problems with your digital camera in the first place.

That’s not to say things aren’t going to happen that are unexpected and unavoidable. However, many of the common problems photographers have when out shooting pictures are easily remedied with just a little prior planning.

Dead Batteries

There’s nothing worse than missing that great picture because the camera battery died. The easy solution is to always, ALWAYS, have extra batteries in your camera case. It doesn’t matter if you use rechargeable or regular batteries, you need at least one spare..

Also, bear in mind that if you’re outside shooting in cold weather, your batteries will die a lot quicker. Digital camera batteries just don’t last as long when they get cold, so in the case of cavorting in the snow to take pictures, it might be better to have a couple of extra batteries.

Yes, I realize batteries are expensive, but it’s worth the spending a little extra money to keep from beating your head against the wall because a dead battery made you miss that once in a lifetime shot. (Batteries are cheaper than visits to the Emergency Room.)

When Cards Go Bad

A while back I went on vacation and took all my pictures on one card. I thought I’d have some real beauties. I was sure I’d filled that card with memorable photos.

The scenery was indeed breathtaking, but what really took my breath away was when I tried to load the pictures onto my computer and got one of those dreaded “ERROR” messages. The card was bad and most of the files were corrupted. There was no way to access them, so all those wonderful pictures were gone, gone, gone.

While it doesn’t happen often, cards can and do go bad. That’s why it’s better to buy two smaller cards for your digital camera than one humongous card. For instance, if you’re looking at buying a 2-GB card, get a couple of 1-GB cards instead.