For a change, this is not one of my mistakes, but by a friend of mine. SD and SDHC cards are so cheap these days that, we often find a 4GB or 8GB card in everyone’s camera. I use a Sandisk 8GB card myself.
This past weekend, my family and I went to Door County,WI with a few of our friends. My friend, who’s also a photo enthusiast was shooting all day with his camera – a Canon and towards the end of the day, while he was reviewing the pictures on camera, he accidentally formatted the card. Oops!, he lost the whole day’s work in a matter of seconds. He tried to conceal his frustration and agony by declaring that ‘it’s not the end of the world’. But I know, how upset he was.
So the lesson here is to backup your on-camera pictures as often as you can. Also, this is a warning to all those, who use the high capacity cards these days, including myself. We tend to use a single card to capture the shots and sometimes, it will be days, before the pictures are transferred to the computer or a backup device. I guess nobody wants to loose their work accidentally or by mistake. Well, ‘you learn from my friend’s mistake’.