Deleting images on a Memory Card.
This week I have been photographing at the RHS Chelsea flower show where I used multiple memory cards as each day started with dawn shoots.
When using multiple memory cards it is a good practice to have two sections in your camera bag;
The first section will have memory cards that are to be used with free space.
The second section will have the memory cards in with images from the days shoot.
The reason why you should keep them in seperate sections is you don`t want to inadvertently delete the images from a memory card that has images that haven`t been transferred to your computer. This can easily be done when you are shooting fast and are tired and have all your memory cards in the same place. Plus when you have a seperate section for memory cards that are free it saves valuable time when a memory card becomes full, especially if the light is changing fast.
When you come to transfer the images to your computer you will know straight away where the images from the days shoot are, as they will be seperate from the unused section.. When transferring them, back them up to at least a second location. I always back mine up to 2 external hard drives one of which I can take out of the home for extra security.
After transferring and backing up the images you will have to delete them. Triple check that the images you are going to delete are actually transferred to your computer. Then delete them in camera as this is less likely to lead to a corrupted card in the future.
Remember to place the free memory cards in the section of your camera bag for cards ready to be used for a shoot. If you follow this practice you won`t delete important images from a days shoot.