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Photo Loss - How To Prevent Losing Photos in Memory Card - Australian Travel and Activity Community | Go For Fun

I was reading something photo related recently and some simple photo tips on how to prevent photo loss in a photo camera came to my attention.

Interestingly, I utilise some of that photo tips to prevent photo loss, but I also do other things (probably believing my photo camera is good enough to not to fail! ;-) other things that can actually result into losing my photos in the photo memory card.

A person experienced a photo loss once knows some useful tips by their heart.
Others, who were lucky enough to have no sad experience of losing photos, can benefit from knowing these photo loss prevention tips. So we all can live a long and happy photo life :)

These are some (obvious but invaluable) photo tips on how to prevent a photo loss in your photo camera:

In detail:

Try not to use a photo camera on low battery

A large number of photo camera memory card data loss occurs due to some type of interruption in the read-write process. Simply speaking, it means that your photo camera was not shut down properly.

Therefore, if you notice the battery icon on the photo camera flashing, change the batteries straightaway. If the photo camera runs out of batteries while you are taking photos, the risk of the memory card corruption is high.

Once a memory card gets corrupted, it is no longer possible to access the data on the memory card. As a result you lose all the photos saved on the memory card.

Switching off the photo camera before the photo files are completely saved to the photo memory card, taking out the memory card from the photo camera during the files saving process can also result into corruption of the photo camera memory card.

Don’t drop down the photo camera while it is writing photos

Dropping down the photo camera while it is writing to the memory card can have the same consequences. It is highly recommended to use a wrist or neck strap when taking photos.

Do change photo memory cards frequently during one photo shooting session

Don’t keep all your photos “in one basket”. Have several memory cards and change them often during photo shoots.

Although this doesn’t prevent photo memory card corruption, it reduces the probability of photo loss.

Do back up often – Photo Backup Solutions

Recording videos or taking photos, always create backups and do it often.

There are cloud-based solutions that you can use, such as Dropbox, SkyDrive, OpenDrive.

Other options include using a USB flash drive or an external HDD for creating backup copies of photos. Try to backing up your photos every day if you are travelling for a long period.

The photo camera memory card can get corrupted regardless of all preventive methods.
In this case, even the photo memory card can be fixed by reformatting while it is inside the photo camera, it will erase all saved photos and videos in the memory card.

If photo loss happened – Programs for photo recovery

If sadly you lost photos, try to recover them using a photo recovery programs. For example, Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery. People recommend it as it recovers lost, deleted, or formatted photos. It can also recover other types of multimedia files.

Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery Software

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What could you recommend to prevent photo loss?
Do you do a periodical backup? Switching memory cards while photo shooting?
Do you know any software that can help recover photos?

Photos: Alaskan Dude, comedy_nose


  1. Another important thing that you should remember to avoid missing or lost photos is DO NOT USE the memory card until you have recovered the photos. The memory space previously occupied by the missing or lost photos may be overwritten by the new files; hence, it will be permanently lost and there is no way that you can recover them even if you use the best photo recovery software in town. 

  2. It’s a good one, Cherleen!
    I can easily imagine a person becoming upset and stressed and forgetting about such a simple thing!
    Thanks for this tip!

    • @MyPhotoSchool:disqus    Thanks guys! Little tips I learn along the way :)
      If there is anything you would like to add to the above tips, feel free to drop me a line. I am more than happy to publish. You are an awesome photo school, so more people know about you, the better! Cheers :) / Natalie

    •  I know you are starting several photo online classes. I wanted to announce them so interested fellow photographers can join. If you could drop me some words for the announce, I will be able to publish it sooner. If it’s ok with you, write me to “GoForFun [at]” or via Contact Us form (in the top menu). Cheers :)

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