Photographers! Are You At Risk for a Corrupt Memory Card?

Have you been there -- that moment that you are excited after a successful shoot, you take the memory card out of your camera and put it in your computer only to find out that the files cannot be read and that you have corrupted a pretty expensive memory card? 

I have, and I want to give you the easiest way to AVOID that scenario from happening to you. 

1) DO NOT take a card out of one camera and immediately switch to a different camera. You need to import your images to you computer, erase those images from the card, and FORMAT your card in the camera you're switching it to. 

2) DO Format your cards after each use. You may have gotten away with not doing this step so far in your photography world, however, it came up on me and bit me right in the hiney after a shoot for a little boy. PRAISE THE LORD, she was a friend and came back for another shoot, but this could have been a moment that couldn't be redone--weddings, sporting events, newborn shoots, secret engagement shoots, etc. Don't let this be you. You've been warned, now take heed ;) 

I know it's more popular to do things in three's, but you can help yourself avoid corrupt cards by just doing these TWO easy things. 

Is there anything YOU do to avoid the dreaded card corruption? I'd love to hear from you! 

Shawna Pence