- Upload your photos to a computer every day, and more often if you are doing something critical.
- If you are doing product shoots, like I did this past weekend, consider shooting tethered. This automatically sends the photos to the computer, either over a cable or via wireless transmitter.
- Copy the photos to another hard drive, just to be safe. And copy them to DVD.
- Occasionally reformat the memory card, using the format function found in the camera; this ensures a clean file structure on the card. This erases the photos on the card!
- Wedding photographers, especially, use cameras that can write the images to two cards simultaneously.
- Get software that can recover data from the memory card. This is not necessarily a good safety net, though, as I found out today attempting to recover data from a friend's card.
I use Nikon Transfer software to copy photos from my camera. This is a free download from Nikon. If you keep the camera cable connected to the computer, you can configure this software to make uploads simple and painless:
You can configure this to automatically save the images to a second location. Adobe Photoshop has a similar program that also works well.
Some tethered applications:
- Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 Software offers tethered shooting for Nikon cameras.
- Canon's EOS Utility, which comes with Canon DSLRs, has tethered shooting built-in.
- Sofortbild is a freeware tethered shooting application for Mac and Nikon DSLRs.
- A review of more applications can be found here.
Canon EOS 1D series cameras can write to multiple memory cards simultaneously. So does the Nikon D3 series cameras. These are expensive, but because you don't want to get the bride angry, they are worth every penny.