During a photo shoot you usually think about how you will orient your subjects to create the image you as the photographer wish to capture and how the addition of lighting, either from flash or reflectors, will affect the image. I was exercising some of the tips learned from reading the Captivating Color ebook I had purchased from the Digital Photography School.
Certainly the last thing on my mind during this photo session was a faulty memory card. There was also no warning from the camera that the card was failing. In case you are not sure what that looks like, here are a few shots from the session that gave me corruption errors when transferring to my computer…
Even though this looks interesting on its own, this is a sign of later disaster if not proactive and replace the faulty card. During this photo session I had taken many images, of which I loaded 77 into Picasa. I see 77 thumbnails but when trying to open some of them, the file corrupt error is shown and the image will not load. On several others, I see colour banding as in the above image. Some have just a block in the corner while others are complete like this one.
One tip from this is to always make sure that your camera is actually off when inserting or removing the card rather than just asleep. This will minimize the cases where voltage is actually being fed to the card and shocks the card from gaining or losing touch with the contacts in the camera.
Another tip is to always format your card in the camera rather than your computer. This way only the file system for the camera is used and no other foreign files or directories are written to the card.
I can certainly understand now why the redundancy of multiple cards has been incorporated in professional series cameras, not only as a backup card but also in a different format. Several camera bodies have multiple slots for CF and SD cards and there are also options in-camera that the photographer can decide how to write to those cards, something I am seriously considering for my next camera purchase (real soon).