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Jan 06, 2011 16:45 |  #91

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It's interesting that the bride and groom got their photos, but these cards had not been formatted.

That's how I do it, for the last 18 months or so. Nothing gets formatted until delivery has been confirmed.

One one hand, it says the photographer obviously downloaded the photos before the cards were 'lost' (if they were even lost) - and that he wasn't unlucky (or careless) enough to have lost the cards before getting the photos off them.

Possibly used some portable storage device to backup on-site - I've been looking at those, but haven't made that jump yet.
A simple break-in of some kind could have explained where those ended up tossed aside. My wife has driven away with her purse on the roof of the car before, something similar could have happened here too... I'm sure we could come up with other scenarios.

On the other hand, it seems like a bad idea to NOT format the cards as soon as they had been downloaded and backed up. If I'm on a shoot, and I swap to a new memory card that has pictures on it, I'm going to seriously hesitate to format that card in-camera, ESPECIALLY if they're wedding photos!

I started doing it out of laziness, and wanting to make sure I did back everything up first. I have enough cards now that I could make things confusing. The only markings they have is a number, and I loosely keep track of what cards shot what wedding, in case I need to return to them.

A few lessons we can all learn from this:
- Be sure your camera at least adds your name to the EXIF data.
- Put an ID sticker/badge in your CF card wallet (if you use one), or perhaps on the cards themselves.
- It wouldn't be all that hard to take a moment to photograph your business card as the first frame on each card, or at least somewhere on that card.
- Format your cards before you put them back in circulation after a shoot.

Some good ideas, and a great idea!

Great job, NPuter! Although the B&G already had their photos in this case, the potential outcome and the fact that you went to some real effort to find the couple (and succeeded!!!) makes it a great story, and you should feel great about having done the right thing!

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Jan 06, 2011 16:47 |  #92

TAZorich wrote in post #11587224 (external link)
It's interesting that the bride and groom got their photos, but these cards had not been formatted.

One one hand, it says the photographer obviously downloaded the photos before the cards were 'lost' (if they were even lost) - and that he wasn't unlucky (or careless) enough to have lost the cards before getting the photos off them.

On the other hand, it seems like a bad idea to NOT format the cards as soon as they had been downloaded and backed up. If I'm on a shoot, and I swap to a new memory card that has pictures on it, I'm going to seriously hesitate to format that card in-camera, ESPECIALLY if they're wedding photos!

A few lessons we can all learn from this:
- Be sure your camera at least adds your name to the EXIF data.
- Put an ID sticker/badge in your CF card wallet (if you use one), or perhaps on the cards themselves.
- It wouldn't be all that hard to take a moment to photograph your business card as the first frame on each card, or at least somewhere on that card.
- Format your cards before you put them back in circulation after a shoot.

Great job, NPuter! Although the B&G already had their photos in this case, the potential outcome and the fact that you went to some real effort to find the couple (and succeeded!!!) makes it a great story, and you should feel great about having done the right thing!

Thanks!

All great tips!

I still don't know if the bride got all of her pictures... There didn't seem to be enough for a full wedding shoot, and most of them were of the reception...


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Jan 06, 2011 16:53 |  #93

I do not format my cards until I am on the way to the next job. Just as an extra security.


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Jan 06, 2011 16:56 |  #94

Phew! a good positive result and talk about the power of PoTN with the kings of WAIN riding to the rescue ;) More so that the OP has taken strong and direct action to resolve it to such good effect :D Would be good to think that the photographer is equally "good" about such a digital Good Samaritan!


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Jan 06, 2011 17:25 |  #95

oh that's such great news!!! :)


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Jan 06, 2011 17:26 as a reply to  @ Box Brownie's post |  #96

Wow, wicked thread! Can't wait to see the photographer's reaction. I'm most curious about how the cards wound up on the complete other side of the country?


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Jan 06, 2011 17:30 |  #97

fnothaft wrote in post #11587520 (external link)
Wow, wicked thread! Can't wait to see the photographer's reaction. I'm most curious about how the cards wound up on the complete other side of the country?

It is a Miami couple and one of their friends is the photographer (who also lives in Miami)


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Jan 06, 2011 18:10 |  #98

@NPuter. You should be commended for all the effort. Actually the effort of everyone here. Such a good thing to hear that you didn't post up saying that you found them and "what should I do?". I read on cell phone forums all the time, "Found a phone, Should I keep it?" If you even have to ask then why are you asking in the first place. Regardless of whether the bride got her images on time, I'm sure the photographer had his gut drop when the cards were lost. Some good ideas about marking cards and saving camera info and the like.

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Jan 06, 2011 19:36 |  #99

What an excellent story! Well done to NPuter, and to Ken and Tom of the WAIN game (best game on the web btw).




  
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Jan 06, 2011 19:41 |  #100

So much suspense... twists and turns... this thread should be nominated for an oscar....


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Jan 06, 2011 21:15 |  #101

Awesome thread!




  
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Jan 07, 2011 08:30 |  #102

Wow! Glad to hear some good news for a change!




  
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Jan 07, 2011 21:16 |  #103

Wow another good read on POTN, Good job everyone


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Jan 07, 2011 21:38 |  #104

So I got the idea to drop a .txt file on my CF card in case of this situation containg all contact info but when you format the card it takes it off. Anyone have any ideas of how to keep a folder on the CF card permanently like the DCIM and the MISC folder?


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Jan 08, 2011 06:18 |  #105

7D_Sniper wrote in post #11595860 (external link)
So I got the idea to drop a .txt file on my CF card in case of this situation containg all contact info but when you format the card it takes it off. Anyone have any ideas of how to keep a folder on the CF card permanently like the DCIM and the MISC folder?

Like this - it's kind of "out there" but it would probably work.
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