4 Reasons to Never Delete Images…
… from your camera. Everybody, it seems, uses the delete button on their cameras. Hey, there must be a reason it’s there, right? Heck, I know I’m guilty of abusing this button too.
It’s about time though that we make this delete button obsolete. Why? Let me count the ways…
- The LCD on your camera lies. You got that right – the LCD on your camera lies. As of this posting, there is no way to calibrate the little screens at the back of your camera. Even if there were, there you can’t always control your ambient light – and that can sometimes make a gorgeous image look like crap on that tiny LCD. Wait until you get to a larger screen, then make your judgement.
- You can’t trust your fingers. If you delete images straight from you camera, you will, at some point, delete an image you don’t want to erase. Call it clumsiness, Murphy’s Law, or plain bad luck – but whatever you call it, it will give you a headache. Yes, you can try to recover it when you get back to your computer, but in the meantime, you can’t use your memory card.
- Your batteries are weak. That LCD at the back of your camera is a power hog, and the more time you spend reviewing, trimming, and deleting images, the less time you have to shoot. If you keep deleting images, before you know it, you’ll end up with an empty battery and an empty memory card.
- You’re too slow. Even the best multi-taskers cannot shoot and review images at the same time. If you keep deleting images from your camera, you’re going to miss everything you want to shoot. At the end of the day, all your shots will be reminders of the ones that got away.
Yes, I know there are times when it’s just so tempting to delete in image from your camera, but do try to resist the urge. Cameras are made for capturing images. Leave the editing to the computer.
• Luis • 5 December 2007 •