There have been several posts at The Online Photographer related to deleting photos and formating memory cards, but the one by Dave New called “To Delete or Not: Computer Expert” is pretty good from a technical standpoint.Â If you want a perspective from a photographer, see Josh Hawkins' post called “To Delete or Not: Photojournalist“.Â Carl Weese also makes some pretty good points in his post titled “To Delete or Not, That Is the Question…“.
If you've ever wondered if there is a right way or a wrong way to delete photos or transfer photos off of your camera, you'll probably find some sort of answer in at least one of those posts.Â These guys all make a pretty good case for not deleting your photos in-camera, and they also provide some good tips on how to handle these compact flash memory cards.
I'm personally guilty of deleting my photos in-camera, filling up the memory card, using a cut-and-paste method to transfer photos from the compact flash card to my hard drive, and not (ever) reformatting.Â So from here out, I vow to format my card after each time I dump photos off the camera.Â I can't make any promises for my other faults though.
Photo of the Day…
Photo by Brian Auer
04/23/05 Dana Point, CA
One-legged seagull at Salt Creek Beach Park
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3
420mm equiv * f/5.6 * 1/800s * ISO50