A commenter to the last posting named FredW passed along some good tips about using cards in digital cameras. Fred points out that these are common recommendations frequently found on the internet, and we've been over them on this site a time or two already, but they're worth repeating all the same:
- Always reformat a card after deleting previous images.
- Never delete a file in-camera—let the camera write new picture files sequentially until the card is filled up.
- Never write to the card on your computer—let the camera be the only device that writes to the card.
With cards of all kinds so cheap now, there's really no reason not to have as many as you need for your typical shooting sessions.
Ironically, it might be the case that the more a photographer shoots, the less likely he or she is to violate any of the above rules, simply because it's easier and more efficient to simply fill up cards one after the other when shooting and then download everything for later editing than it is to fuss over editing and deleting in-camera, as you shoot. It's probably occasional users who shoot much less and have only one card who may find themselves following bad practices.
Has anyone tried Marc's "ImageIngester" yet? I'm curious about it but I haven't tried it yet. It seems like a good idea that could help streamline this aspect of one's workflow. I'm conscious of having a pretty poor workflow in general, since I shoot relatively sparingly (and I'm relatively lazy), but I haven't gotten around to doing anything about it yet.