Can you feel it? Wake up an extra hour early & walk outside & take in a deep breath of fresh air. No, Fall is not here yet but the anticipation of cooler days & turning leaves is in the air. Now is the time to get your camera ready. Start by wiping down your camera & charging up the batteries. Now, on to the memory card. Chances are there are a lot of old photos on there that should not be. Save the old images to your computer & back them up to at least one other location. Best practice is to have them stored to three locations. One location should be off site of your home such as your office or at a relatives. In case of a fire or flood you will still have a backup of your files stored safely at another location. After you have successfully backed up your photos you need to erase all of the images on the card. The last step is to "format" your card. This will "clean" the card & help prevent corruption issues as the camera writes to the card. You will need to format your card each time you delete all of the old photos on your card. If for some reason you deleted the photos on your card without saving them do not panic! Do NOT continue to take pictures using that card. Take the card out of the camera & go online to the manufacturers website. Most major brands will have protocols listed that will allow you to recover your lost images.
Take the time now to prepare so you don't miss those colorful shots that are just around the corner. And remember, the best camera is the one you have with you!