Friday, December 18, 2009

How to avoid losing your camera: A pictorial guide

Losing personal belongings can be a frustrating experience. If it’s your purse or wallet it can be devastating, if it’s an object with emotional attachment such as a gift from a friend, losing it can be heart breaking. If it’s a camera it can be both devastating and heart breaking - just imagine losing all those memorable pictures you snapped that you still haven’t transferred to your computer. And cameras are expensive too.

Image Credit: Flickr

Anybody can misplace a camera, or for that matter, any valuable object in a moment of thoughtlessness. You can’t prevent a camera from getting lost, but you can do make sure that it’s returned to you by whoever finds it?

The trick is to keep some photos - which you never delete from your camera, so when someone finds your camera they are able to locate you and return the lost property to its rightful owner. I wrote something similar almost a year ago about leaving a message in your pen drive so that the finder can get the thing returned to you.

Andrew McDonald, an Australian author and blogger, employs this tactic. He keeps a series of pictures of himself holding a whiteboard with a message, which he never deletes from his camera. Whoever finds his camera and takes it home will sure be curious to find out what pictures the camera holds, and promptly get his message.

To illustrate how you can improve your chances of getting back your camera, he shows us the pictures he keeps in his camera. I’m not sure what effect it would have upon the finder (or thief), but it sure is witty.






Catch the rest at the author’s site.


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