My girlfriend recently lost her pocket digital camera, on the data stick were a months worth of baby photos… maybe two. Which, when you’re the parent of that baby, sucks in large ways. She’s been pretty messed up about it for a few days now.
We’re both holding out hope it’ll turn up behind the microwave, or in the kid’s toy cupboard. But it’s not the end of the world, so don’t be worrying about it… okay?
The thing about losing these little cameras when we’re out shooting in the world, is there’s very little chance of ever getting them back. But I think I just thought of a way to make sure we have at least a fighting chance of having them returned to us.
…take a photo of your mailing address, or an email address. Just write it out, and take a photo. I typed out a message in a Word file, for example, and took a shot of my screen.
Most digital cameras have a storage feature, where a photo is locked and cannot be deleted from the camera after we download our photos into our computer.
On my Kodak C533 pocket digital it’s the “protect” function after you click on “Review”, then “Menu”.
It’s like the ‘In Case of Emergency’ (ICE) thing cops want us to do with our cellphones — it’s easier for the cops if have a contact number in your phone listed under ‘ICE’ so they know who to call after they find your smoking, alien harvested husk on the side of the road.
So take a photo of your address, and lock / protect it on your data card or camera hard drive. Simple. Maybe add some profound begging or promises of suggestive partial nudity.
If I find it, I promise to send it back.