Careful with the kids!

posted on 3rd of april, 2013

Recently my family went on a week and a half trip to visit family and friends over the spring break and Easter. I drove back home with my two oldest boys. Probably one of the key definitions of 'distracted driving' is taking photographs out windows, so I had the boys try to take some photos of the Rockies and some other stock photo worthy subjects :) Not that I had any expectations, but if they are interested I like to encourage them to take photos.

What I didn't expect was that they would erase the memory card with all of the trip photos on it! When we arrived home I put the memory card in the computer and found 38 photos of mostly blurry mountains and a shot of me in the rear view mirror but none of the hundreds of shots of the kids and family at Easter :( Fortunately, I had two tricks up my sleeve. Over the course of the holiday I did some stock photos, so I'd uploaded images from the card to my laptop. Through that form of backup I had most of the photos - but not the Easter egg hunt all the cousins did together on the morning we left.

The Sandisk Rescue Pro software came to the rescue! It managed to recover all but the first few shots that were overwritten by new shots, so I ended up losing nothing. It did add a few hours to the initial import into Lightroom, and taught me a lesson: put in a fresh card before handing your camera to the kids! Here are a few shots I did over the week that might have been lost:

Comments (23)

Posted by Fredbro on April 17, 2013
Having the same pictures backed up in 2 different places is always a good idea. But sometimes it's true that we forget and we might just keep filling up our memory cards without putting them on a computer or external hard drive. It gets even worse with today's high capacity memory cards that can contain thousands of pictures. Thanks for sharing your story! I'll try to be careful in the future. By the way, I really like your bamboo picture.
Posted by Rebeccaosborn on April 16, 2013
Glad you had backed up the images!
Posted by Bradcalkins on April 14, 2013
The hope is that it never happens, but always good to know what to do if it does :)
Posted by Cousy86 on April 14, 2013
Nice story!Good that you had "two tricks up your sleeve"!
I'll note this one in the future!:)
Posted by Bradcalkins on April 05, 2013
My son has his own camera ... Good plan :)
Posted by Jdanne on April 05, 2013
Thanks for the advice! My son has his own camera ...
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on April 05, 2013
Wow, what a shock! Thanks for the tip about the recovery software - one of those hope you never need it, but good to know it's there! K-
Posted by Bradcalkins on April 05, 2013
@Adeliepenguin - thanks, it does work surprisingly well! I also found that it found a bunch of images and movie clips from a kids hockey tournament back in February - so I won't be fooled into thinking that formatting the card in the camera actually cleans out the bits on the card to make it empty :)
Posted by Adeliepenguin on April 05, 2013
What a welcome home from a nice family vacation:) Your images turned out great--I am glad you could save them.
FYI, Rescue Pro also works with a memory card go bad. When I returned from Hawaii in February and popped a memory card into the computer, lightroom couldn't see any images. The card had gone bad (and it wasn't even a year old). Rescue Pro came to the rescue. It took a long time for it to work, but it saved every image on the card.
Posted by Peanutroaster on April 05, 2013
Good tip about the recovery software. Its always worth a try. Pity many people probably don't know its possible.
Posted by Mangroove on April 05, 2013
Ups, must pay attention. Thanks for the advice.
Posted by Libux77 on April 04, 2013
Thanks for these precious advices ;-)
Posted by Bradcalkins on April 04, 2013
I appreciate all the happy wishes - glad I got them back too!
Posted by Suyerry on April 04, 2013
I am so glad you were able to recover your photos. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Brettossman on April 03, 2013
Been there, done that. LOL
Glad you got them back.
Posted by Rigsby8131 on April 03, 2013
A lesson to us all. I'm glad you recovered your images. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Lenutaidi on April 03, 2013
Well,how well that there are software from the Sandisk Rescue Pro:)Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Inyrdreams on April 03, 2013
omg I would have been in a panic! I learned long ago the kids have their own camera.. period! lol and the joke in the family is my daughter has NEVER made it home with vacation PHOTOS.. OR THE CAMERA. TO THIS DAY, there is a camera sitting at the arch in St Louis, at a bar in the Bahamas and most likely on a ledge on the mountain in Rocky mountain Park. deep sigh. we still don't buy her expensive cameras.. and she is now 30! So glad you were able to recover most of the images!
Posted by Bradcalkins on April 03, 2013
@Perstock - We did have an inexpensive waterproof Fuji for the kids, but it turned out to not be tough enough to withstand a night at the bottom of a hot tub on our last ski trip :) To be honest, I'm not sure how they did delete all the images - the Olympus OM-D I use does not have an erase all when you delete, you have to go into the menus and actually pick that option to format a card...
Posted by Egomezta on April 03, 2013
That must have been shocking, good you were able to recover the images.
Posted by Clearvista on April 03, 2013
Wow, talk about breaking out in a sweat. Bet you were relieved to get them back. I didn't have a clue about the recovery, nice to know though.
Posted by Perstock on April 03, 2013
Gosh! What a horrifying experience. Why not by cameras to the kids :-)
Posted by Chanevy on April 03, 2013
Thanks for sharing. I am glad that you got them back. I would never have realized there was a way to recover them!

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