I have picked up a lot of good tips from Scott Kelby over the years, which is why you will find a link to his Blog and web site from this site. One that I got the other day from his latest book Digital Photography Vol 3 has to be one of the best though.

It is tucked away towards the end of the book, as most of the good stuff in Volume 3 seems to be, if you ask me, but it really is a life saver.

Apparently the manufacturers allow their cameras to take a shot even if there is no memory card in place. They ship their products set up like this so that potential customers can try the cameras in the shop – quite a reasonable idea.

The problem is that if you then buy the camera, it will go on allowing you to take shots without a memory card in place. Imagine how sad you would be if you found out at the end of your holiday, that none of your pictures had been saved.

The answer is to go into the shooting menu of your camera and set it up so that it can’t take a shot without the memory card being there. Then, you won’t ever have the problem.

I know that some camera dealers follow this site, so I hope that some of them might tell their staff to change the setting for a customer as part of the sales process. It would be a really nice thing to do.

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