Don’t run out of space for digital pictures on vacation

Q: I am going on vacation for ten days and want to make sure I don’t run out of space on my digital camera. What do I need to do?

A: You really have a couple of options here. If you have a laptop that you are willing to take with you on vacation, you can always just download the pictures from your digital camera to your computer when the memory card gets full. Once the pictures have been successfully transferred to your computer, you can delete all of the pictures on your memory card and take a new, fresh set of pictures.

SanDisk 1.0 GB SD memory cardAnother option is to purchase one or more additional memory cards. The price of memory cards has significantly dropped recently and it is not uncommon to find a 1 GB memory card for around $15.00. That 1 GB memory card will allow you to take approximately 500 pictures at 7 or 8 megapixels.

With additional memory cards, you can treat them like the old rolls of film. When your current memory card fills up, simply pull out the memory card and replace it with a spare one and you’re good to go.

Don’t worry about taking the memory card out of the camera. There is no risk of losing the pictures on the memory card when you take it out of the camera provided you handle the card with a reasonable amount of care.

If all else fails and you are running out of space to store your pictures, consider spending a few minutes each night reviewing the pictures on your digital camera. If you see a bad shot or an obvious blur, delete the picture right on the camera to make room for the next day’s prize-winning photos.

This post was originally broadcast Friday, July 20, 2007 on Tech Talk with Noobie, a weekly radio show on WCBK 102.3 FM in Martinsville, Indiana. Tech Talk with Noobie airs every Friday between 11:30 a.m. and noon. If you have a question you would like Noobie to answer on the air, simply e-mail your question to [email protected].