Photo Tip: What to Do When Your Camera Quits

Hi… here’s your weekly photo tip, coming to you from photographer Shelly Perry at our How to Make a Six-Figure Income as a Traveler Workshop in Panama City, Panama.

Read on below…

-- Lori

Lori Allen
Director, Great Escape Publishing

P.S. One thing Shelly does really well at these workshops is give her full attention and energy to each session, making sure to cover camera mishaps, composition, lighting -- and everything in between. It shows that she’s having fun behind the camera… and that fun and energy spreads to everyone else.

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Today we went by dugout canoe to spend the day at an Embera Indian village. While we were there, two people’s cameras stopped working. They were fine one minute, and then they just quit. The power was still on, but you couldn’t take a picture.

So here’s what we did to get them up-and-running again -- and what you can do if you find yourself in the same situation:

1. Make sure the memory card isn’t full. If it’s full, replace it with one that has space.

2. Turn the power on and off.

3. Turn the camera off. Remove the battery. And then take the battery and rub the connectors on your pants. (Or, if you’re home, you can rub the connectors with a pencil eraser.)

Today, these three steps worked. Our two photographers were back up-and-running fast.

I can’t say for sure what caused these cameras to freeze up, but I can guess. I think it was the high humidity and heat.

Very cold temperatures can cause the same problem. If you’re shooting out in the cold, keep your spare batteries where it’s warmer -- in your pocket near your body.

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