I was listening to one of my favorite radio shows the other day- The Vinyl Cafe with Stuart Maclean- and he had a story about a woman that had lost her camera, and it had several years of photos on it. She was lucky. A good samaritan found the camera smashed on the side of the road, rescued the memory card from it and looked at the photos for clues. She was able to identify a school in the photos, and tracked down the owner, returning hundreds of memories to her. Imagine however if there were no easily found places on the camera however, like a school, if all of the photos were inside a house or yard, or of hiking… no way to find the owner.
There’s a simple solution for this that I’ve used over the years (other than making sure you regularly download all of your photos and back them up). It is not fool proof, as it depends on the goodwill of others, but each time you format your memory card, a picture of your business card, or of a piece of paper with your name and address, and make it the very first photograph that you make. Like so-
You can also do this with your smart phones and other devices. Have a laptop? Put the information in your photo library. I also do a similar trick with all of my travel documents, whenever I am going on a trip. I don’t keep an image of them on my phone, but instead in my email. I wrote a post about it recently for Matador travel. You can read it here- Keeping copies of travel documents, even when you lose them
Again, it won’t work in every case, and it won’t always get your camera returned to you, but hopefully someone will at least send you your memory card, which can be worth so much more.