Why I NEVER remove a memory card from a camera

Why I never remove a memory card from a camera
(Image credit: Nikon)

As photographers, we all have different ways in which we work to get the kind of shots we personally like to take and deliver to our clients, and with this task of course comes different working styles and the different “superstitions” before a shoot. Let me tell you about the day I lost images to a £2,500 / $3,250 (about AU$4,400) photoshoot and why now, I never remove a memory card from my camera. 

So this is a rather hard story to tell, not only because I did not follow my own advice, but it still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, and is probably the biggest mistake of my career, and the one I learnt the most from. So here goes the sorry tale.. 

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.