On the 1st day of Christmas…

On the first day of Christmas…

My true love reminded me that if I don’t actually keep the pictures I take I won’t make it to another Christmas… 🙂

Congratulations if you’ve opened up the wrapping on a new EOS camera today. I really recommend that you put the battery in it and make one small but hugely important change

stop taking pictures without a memory card

no pictures without card

Santa and the elves at the Canon factory set all EOS cameras so that they will take pictures with no memory card inside.

This is done to appease the few photo dealers who put cameras out for you to touch and try before buying. These dealers really get bored of replacing lost memory cards from their demo cameras.

But now it’s your camera and the point is to record pictures – else it’s a viewing box not a camera – so go to the red tabbed menu and set it to not take pictures without a memory card.

Especially confusing for new EOS owners is that the camera shows a preview of the picture on the LCD, but as soon as that is gone so is the picture.

You would also be well advised to read about the three things I recommend to do to all EOS cameras.

See you tomorrow for another in the 12 tips for Christmas…

All I want for Christmas is you…

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This is one of a series of twelve posts, inspired by the popular Christmas song The Twelve Days of Christmas. I’m giving all my blog readers a free tip for each of the twelve days.

About the twelve days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas start with Christmas Day and ends with the eve of Epiphany on January 5 th. The Twelve Days of Christmas dates back to English origins in the sixteenth century although the music is reputed to be French. The first publication date for The Twelve Days of Christmas (The 12 Days of Christmas) was 1780.

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Full-time photo tutor and photographer. I love to share my knowledge and skills to make photos, videos and teach others. I write books and articles for photo magazines and I always have at least one Speedlite flash in my camera bag