Deleting photos from memory card

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by taytho, May 4, 2006.

  1. taytho macrumors 6502

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    I searched and didnt find a thread so direct me if i am repeating someone:

    How do i delete photos of my card (a compact flash card in this case).
    I know how to do it with the camera.... but sometimes i want to take a bunch off but not all pictures. To give you detail. I have a Canon 350D which I love(that is for another thread though).
    I also have a card reader that i use to import my photos. I can get into the card that way and i delete photos from it. The photos no longer appear when i am browsing photos on the camera but it doesnt seem take them completely off because it doesnt free up any memory on the card.
    In short. I delete these photos when the card is in the card reader and it doesnt seem to free up froom for more pictures.

    Thanks a bunch.

    TT:D
     
  2. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    I import from my Camera (Rebel XT) using iPhoto, without the 'delete photo's' option selected. Once I'm happy that ALL photo's have transferred, I then use the IMAGE CAPTURE app to select the photo's I want to delete from the camera. You can use this to select 1 or 2, or all of them and delete.

    If you're using a card reader, it could be that it's seen as a drive, the deleted files are held in the trash and that space won't be freed up until after you empty the trash.
     
  3. iGary Guest

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    Import your images onto your desktop.

    Burn a DVD/CD (Do not pass go, do not collect $200.00).

    Format your card in the camera.
     
  4. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    Any particular reason for not just using iPhoto?
     
  5. taytho thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i am using it.... i am talking about deleting photos from the memory card.

    here is my example

    I just took a bunch of photos at a graduation ceremony.... because of lighting and distance not many were that usuable. So i want to just take them all off of the card. I would like it if others were still on the card but the ones from graduation were not. does this clear anything up at all?
     
  6. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    I was just wondering if there was a particular reason for the approach iGary suggested.

    If you're using the camera: then try the IMAGE CAPTURE application to select the photo's you want to delete.

    If you're using a card reader, as you've seen you can delete the photos you want. The reason for not clearing space, could be that it's seen as a drive, therefore the deleted files may be held in the trash and disk space won't be freed up until after you empty the trash, whilst the card is still connected.
     
  7. petej macrumors regular

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    As stated earlier, empty trash using finder when the card is still connected.

    The apple mechanism for deleting files is to move them to a hidden folder called .Trash (It's the . that makes the folder hidden on unix based systems) in the root of your memory card or disk.

    Everything will stay in this hidden folder until you empty the trash. If you look in the Dock trashcan you should see all the files on the card that you deleted. Simply ejecting the card will not cause the trash to be emptied.
     
  8. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    I NEVER delete from the CF card while it is still in-camera. I upload everything to the computer, put it in whatever folder I've created, then while leaving the images still on the card, eject the card reader from the computer. I re-insert the CF card into the camera and then re-format the whole business, which clears the card for the next round of shooting and formats it correctly for that camera.

    Back in my computer and folder, I then review images and only then do I delete those which are not up to snuff. Many times just looking at the LCD is not enough to be sure whether or not an image can be salvaged, even if it requires heavy cropping or something....
     
  9. iGary Guest

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    I like creating a digital negative (CD/DVD) before I do anything to my images.

    1. Because I am a clutz on the computer and delete things willy nilly.

    2. It's just a good habit to get into. I've seen so many posts here: "Oh, I lost my whole iPhoto library."

    3. I have often blazed through Aperture and deleted a "prime select" by mistake, and been able to pick it up off the DVD.

    What happens if you take an assload of photos, work on them for a day or two before you run your regular backup, and your machine craps the bed?

    SOL, eh?

    Burning a DVD/CD right form the start (and verifying it) is great insurance you won't lose your precious images (and for me, lose a lot of money).

    Like I said, I'm a clutz. Your mileage may vary. :D
     

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