How to Get Your Camera Back When You Lose It


Most of us photographers have a few ‘worst nightmare scenarios’. One of them is losing our cameras.

Andrew McDonald has a strategy just for you that will increase the chance of getting your camera back. He took the following series of images and leaves them on his camera so that anyone who finds it and scrolls through his pictures will see them.



























Thanks to Andrew for allowing us to share these images.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • Barry E Warren

    Not a bad idea ,

  • BKNY

    Did it work?

  • dancebert

    After every SD card format I copy 3 text files to the card’s root directory. The file names are 1) My name, 2) my email address, 3) my phone number.

  • Oleg

    Hmm… pretty nice but not worth it if camera was stolen

  • Carl G

    Register your photo equiptment at Check it out.

  • Sara

    I had my camera stolen from me BY MY AUNTS!!!! >: /

    Long story short they moved by dad from his house to their elderly mom’s house for care reasons and transported all or at least most of the belongings from one place to the other; the last time I saw my camera and it’s bag was at the first house and I have yet to see again, I wish that I had grabbed my camera along with the bag when I was last in the house because I really miss it. :,(

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  • Toper's Photos | Kristoper May 18, 2013 11:03 am

    its actually a clever idea!

  • testa April 2, 2012 12:47 pm

    i would stomp this camera just for being so annoying

  • janerb March 20, 2012 10:34 pm

    best way to prevent people from losing a camera is that there should be a provision for automatic watermark on everyphotograph ...........taken that can only be deleted by a password or through the retailor. that way no one can use the camera without getting the awfull watermark. moreover he may take it to the showroom to remove the password and the retailer may then inform the rightfull owner.

  • Julie February 20, 2012 02:55 pm

    There is also a website to check out if you ever find or lose a camera. It's and there is a flicker page too. Hope you all keep your camera close and your kids closer! Best wishes!

  • J.J. Awesome January 31, 2012 12:07 pm

    Awesome!! I luv it. Il use it on my friend. Hehehe......

  • michael September 25, 2011 09:49 am

    i had my camera on my conputer now its gone how do i get it two work agen

  • Sophie September 5, 2011 11:59 am

    Looking for a silver Canon Ixus camera lost at the end of august/early september 2011 in Ibiza - around the quieter bay area near Peppers and other local bars. It has quite a few holiday snaps of a blonde and brunette in ibiza - the most notable are photos of zebra face paint/fancy dress. Would much appreciate any help, please email with any information, thank you xx

  • Conch June 25, 2011 10:59 pm

    You could print out a miniature of the photo (taking only one) with a plea to honesty,
    (maybe include a miniature photo of a kitten or puppy) include your email address
    and paste it on the bottom of the camera AS WELL AS having it on the SD card (IF
    you don't re-format, which is a good idea to do). And the photo on the SD card would
    have to be at the beginning of the SD card. Clever idea, you.

  • Bert L June 25, 2011 07:26 pm

    A good Idea, Last year I found a damaged SD card at a remote spot containing strange sculptural works on the Oodnadatta Track, South Australia and was able to recover many of the photos (inate curiosity!). They were clearly someones travel photos including parts of Europe and would be irreplaceable, however, I have not found any way to track down the owner(s) as none of the photos contained anything to help identify them even though one couple featured heavily in the photographs.

  • Octavio May 26, 2011 05:17 am

    Well, I don´t know. Sounds like very good feelings. Just Good Luck if you loose your camera. I hope it doesn´t happen to me. I just had bought a canon Sx130Is.

  • Todd May 25, 2011 08:47 am

    Funny, but if someone stole it, It's pretty easy to delete all the pics off it before pawning it. :(

  • matt burns April 13, 2011 11:21 pm

    If you still have a jpeg taken with your lost camera, I've have a search engine that looks up photos on the net that have the same serial number (as found in the exif data).


    Sorry about the shameless plug!

  • belajar bahasa inggris online March 21, 2011 02:44 pm

    A lot of interesting things found on your blogs, like the topic! The author thanks and success in the blog!

  • Brian February 19, 2011 11:22 am

    After I lost my camera in Spain, I came up with a way to protect yourself from losing stuff. I made a website to help with that.

    It's called RewardTag...Check it out at

    Hopefully we can help you get your stuff back down the road!

  • Jonny January 28, 2011 03:39 am

    Awesome story line! My friends and I laughed for a few minutes. I love finding creative picture stories like this and glad I found your site as I am learning how to use my new Nikon D5000!

  • Gavin August 11, 2010 06:08 am

    Wish there were a way to do this with lenses. Someone stole some of my L glass from a wedding two weekends ago. :-(

  • Leng | Globe Nomads August 5, 2010 09:02 pm

    A really innovative idea! However I think a simple label or tag on the camera stating an email and a thank you would do nicely too.

  • jayesh r August 2, 2010 03:17 pm


    One thing why can't we have a back up of the images and have our camera's and equip insured.

  • Christine July 12, 2010 06:49 pm

    Excellent idea since most people are supposed to be innately good. Lost mine in Bangkok on 8th July. Rushed out of taxi before checking I had everything. Boo hoo! The camera is needing replacement but the photos are what I want! Grrrr! Thanks for this fun and creative idea!

  • Sage Crispin June 27, 2010 03:52 am

    If you go to my blog (click on my name above) and scroll down to the 2nd post, you'll see my (sorry-much more serious) post on this same matter. I wrote it after my son left his camera on the roof of his car and drove off.


  • liver June 22, 2010 09:19 am

    Just dont lose your camera or be dumb about where you leave it then you wont need to waste your time copying these onto EVERY card you have in your camera. Come on that's got to be annoying. I can get black out drunk and wake up with my camera next to me still. Its gotten to the point where its almost like a limb. And hey if you lose your camera, what a great excuse to upgrade, right?

  • Phil Marion June 19, 2010 12:41 am

    Funny but too impracticle to do if you format your card.

    Better Idea to have a sticker on the camera and a business card in the camera bag.

  • c curtis June 18, 2010 11:42 pm

    I wish i had seen this a year ago , my camera was left behind in my hotel room and someone helped themselves ! even though i was their with the are prosecuting attorney we got no where w/ hotel personnel !who said were sorry but we dont have your camera ahhhhhhhhhhh made me so mad , take heed and record this on yours so maybe you wont suffer the same fate !

  • Jeroen June 18, 2010 08:17 pm

    I a Nikon DSLR (maybe other brands as well) you can set a standard comment line that will be inserted in the EXIF of every picture that you take. I have set mine with a copyright 2010 and the url of my personal website.
    You have to really dig into the camera menu to find that option, but it is there. On the counter side, if your photos are used elsewhere, there is a chance that they left that EXIF data in, so you can prove it is indeed a picture that is taken with your camera.

  • Athea June 18, 2010 08:58 am

    So funny and such a great idea!!!

  • Avelaine Scyrup June 18, 2010 05:48 am

    haha love it!

  • thaikarl June 17, 2010 10:31 pm

    very funny story.

    1. my casio cameras all have had internal memory. you don't see the internal pictures until you take out the memory card. so you can save the "return my camera" photos to internal memory, then use the copy internal to card function to put the "return my camera" pix back on your memory card after you format.

    2. casio and other cameras allow you to save a picture as a startup image. "return my camera" info is a good one.

    3. like the guy above said, carry a business card with you, or a notecard with your info in your camera stuff. take a shot of the card after every format...

    4. if there is nothing on or in your camera to identify you, for SURE you won't get your camera back. so anything is worth a try, and the humanity of the photo series above will strengthen the resolve of a camera finder, cause it makes you a person... not just a "free" camera.

  • Deema June 17, 2010 02:34 pm

    great idea! I wish I thought of this before I lost my camera during my trip to Spain. I want to cry everytime I remember that camera :'( luckily we had a really good phone camera with us. I'm forwarding this tip to my friends.

  • Stephen Hurlbut June 13, 2010 02:58 pm

    Oh, I forgot, there is the do not delete button. But deleting isn't the best solution, because the images don't leave, they just get written over, and it bogs down the speed of your card sometimes. Sometimes even leads to file issues.

  • Stephen Hurlbut June 13, 2010 02:52 pm

    I really like this idea, but as many of people have pointed out it requires work. Most DSLR's don't have internal memory, and even if they did, they don't usually show the images without the card. So finding it wouldn't work very well. Then there's the issue of do you keep them on the camera, and have to reformat every time? Or do you delete the other images individually? I do all of my copying of files by opening up the cards folder, rather than downloading them. There are two ways I could approach the task of always having the images on the card. One you could select all the images you don't need, and delete them through the folder. Or you could download the images, format the card, and then paste the images back on the card every time. Formatting is preferable, but you could go without formatting for a while, I believe. As far as storage, you should be able to change the file size that the camera saves it under, making it take less space. I know that I can make my files sizes less than 1 mb each, which is great. For this purpose, I would certainly keep the files small.

    As others have pointed out, you could take just one picture with simple contact information. In fact having a card that you photograph every time would be a lot easier than recopying the file every time. However, what I like about this idea is that it's very funny, and as someone pointed out, you could potentially win this person over with these images so that they do in fact bother to contact you. It sucks that not everyone is going to return lost property, or would even steal it. But I believe there are people in all parts of the world that would be willing to return the camera. And some that would only return it because this put a smile on their face.

    I can't see myself bothering to do this, it is work. I hope that I never would lose my camera. It's kind of like not wearing a helmet when riding a bike. The chances are very small that you will need it, but you COULD crash.

  • Jeff June 13, 2010 08:32 am

    This is very creative. But what about adding a special phrase or code to meta tag each photo so whoever ends up with it - and uploads to flckr - you can search it out? Possible?

  • Randy June 13, 2010 03:56 am

    Fun idea. When I have lost a camera, it was my SD card that I would rather have gotten back then the camera. The problem with high capacity cards is that one tends not to download them till there are 100's of photo on them.

  • Anshum June 11, 2010 03:24 pm

    This is hilarious and smart. Unfortunately however, it won't be very helpful if my camera gets stole, which is the more likely of the two scenarios. I keep an eye on my camera like its my first-born so i'm unlikely to lose it.

  • kimmy June 11, 2010 03:06 pm


    AMEN TO THAT SISTER.... his camera would look GREAT at my house, and yes, he would have to follow me home to get it. While we were at my house, he actually asked me if I wanted to update the bathtub picture, but I didn't want to get my hair wet and he wouldn't share the bathing cap with me.

    I guess he's a little stingy like that.

    So, instead, I used a plastic grocerie bag and a rubber band instead.

    He won't leave me alone now.

    That is the price a girl pays for being terminally hot in plastic, thank God for bubbles hiding everything else...

    We are getting married this summer -

    And all we will be wearing are our cameras and a smile.

    (he just doesn't know it yet.)


  • Christy June 11, 2010 08:48 am

    hahaha that's great! :)

  • Dave Thomson June 10, 2010 01:37 am

    Each piece of my camera gear has my email address on it via a P-Touch label, in hopes that an honest person will contact me if they find it. Each bag also has a laminated do-it-yourself business card with my name, address, phone number and email address on it. The P-Touch is nice because it's compact and the adhesive doesn't leave a residue.

  • Marco June 9, 2010 05:52 am

    Brilliant! Love it, thank you for the laughs.

  • Sidster June 8, 2010 09:05 am

    Hmm.. just thinking about it.. if someone found it and they went through your pictures.. they might have to scroll through hundreds of photos to get to this little snippet of fun.. Great idea, and worth trying out just in case..

    I still place a sticker on the bottom of my camera for clearer identification.

    Also the people who posted about losing it on the plane and in the park.. that is a miracle that you got it back. Great to know there are still honest people out there!
    One time on the plane a person left a laptop on the plane. A person asked around if it was there's. Everyone said no.. then this one guy who had originally said no, said it was his when the stewardest came over to pick it up. The stewardess then asked the guy what name was written under the laptop.. he stuttered and had no answer. He was so quiet all the way through the trip. Everyone around him knew the scumbag was trying to steal the laptop.. LOL.

  • Vidhya June 8, 2010 01:42 am

    hahaha.. good one, had a heartily laugh.. nice idea there!

  • Angela June 8, 2010 12:00 am

    I don't care if this idea would work or not, nor do I think I'd ever actually try it. What I DO know is that the pics absolutely cracked me up and made me chuckle all day...thanks for the laughs Andrew!!

  • Yvonne Moss June 5, 2010 09:51 pm

    Very funny. The only thing I am wondering is how you keep a series of pics like this on the camera and deal with the hassle of not deleting them every time you upload images!

  • Rajev Charudutta June 5, 2010 04:10 pm

    LOL! Andrew you are brilliant. Amazingly creative, funny and so expressive. I loved this post. Darren thanks for the article.

  • KenD June 5, 2010 02:57 pm

    Aaah, the train. I remember the train. It's where I lost my little Canon G7. I think it went home with someone or maybe to the pawn shop. Maybe it went in exchange for consciousness changing substances. It certainly didn't go to a friendly policeperson or the railway's lost property office.
    Maybe it would have come home if I had done something like this, but I don't think I'm as appealing as this young chap.

  • del June 5, 2010 06:47 am

    what kind of a camera was it ? If it was a not a too expensive one, perhaps i can look through my stored things and if i find one that you can use, i will donate/give it to you. I feel bad that you lost your cam

  • Matt Clark June 5, 2010 05:33 am

    Everyday I check trains, the post office and I feel dogs... just so I can find your camera.

    But it's nowhere to be found.

    Plus... I've been arrested twice for man-handling someone's Chihuahua.


    PS - please send bail money

  • Bridgette Collado June 5, 2010 03:12 am

    Love it!

  • MarDee June 5, 2010 01:11 am

    That is absolutely fantastic. What an innovative young man.

    Any chance of being able to forward that to members of my camera club??

  • Stephi June 4, 2010 11:57 pm

    Haha! I saw this on Facebook, it's a great idea! I think I might do this for my Camera now.
    Very funny ^.^

  • liz June 4, 2010 11:00 pm

    Brilliant... lol.

  • Dave Obersby June 4, 2010 10:42 pm

    Thats probably the best way to make sure you can get something back that I have ever seen. Genius!

  • Vinod June 4, 2010 10:13 pm

    Hilarious! I am sure anybody would return it back. I had lost my camera when i was in Minneapolis, had left itat the Minnehaha park. And guess what, I got it back!! This kind guy responded to my posting on craigslist. Miracle indeed!

  • BobDole June 4, 2010 07:05 pm

    Unfortunately, the e-mail address is the least legible text in the set of pictures.

  • Rahil June 4, 2010 03:39 pm

    hahahaha Brilliant idea

  • Brenda June 4, 2010 01:16 pm

    I left my camera on a plane. There was no identification on it. I knew the plane was going on to Orlando. I happened to check lost and found on Craig's List in Orlando and the person who found it had listed it there. It was a small miracle.

  • Nipuna June 4, 2010 12:56 pm

    haha! even a robber wud want to return it if he sees that!

  • Axel June 4, 2010 11:46 am

    The idea is not bad however the messages and the pics are very annoying
    to write the least. Keep it short, simple and less nerdy.

  • Rich Collins June 4, 2010 10:27 am

    This will not work unless you own a high end camera, which already has in it a permanent buffer for personal data. I can only tell you that my Canon has this and I'm sure Nikon and Sony do too. Other than this we are looking at insurance.

    But nice humor. This guy should put this on UTube

  • Jake June 4, 2010 08:35 am

    I printed all my contact information and took a picture of it and saved it on my camera but every time the disk is formatted the "contact" picture is deleted along with all the others. I was hoping I could "lock" the image but formatting deletes everything.

  • chrisjean June 4, 2010 08:17 am

    So funny and cleaver. I think I'll try if for sure...................cj

  • Mandy Buff June 4, 2010 08:08 am

    Even though somebody would have to pry my camera out of my cold dead hands, I think this is an awesome idea.

  • E June 4, 2010 06:32 am

    Haha, that's so awesome... and original! :D

  • Sas June 4, 2010 06:12 am

    This is a sweet, funny and excellent idea. There's nothing to lose by it and everything to gain.
    Thanks a million :-)

  • Sharon Lease June 4, 2010 05:58 am

    I think by putting an address label behind one of the doors
    would be sufficient.

  • Mark Benawit June 4, 2010 04:43 am

    Thanks for the idea. Too bad my cameras get stolen more than lost. Would the buyer of such stolen camera contact me or just chuckle and then format it???

  • Sidster June 4, 2010 03:38 am

    LOL.. Great Idea!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Vishal June 4, 2010 03:36 am

    hahaha.. Hilarious!!

  • Sweets June 4, 2010 03:26 am

    Ha ha... that is so funny... and soooo clever. Thank you! (^_^)

  • Dominique Smith June 4, 2010 02:44 am

    Very funny and great idea...

  • Jan June 4, 2010 02:21 am

    Hilarious! I'd bring your cam back just to meet the guy with the brilliant mind behind this!!! LOL

  • Lynet Witty June 4, 2010 02:11 am

    OMG that's funny and genius!!!

  • nelly June 4, 2010 02:09 am

    This is awesome!
    great idea and a hilarious range of facial expession. Good on you Andrew ;)

  • Chris June 4, 2010 02:05 am

    Great idea but I agree with some of the above posters. How do I keep the images on the card(s). I format my cards in camera after I download the images on my computer (And other hard drives).

    So in my workflow I would have to replug the card to the computer and upload the images back onto the card. I am pretty lazy and unorganized and can't seeing keeping that up! lol

    Is there a way to upload this personal information onto the metadata of your camera? I know my name is on each image as I take each shot. I guess if I should put my email address on it instead.

  • Kim Lapacek June 2, 2010 12:17 am

    Lol! That was fantastic. Also - he's not alone...

    I was always losing my camera. Then I got a perfect sized ORANGE zipper bag from to keep my camera in - it's bright so I usually find it fairly quickly...unless I forget to put my camera back in it...

  • Mako May 30, 2010 03:21 am

    Since I usually use 24 exposure rolls ... I'd have to reload pretty soon after shooting that sequence. hahaha

  • Seraphya May 30, 2010 12:04 am

    I have been doing things like that for a while.

    On cameras that have internal memory its easy. and then on cards I just always leave a few pictures in low res on my cards. a few low res shots are nothing compared to the space on the card.

    It has helped me once in the past to get a camera back...

  • MissMissy May 29, 2010 01:30 pm

    You, sir, may have your camera back once we go out for coffee. Oh, did I forget your missing camera at home on my nightstand? Gosh, I can be so forgetful sometimes. Let's go back to my place and get it!

  • a non-imus May 29, 2010 04:55 am

    The article should have been titled, "How to appear charming and clever enough to snag a woman to date you" because most women who would "accidentally find the camera" would find the sequence of pictures to be cute and the guy not bad looking either.
    You sir, had me at "hello". :-)

  • mike wood May 29, 2010 02:43 am

    That is a great line " yesterday’s Gap ad.” That would get the point across. I style my own images and while I don't shoot families too much, making them feel like models does help. Helps for everyone really. :)

  • mike wood May 29, 2010 01:53 am

    That made me laugh. I thought it was going to be a single frame on the memory card photographing a page with contact info, but that awesome. :)

  • Leo Angelo May 28, 2010 04:38 pm

    Hahahaha, very funny and creative.

    By the way, there's an option in my Canon camera to 'protect' selected images. This will prevent your photos from being deleted. I think you can apply these kind of images. Just my two cents.

  • Petunia May 28, 2010 09:35 am

    You are so clever and so cute!

  • Sagar May 28, 2010 06:50 am

    was just awesome.....although i might not be putting so many images instead of my business card image....but it was really funny....i loved his expressions and that bathroom image too :D :P

  • Ran May 28, 2010 05:33 am

    This was one of the funniest things I saw in my google reader today.. Had to come here to comment..

  • Ashley May 27, 2010 07:37 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA this is soooooooooooooooooo bloody hilarious!!!! i was literally crying in laughter reading this! the best article i've read on here to date not because it's funny but because it's sucha great strategy! top work :D

  • Valerie Farr May 27, 2010 05:03 pm

    Too cute! ?

  • Anibal Trejo May 27, 2010 08:45 am

    Nice one!
    I'll try this!
    Thanks for sharing

  • Mitch May 27, 2010 07:57 am

    i believe there is also a way to get your information onto a startup screen of the camera

  • Federico Presti May 27, 2010 07:38 am

    My camera got stolen... I don't think that the person would have given it back... this is quite funny though

  • kate May 27, 2010 06:24 am

    Cute but has it worked?

  • Jamie May 27, 2010 05:31 am

    Loved it!

  • David May 27, 2010 05:27 am

    A series of shots will not take up much space if shot in low resolution jpeg format and locked to prevent erasure.

  • Michael M. May 27, 2010 01:58 am

    Good stuff!

  • Nicholas Lee May 26, 2010 11:36 pm

    Haha! Great and amzing idea! It made my day!

  • michelle May 26, 2010 09:47 pm

    i hope i read this post a month ago before i lost my camera :( although i have a new one now
    im thinking that maybe we should also put a tracing device in our cameras :))

  • Emanuele May 26, 2010 07:25 pm

    Wonderful. :-D

  • jomz May 26, 2010 06:41 pm

    This is a great idea, and very humorous, too.

    This had me chuckling quite a bit.

  • hfng May 26, 2010 04:31 pm

    I am going to email you now with details on where to pick up your camera :P

  • johnp May 26, 2010 01:03 pm

    Good one Andrew!! Not sure if the photos would help though. Maybe cameras should come with security codes so they won't switch on unless a code is first entered - that would make them less attractive to steal? Now that they can come GPS enabled the more expensive ones could have tracking devices built in to locate them if lost? Then Andrew and his rubber duck could bath in peace.

  • oliverignacio May 26, 2010 12:49 pm

    this is funny! LOL

  • scott May 26, 2010 12:05 pm

    that was a great idea! wonderfully done.

  • Andy MIlls May 26, 2010 11:24 am

    Looking at the comments above, I think a couple of people got out of the wrong side of bed this morning.

    Anyhoo, it is amusing, but not practical for everyone - I have a number of cards and format them every time before use rather than delete. And you are relying on the other person to be honest, etc.

    Stickers wear off after a while, and can you trust yourself to make sure you replace them when they do? Again, it also relies on honesty of the person who finds it.

    You're probably better off making a note of the serial number and insuring it (if it's not covered under your home contents insurance), especially if it's a more expensive DSLR.

  • Mei Teng May 26, 2010 10:59 am

    Nice! :) But on a serious note, I doubt if people will be honest to return cameras they've found. At least over here.

  • Larry May 26, 2010 10:36 am

    Not sure if that will work, like others have alluded to...


    Fantastic and creative way to do so Andrew! That was great!!

    Cheers from San Francisco!

  • Bret Edge May 26, 2010 10:27 am

    Why can't I ever think of funny ideas like this? Love it! I might play copycat and do something similar with my camera. Wonder if it would work? Thanks for a hearty chuckle!

  • Cornell May 26, 2010 09:54 am

    I was also thinking that Andrew McDonald never reformats his memory card.

    Now, I have a couple of questions. Does he have only one memory card? If he has more than one, does he do this for each memory card?

  • Rachel Dahl May 26, 2010 09:34 am

    Hilarious!! That's a great idea.... Ever heard of the "ICE" method on your phone for emergency contacts on your phone? This reminds me of it!!

  • Rachel Dahl May 26, 2010 09:32 am

    Hilarious!! That's a great idea.... Ever heard of the "ICE" method on your phone for emergency contacts on your phone? This reminds me of it!

  • Stone Wang May 26, 2010 09:21 am

    ?? really funny!

  • Anthony May 26, 2010 08:15 am

    Nice idea. But I have to wonder how many people are honest enough to bother?

    It would be great to see if he put those images on an old camera and then "lost it" would it come back to him and perhaps from an "art" perspective would the person have added any images.

  • OJ Photography May 26, 2010 07:29 am

    That's awesome!!!

  • Memoria May 26, 2010 07:18 am

    Aside from using an "s" in "anyway", this is absolutely perfect LOL!! Great expressions. I would return the camera just to meet him haha.

  • Karen Stuebing May 26, 2010 06:40 am

    Whoops! Should have clicked on his name first. He is a blogger and has a book published called "The Greatest Blogger in the World". I knew that looked like a funny blog post.

  • Karen Stuebing May 26, 2010 06:36 am

    That's really funny. I think if someone went through those photos, they'd have to be pretty hard core criminals to not return his camera.

    And it's a super idea. I think one photo with your information would suffice because odds are whoever finds your camera is honest and not a thief.

    Like on my cell phone, I have a contact AAA so it's first that says "Call if found" with my home phone number. But I have nothing on my camera which is worth a lot more to me than my cell phone.

    OTOH, do I want to have just one photo with my information. I mean, how do I leave it on there after I download my photos except by deleting them one by one instead of "erase all." What if I have 100 photos?

    Maybe the sticker thing isn't such a bad idea.

    But that was funny and would make a great blog post and probably end up on Wordpress's Freshly Pressed front page.

  • zaug May 26, 2010 05:08 am

    Another take on this idea:

  • Shaun Fisher May 26, 2010 04:56 am

    Very funny! Yet I can't see myself using it in the near future!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  • Puja Upadhyay May 26, 2010 04:18 am

    This is really cool and funny....very imaginative too. i really love the expressions, they bring the shot to life...i wonder if that can be replicated by everyone. amazing idea!!

  • Terry May 26, 2010 03:37 am

    This idea is great...have you ever had to rely on it? So original !!!!!

  • Guillermo Rosas May 26, 2010 03:37 am

    First I LOL... Then I realized that you were serius. Now I know that you deserved to loose your camera in the first place.

  • Eeps May 26, 2010 03:30 am

    Sorry, but that was just lame. If you love your camera that much, put a sticker with your contact info on the camera. Or better yet, stencil it. It may reduce the resale value but provides a better deterrent to thieves. Someone also mentioned offering a reward, which is always a good idea. While I am a cynic when it comes to expecting the return of a camera, my simple suggestions would provide just as effective (if not more) than the ones made by the author. Without wasting half your card space and looking like a shmuck LOL (Sorry Andrew, I know you mean well)

    p.s. Better yet, get an Eye-fi SD card (if that's what your camera takes) and set it to automatically upload pictures to your photo site whenever it locates a hot spot. Hopefully, the person who finds it takes pictures with it, thus giving you clues as to the possessor's identity. It doesn't guarantee recovery, but it definitely increases your chances.

    p.s. And note down important details of your camera, like serial numbers.

  • CMC May 26, 2010 03:02 am


  • Mark Pashia May 26, 2010 02:44 am

    My Canon has enough internal memory to hold this set, but I keep the camera set to "never use internal memory" to be sure I have a card in the slot. Gotta think about this one. Is it worth the risk of forgetting to load a card??? Really funny idea though!!!

  • Robd May 26, 2010 02:40 am

    I think it would be more effective if the message was on one or two shots, most people don't have a long enough attention span to bother reading that much.

  • Sybren May 26, 2010 02:39 am

    I'll be waiting for camera firmware that can place images on the card after each format :)

  • Reznor May 26, 2010 02:36 am

    Camera manufacturers should add enough memory to a camera to save just one image with contact data in-camera. That way, you wouldn't have to leave it on your card, it's always there and can't be overwritten accidentally.

  • Connie May 26, 2010 02:34 am

    Thank you, Andrew! How clever and creative and hopefully effective!

  • cavale May 26, 2010 02:01 am


  • Chris Mower May 26, 2010 01:59 am

    Andrew... YOU ROCK!

  • rikki May 26, 2010 01:59 am

    very funny!

  • Jessica Oei May 26, 2010 01:45 am

    Clever and super creative!! Way more personable than just a label. Spending the few seconds copying the files to each new card would definitely be worth it.

  • valerie May 26, 2010 01:43 am

    this is funny. i would email them back for sure. i should take a picture like this, just one though and write protect it so it's always on my card. good idea!

  • Allison May 26, 2010 01:35 am

    This is so original I love it!

  • Daniela Vladimirova May 26, 2010 01:29 am

    LoL - this deserves spreading. Made me realise why I've never recovered my lost cameras before I saw this! :D

  • hichkok May 26, 2010 01:27 am

    thanks, great idea
    forwrd to my friends :)

  • Sherry May 26, 2010 01:20 am

    That never stops being hilarious. It's a great idea but the humor he uses makes it even better than just some basic contact info.

  • Dana May 26, 2010 01:18 am

    I could do something like this on my camera, easily. It has interior storage as well as taking cards. Do DSLRs not have that? I guess I could see why--the files they make are *huge.*

    Maybe he has this series saved on his computer, and every time he formats his card he puts them back on.

  • Patrick Skotniczny May 26, 2010 01:15 am

    HA! This is great!
    You could always keep a sticker on your camera that says "Police Traceable Reward If Found"

  • r May 26, 2010 01:06 am

    kind of corny. lol.

  • mleonv May 26, 2010 01:03 am

    Too bad this will never works in my country... even if someone find it, if they don't need it, they will sell it....

  • Abbie May 26, 2010 01:02 am

    This is awesome! I laughed the whole way as I read it. Such a good idea!

  • Maja May 26, 2010 01:01 am

    did he found it?

  • Susie May 26, 2010 12:49 am

    This is a great idea.

  • Victor Augusteo May 26, 2010 12:47 am

    haha this is awesome. I'm so gonna put this in my iPhone.

    dont think can pull this off with camera though, I always format my card everytime i do a new shoot :)

  • usr May 26, 2010 12:35 am

    ha ha ha ... very interesting !

  • Trevor May 26, 2010 12:30 am

    Interesting, can apply to our mobile phone as phones are in great chance of losing them

  • Morgan May 26, 2010 12:29 am

    Is there a way he ensures they always stay on his camera? I shot with lots of different cards and format frequently, so I'm curious how he manages.

    Great idea though! Hilarious too!

  • Mark May 26, 2010 12:26 am

    That is original and funny. I would be inclined to email him.

    Does he leave those pictures on all of his memory cards?

  • Violet Bliss Dietz May 26, 2010 12:23 am

    Too clever. Chuckling as I attempt to focus on work.

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