Tip: Put Your Contact Information on Your Camera’s Memory Card

If you were to lose your camera today, would anyone who found it be able to get in touch with you? If not, it might be a good idea to put a couple “digital dog tags” on your camera’s memory card. First, add a photo with your contact information onto the card so that anyone looking through the photos on the camera will come across it. Next, add a series of text documents to the root directory of your memory card (the first directory that appears when you access the card on a computer). Give these files names that both attract attention and contain your contact info. Open up these text documents and add your full contact details. This way, anyone who opens up your card on a computer will (hopefully) see your info as well.

These tips are especially useful if you’re traveling with your camera, since you might not be clearing the data off your card very frequently and may have a higher chance of losing your camera.

(via Reddit)

  • Zach Sutton

    Wouldnt these be erased each time you format the card though?

  • Bigfootrod

    If you were careful enough to put these files, you will be careful enough to put them back if you format your card, or  do not delete them if you manually delete the files from your card.
    Nice tip!!

  • Lynette Evans

    that’s exactly what I was wondering about!

  • Clint B

    I put a sticker on the bottom of my camera with my name, email and phone #. 

  • Matthew

    or you can just write your phone number on the OUTSIDE of the card to a) make it easier on the good samaritan and b) allow them to help you without having to go through your pictures.

  • Carlos David

    I use these guys on my camera equipment. and I put a JPEG with basically the same info as in the example above on my cards. I rarely need to reformat my card after the initial format when purchased.

  • Wing Wong

    Interesting idea. Since formatting the card is standard practice for many, might as well have your business card handy and photograph it right after you re-format your card. maybe even photograph it again towards the end of the card.

    Some cameras have copyright info you can add which will embed in the image files as well, which would be a good idea… if your camera supports it.
    Like the label/trackitback idea. Though what to do when those stickers start wearing away and become unreadable?

  • jenn

    Or, you could get something like these: to stick on your cards which will make it so that people can easily turn in lost items AND have an incentive to do so

  • Gunmanxxx

    or, you can just take a photo of your contact details and name it “owner_info.jpeg”

  • Rob

    I do this for all of my USB flash drives as well since I’d like the larger ones back when I lend them out.

  • RobL

     +1  – I have a labelmaker and I just made a bunch of labels with my name and phone number and stuck it on my camera, the battery and lenses. They’re small and unobtrusive. If they don’t work to get my stuff back, then anything more elaborate probably won’t work either.

  • Ouizee47

    Now to find some way of easily FINDING what accessories you’ve lost.  I lost the battery to my Canon Rebel EOS when I went to a scrapbooking retreat in Denver last Sept.  Luckily I had taken some photos before I lost it, but unfortunately there were other photos I wanted to take and couldn’t.  Had to order a new battery from Amazon.  Need a device for locating my cell phone when it’s missing and battery is dead.

  • Dancebert

    Write a batch file (or script) which formats the card and copies (or creates) the text files. 

  • icie

    Occam’s razor: as suggested, just having a label on the equipment (somewhere out of the way but still visible, e.g. at the bottom of the body, written on the CF card, a small label on the battery, etc) might work better than putting contact information on the card. There is no guarantee that whoever finds your camera body would be particularly technologically astute. Potential difficulties:

    1) Your camera uses a type of card (e.g.: CF) that the finder does not have a reader for, and they are thus unable to view the named files.
    2) The finder looks through some of the photos but doesn’t find the photo with your information on it. Seeing 500 photo count, they don’t bother looking through the rest.
    3) The finder sees all the buttons on your camera and does not know how to operate something that does not have a touch screen (or they give up because they don’t wanna fiddle and break something). They might not even be able to find the power button without much difficulty, much less play back your photos.

  • Dancebert

    Labels fall off.  Why not use both methods?

  • GC

    1. Put a piece of paper or business card in your bag (perhaps in every pocket).
    Small sticker with your contact info – stick it on memory card,
    battery, body, lens, etc. Make it in black and make it small.
    Want to spend money? Have a pro engrave your body, battery, etc. This is
    possible with high tech machines, I saw this on a trade fair.

  • Sam Carrot

    Ingenious tips. Thank you.


  • Everardo Keeme

    Could try Boomerangit