TIPA Awards 2015: Best Photo & Imaging Products of the Year

When it comes to purchasing the best photo equipment out there, the immense number of camera, lens, and other photo accessories reviews can overwhelm the casual and even the more experienced photographer. Year after year, renowned photo equipment manufacturers compete in providing professionals with advanced technology and cutting edge performance. But how can you spot the best photo devices introduced on the market every year? This is where our contribution comes in. All you need to do is grab a cup of coffee and get ready to check out TIPA Awards 2015 for the best photo, video, and imaging products.

TIPA Awards: The Best Photo & Imaging Products in 2015

Have you ever considered looking at the winners of some of the most prestigious and influential imaging awards in the photography industry¬†before renewing your photo equipment? Well, now you can take into account what TIPA’s (The Technical Image Press Association)¬†technical committee has endorsed as best photo devices launched in the last 12 months in over 40 product categories.

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Note: TIPA gathers members from 28 photo magazines on five continents. There are 18 countries represented within the association. TIPA has a partnership with Camera Journal Press Club too, comprising 11 top Japanese photo magazines. A TIPA Award is considered one of the highest distinction for photo, video, and imaging products.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Expert DSLR Zoom Lens Category

Winner: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM comes first as the best expert zoom lens of the year.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Professional DSLR Lens Category

Winner: Canon takes first place in this category too with its EF 11-24mm f/4L UtraSonic Motor lens.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Digital SLR Expert Category

Winner:¬†TIPA editors endorsed¬†Canon EOS-7D Mark II¬†as the best digital camera in 2015. It came as no surprise to us, although it is quite a pricey option for enthusiasts. We’d say, though, that its 20.2 MP, solidly built body, DIGIC 6 processor, and 10 frames-per-second shooting rate, among other features, are worth the money.

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Best Digital SLR Expert Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Easy Compact Camera Category

Winner: It appears that Canon rules the category of compact digital cameras too, with its affordable and well-performing point-and-shoot devices. If you are looking to purchase a slim camera with a long range optical zoom and adaptive optical image stabilizer, Canon IXUS (ELPH) 160/165/170 will surely satisfy your needs.  

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Inkjet Photo Paper Category

Winner: Canson Infinity Photo Lustre Premium RC 310 gsm

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Photo Projector Category

Winner: The Epson EH-LS10000 Projector is prized for its increased sharpness, easy setup configuration, and advanced technology.  Also, it meets the needs of professionals filming not only in Full HD but also in 4K.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Photo Scanner Category

Winner: The TIPA editors brought back this category based on the introduction of Epson Perfection V850 Pro on the market. If you are looking for a sturdy device, and for enhanced image quality at the same time, this is your best deal.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Photo Printer

Winner: Glossy and matte prints, CD and DVD printing ability, USB, Ethernet and WiFi options, touchscreen panel Р Epson SureColor P600 has it all.

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Leica-T: Mirrorless Camera with Leica M Lens

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Design Category

Winner: We don’t know what to say about you, but this CSC camera has awed us.¬†Leica T (type 701) is not only pleasing to the eye, as the TIPA editors put it, but also a pleasure to use. To bring into view just a few of its key features, the camera has a 3.7-inch touchscreen LCD, an APS-C 16.5 MP sensor, built-in GPS, and free app for remote shooting.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Storage Media Category

Winner: Eyefi Mobi Pro

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Premium Camera Category

Winner:  The Fujifilm X100T has a few impressive features. While its integral lens is almost 35mm equivalent, it boasts a high-resolution viewfinder, advanced autofocus, and an amazing shutter speed of 1/32,000 second. Its built-in WiFi, customizable buttons, and Full HD filming capability are another three of the reasons why it occupies the first place in its category.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Expert Compact Camera Category

Winner:  Fujifilm is also the winner of the best expert compact camera category with its X30 model. This is the ideal device to use for casual photography or for day trips. Apart from top capabilities for a compact camera such as a 12 MP 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor, 1/4000 second shutter speed, and high ISO performance, the Fujifilm X30 weights only 423 g.

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Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8-R-LM-WR Expert Zoom Lens

TIPA Awards 2015: Best CSC Expert Zoom Lens Category

Winner: Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR deserves its top position for the following outstanding capabilities: a 24-84mm equivalent range, minimum focus distance of 30 cm (approximately 12 inches), weather resistant design, plus a quiet and fast autofocus.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Photo Monitor Category

Winner: LG Digital Cinema 4K Monitor (Model 31MU97Z) was voted as the best photo monitor for its impressive color depths and management controls, as well as for its ultra high definition video editing capabilities and Adobe RGB support, among others.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Imaging Innovation Category

Winner: Lytro Illum is an exciting imaging platform that allows you to play with exposure and diverse focusing effects in an image, to share photos as animations or export them in various formats like JPEG, 3D or MP4, or to explore other innovative video applications.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Tripod Category

Winner: The Manfrotto BeFree Carbon series comprise in portable, compact tripods made of aluminium or carbon. Both versions of the model are light and easy to set up (they have lock/release leg extensions), and come in handy when shooting in low light conditions.

Nikon Cool Pix P610

Best Bridge Camera of 2015: Nikon Cool Pix P610

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Superzoom Camera Category

Winner: Nikon COOLPIX P610 is unbeatable by other bridge cameras on the market. With its remarkable ultra-zoom lens and high-resolution video capabilities (time-lapse video recording too), accompanied by special filter effects and built-in WiFi and GPS, this superzoom camera is definitely a winner.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Digital SLR Entry Level Category

Winner: Nikon D5500 is perfect for hobbyists looking to get familiar with DSLR photography. The camera is lightweight and comes in a compact format. It has many remarkable features for an entry level SLR, as well as creative modes that allow you to add a special touch to your photos. Plus, its Vari-angle touchscreen LSD makes is ideal for shooting from difficult angles.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Digital SLR Professional Category

Winner: Nikon D810 takes your photo experience to the next level. This full-frame format and full manual control camera has a remarkable resolution of 36.3 Megapixels, a CMOS sensor and an ISO range extendable to 51,200.  

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Portable Flash Category

Winner: A portable flash is a must-have tool for any pro in the industry. TIPA editors have endorsed Nissin Air System as your best choice this year.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best CSC Expert Category

Winner:¬†Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark ll¬†sports a wide array of features such as an electronic viewfinder, touchscreen LCD monitor, and fast AF. It has an excellent performance in low light conditions and the world’s best technology when in comes to image stabilization. Plus, this mirrorless expert camera has a special option called “High-Res Shot” that combines 8 shots in a JPEG to a 40 MP resolution.

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Best Mirrorless Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Photo/Video Camera Expert Category

Winner: For a camera to be very good at both still image shooting and video recording, it should resemble Panasonic LUMIX DMC LX100. If you are looking at a camera for its video-related capabilities, then this is your best choice.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Rugged Camera Category

Winner: It seems that Panasonic rules the rugged camera category too with its LUMIX DMC-FT6 (TS6) shockproof model. This compact camera is specially designed for adventurous photographers. It handles temperatures as low as -10 C/ 14 F, underwater depths of 13 metres (43 feet) and drops from 2 metres (6.6 feet).

TIPA Awards 2015: Best CSC Advanced Category

Winner: With an incredible shutter speed range between 1/16,000 and 60 seconds, a Digital Live View MOS Sensor capable of 16 Megapixels and high ISO support up to 25,600, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM5 has conquered the admiration of TIPA editors and got a well-deserved first place in the CSC advanced category.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Medium Format Category

Winner: A dream for wedding and portrait photographers, Pentax 645Z sports a large sensor delivering 51.4 MP, a 1.037 million RGB dots LCD monitor, an anti-reflection coating reducing reflection, a large optical finder and an ISO support that can be expanded to 204,800. Has it convinced you? Well, it costs around 8 grand.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Digital SLR Advanced Category

Winner: Pentax seems to make its mark in the best digital SLR advanced category too with the K-S2  model. TIPA editors recommend it to first-timers for its broad set of features. The camera is pretty tech packed too and comes with an app and built-in WiFi to help you transfer and organize pics.

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Best Advanced DSLR: Pentax KS2

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Imaging Software Category

Winner: In 2014 Photoshop has lost in favor of DxO ViewPoiny 2. This year, the¬†PhaseOne Capture One Pro 8¬†was voted as the best photo software for the way it handles RAW conversion. Images can be imported either from cards and drives or by means of remote operation. There’s an option for clients too, who can watch the shoot remotely through Capture Pilot. Photo sharing and web galleries creation are also available.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Professional Lighting System Category

Winner: Profoto B2 Рthe Off-Camera Flash that distinguishes as the best lighting systems for professional shooting.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best ActionCam Category

Winner: Ricoh WG-M1 Рthe waterproof, shock resistant camcorder any active professional would enjoy using.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best CSC Professional Category

Winner: Samsung NX1 has an impressive ISO range extendable at 51,200, a 4k video recording capability, and a hybrid, versatile AF system. Also, this  compact system camera gets a high mark for its ability to capture 120 fps at full resolution.

Sigma 150-600mm DG OS HSM advanced Lens

Best CSC Pro Lens: Sigma 150-600mm DG OS HSM

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Entry Level DSLR Lens Category

Winner: SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary is a portable, long range zoom lens suitable for a wide range of shooting situations. Its optical stabilization system improves on image quality while its size makes it perfect for those new to DSLR photography.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Expert DSLR Prime Lens Category

Winner: SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art is a lens specially designed to enhance aperture performance and brightness.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Mobile Imaging Device Category

Winner: Sony ILCE-QX1 offers quite a unique experience to smartphone photographers. This is a mirrorless lens-style camera that can be attached to your smartphone by using an adapter or used independently. In such case, your mobile acts as a viewfinder through a WiFi or NFC connection. As it is a lens-camera it can store the images it takes, bit these can also be stored on the smartphone.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best CSC Entry Level

Winner: Sony ?5100 is super compact even for a compact system camera. It has a wide array of powerful features, and it is very easy to handle. It is also our recommendation for casual photographers looking for well performing yet small sized cameras.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Photo/ Video Camera Professional Category

Winner: Sony a7 S is a professional video camera valued for its high dynamic range and low light capabilities. Its high ISO support extends incredibly up to 409,600.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best CSC Entry Level Lens Category

Winner: Tamron 14-150mm F/3.5 – 5.8 Di III –¬†Mirrorless cameras come with the promise of a more portable photo experience, and so does the CSC entry level Tamron 14-150 mm lens. Lightweight and measuring only 80.4 mm in length, the lens comprises 17 elements in 13 groups, and it is perfect for close up for its minimum focusing distance of 0.5 m (1.64 feet).

Tamron 14-150 mm entry level Lens

Best CSC Entry Level Lens: Tamron 14-150 mm f/3.5 – 5.8 Di III

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Photo Bag Category

Winner: Think Thank Photo Airport International LE Classic¬†was designed with one thought in mind: to make photographers’ travels more enjoyable, at least when it comes to carrying photo equipment. TIPA editors believe the product serve its purpose. For the record, the waterproof roller bag accommodates everything a photographer needs: two DSLR bodies, up to a 500mm lens plus additional smaller lenses, flash and accessories, and, of course, a laptop (a 15- or 17-inch device).

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Accessory Category

Winner: Nature photographers, you will love this accessorise! The UniqBall Ball Head comes in handy in diverse photo shooting situations. The heads come with a quick release plate and case.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best CSC Prime Lens Category

Winner: Voted as the best CSC prime lens on the market in 2015, Zeiss Loxia Line consists of manual focus lenses made for Sony full-frame cameras. The line targets photographers passionate about the image-making process.

TIPA Awards 2015: Best Photo Service

Winner: Zenfolio delivers best photo services in 2015 both off- and online, from marketing tools (customized blog templates, portfolios) and transactional services to photo books, stamps, and personalized items.

How do TIPA representatives assess and endorse each photo, video, and imaging product? Let’s take a look at the criteria these professionals take into account before giving their vote of quality and trust to the very best product in its category.

It is important to mention that TIPA members test and evaluate the devices considering aspects such as design, ergonomics, innovation, ease-of-use, as well as the value for money (price/performance ratio). For their opinion on the products to be as informed as possible, editors invite manufacturers who wish to enter the quest for a TIPA award to send them a sample of their product.

For more information on TIPA Awards 2015 or previous top photo equipment selections, you can visit TIPA’s official website. Endorsed products can be searched by category, manufacturer, and year.

Is there a product in the list you have tried out or consider purchasing it? If you have any thoughts you’d like to share with us, you are welcome to leave a message in the comment section below. Cheers!

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Halloween Photography Ideas: Get Ready to Trick or Treat

Autumn is such an amazing season for vibrant, colorful photography! Now that the Halloween is just around the corner, it is about the right time to impress your viewers with some new photo tricks. Without further introduction, here are the Halloween photography ideas and tips we want to share with you. Don’t forget to spread the enthusiasm!

Eye the Wow Factor: Shoot a Halloween Parade

The beauty of this celebration is that everyone will dress-up.  Ghosts, witches, goblins, and monsters of all kinds will pervade the streets, all smiling and ready to be photographed. All you need for fantastic, memorable shots is to get out there with your camera in hand and see what tickles your imagination. Ghostly, spontaneous portraits are allowed. This is a simple point and shoot strategy. Photograph a Halloween parade and have some fun.

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New York’s Village Halloween Parade, 2014

Capture the Atmosphere: The Challenge of Shooting in Dim Light

Shooting in low light settings is a real challenge if you are not well-equipped. A good DSLR can do the trick for you with a few adjustments, but if it lacks image stabilization, we recommend mounting low light, fast lenses.

However, there are a few tricks you can do and catch the Halloween feeling in your shots without employing extra equipment. Halloween photography should be all about having fun, not carrying around heavy gear.

Here’s what you can do to improve the accuracy of your images when shooting in dim light:

  1. Most cameras come with a Night Mode that allows you to capture your subjects in detail, and emphasize the setting at the same time. The disadvantage, though, is that, if your subjects don’t remain still, the images will get blurry.
  2. What you can do best is take full control of your camera settings. Start by selecting a high ISO speed (400 or more). The downside of doing it is getting noisier images. But if you know your camera well enough, you’ll find the right value.

Learn more about ISO meaning and uses in photography. Leave the flash at home and experiment more.

  1. Don’t forget to select a slower shutter speed when adjusting the ISO sensitivity. If you want to capture a sense of speed or, on the contrary, to freeze the moment, we’ve got the best techniques for shutter speed photography explained here.
  2. Choose a wide aperture and shoot in RAW format if possible. This way you will avoid a reduction of the image’s saturation.

By increasing the aperture, more light will get into your camera’s lens. This will also result in a shallow depth of field. If you wish to learn more about how aperture affects the quality of your images, check out our article on aperture settings and techniques.

  1. Use a tripod. To get astounding night photographs, you need to control the composition of your shots. The easiest way to achieve great exposure is by keeping your camera still.

Consider Candid Photo Techniques

I cannot conceive Halloween photography in the absence of a few candid shots. Move around, experiment shooting from different angles, mix the perspectives, and be ready to take some unusual group pics.

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Capture a Spider Trick

What I love about candid photography is that it doesn’t require posing. It is all about picturing how people interact and enjoy their time. Plus, candid photos add fun and a sense of story to the images.

Choose Your Time Wisely

Shooting in low light does not necessarily mean to wait until the night comes. Profit from the magical hour (actually, those 20 minutes before and after the sun goes down) and make your subjects look like fairy-tale characters.

This is also the perfect time to take incredible silhouette images by playing with shadows and backlighting. As a top tip, try taking photos of your subjects holding lit pumpkins. Position them against the sky at dusk for a more dramatic effect.

We’ve got more golden hour photography tips to help you find the best perspectives.

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Halloween Scary Pumpkin – Autumnl Setting

Focus on Halloween Photography Props

Halloween pictures are all about capturing the spooky mood. Try setting up a bit the areas you photograph. Bring on the devilish cakes and spooky decorations.

What you can also do is find innovative ways to light your images. You know, this is the only time of the year when taking creepy photographs is entirely acceptable. Use flashlights, lit pumpkins, or glow sticks to accentuate the spooky traits of the characters your subjects impersonate by pointing them up, at their face. Also, you can photograph them with and without their masks.

Focusing on Halloween props shouldn’t be something static or boring. Besides a few close-ups of bleeding cakes and creepy cocktails, make Jack-o-lantern the main character of a time-lapse video. You can also capture the pumpkin’s transformation in a series of creative pics.

Dress-Up. Enjoy Halloween.

You cannot naturally interact with your subjects if not dressed-up. Play your role and you’ll make everyone feel more comfortable. Make it fun. Make it exciting. Don’t be afraid to go overboard with your shots. It’s Halloween!

Helpful Baby Photography Ideas & Tips

Who does not love newborn baby photography? Although we all love it, it can be a real challenge to convince the little ones to stay the way we want to for a photo shoot session. That is why we’ve gathered a few baby photography ideas and tips for both parents and photographers.

A successful baby photo shoot should include the following: an attractive decor, a few funny props and, of course, the baby model. There are other aspects to consider too. Patience is the keyword and we mean it! Having to get that perfect angle or moment worthy of a photo album can take quite some time.

Without further introduction, let’s take a look at the baby photography tips and ideas we have stored for our readers.

Baby Photography

1. No Hungry Babies Allowed

Although it might sound ridiculous and many people overlook this aspect, this is one crucial aspect to take into account. A hungry baby is a cranky baby. So before initiating the photo shoot make sure the little one is well fed. Another benefit is that if the baby eats well before commencing the photo shoot, then most likely he will doze off at one point. This is, of course, an excellent moment to take some cute and lovable snapshots.

2. Unique Baby Photography Props

Try using a variety of unique, fun props. When we say props, we mainly refer to blankets and other fabrics. They may include silk, fur, velvet or wool. Just envision the cuteness of a baby burrito. For more inspiration, we invite you to check out our post on 5 must-have newborn photography props.

3. Family Portrait

A lovely baby photograph must also include the family. Having the parents sitting next to, or holding the newborn baby will surely make for a very emotional pic.

4. No Flash, Please!

One of the worst ideas possible when taking newborn baby photographs is to use the flash. They simply cannot stand it. So find a spot with natural light and profit from it.

5. Monochrome Pics

Black and white photos will never lose their charm. Monochrome pics are a safe choice for a baby photo album too. If, for instance, you get hired for a baby shower photography shoot, include black & white images as well. This will create a beautiful effect and a long lasting memory. Not to mention that the picture might make a beautiful cover of the family photo album.

6. Playing with Poses

Pretty straightforward, just find those poses that the baby enjoys the most. One can spend hours searching for the best, funniest poses for their babies. Make it fun. Stimulate the parents’ imagination.

Baby Photography

7. The Secret of a  Comfortable Environment

Both the baby and the parents should feel comfortable during the photo session. A good idea would be to increase the heat. Although adults might be prone to sweating, the babies will enjoy the extra warmth. Parents will also feel more relaxed seeing their child is feeling good.

8. Creativity vs Professionalism

Do not concern yourself with being too professional. In such scenarios, the most important thing is to take the photos that will speak to the viewer.

9. Relaxing Music 

Babies are used to sounds even before they are born. When still in their mothers wombs they hear and even get familiar with a multitude of sounds. From their mother’s heartbeat, blood circulation, digestive system all the way to outer world sounds, such as traffic and much more, babies can hear many things. So consider playing some relaxing music. This will help both infants and parents relax.

10. Swaddled Baby Poses

Some of the cutest poses out there requires the baby to be wrapped. What is important here is to make the baby feel comfortable. Additionally, a nice idea might be that of swaddling and swaying the baby. Babies love to be swayed. By doing so, you can make them fall asleep. Just keep the baby’s blanket a bit loose, to make the baby feel comfortable and look pretty.

11. Consecutive Shots 

Do not try to capture one single perfect moment and thus wait for it. Take instead multiple, consecutive shots. So rest assured, out of 40 consecutive shots taken at least one will be the prize winner.

12. Make the Baby Laugh

A happy, smiling baby can only mean one thing in this context: a lovely baby photograph. Try catching the baby’s attention and make him laugh, from hide and seek behind the palms to funny faces and goofy sounds. The baby will love them and make us smile in return once we see his or her adorable happy reaction.

Baby Photography

Taking a lovely baby photograph is¬†not hard, but it takes¬†patience and experience. The secret is to make the baby feel comfortable. Invest into making a comfy environment, for both kids and parents. Babies are well attuned to their parents’ emotion. Learn how to help babies and mothers relax during newborn photography in our post. Other than that, try to act naturally and enjoy the photo session.¬†In the end, this experience should be fun for babies, parents, and the photographer too.

We hope our tips will prove most useful to you. Do you have other baby photography ideas and suggestions to share with us? Feel free to leave a message in the comment section below. Until next time, happy photographing everyone!

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Wedding Photography Checklist Ideas

The wedding day is a special moment that nobody will forget. To ensure that all the special moments are captured, you should consider creating a wedding photography checklist. By doing this, you will know what to capture, when to capture, and how to capture. Just keep in mind that each shot may take up several minutes.

Before we get started, there are a few things worth¬†mentioning. For example, as previously mentioned,¬†the photographer will have to spend several minutes for each shot that has been requested. That is why the list must be planned accordingly. Some moments might not even be captured due to the shortage of time. In the end, it all comes down to the photographer’s skill. Speed is of the essence.¬†Discuss with your clients in detail, to get a better understanding of the types of photos they want to see in the wedding album.

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With these things in mind, we created a wedding photography checklist that should help you organize:

Before the Ceremony

  • The bride with her family.
  • Groom with his parents.
  • The bride with her Bridesmaids.
  • Bridesmaids helping the bride with her makeup and hair.
  • Picture of the bride’s veil.
  • The groom with his best man and¬†groomsmen.
  • Mother helping the bride with the last details.
  • Dad helping Groom to get ready.
  • Groomsmen¬†getting ready by putting their¬†bow-ties¬†or¬†boutonni√®res.
  • The Bride in her Wedding Dress.
  • Dad providing one last advice to the groom, before the ceremony.
  • Bride and groom getting ready to go to the ceremony.
  • Touching shots with the bride and groom¬†discussing, crying, hugging parents, siblings, and friends before¬†the ceremony.
  • Bride and groom going separately to the church. Pictures can be with them in the limo¬†backseat,¬†getting a cab or walking to their destination.

During the Ceremony

  • Shots of the location where the ceremony¬†is held, before and after¬†wedding party members arrive.
  • Groom and¬†groomsmen¬†assuming their positions.
  • Shots with guests taking their seats.
  • Shot with the grooms expression as he awaits his bride.
  • The bridesmaids walking to the altar.
  • Pictures with the flower girls and ring bearer.
  • Shots with the bride¬†going to the altar.
  • Grooms reactions as his bride comes to¬†the altar.
  • Shot with the bride being given at the altar.
  • The happy couple during the ceremony.
  • Picture with the parents watching the ceremony.
  • Wide angle shot of the altar, from the guests’ point of view.
  • Shots of guests from the couple’s point of view.
  • Special shots of the ceremony.
  • Close ups of the bride and groom as they recite their vows.
  • Close-ups as the couple exchange rings.
  • Another close up as the couple kiss at the end of the ceremony.
  • Shots with the couple¬†as they hug their parents and friends.
  • Picture with the bride presenting the ring to her bridesmaids, parents and friends.
  • Shot of the couple as they leave the ceremony.

Previous to the Reception

  • Pictures with the couple.
  • The bride and her parents.
  • The groom and his parents.
  • The happy couple with all their family members.
  • The couple¬†and bridesmaids.
  • The couple and groomsmen.
  • Bride and groom with the flower girl and ring bearer.
  • The couple with family and friends.

The Wedding Party

  • Pictures with the exterior of where the reception is held.
  • Pictures with the interior of where the reception is held.¬†
  • The couple making their way to the reception.
  • The couple¬†at their table.
  • Pictures with the parents and guests tables.
  • The wedding party wishing the best to the newlywed couple during their toasts.
  • The couple drinking champagne.
  • The parents of the groom and bride chatting with each other during dinner.
  • The couple talking¬†with guests.
  • Very important, shots containing the first dance as man and wife of the groom and bride.
  • Parents dancing.
  • Dad and bride dancing.
  • Mom and groom dancing.
  • The senior family members waltzing.
  • Children dancing or playing.
  • Shots with the band or DJ.
  • Guests dancing.
  • Picture of the cake.
  • The newlywed couple as they cut and share cake.
  • The couple¬†sharing to one another cake.
  • The bouquet toss.
  • Bride and groom saying their goodbyes to family and friends.
  • The newlywed couple as they depart from the reception.
  • Picture of the car as it departs.

Wedding Photography Checklist

The wedding day is probably the most beautiful moment in both a man’s and woman’s life. As such, it is important to immortalize the beautiful moments that come along with it. Preparation is everything. Alongside having to plan the reception, what wedding dress to wear, the bouquets and much more, the list of moments to be immortalized on film is also paramount.

Communication is the key, so let your photographer know what moments he or she should capture. They will remain forever so it is important to not have regrets. Just keep in mind that around five minutes will be required for each shot, so some of them may not make it on the film. Nevertheless, if everything planned correctly, then all special moments shall remain forever, not only in our minds but also in our photo albums. So plan ahead the wedding photography poses checklist to make sure all the moments important to you will be captured.

This brings to an end our article on wedding photography checklist ideas. We hope that our tips were most useful. Also, feel free to let us know what other moments that have not been written down should be captured. Simply leave your idea in the comment section below. We are most confident that there are many more moments worth capturing on film.

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Top 10 Best Bridge Cameras in 2015

Although¬†digital technology progressed so much that it offered us DSLR and compact digital cameras, bridge cameras still remain on the market due to their exquisite market value. In other words they offer immense optical zoom while having advanced features at much more affordable prices than DSLRs. That is why we wanted to make an article on “Top 10 Best Bridge Camera in 2015″.

Modern bridge cameras can offer levels of control and speed similar to DSLRs. Other features such as wide aperture lenses, raw shooting and even Wi-Fi are also becoming more and more popular in bridge cameras. In terms of picture quality, many bridge cameras nowadays come equiped with designs bigger than 1 inch that rival even compact cameras.

Bridge Camera

1. Canon G3 X

Price: $999

The Canon G3 X packs quite a punch due to its 25x optic zoom and Canon’s very own Digic 6 image processor. This bridge camera came as a response to Panasonic’s FZ1000, yet it has its own shortcomings. Mainly the fact that the aperture drops to f/5.6 while in full zoom and also the fact fact that the camera does not support 4K. However, the camera can shoot full HD, has a large 1 inch sensor, support raw capture and an image quality with a high level of detail.

Bridge Camera

2. Sony RX10 II

Price: $1.298

This is a bridge camera that supports 4k video and that can sustain 14fps continuous shooting. The Sony RX10 II camera is a massive improvement from the RX10. It also has a 1 inch sensor and a 3 inch monitor. However, the 4K technology makes it very expensive. Another possible shortcoming might be the fact that it sacrifices zoom range for quality. In the end the Sony RX10 II is one of the best bridge cameras on the market.

Bridge Camera

3. Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ1000

Price: $769

The Panasonic Lumic DMC FZ1000 makes use of a Leica optical lense that helps users shoot in low light situations. However, this impacts the zoom capabilities of this bridge camera. It also has 4K video recording capabilities, a 1 inch sensor, 3 inch monitor, with an advanced autofocus and raw shooting. In the end you get a capable bridge camera, with 4K video recording features at a lower price than some of its competitors.

Bridge Camera

4. Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Price: $442

This bridge camera has an incredible 65x zoom range due to its smaller senzor size of just 1/2.3 inches. It also comes packed with raw shooting capabilities and Wi-FI, altough it has to be set manually just like the eye sensor on the viewfinder. Full manual control but with lower quality pictures in dark conditions, this bridge camera is still one of the best, especially since it costs just $442.

Bridge Camera

5. Nikon Coolpix P610

Price: $367

A contender to the Canon SX60 HS, the P610 unfortunately lacks the ability to shoot raw. However, it offers Wi-Fi with NFC, but it lacks eye sensor for the viewfinder. On the other hand it has an articulating screen, 60x optical zoom a 1/2.3 inch sensor and a 3 inch screen.

Bridge Camera

6. Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ72

Price: $309

Another entry from Panasonic that has managed to remain on the marget due to its versatility and amazingly low price is the Lumix DMC FZ72. It features a higher zoom capability than that of other more expensive bridge cameras. Its 60x zoom, wide 20 mm focal length, and raw format shooting makes it a worthy competitor. However, it lacks Wi-Fi and has generally small resolution.

Bridge Camera

7. Sony Cyber Shot DSC HX400V

Price: $463

This is a bridge camera that benefits from a smaller zoom range of just 50x, Wi-Fi and even a tilting screen. Its ergonomic design makes it a pleasure to use, however it does not support raw shooting. JPEG images are supported and offer quite plenty of details and colours. Another obvious shortcoming is its low resolution electronic viewfinder.

Bridge Camera

8. Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR

Price: $364

This next entry comes from Fujifilm and is an overall good bridge camera. It has a shorter, 42x zoom range but benefits from shooting in raw format, a good autofocus and good image quality. Other great features are represented by its articulating screen and eye sensor for the electronic viewfinder. On the down side, it lacks Wi-Fi and the detail smoothing becomes very visible when photos are set at full size. However, for the price of just $364 it is an overall decent bridge camera, which has the feeling of a SLR due to its size.

Bridge Camera

9. Sony Cyber Shot HX300

Price: $321

The younger brother of HX400V, the HX300, borrows many features from its larger counterpart. It boosts the same 50x zoom range, 20.4 megapixel Exmor R sensor, full HD video recording and HD image quality. However it lacks some of the features that his older brother has, such as Wi-Fi and GPS location. Nevertheless, if you are content with shooting JPEG only, alongside perfect image stabilisation and a lens barrel zoom ring, this bridge camera is certainly for you.

Bridge Camera

10. Nikon Coolpix P900

Price: $610

The last entry in our list is the Nikon Coolpix P900. It sets itself apart from its competitors due to its massive 83x zoom range. It also benefits from inbuilt Wi-Fi and NFC pairing as well as an articulating screen. On the other hand, it does not offer raw formating, it is 60% heavier than most of its competitors and it also costs more. It has a standard sensor size of 1/2.3 inch, a 3 inch screen and a maximum continuos shooting rate of 7 fps. The major shortcoming that this bridge camera has is its high price. Smaller, cheaper bridge cameras with many more amazing features cost much less than this mammoth.

So there you have it, our “Top 10 Best Bridge Cameras in 2015“. Although bridge cameras face fierce competition from DSLR cameras and compact system cameras, they still manage to hold their own. Due to their balance between zoom capabilities, image quality and interesting features, bridge cameras offer high quality at more affordable prices. If you feel we have omitted one or more good bridge cameras, feel free to let us know, in the comment section below.

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How to Import Photos from iPhone to Mac

Any iPhone and Mac user might have encountered this problem at least once before. For this purpose we wanted to tackle the issue by creating a guide on how to import photos from iPhone to Mac. We hope it will prove most useful in dealing with this common matter.

In addition of creating some of the most unique and sophisticated digital devices out there, Apple Inc. has also provided a software specially devised for this matter: Image Capture. Alongside it there are also a few ways people could import photos from their iPhones onto their Macs without the aid of another software program.

1. iPhoto

The most common way of transferring photos from the iPhone onto aMac is by using the iPhoto program. However, this program can only be used by people who already have it installed. The progam unfortunately is no longer available to be installed by new potential users. Nevertheless, it envolves a few simple steps that can be accomplished by everyone. This is how it works:

  • Plug in your iPhone to your Mac.
  • Open iPhoto if it is not set to open automatically once you plug in the phone into the computer.
  • Select a destination folder by using the Download button in the menu.
  • Select the photos or videos that you wish to import. Choose the ¬†‘Import All‘ or just the ‘Import‘ option to selectt the photos you wish to save onto your desktop device.

How to Import Photos from iPhone to Mac

Alongside the iPhoto program there are a number of other various programs that can aid in your efforts of copying photos from the iPhone onto the Mac. These programs are: Preview, Image Capture or Aperture.

2. Using Photo Stream

Another simple mean of transferring photos from the phone onto the Mac is by using Photo Stream.  Begin by:

  • Going to Settings – Photos and Camera and toggling “My Photo Stream” on.
  • The photos will be uploaded automatically to your iCloud account, letting you to share them with other iCloud devices.
  • Go onto your Mac and set up the Photo Stream. Then click on iCloud in Systems Preferences.
  • Add the photos to your Photo Stream. Select the desired photos, tap the share button and choose the iCloud icon.

how to import photos from iphone to mac

3. Through Email

This method can allow you to send up to five photos in one email. To make use of this method you have to:

  • Go to the Photos app and select the photos you wish to send.
  • Make use of the Select button in the upper right corner for the designated photos.
  • Press the Share button and choose the email icon.
  • Type in your email address and simply send the email.

how to import photos from iphone to mac

4. Transfer Photos using AnyTrans

A popular means of transferring photos is by using the iMobie AnyTrans program. It allow greater freedom in selecting photos from a number of sources such as Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library and My Albums. It also allows the freedom to edit photos and it has an incredibly fast transfer speed. This is how it works:

  • Simply run the program and connect your iPhone to your Mac.
  • Then select the Photos option. Choose from the above mentioned Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library, ¬†as well as Photo Share, Panoramas, Albums, Bursts.
  • Select the photos you wish to transfer. To do so simply click on the ‘To Computer’ option located on the top right corner. For selecting multiple photos make use of the Ctrl key.

how to import photos from iphone to mac

5. Image Capture

Another easy and very popular method of transferring photos from your iPhone onto the Mac is through Image Capture. It is a pre-installed app on Mac OS X Mountain Lion all the way to the Tiger version. To use it simply follow these steps:

  • Go to the Applications folder and start the application.
  • After that you will see any iOS devices that are plugged in, listed under Devices.
  • Simply drag the photos seen onto your desktop. You can also make use of the Shift button to select multiple photos.
  • Alternatively you can click on the ‘Import To’ button, located at the bottom of the window. Then simply press on the Import All button.

how to import photos from iphone to mac

6. AirDrop

AirDrop is a very versatile app, for it allows users not only to copy photos from the iPhone onto their Mac’s, but also allow videos, websites and locations to be shared. To succesfully use AirDrop you woul require a device using iOS 7 or 8 as well as a Mac with OS X Yosemite. Because the app allows for file transfers to be made wirelessly, users will also require to turn on the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Nevertheless, it is recommended that users should only try to copy smaller amounts of files, due to the fact that the transfers are made via Wi-Fi. To use it, users must first:

  • Open AirDrop.
  • In the dropdown menu enable AirDrop by choosing either the “Contacts Only” or “Everyone” options.
  • Then select the images you wish to copy onto the Mac.
  • Press the Share option located near the rock bottom of the window.
  • Lastly, simply choose the Mac and the photos will begin transferring.

How to Import Photos from iPhone to Mac


So there you have it: 6 ways that will help you import photos from iPhone to Mac. These are the most effective ways of copying photos from the phone onto the Mac. Some require applications to be installed, others a basic internet connection. Regardless, all of them are extremely easy to use.

We hope the article proves most informative and if you have any inquiries feel free to let us know. We will reply shortly. Best of luck copying the photos!

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14 Tricks for Shooting in Low Light

We all know the saying that a photo is worth 1000 words. For the most part it is true, yet a photography can fail to express what you wish if not taken correctly. That is why we wanted to present an article on shooting in low light that should provide some useful tricks for all photography aficionados.

Before we begin presenting our tips there is one thing worth mentioning. One of the most important elements of photography is light. This notion most surely has been heard by readers countless times before. However, the importance of this statement cannot be exagerated.

But this must not act as a deterent when comes to shooting in low light. Instead it should make us reconsider our position. By making use of the proper techniques we could achieve high-quality photos in low light conditions.

shooting in low light

1. Orientation

It is important to know that the quality of the image will be, in no less extent, provided by the orientation in respect to the sun or the moon.

Bringing along a compass can aid in this matter. Keep in mind to observe the light path and to let yourself guided by it. This, of course, applies if you are shooting outdoors.

2. Constrictions

In low light conditions you will have to use lengthier exposures. This in turn will mean that you have to compress time into a single frame. As a result, any camera movement must be rendered to zero. A resilient tripod and a shutter will allow you to reduce camera shake.

3. Prepare yourself for Different Weather Conditions

If it is not pouring outside this might be an excellent opportunity to take some really interesting photos. However, rain shouldn’t discourage you from shooting. Just make sure you¬†protect¬†the¬†camera. If a few drops reach your lens, shoot like that. This will add a dramatic effect¬†to your final product.

4. Raw Photos

Try to shoot raw. This will allow you to adjust white balance levels during the post-processing phase. Work with a large batch of raw images and select the best one.

shooting in low light

5. Experiment with Light

In the event in which you are shooting indoors, a good idea would be to play with light sources. Try to think outside the box and go beyond ambiental light. Include different arrays of light sources. These can range from lamps and candles all the way to torches and chandeliers.

6. Proper Dress Code

Yes, you read correctly. The reason why this is a tip is that it can influence the effect of the final product. For example, if a photo is taken in a low light situation where the model has a dark outfit, the dramatic effect will be less impressive. Consider choosing pale or white outfits that can effectively reflect available light, whether it is ambient light or an experimental light source.

7. Reflectors

A reflector can be a great addition in any low light environment. It can take that very small amount of light and aim it at the image’s subject. This allows the focus point of the photo to stand out even more¬†against its¬†dark surroundings.

8. HDR Images

When trying to shoot portraits without a dark background a good ideea might be that of using HDR. It works by taking shots with more exposures and bringing them together into the image. Therefore, an even distribution of shadows and highlights is createddue to the combination of shorter and longer exposures. It does wonders when there are dark areas in the frame while taking shots of high contrast situations.

The camera has to be set to auto-bracketing mode. You will also require a tripod. Later on, the exposures can be combined in programs such as Photomatix or Photoshop.

9. Black and White

Who doesn’t like a dramatic black and white photo? ¬†If you are shooting outdoors and the colour is fading switch to the black and white option. Make use of Live View mode first to preview the surroundings while having the picture style set in monochrome. This will give you a sense of what the final product will look like.

10. ND Filters

When trying to withhold details in the foreground ND filters are a great addition. If your aim is to increase the dramatic effect in low light shooting, not having to resort to them is also an option. This will enhance silhouette foreground features.

11. Composite Landscapes

Shooting at lower shutter speeds can increase darker areas. By using both shutter speeds and different aperture settings, the depth of field will¬†increase, despite the lens’ capabilities. Suffice to say, experimenting is the keyword here.

12. Taking Time

By rushing into things the final imagery might not have the same desired level of detail. Consider having to take a picture of a sunset. If you wait right until the sun drops right on top of the horizon line the picture will have an added dramatic effect. This time of day is also referred to as “The Golden Hour“.

shooting in low light

13. Underexposure

The key concept of shooting landscapes in low light is to embrace the darkness that permeates while the last rays of light make their way onto the planet’s surface.

By doing so you allow the image to retain its natural feel as opposed to the HDR imagery granted by digital technology. Therefore, you should constrain yourself from using fill-flash and allow the highlights to maintain their natural feeling. Some areas will remain underexposed, but the end product will have an added bonus in the dramatic effect department.

14. Freedom of Movement

Quite a number of people will argue that a tripod is a must when taking outdoor shots of landscapes in particular. Nevertheless that might not apply to everyone. Indeed, if you are planning on shooting at long exposures, then having a tripod will come in handy. Unfortunately this will limit the freedom of movement while finding new exciting angles to shoot from.

In all honesty these 14 Tricks of Shooting in Low Light are but a few. There is much more to say, but this should get you started. Any photography aficionado out there would greatly benefit from them when having to shoot landscapes or portraits, both indoors and outdoors. It is our belief that they will unlock a door for further experimentation.

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Amazing Travel Photography Locations For This Summer

We know that all photography enthusiasts have a ‚Äėbucket list‚Äô of travel destinations they dream of shooting. Even so, there‚Äôs always room for more inspiration and useful tips. That‚Äôs why we‚Äôve come up with a short selection of travel photography locations you can enjoy visiting and shooting this summer. Ready to be amazed?

Location: The Great Barrier Coral Reef

Located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia, the Great Coral Reef expands onto 2.300 km and around 900 islands, making it the largest coral reef system in the world. The stunning structure created by living organisms can be seen from outer space and offers a variety of wonderful spectacles. The Great Barrier Coral Reef was made a World Heritage Site in 1981 and it amazed marine-biologists as well as tourists from all over the world. Although facing a series of environmental threats, this destination still remains a hot-spot for scuba divers, tourists, and photographers.

Fish in the Coral Barrier Reef

Photo Tip: Make sure to be accompanied by professional scuba divers if you are still at the beginning of your scuba lessons. Other than that, the very diverse marine ecosystem offers countless hours of photo-sessions.

Recommended Equipment: It would be great if you could hire underwater lenses. For spectacular results, we recommend experimenting with fisheye lenses such as Nikon 10.5mm fisheye lens or Tokina 10-17mm fisheye.

Location: Barcelona

The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona offers many tourist hot-spots and an endless array of sights worth photographing. Falling heavily under the architecture style of Antoni Gaudi, including his famous unfinished Sagrada Familia, Barcelona attracts travelers by its sheer beauty and stunning culture. Including the Sagrada Familia, other places worth photographing are the Montjuic Park, La Pedrera (another one of Antoni Gaudi’s famous buildings), Guell Park, Poble Espanyol, La Seu Cathedral, Palau de la Musica Catalana and the list can continue. From fine sandy beaches to impressive architectural feats, Barcelona has much to offer to every travel photography enthusiast.

architectural detail from La Sagrada Familia

Photo Tip: Time! Barcelona hosts a vast number of attractions, too many to count, so be sure to take your time and try to go through as many as you can.

Recommended Equipment: For urban shots, we suggest using a good wide-angle lens so you can capture as broad areas of view as possible. Macro lenses might also be useful for stunning close-ups of architectural details.

Location: Venice

It is hard to make a top of amazing travel photography destinations without including the city of Venice. Built by the Roman Empire, the city of Venice rose to fame especially during the Middle Ages when it became one of Europe’s most important centers of commerce. Originally a shallow swamp-land, the unique pillars onto which the city was built are still regarded as an impressive engineering feat, almost all being unchanged since the city’s creation. This most famous city includes a vast number of tourist hot-spots such as the Doge Palace, Piazza San Marco, the Murano islands, the Grand Canal and of course St Mark’s Basilica. The city also hosts a film festival making it one of the best photography destinations, especially for loving couples.

beautiful night picture in Venice

Photo Tip: Photographs taken while on a gondola can amaze any viewer, especially due to the magnificent surroundings in Venice, offering the chance to photograph streets, houses, parks, as well as some of its most impressive monuments.

Recommended Equipment: Night scenes over Venice are truly spectacular. Make sure you take a tripod with you so to avoid blurry pictures.

Location: Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

Changing a bit the perspective, the Easter Island is one of those haunting places capable of unleashing anybody’s imagination. The moai, Ester Island’s famous statues make for epic pictures. Every year the place comes to life with feats, music, parades, traditional dance and sports during the Tapati Rapa Nui festival.  What is really impressive is the way local culture is celebrated. Tapati Rapa Nui welcomes visitors from around the world, but at the same time it is a festival made for locals. Have we stirred up your curiosity? The Easter Island definitely makes for an un-missable photo and traveling experience.

Easter Island - The Moai Statues

Photo Tip: If you cannot be there during the festival and take a few magical shots, don’t worry. Nothing beats a picture of the stone statuary under a starry sky.

Recommended Equipment: Don’t forget to pack your tripod and, if possible, use an aspherical wide-angle lens. Rokinon 24 mm f/1.4 for Canon is ideal for night photography and especially for astrophotography.

Location: Danube Delta

Finally, we decided to include one of Europe’s most stunning ecosystems. The Danube Delta is located in Romania and hosts over 300 species of birds and 45 species of freshwater fish. This eerie ecosystem impresses due to the little impact it suffered from mankind. Frequent tours via the Danube, which springs from the Black Forrest Mountains in Germany and flows into the Black Sea, can be made by crossing several capital-cities such as Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Bratislava. Best period to visit the Danube Delta is from late spring to early autumn when warm temperatures allow for all sorts of activities such as boat rides, fishing, sightseeing, birdwatching and, of course, stunning photo shootings.

Panorama over the Danube Delta

Photo Tip: As a valuable tip for all those passionate about nature photography, be sure to capture this unique biosphere reservation in all its splendor. The Danube Delta is ideal for wild photography holidays. Also, if you enjoy admiring nature’s treasures in solitude, there are a few secluded beaches worth visiting and shooting at Sulina and Sf Gheorghe, two of the three channels. The misty mornings and fiery sunsets make for astonishing golden hour pictures.

Recommended Equipment: For stunning images, especially when shooting from bigger distances, we recommend using wide angle zooms. These lenses will allow zooming out and capturing more of the surroundings at the same time. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

We hope you enjoyed our travel photography location ideas and tips. Do you have in mind any other iconic locations and dream destinations? Feel free to drop us a line and share with us your travel photography ‚Äėbucket list‚Äô.

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How to Recover Deleted Pictures from SD Card

So you have accidentally deleted photos from your memory card and are now looking for a way to recover them? Rest assured, there are plenty of ways to do without having to stress out over how time-consuming this might be. Read our article on how to recover deleted pictures from SD card for simple, applicable tips on how to do get back those cherished immortalized memories.

  1. How To Recover Deleted Pictures from SD Card with Data Recovery Pro

Contrary to popular belief, even though you accidentally delete photos from an SD Card, they aren’t permanently deleted. They still exist on the lower levels of your SD drive. Unfortunately however, Windows cannot find these on its own so it needs a third-party software to locate the photos.

how to recover deleted pictures from sd card

Even if your photos are located in the lower levels of your SD drive, they can be overwritten at any time, because Windows is not protected anymore. So if you are trying to recover this data it is important to act quickly. Here’s what you should do:

  • Go the recovering-deleted-files.net.
  • Then click on the Free Download button for the software program called Data Recovery Pro.
  • After installing the software, open it and you will have a series of options to choose. Then press the Guided Scan button and if you are looking to recover deleted files from external sources such as an SD card continue by selecting the I want to recover items on an external device.
  • Afterwards you will be presented with a table containing the deleted data and by simply selecting it and pressing the Recovery button an automated folder will be made containing the deleted photos.

how to recover deleted pictures from sd card with data recovery pro

Keep in mind that this solution implies having to download a software program, yet it offers a safe and fast way to bring back lost data.

  1. How to Recover Deleted Photos from Memory Card with Recuva Professional

Another useful software for recovering deleted data files is Recuva Professional. These are the quick and simple steps to follow:

  • Simply go to Piriform.com/recuva and on the main page you will be presented with the option of downloading the program. After downloading the program make sure you install it.
  • Before opening the program you will be required to do a Quick Format on the SD card. I know it is really scary to Format the SD card, mainly because of the fear to lose all data. But by pressing Quick Format you only scrub the Table of Contents on the SD card, not erasing everything recorded on it.
  • Now you can go onto the next step by opening the Recuva program.
  • Then, in the Recuva Wizard, you will be asked what sort of files you are trying to recover. If you are looking to recover deleted photos select the Pictures button.
  • If you also have other files that need to be recovered then go ahead and select the Other option, although be wary that it takes a ridiculous amount of time to scan in this selected option.
  • After selecting Pictures you will be asked where you want your files to be recovered. Select the Specific Location option and continue by recovering the files in the Removable Disk or in other words the SD card reader.

how to recover deleted pictures from sd card with recuva

If you select the Deep Scan option you can find files which have been deleted for a long time. Keep in mind that SD cards do not know that you deleted files until new ones are rewritten on them. So you will get files that are most recent as well as old deleted files. If you select this option note that it is very time-consuming and it might take a couple of hours. However, you will be able to bring back very old deleted files, so the benefits might overshadow disadvantages.

After the scan is completed a window will appear. In it all the files that have been found on the lower layers of the SD card drive will come into sight. Because you can have a vast number of photos that have been brought up, both recent and very old, it might again be very time-consuming to select each one individually. Luckily, there is a ‚Äėselect all‚Äô option and you can follow up by pressing the Recover button.

There you will have the option to choose where you would like your recovered files to be saved. Then the files will be copied from the card onto the folder in which you want these to be saved.

Depending on the number of files you have recovered and thus saved, this process might take a couple of minutes up to a few hours. So be prepared to clear your schedule and spend some time on it.

Hope this couple of tips on how to recover deleted pictures from SD card prove useful to you. Although it involves downloading and installing different programs the results pay off. Nevertheless, keep in mind that depending on the sheer number of photos that need to be recovered, the whole process might vary in time. In other words, expect to spend from a couple of minutes to a few hours, if the volume of deleted photos is that high. By using the Recuva program and its Deep Scan option, you can recover files lost a very long time ago. So, in this event you can rest assured that you will spend quite some time, if you wish to recover those old files.

In essence, these immortalized moments should better be recovered, as they bring us back joy while looking over them. If you are searching for more tips on how to organize your images and keep them safe, check out our post on best ways to import and store digital images on your computer, as well as on an external drive.

Thank you for reading our article on how to recover deleted photos from memory card and feel free to leave us a message in the comment section below if you have any tips or ideas to share on the topic. Cheers!

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Aperture Settings and Techniques Part II

Now that you know what aperture is and how it works, let’s experiment with some aperture settings and basic photography techniques for popular niches. Whether you want to achieve a more intense, powerful portrait or a more in-focus flower photograph, we have prepared useful and simple guidelines for you to follow.

Aperture Settings and Photo Techniques for Expressive Portraits

In order to get expressive portraits, photographers usually focus on the subject creating a shallow depth of field. If you want to concentrate the attention on your model, and achieve a more diffused background, here’s what you need to do:

  • Set a wide aperture (a lower f number like f/1.4 or f/2.8).
  • Get close to your subject.
  • Focus on the subject‚Äôs eyes.

Out-of-focus backgrounds are ideal for portrait photography as they can add different moods and effects to the photo, changing the atmosphere. Now that you know how to do it, get your hands on the camera and have some fun experimenting.

 portrait achieved by using a wide aperture

Aperture Settings and Photo Techniques for Pet Photography

Photographing your pet is meant to be fun. Pet photography benefits from both shutter speed techniques if you want to capture your subject in motion, and from aperture techniques if you want to freeze a special expression.

You already know how to take a nice shot of your pet on a blurry background: set a lower f number (f/2) and don’t forget to focus on the eyes.

If you don’t have a pet and want to practice, find a place where you can find plenty of subjects like a park, a garden or a Zoo. Be careful what you get close to though!

Aperture Settings and Photo Techniques for Flower Shots

Flower photography also benefits from out-of-focus backgrounds. Here are some useful tips:

  • Choose a flower you want to focus on.
  • Set your camera on a wider aperture (f/4 should be fine).
  • Ensure the background can add a nice effect to the image. Go for either a nice bright sky, or for a beautiful green garden.

Here is an example of what you can get.

aperture photography technique for flower images

Aperture Settings and Photo Techniques for Beautiful Landscape Pictures

Small apertures (small f numbers) are preferred by photographers when it comes to landscape pictures. The reason why they choose smaller apertures like f/11 (higher f number) is the greater depth of field achieved. So both the foreground and background elements are in focus.

For a well-balanced composition and saturation, it is recommended to set your camera on a medium aperture. However, you are free to play with settings, and adjust all details along the process.

Aperture Settings and Photo Techniques for Travel Photography

Who doesn’t love traveling? Whether travel photography is one of your hobbies or even your job, there are so many details and moments you want to capture. The aperture photography techniques you can make use of when focusing on details imply an out-of-focus background and shallow depth of field. So you will need to choose a wider aperture (up to f/4).

If you choose to capture a broader scene, but also blurry distracting elements in the background, a wide aperture will do the job. The only thing to take into account is the distance to your subject.

Aperture Settings and Photo Techniques for Street Photography

Street photography, often overlapping with travel photography, can also benefit from wide apertures. Out-of-focus backgrounds can add a dramatic even artistic effect to your street photographs.

  • Choose a wider aperture to ensure a less depth of field.
  • Place your subject in the main focal point.

Aperture Settings and Photo Techniques for Abstract Photos

The most fun part, and also one of the most challenging, of experimenting with aperture photography techniques is that abstract touch you can add to your images.

  • Set your camera on a wider aperture (choose a low f number, but not the lowest like f/4).
  • Focus on a central element. This will result in a slightly out-of-focus, blurry background.

Here is what you can get:

Stair lights abstract photo

Medium apertures are ideal for shooting light trails. One of the major aspects to consider in this case is adjusting the shutter speed and ISO properly. Set a low ISO (ISO 200 should do the work), choose a shutter speed between 10 and 20 seconds along with a medium aperture of f/8.

Take a few shots and see how it goes. Experiment as much as you can and let us know how it went. We love it when our readers engage with our content and get inspired. So don’t hesitate to drop us a line if you have any thoughts and ideas you’d like to share with us and our community.

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