Improve Photography Roundtable (EP-168)

Questions of the Week:

  • Barbara Ricker: Are bubble levels on tripods just there to torment me? Seriously, does anyone have any quick tips for getting things level?
  • Radhika Dixit: I just accidentally deleted all my 2016 photos from Lightroom… and when I was asked if I wanted them off the hard drive as well, I clicked ‘yes'. Stupid. Are they gone for good?

Connor’s Segment

 

  • Using a light meter

Jim’s Segment

  • When did we all start with photography?

Brian’s Segment

  • Being a beginner

Doodads of the Week!

5 thoughts on “Improve Photography Roundtable (EP-168)”

  1. Wanted to chime in on my fist breakthrough moment…the IP trip to Iceland put me in the company of 16 other photographers of varying skills. Learning from the higher skilled shooters, and helping less skilled shooters really made me a better photographer; that and the full immersion in photography, as in getting comfortable operating my camera in the dark, during the trip also helped me advance. It is indeed a progression so now I am watching for the next breakthrough to happen.

  2. “Radhika Dixit: I just accidentally deleted all my 2016 photos from Lightroom… and when I was asked if I wanted them off the hard drive as well, I clicked ‘yes’. Stupid. Are they gone for good?”

    I guess there aren’t too many Asians where you live Jim. Radhika is a female Indian (as in FROM India) name. It’s pronounced Radh-ik-a with the dh making a similar sound to the dh in Buddha.

  3. Hi Radhika Dixit,

    There is still hope for your photos. There really is! I use CCleaner from Piriform.com, and I can say that I haven’t had any problems using it, so I think their software is safe (just be careful when installing, that you don’t install add ons) . They also created a program for recovering files that have been deleted from your hard drive. As long as you don’t put new files on your computer, there is a very good chance you can get ALL of your photos back! I can’t guarantee it will work, but I think you have a good chance. I hope this helps…
    Ivan

  4. On Radhika’s question about restoring deleted photos, there is another option that hasn’t been mentioned. You can restore previous versions of files on Windows using restore points. Here are a couple of articles on how to do so:

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/11130/restore-previous-versions-of-files-in-every-edition-of-windows-7/

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/turn-back-time-4-tools-tips-to-restore-deleted-files-in-windows/

    I actually did this once when I accidentally deleted a crucial piece of software from my computer. You’re essentially rolling back the clock to an earlier version of your computer when the files still existed on the drive.

    I looked back through the FB group comments and she was actually able to recover the files since they were still on her SD card. Also she was using a MAC so the solutions I mentioned here wouldn’t work for her. But if you’re in a similar situation and you’re using Windows, these could be helpful.

  5. In would like to agree with Ivan, but nevertheless would like to mention that, I use Piriform and stellarphotorecoverysoftware.com to recover lost or deleted photos from all types of hard drive (formatted, corrupt or inaccesible), memory cards and other external storage devioces.

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