Have you ever had a child delete the images on a camera by accident? Or did you forgot about the old photographs from that family trip and just erased them from your computer? recovering deleted photographs can be a troublesome endeavor. Here’s everything you need to know!
As a Perth-based family photographer, I’ve seen plenty of photography emergencies over the years. Clients have come asking for help with all sorts of situations! And it doesn’t only happen with digital photographs: prints can also get damaged, broken by mistake or lost during a move. Are all your family photographs lost forever?
Having an expert help you out would be the best-case scenario, but what if you don’t have the time? Thankfully, in many cases, you can recover deleted photographs by yourself. Here are some of my tried-and-true methods to recover erased digital photographs.
Case 1. Recovering damaged or lost print photographs
This one can be relatively easy to solve. If your Fisher portraits were damaged or got lost, no worries! You can give me a call or send an email and I’ll look for your session on my server.
I keep all of my past photoshoots and have restored the family photos of some of my clients on different occasions. One time a client lost her beloved portraits in a flood, and more than once I’ve encountered removalists wrecking family photographs by accident!
Case 2. Recovering deleted photographs from a memory card
So what if someone accidentally erased your camera’s memory card? Children can be surprisingly nifty, even when they don’t really know what they’re doing!
Don’t worry. I’ve restored client’s deleted photographs many times. The main thing to keep in mind is: as soon as you notice it’s been erased, stop using the card.
If you keep taking pictures, you risk overwriting the files and losing your photographs forever!
Instead, plug the card into a computer. Then, select a file recovery software.
Recuva is a good option for Windows, while PhotoRec works with Mac. Of course, there are many options to choose from. Some memory card manufacturers offer recovery options bundled with the card’s software. Check your card first!
Install the program and follow the instructions to recover your files. Recuva, in particular, has an easy-to-understand interface. A detailed guide on the process can be found here.
Case 3. Search your Recycle bin
This one might sound too obvious, but it’s a step many people forget when they’re worried about having erased all their digital pictures.
Relax, take a deep breath, and search your recycle bin. If you mistakenly deleted pictures from a folder on your computer, they’ll be in the recycle bin. It should be on your desktop.
If for some reason you can’t find the recycle bin or you have actually deleted your recycle bin, check out this article.
Case 4. Recovering digital photographs you already deleted from the recycle bin
So what if you just emptied your recycle bin, only to realize you actually needed some of the photographs in there?
It’s possible to recover these photographs! Using the same programs we mentioned before (Recuva for Windows and PhotoRec for Mac) you can follow pretty much the same steps to get back your precious memories.
As you can see, many times you’ll be able to recover deleted or damaged family photographs.
I’m happy to help out if you’d like an expert to recover your deleted pictures from a memory card. Or, if you’d like to replace a damaged Fisher Photography portrait, let me know that as well! We can search through my archives and get all your memories back.
Have you ever had to recover lost or deleted photographs? Let me know in the comments below!