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Retrieving Your Pictures From a Damaged Memory Card

Hampton Photo ArtsMemory cards are in use in almost all digital cameras and camera phones. Most of these cards are either CompactFlash or one of the variations of the Secure Digital (SD) card format, which include miniSD, microSD and SDHC. There are several other types of cards on the market as well. All of these digital photo cards have one thing in common: they are susceptible to data corruption by mishandling or simply from excessive use. Once this happens to your memory card it may be difficult if not impossible to retrieve your photos using either the camera or your personal computer.

According to SanDisk, one of the major card manufacturers, memory cards can be corrupted by using them with a camera which is low on battery power, removing the card from the camera or computer while it is still being accessed, or exposing the card to extreme conditions such as excessive heat or moisture. Another source of corruption can come from normal use: all memory cards have a limited number of read/write cycles that they can sustain before they wear out. Heavy usage or even light usage on a poor quality card can cause the file system to be corrupted as the storage media deteriorates. In addition, frequent deletion of photographs from the card combined with filling the card to its capacity can lead to fragmentation. When this happens portions of the same photograph are scattered across different locations of the card. This can increase the amount of work needed to save and retrieve photos from the card, shortening its lifespan in the process. One other way that pictures can be lost from a memory card is by accidental reformatting of the card in either a camera or computer.

Corrupted Memory Cards and Digital MediaIf this happens to you with a memory card that has important photographs still stored on it, all is not lost. Pictures can usually be recovered from corrupted or even reformatted cards if the damage is caught soon enough. There is a lot of advice on the web for how to recover data from corrupted cards yourself. Some of these techniques may work in some situations, but they may also make the situation worse and remove all chance of recovery. If your photographs are important to you, the best thing to do as soon as you notice a problem accessing the card is to stop using it. Then contact a professional digital photo recovery service. Hampton Photo Arts, located in The Hamptons, is able to recover files from all of the different types of cards in use today at reasonable rates and with a high rate of recovery. They will take your memory cards by mail or you can bring them into their store in Bridgehampton, New York.

The best thing you can do to protect your digital photographs is to use high quality memory cards, handle them with care, and upload your photographs to your computer frequently. But if you get caught with a corrupted SD Card, CompactFlash Card, Picture Card, Memory Stick, or even one of the other less common formats then reach out to Hampton Photo Arts. They'll have your back.

Canvas Printing

Printing on canvas is incredibly versatile and a great way to create a ready-to-hang image or artwork. Every canvas that we print  is protected with a UV coated acrylic finish to guard the print from dust, moisture and fading. Do you want your canvas stretched on bars or non-stretched? Framed or unframed? Customize the work to make it truly your own.

Art Prints – How are they made?

Photography by Laurie Barone-Shafer
Nowadays just about anyone can take a good quality photographs with a digital camera. Or take a few hundred pictures and the chances are few will be good, and even one or two outstanding.

Here are a few tips, tricks and techniques on how to make art print poster ready photographs and print ready digital files. Don’t get overwhelmed, there is a lot of information here, but a lot of it is just intuitive. Well, a bit of patience will always help.

First thing – Photo Size

If you taking a digital photo of you family or friend the largest size you would print is usually 5 by 7 inches, maybe 8 by 10 at the most. Even small size digital photographs (2MB or less) are ‘good enough’ to create a decent print. But if you want to create prints that are 16 by 20, 20 by 24 inches or larger you need more pixels (in pixels 20 by 24 inches photo is actually about 40 times larger than 3 by 4 inches photo assuming they have the same resolution).

Learning to Paint Watercolors

Watercolor is an easy, fun medium for creating art.  Color theory, composition and design can be explored freely with watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.  Several techniques may be used with watercolors for varying effects including painting wet on wet, wet on dry, layering washes, and more.

Watercolor paper comes in cold press, hot press, and rough.  Rough paper has the most texture, and its hills and valleys can result in interesting effects when paint is added.  Hot press is the smoothest and has the finest texture.  Cold press has a moderate amount of texture and is the paper most commonly chosen by watercolor artists.

Watercolor paper comes in several weights ranging from 90 lb. to 300 lb. based on the pounds per ream of paper.  Most artists prefer to use at least 140 lb. paper.  Papers vary somewhat between manufacturers, so sampling different papers is advisable.  Paper can be purchased in pads, in blocks or in large sheets.  The large sheets are usually the most economical and can be torn into whatever size is desired.

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