Out Of Memory!… Now What Do I Do?


Is your phone telling you that you are out of memory? Is your camera’s memory card clogged with thousands of pictures, some dating back to trips you took years ago? Does it take forever to download your pictures when you want to make a print? Have you backed up your pictures to a second source so you have them safe if your phone or camera takes a swim?

These are all good reasons to take advantage of Harold’s Photo Data Transfer services. We’ll help you back up your irreplaceable photos so you will have them in a safe place, and then be able free up, and speed up, your phone or camera’s operation.

Harold’s Photo offers a variety of data transfer options. The cost depends on the amount of memory needed to store your images. You can burn your photos to data discs, which hold up to 4GB of images. We also offer high-speed USB 3.0 jump drives for larger volume transfers.

Prices are as follows:

up to 2GB disc ($9.99)

2-4GB disc ($19.99)

8GB USB ($29.99)

16GB USB ($49.99)

32GB ($69.99)

When deciding between data discs and USB drives, keep in mind that the USB drives can be reused, and future files can be added or deleted, unlike with data discs.

In many cases, these data transfers can be done while you wait. For larger transfers, we can get them started, and complete them while you run your errands. And we even have cords and card readers for most devices!

So, if you want the peace of mind that your images are backed up for posterity, and that you have plenty of room for new photos on your phone or camera, than stop by soon for a Harold’s Photo data transfer!

A movie night you won’t forget!


Once upon a time we captured monumental occasions on handheld video cameras – baby’s first steps, laughing around a summer bonfire, swimming or ice skating for the first time, school choir concerts, vows at a wedding.

Like many relics from our past, these VHS tapes were stuffed into boxes and forgotten – but the memories they hold last much longer than the technology built to relive them. The footage may be grainy and shaky – let’s face it, few of us were skilled videographers – but the moments they captured are still crystal clear. Embrace the past and relive those days gone by when you transfer the footage from VHS to DVD.

Simply leave your VHS tapes with us, and we’ll create DVDs that house all your old memories in an easy-to-view format. With reliable, compact storage, you can re-experience – and share – those first steps, family vacations, academic achievements and lifetime milestones with your loved ones over and over again.

For a limited time, save 40% and get all your tapes transferred to DVD for only $15 each! Now thru February 28, 2017 at all 4 Harold’s Photo locations.

Nostalgia guaranteed. Tissues not included.

Tips For Better Kid Pix with Marty DeWitt – Part 3 of 3

Be “Stealthy” & “Spontaneous” – Give the kids free time to relax and play, and be watchful for candid moments when they are not aware of the camera. Some of our best pictures of our kids aren’t posed!

Be creative with your lighting – Natural light is the best, but remember the sun doesn’t always need to be at your back. In fact side lighting and even backlighting (having the sun behind your subject) can yield amazing results. If the sun does not cooperate, and you need to improvise, consider using an auxiliary flash for either a primary light or fill light. Be careful of red-eye with built-in flashes. If using an add-on flash, try to bounce the light off a wall or ceiling to avoid shadows. Often, a simple reflector helps to redirect the light you have to where you need it.

Practice Good Composition in all your photos – Knowing how to arrange your subjects in the viewfinder can make the difference between an “OK” picture and a great portrait. Practice using the “Rule of Thirds”, leading lines and “S” curves to give your images a new energy.

Think Outside The Box – Be creative. Don’t take the same pictures everyone else is taking. Try new angles of view, try different exposures and move your subject  around to take advantage of different lighting. Carve your own fun niche…don’t be like everyone else!


Practice, Practice, Practice! – The beauty of digital cameras is that you can makes lots of mistakes and not break the bank! Take lots of pictures, change your settings and take more. But be sure to be serious when it comes time to edit. Get rid of the junk and keep your best work!

Lastly, check out on-line video tutorials, You-Tube videos, How-To photography books and the like for more tips and tricks for taking great photos. Consider taking a class at Harold’s Photo Centers. More information can be found at http://www.haroldsphoto.com.

Happy Snapping!

Tips For Better Kid Pix with Marty DeWitt – Part 2 of 3

Use a Fast Shutter Speed For Action – A shutter speed of 1/250 or more will freeze action and give you sharper images of moving subjects. Also, switch your shutter release to “continuous” mode so the shutter will continue to fire as long as you hold your finger down. This is a great way to get sequences of action, especially in sports and dance. If you do not have enough light for fast shutter speeds, simply increase your ISO setting. Try your SPORTS mode, but if you’re still not getting fast enough shutter speeds, try Shutter Priority, and set your own faster speed.


Get Down! – Don’t shoot all your images while standing. Get down to the level of your subject. Explore other even lower angles for unique perspectives. Don’t take the same images that everyone else does – be unique!

Don’t Say “Smile!” (or “Cheese”) – If you do, many kids will either ham it up with a fake smile or even refuse to do it at all. Be creative. Tell them NOT to smile, or think of the funniest word they know.  Many photographers will put their camera on a tripod, and using a remote control, they can shoot images while interacting with the kids rather than disappearing behind the viewfinder.

Use Fun Props – Letting kids play with colorful props like hats, toys, chairs, musical instruments will often result in great pictures since kids will be distracted away from the camera and exhibit more natural behavior.



Let Them Participate – Let them look at the images on the camera as you shoot, and ask for suggestions. They may want to try something fun that you hadn’t considered.

Check back next week for Part 3 of 3 on Tips For Better Kid Pix with Marty DeWitt

Tips For Better Kid Pix with Marty DeWitt – Part 1 of 3

In Part 1 of 3, Marty DeWitt will go over some simple tips to help you take better photographs of kids. Most will apply, regardless of what type of camera you have. Bear in mind that some basic point and shoot pocket cameras and other basic entry-level cameras may not have the capability to let you take full creative control over certain functions. It is important to know your camera and what it can and can’t do!

Here are some helpful tips to consider:

Become familiar with your camera – Learn how to change the different shooting modes. Get a basic understanding of Shutter Speed, Aperture & ISO, and know how to change them on your particular camera. Understand how the AUTO modes (AUTO, PORTRAIT, LANDSCAPE, SPORTS, etc.) work and how to change them.

Move in Close to your Subject – Fill the frame with your subject to limit other distracting elements in the picture. Make good use of colors and textures to accentuate your subject.


Watch the Background – Beware of distracting and cluttered backgrounds which might compete with your intended subject. Make sure there are no tree limbs or power poles sticking out of the tops of heads.

Open Up Your Lens – Shoot portraits with a large aperture opening (small f/ number) to limit depth of field and blur the background. Your subject will stand out more. Be sure the eyes are in sharp focus! Many cameras have a PORTRAIT Mode to help give you this particular look.

Check back next week for Part 2 of 3 on Tips For Better Kid Pix with Marty DeWitt

Couple’s Mini Session from Emily Mitton Photography & 16×24 Canvas Wrap Giveaway!



We are super excited to partner up with local portrait and wedding photographer, Emily Mitton Photography to offer you a sweetheart of a giveaway! Find out below how you could win a couple’s mini session from Emily Mitton Photography and a 16×24 Canvas Wrap from Harold’s Photo Experts. (a $250 value)

To enter on Instagram, go to @emitton and @haroldsphoto

To enter on Facebook, go to Emily Mitton Photography and Harold’s Photo Experts.


Contest begins February 1st and ends February 14th at midnight (CT). One winner will be randomly selected and announced February 16th on Emily Mitton Photography’s and Harold’s Photo Experts’ Instagram/Facebook pages. Must be 18 years or older and be a United States resident. By entering this contest you agree to do the photo shoot within a 45 mile radius of Sioux Falls, SD and by April 16th 2016. The winner will receive a minimum of 40 images from their session with Emily Mitton Photography via a downloadable online gallery. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram/Facebook.

Capture Your Winter Wonderland

A snowy landscape is an inspiring image, and to bring your winter wonderland center stage, it helps to include another object that can create contrast. An exclusively snowy image may not provide enough visual interest, but even shadows can create a compelling addition to the composition. If you shoot early or late in the day, the sun’s low angle can cast long shadows and contrast to other aspects of the image. Simply adjusting your camera angle based on the sun’s position can change or impact your final result, which can be a fantastic asset when experimenting with different approaches to this subject.

Photographing Holiday Lights: The Basics

Some people think that you need an expensive camera or an elaborate setup to photograph holiday lights, but in truth, you can work wonders with a standard point-and-shoot and a little knowledge of how to balance light.

Flash Not Necessary: When it comes to photographing the season’s lights, the decorative version may be all you need for proper illumination. In fact, when it comes to Christmas trees and other indoor decorations, a closely positioned flash can overpower the scene and create a washed-out effect. It’s often better to try photographing the lights first and examine the results. Oftentimes, the holiday lighting is more than capable of standing on its own and actually shines better when left alone.

Incorporating Ambient Light: Photographing holiday lights means keeping track of the diminishing ambient light—most notably, the sun as it sets. You’ll get the best results photographing lights BEFORE it gets dark. During the dusk period, you’ll find a nice balance of diminishing ambient light contrasting with the holiday lights, which means you’ll be able to see more objects in the background.

Try Tungsten: Set your custom white balance to tungsten, just as you would if you were photographing something indoors without using a flash. Holiday lights are balanced for tungsten lighting and this will give your images a warm contrast between the sky/background and the lights.

Bring Your Tripod: Using a tripod is especially important in shooting holiday lights. It will provide stability, which is particularly critical with low-light photography, and will keep your shot properly framed as you continue shooting as the evening light transitions to black.

Take Ten Shots (Over Ten Minutes): Once you have everything set, begin taking a photograph every minute or so. Your eyes may not register the gradual changes so track the time with your watch or cell phone. Then, shoot every minute or so over a 10-15 minute period. You’ll see the changes in evening lighting as you scroll though your shots.

There’s no one right answer when it comes to photographing holiday lights, and this is actually a good thing. Each situation is different, so feel free to apply these tips and then experiment based upon the results. There are few things more fun than an impromptu holiday photo safari, so grab your gear a bit before twilight and enjoy the experience!

Foodie Photography

Nothing showcases the holiday festivities like food photography, and for foodies across the country, December offers nonstop picture-taking opportunities. For those who want to highlight the festivities and feasts, here are a few tips to feature your favorite dishes:

Check Details in Advance: The focus should be on the food. Don’t let stray details like items of clutter or a mismatched plate compete with your mouthwatering subject. Keep serving dishes simple and elegant and check for items that you don’t want to include in your shot.

Try a Tripod: Avoid introducing camera shake into your images. A tripod will provide stability and allow you to experiment with your settings based on your lighting conditions and other factors. Your shutter speed may very well be slower for these shots so the stability a tripod provides will be important in retaining sharpness.

Frame Tight & Try Angles: Shoot closer than you normally would and experiment with angles. Some of the most successful food bloggers create their fabulous foodie photos by photographing from various angles. Experimentation is a fun part of this experience and you may discover a new trick or two!

Incorporate Holiday Lighting: How you choose to use lighting can impact your images in dramatic ways. A willingness to experiment with position, available light and aperture will all culminate into a successful photo session. You can use small, ‘twinkle’ lights or tea lights to add an element of festivity to your images. You may want to ‘burn in’ your lighting, which simply means using a slower shutter speed for your lens to capture the proper lighting effect. Small shifts in shutter speed and lighting can create big changes, take the time to play and decide which combination works best for you. Happy Holidays!

Level Up Your Lighting


Lighting matters. In fact, it is one of the most critical components of composition, whether you shoot still images or video. When it comes to effective lighting, our ProMaster LED 120 Camera/Camcorder light is the ideal accessory to achieve natural lighting situations in less than ideal conditions. This continuous light source is designed to help combat red-eye issues and also works well with your camera’s autofocus system, thereby helping you shoot sharper images. You can pick up yours at any 4 of our locations.