The moment you discover that you have accidentally deleted the photos of your brother's wedding, or reformatted the memory card containing your cousin's party is heartbreaking. When that happens, there's relatively little you can do to save them without resorting to a photo recovery program like Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery.
First, the good news. Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery provides a simple interface for rescuing your images. You have three options - Data Recovery, Resume Recovery or Create Image. The application recovers your images by scanning your hard drive. If you know a little about where the images might be located, or what type of file they are, you can filter the search by hard drive sector or camera/image type. If you know this information, use it - if you don't, the scan can take a very long time.
Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery also allows you to save the results of the scan for later use, or create an image of part of your hard drive. This will be a help if bits of the drive are corrupt, and may allow you to recover images at a later stage. The program also provides decent offline help, and despite not having many configuration options, is very easy to use. Now for the bad news: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery doesn't actually allow you to repair/recover your files in trial mode.
Although this is disappointing, Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery gives every indication that the full version would perform perfectly. Add this to the fact that the program recovers much more than 'just' photos, and it begins to look like a good option for a specific task.
Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery is an efficient program - it's just a shame about the trial limitations.