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Saturday, December 26, 2009 As Seen on KPIX-TV CBS 5 Eyewitness News®

We are reposting this news story on how we do our magic to help preserve millions of family photo memories. KPIX-TV® (San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose), the CBS Eyewitness News® affiliate, profiled as part Sue Kwon's ConsumerWatch Report.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Comment: You Recovered Pictures From My Mother Who Passed Away

We just received the following email from customer Michele Stone in response to our photo memory card data recover service.

I would like to be able to sing your praises somewhere,... where can I post something for you??? You were able to recovery pictures from a card that was corrupted... the pictures were the last taken of my mother who passed away a month ago. I can't tell you how much that means to my family. I honestly didn't think you were going to be able to do it, but I got the disc with the pictures yesterday and just started crying. Thank you so so so much!!!!!!!! - Michele Stone

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tip: Use for videos once your photos are digitized

Recommendation by is a web application that creates MTV-style videos with the click of a button. Users simply choose a song and images. Animoto then automatically generates a unique video for them. No two videos are ever the same. Many of the post-production techniques that the founders used while working as producers for MTV, Comedy Central & ABC are used in Animoto's patent-pending Cinematic Artificial Intelligence developed to think like an actual editor and director. The resulting video is produced in a widescreen format, containing the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer. Animoto Productions is based in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

Traditional slideshows are meant to showcase individual photos that capture single moments, slowly transitioning between pictures one at a time. The guys at Animoto recognize that people have started to think differently about how they take photos with their digital cameras. They are thinking less like photographers of the past, who capture individual moments, and increasingly more like video producers who capture an entire experience through a series of images. Today it's not uncommon for people to take dozens, even hundreds of pictures at a time. Because traditional solutions like slideshows don't serve this way of thinking very well, new ideas for how to capture and share a whole experience are needed. Thus, the guys at Animoto are innovating new ways for people to share their stories and express themselves through media. They seek to bridge the gap between production value in what's seen with Internet video and what's seen in film and televsion today using the latest of cutting-edge entertainment post-production technology.

The company is scoring raves from the photo industry and beyond. Oprah Magazine just profiled the company and they made it on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine.

This is a great idea once digitally preserves your generations of analog photo memories. Think of what you can do to instantly make amazing video presentations from those images.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Create Your Own Photo Cards in Seconds

JUST FOR YOU: We just added 100s of new photo greeting card templates so you can instantly design memorable photo cards for every occasion.
Our super-fast online ordering is complimented with a super-low rate of as low as 59-cents per card in larger quantities. Best yet, use our free 24/7 live support help desk to assist with your order.

photo greeting and invitation card is a great way to send your customized year-round wishes along with a photograph to your family and friends.

Travel, weddings, anniversaries, moving, and dozens of other themed messages are a click away.

Each card is 4"x8". It includes a space for your photo and custom text and includes gold foil envelopes with every order. Choose from many different designs as you celebrate every year-round event.

Prices are as low as 59¢ per card. It's fast and easy. All orders are completed and mailed back, or ready for pickup at our southern California retail photo center the same business day.

here and follow the prompts to create your very own custom 4x8" photo greeting card in seconds. It's the fewest clicks to card creation on the Internet.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Getting Ready for the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show Photography Presentations

If you are planning to attend the International Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas in January, 2010, here are a few of the leading Web sites and voices of authority on everything Digital.

Oprah Winfrey Would Love This Inspirational Saga, Explains

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IRVINE, Calif.--(Businesswire)--Two ways to get Oprah Winfrey’s attention and be recognized as one of her “Favorite Things.”

1) Write a press release;
2) Have an emotional story that shares an innovative and affordable way to digitally preserve generations of photo snapshots

During a recent European trip, destiny greeted Mitch Goldstone and Carl Berman as they dined on the Greek Island of Mykonos. At the next table was Bernard LaChance, a charismatic Canadian singer who shared his story about creativity attracting the interest of talk show superstar Oprah Winfrey.

See links to Mr. LaChance’s YouTube story:

As an influential icon, Oprah Winfrey inspires millions. Her recent segment on LaChance was the type of emotional story of remarkable people with inventive talents that make people watch and cheer. The story is magical in a different way. It inspires other businesses not to give up during challenging economic cycles and threatening technology transformations. “By reaching out to Oprah and hopefully becoming part of her “Favorite Things,” our story can rekindle entrepreneurial passion by others to also reinvent and recalibrate how they do business,” said Goldstone, President & CEO,

As the photo imaging industry shifted from film to digital, many businesses closed - a lifetime of dreams dissolved. Rather than giving up, Goldstone and Berman, founders of a retail photo center based in Southern California, persevered. They rode the wave of change and expanded their retail photo center into an international E-commerce company that digitally preserves and shares tens of millions of photo memories. For just $64.00, they digitally scan up to 1,000 photos; the prepaid fill-the-box service holds about 2,000 photos and includes all shipping with same day return for just $149.95.

Just as LaChance captured Oprah’s attention, is hoping for an encore to also share its story on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” By embracing change and reinventing every aspect of entrepreneurship, made a comeback and inspires others to never give up. Goldstone regularly addresses technology and trade associations; in October he will be in Germany to share insights on how to reinvent the photo imaging industry, is ranked 16th on the Photography listing and was included as “The Best of LA 2009” by Los Angeles Magazine. David Pogue profiled in his “Personal Tech” column in The New York Times. Scores of other profiles are referenced on the Web site. The company has trusted KODAK brand products since 1990 and credits the Eastman Kodak Company with pioneering new ways to share pictures in today’s all-digital world. “We launched an entirely new business by commercializing KODAK scanning technology, KODAK Photo Kiosks and KODAK APEX (Adaptive Picture Exchange) printing to provide innovative new products for our customers,” explained Goldstone.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

  • There's always something new at the KODAK Picture Kiosk.

  • Try our collage options. Makes a great gift.
  • Create year-round photo greeting cards and invitations in seconds.
  • Make simple edits like zoom, crop and remove "red- eye."
  • Enlargements are one touch easy.
  • Make room for more holiday photos at - 30 Minute Photos Etc. Click here to instantly order online.
  • Make a KODAK Picture CD at the KODAK Picture Kiosk and keep your pictures safe for generations. Save your favorite pictures, and make room for more on your digital memory card. Every KODAK Picture CD includes KODAK EASYSHARE Software to help you organize, print and email your pictures. Try it today!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Blogger Raving About Super-Fast Photo Scanning

Deal Alert – Check It Out!!!

"Let Me Think On It" Blogger Excerpt:

Calling all you I’ve-got-10,000-shoeboxes-of-old-photos-that-I-need-to-do-something-with followers. Do I have a deal for you!As many of you may know, I sometimes (okay, most times) take a long time to make a decision about things that are really important to me. Examples – should I go digital; what camera is the absolute, perfect, gotta have it camera; what photo lab is the absolute, perfect, gotta use it lab; where is that perfect, absolute, gotta buy it, elusive brown purse; should I paint my toenails today? You get the picture.

The scans are 300 dpi, perfect for most any project we want to create with these long lost photos. Can’t wait to make several hardbound photo books. Love this stuff.Check these guys out. I am sold. Go for it, friends. You will not be disappointed. Oh, and search on their website for a link to their blog.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Feedback: What People Are Saying About

Dear Scan My Photos,

I recently sent in several boxes in your prepaid plan... In all cases our photos were carefully scanned and quickly returned. The discs worked without fail (and quickly) making our transition to 100% photos on the computer very easy. I have told many friends and family members about your great service.

Thank you!

L. Borsuk
Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

How to View Scanned Photos on Your iMac and TV

Since new Mac computers come with Apple’s iLife software — a suite that includes iPhoto and iDVD — you can start by importing the pictures from the DVD into your iPhoto library. The program comes with several themed templates for making slide shows, complete with music and transitions from photo to photo. Along with several other iPhoto topics, Apple has a video tutorial for making slide shows at

Once you get your slide show timed and designed to your liking, you can burn it to a disc with the iDVD program. The program makes DVDs meant to be played on the big TV screen; tutorials for iDVD are at

Create your own DVD in less time than it takes to watch one. With iDVD, you can premiere your movies and photo slideshows on a professional-quality DVD with animated menus, buttons, scene selection, and more. All customizable to suit whatever you’re sharing. Click here for more info.

Customize your DVD

If you’re more the hands-on type, iDVD gives you lots of options for further customizing your DVD.

Make a scene

Choose an iMovie project as your next iDVD project and you can add a scene selection menu.

iDVD automatically imports iMovie chapter markers and uses them to create your scene selections. For each chapter marker on the timeline, iMovie adds a thumbnail of the scene and an editable chapter title (such as “Blowing out the Candles” or “You May Kiss the Bride”).

Edit the chapter title in iMovie and you’ll have less work to do later, as iDVD picks up the chapter titles for its scene selection buttons.

Show off slideshows.

You can also use iDVD to show off your photos. Choose an iDVD theme and add photos one at a time or select albums, custom iPhoto books, slideshows — maybe even a video clip or two — from the iLife Media Browser. Then use the iDVD slideshow editor to rearrange photos, delete slides, or add more images from iPhoto. The slideshow editor includes tools for setting the slide duration, assigning transitions, and adding a soundtrack using songs from your iTunes library.
Add finishing touches.

Once you have all your content in place, iDVD lets you customize your menu screens. Customize drop zones with photos or video clips, choose from a library of buttons, and use built-in alignment guides to make your DVD perfect.

[source: NYT, Apple; caption: Apple, Inc.]

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"How to scan 1,000 photos (practically) overnight. Really." (via Photo Bliss Blog)

Thanks to the Blissfully Domestic 'Photo Bliss" blog for profiling Click here to view.


How to scan 1,000 photos (practically) overnight. Really.

By Marcy on February 17, 2009

Sure, we are all cool modern photographers now with our digital cameras, USB drives, DVD back-ups and all the rest. But have you given any thought to those hundreds thousands of photos from the land before time digital that are stuck in shoe boxes, sticky photo albums or in slides?

What about photos of YOU as a child? Or the family albums from your ancestors? Recently we had a terrible wild-fire rush through my town which destroyed over 100 homes. While mine was not at risk, my
mother's home was.

As I helped her to evacuate her pets, computer and valuables I stood in front of the stacks and stacks of albums and boxes containing all the photographic history for my family. It was overwhelming. Not having much time I grabbed a few and left.

After the fire, and thankfully my childhood home was spared, I decided I HAD to digitize those
photos. ALL of them. But scanning a million photos one at a time? It would take a life time. But guess what? I found a solution. A solution for all of us! is a service that will mail you a heavy duty box. You fill it up with photos (holds
about 1000) and they will scan all of them, put them on disks and even printout a proof book of each photo (with corresponding image numbers given). Sounds too expensive? IT'S NOT. ($64.00 for 1000 photos).

Got VHS videos of little Billy being born? Yup, they will convert that too. Slides? Film? All of it to
digital. And you can make numerous copies. Put one in a safe deposit box or mail a copy to relatives (finally no more fighting over who gets the funny photo of Dad dressed as Santa).

Well, I am off to empty more albums and protect the memories I treasure, like this photo of me with my dad when I was 6 years old. Before I knew about photography or the tragedy of plaid pants.

Monday, November 2, 2009 and 30 Minute Photos Etc. to Co-sponsor Southern California Photo Expo in February

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE to Co-sponsor Southern California Photo Expo

JACKSON, Mich. – ( and 30 Minute Photos Etc., Irvine, California will co-sponsor the Southern California Photo Expo, February 20, 2010, at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif.

The Southern California Photo Expo, with the theme “Discover. Create. Share.” is a one-day consumer photo show highlighting the many ways digital photos can be captured, printed, and enjoyed. The family-friendly event includes seminars, demonstrations, and prize drawings, featuring leading businesses of Orange County.

Attendees will be able to meet with dozens of photographic product manufacturers to see the latest technology and services available, as well as gain expert advice about which products and solutions are best for them based on knowledge, expertise, and budget. In addition, the expo will present a special “Visual Living” area, where leading experts will demonstrate effective ways to take great photos, software products to help improve photos, how to use camera phones and mobile devices, and proper ways to back up and protect valuable digital assets. The event will be open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All admission prices include a welcome bag and access to all workshops and demonstrations.

Single Admission – $15
Family Admission – $25
Seniors (55 and older) – $5
Children younger than 4 years – Free

About Southern California Photo Expo
Southern California Photo Expo, with the theme “Discover. Create. Share.” is a one-day consumer photo show highlighting the many ways digital photos can be captured, printed, and enjoyed. The family-friendly event includes seminars, demonstrations, and prize drawings, featuring leading businesses of Orange County. The expo is produced by PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations. Live demonstrations, free workshops, drawings, and giveaways are highlights of the one-day event, which will be open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Whether photography is a passion or hobby, or you simply want to learn how to take better pictures, this is one event you can’t afford to miss.

About PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations. As a professional trade association, PMA® helps the worldwide photo imaging community achieve business success and adapt to new technologies. Its commitment to members in 100-plus countries is part of an 85-year legacy that connects business owners to a network of knowledge and support. PMA furthers this purpose through the development of educational programs, marketing research, publications, and trade shows. As a not-for-profit organization, any success PMA achieves in its endeavors directly benefits the industry, providing the means to continually develop services and activities for members.

About and 30 Minute Photos Etc. is a well-known leader in the photo imaging industry. The company operates a retail photo center based in Irvine, California and an international ecommerce digital imaging enterprise which has scanned tens of millions of photos since 1990. They regularly are profiled in the national media for its innovations and entrepreneurial creativity to help picture-takers save and share their generations of photo memories. The Web site lists scores of news profiles, including a profile in The New York Times by"Personal Tech" columnist, David Pogue and is ranked #16 on the Photography Web100 listing. Follow them on Twitter ( and at Tales from the World of Photo Scanning [].

Sunday, November 1, 2009

My Favorite Photo Memory (Jack P)

"We would be happy to give you a photo - the hard part is picking which one so I will send three. The first part of the story is the same.

My sister's mother-in-law lost her house to a fire. No one expects it to happen to them and it was quite a shock for it to hit so close to home. When we discussed it we determined that one of the only possessions that could never be replaced would be our photos, we decided to have all scanned with and we were extremely happy. The photos we are posting are old and the quality of the picture depends on the quality of the initial photograph.

First attachment - There is nothing that compares with getting together with your family. This picture was taken at my father's birthday party and includes my son and all the nieces and nephews. What a wonderful time to spend time with family.

Second attachment - My father was very meticulous about his yard and you would never find a weed. He also liked his birds and as he was filling his bird feeder he spilled a little bit, so our came the vacuum cleaner to pick up all those seeds so that they would not sprout in the lawn.

Third attachment - It is wonderful to have a chance to get together with family and it always means fun. This is a picture of my sister and my niece and nephews having a good time."

Thanks for sharing, Jack!

Monday, October 26, 2009

How to Instantly Reinvent the Photo Industry

Thanks to The New York Times' reporter, Sarah Lyall (@SarahLyall) for her front page profile on Ryanair CEO, Michael O’Leary. Those reported smart lessons make for a Harvard case study on how every industry must refocus how they operate and manage growth during challenging times.
[On a related note, Delta Air Lines profiled in Delta Sky, its in-flight magazine, so there is a connection between us and the airlines. Nearly 15-million worldwide passengers will read their "Editors' Pick profile].

Just like the airline business, the photo industry is ripe with failures too. Rather than fuel costs being the transcending inconvenience, for us it was technology, a devastated economy and the transition from film-to-digital that burdened our business model. However, it is possible - and we proved it - that any type of threatened industry can instantly reinvent itself; in our case this was a 19-year journey but the results are now transparent.

Mr. O'Leary's message about Ryanair is a salutable model for every business. To reinvigorate and reengage customers, it requires a new approach. Pricing, technology and instant service is paramount and augments an uncompromising commitment to professional quality. Just as travelers want to safely arrive at their destination and not pay a premium price, has equally pioneered a new way of thinking about pictures.

There are 3.5 trillion analog photos tucked away in shoe boxes. These fading memories must be shared, preserved and repurposed for today's all-digital computer world. People do not want to invest the time to scan images themselves and they want it quickly and affordably, for literally pennies per scan.

For Mr. O'Leary, it went as far as charging for in-flight lavatory use. When asked what happens if "the plane were stricken by some nasty, effluent illness, like food poisoning? A snorting noise wafted over from the chair where Mr. O’Leary was sitting. “We don’t serve enough food for everybody to get food poisoning,” he said."

At, we recognized that millions of domestic and international picture-takers also want no-frills service, but, Ritz Carlton-like service. The KODAK slogan is "you press the button, we do the rest" and that too has been our principle motto. We provide the basics, plus a menu of hundreds of other ways to share and save photo memories. Once the images are digitized, we provide the magic that enables consumers to jettison how they historically thought about pictures; especially those memories from decades and generations of favored photographs.
There is a flourishing opportunity to recast how the photo imaging industry thinks about pictures. At the forefront is, which is constantly using our entrepreneurial might to develop new ways to share and preserve those memories. For a menu of photo products, see

Like Ryanair, since 1990, our business has always had shock value, but in a remarkable way; orders are completed and returned faster than it takes to find your seat on an airplane. It is the magic behind what we do and how we dazzle our customers that has caused such
raving reviews, from The New York Times Personal Tech columnist, David Pogue, to the scores of other news profiles. A key value proposition is also our free 24/7 live support help desk to instantly solve most photo imaging questions [give it a try].

The backstage secret: Always trust KODAK technology, it has been a boon to our business. We are even recognized by Web100 as the sixteenth best photography Web site. It is back to the future as tens of millions of analog photo snapshots are instantly being digitized to share and preserve generations of family memories.

There is an urgency to digitize photos, slides and negatives before it fades away. To help, we are the pioneers of super-fast and affordable scanning
(pay $64 to scan up to 1,000 photographic pictures in minutes) by commercializing all types of KODAK technology.

Organizing and sharing photographs has never been simpler or more necessary as thousands of new iPhone, Internet and
retail photo lab applications are driving demand to revisit pictures. Photo scanning is reinventing and growing the entire photo imaging category and we are honored to play a key role. Because of our international stature, the company regularly travels the world in our quest to educate and invent new growth opportunities. During the next few months, we will traveling to Italy, Greece, Egypt, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. The company has been a longtime and active member of the Photo Marketing Association for nearly twenty-years.

By solving the biggest problem in photography,
bulk photo scanning is fast, effortless and affordable. Send your photos, or order online the prepaid, fill-the-box service that holds about 2,000 photos from which includes same day service and completely free shipping for just $149.95 (buy two boxes and the third is free).

Scanning is also revitalizing the entire photo imaging category. Once pictures are digitized, consumers are ordering
reprints, giant collage enlargements, custom photo greeting cards, photo albums and dozens of other products online at and at its retail photo center, which exclusively promotes KODAK photo kiosks, printed on the new KODAK APEX eco-friendly dry lab system. There are also thousands of independent KODAK photo kiosks located throughout the country and abroad.

Los Angeles Magazine’s “Best of LA” August issue featured as “the country’s leading source of quick scans” (p. 113). Nearly 15-million airline passengers will also be reading about in the August issue of Delta Sky Magazine, which selected for it’s “Lifestyles Editors’ Pick” profile (p 39). Learn more from our hundreds of blog postings at Tales from the World of Photo Scanning and on Twitter. International is a division of 30 Minute Photos Etc., founded in 1990 by Mitch Goldstone and Carl Berman.

Pictures are Everything, we make yours last a lifetime and more. Thank you for trusting us to help preserve and share your memories.

Mitch Goldstone
President & CEO

Saturday, October 24, 2009

How To Take the Best Halloween Pictures

October means Halloween and that means taking a lot of Halloween pictures. Here are some tips to take ... read more

[source: Demystifying Digital]

Monday, October 5, 2009 CEO, Mitch Goldstone to Address Intl Photo Imaging Conference in Cologne, Germany

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IRVINE, Calif.--“Pictures are everything, we make yours last a lifetime and more,” is what has championed as a pioneer in super-fast and affordable photo scanning and digital imaging. This slogan is the foundation for the parent company’s (30 Minute Photos Etc.) 19-years of leadership in the photo imaging industry.

Protecting generations of analog and today’s digital pictures will be the central theme of Mitch Goldstone’s discussion at the Photo Imaging News and INTERNATIONAL CONTACT 2nd International Business Forum Cologne event. “Memories Are More…” will occur on October 21 and 22, 2009 at the Koelnmesse Congress Center North in Cologne, Germany

Session Overview: Goldstone, president and CEO of U.S.-based will share insights for reinventing the photo imaging business by using KODAK Picture Kiosks, KODAK Rapid Print Scanners and KODAK APEX (Adaptive Picture Exchange) as the foundation for having something new to share with consumers. According to Goldstone, “today’s modern tool for promoting these innovations is Twitter and other social networking strategies. Twitter is transformative. As digital was to film, Twitter is to traditional yellow page display phone books. It is revolutionary, free, and the preferred new instrument for listening to and engaging your prospective customers with a helpful and authentic dialogue.”

Goldstone will share proven tips about how his company gained international recognition and customers by implementing social network marketing. You will take away invaluable lessons that you can immediately implement to enhance your sales, reputation and buzz-marketing for your memory business.

Conference Info: is a well-known leader in the photo imaging industry. The company operates a retail photo center in southern California and an international ecommerce digital imaging enterprise which has scanned tens of millions of photos since 1990. They regularly are profiled in the national media for its innovations and entrepreneurial creativity to help picture-takers save and share their generations of photo memories. The Web site lists scores of news profiles, including a profile in The New York Times by “Personal Tech” columnist, David Pogue and is ranked #16 on the Photography Web 100 listing. Follow them on Twitter ( and at Tales from the World of Photo Scanning [].

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What Happened When I Sent My Pictures To

More than a year later, we are still receiving feedback from customers who first read about us in David Pogue's "Personal Tech" column in The New York Times. Here is another comment we just received. Thanks, Andrew!

"I first read about in a glowing article in The New York Times. It took me a while but I finally used this service and I could not have been more pleased with the results. I sent my photos by priority mail on a Wednesday, they received the package Friday and I got an e-mail that same Friday that my scanned photos were on their way back to me. I received the photos and the DVD on Monday. It could not have been any faster and the results could not have been better.

I sent the photos from the first two years of my daughters' lives when we were still using a regular film camera. The scans were excellent quality, crisp and clean, and we are so happy to now have all of our kids' pictures digitally saved. I have already pulled down my old photo albums from college and I am eagerly readying another order to be sent to be scanned by

Outstanding service and quality -- could not ask for anything more -- and now we'll have all of our photos safely saved forever."

Andrew M. Wong, Esq.
New York, N.Y.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"Organize and Digitize Your Old Vacation and Family Photos The Easy Way" (via blogger)

Thanks to Susan at "Wicked Good Travel Tips" for her review and comments on
See excerpt:
We all have them… shoe boxes filled with prized snapshots from past adventures and family trips - smiling faces bursting with the enthusiasm of being on vacation. The more industrious of us have patiently affixed piles of precious photos into now dusty albums. Well the digital age is here and it’s time to convert all those fading photos (taken long before digital cameras become the rage) into a digitized photo library.

Check out the services of For just $64 they will scan up to 1,000 photos (of various sizes and shapes) into a digital photo album!! (That’s about one large shoe box packed full of photos). They also offer scanning services for slides and negatives, and do video format transfers as well. Once scanned, the original photos are mailed back to you the same day along with a DVD filled with all your images. For an additional $95 you can order a printed book of all your photo images. Read all the details and instructions for sending your photos at ScanMyPhotos. So get your photos digitized and get those smiling faces out of the drawers and onto calendars, mugs, photo books and onto your computer wallpaper!

Sunday, September 27, 2009 Joins NAPO (Natl Assn Professional Organizers) to Support Get Organized Month and National Preparedness Month, the international photo imaging and scanning company, based in Irvine, Calif. has joined The National Association of Professional Organizers as an Associate Member.

NAPOSM is a group of about 4,200 professional organizers dedicated to helping individuals and businesses bring order and efficiency to their lives. The vision is to have the world recognize the value of organizing and turn to NAPO as the leading organizing authority. Its mission is to develop, lead, and promote professional organizers and the organizing industry.

In addition to serving professional organizers, like the services provided by to unclutter and digitize generations of analog family photo memories , NAPO aims to help consumers and those interested in becoming professional organizers.

NAPO is also a national member of the National Preparedness Month coalition. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsors National Preparedness Month annually in September. It's never too early to begin planning for these public-awareness campaigns.

At, we provide year-round help in preparing and protecting your family's entire photo history from natural disasters, decay, fading and even the damage caused by a family divorce, where photos are often, otherwise neglected or unable to be divided. Other easy-to-use services include instantly and affordable online photo ordering, custom photo albums, folded photo greeting cards, custom photo restoration, Kodak Picture Movie DVDs to share your photos on TV, and hundreds of other photo imaging services.

Let help preserve and organize your pictures Today!

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

How to Tag, Share and Easily Identify Your Scanned Photos

Rick Broida at PC World wrote about Google's Picasa 3.5 software to easily tag your photos. Click here to read the article. From the tens of millions of analog photos, slide and negatives that are scanned at, the most popular question is how to easily identify and group the newly digitized photos. Picasa has the smart solution to automatically and quickly group your pictures and it is free. It is a quick way to find your photos.

Picasa is free photo editing software from Google that makes your pictures look great. Sharing your best photos with friends and family is as easy as pressing a button! Click here for more info.


"As you've probably discovered after years of taking digital snapshots, keeping a photo library organized can be a nightmare. Far and away your best ally: tags, which are little descriptors attached to each photo. Unfortunately, it's a major hassle to manually assign tags, which is why I was delighted to see the new automatic-tagging feature in the just-released Google Picasa 3.5."

Friday, September 25, 2009

Companies keep employees motivated in tough times (via OC Reg)

Excerpt from Jan Norman, Orange County Register, September 26, 2009 article.

Mitch Goldstone and Carl Berman, co-owners of Irvine-based, continually look for unusual ways to thank employees. During the summer they took the entire staff by limousine to a surprise dinner at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach. Soon they will close the business for three days and take the staff for a luxury visit to Las Vegas. They'll stay in a luxury suite and go to top shows. is a Web-based service that converts pictures to digital format.

"It's important to come up with special ways to let employees know that they are our most valued asset," Goldstone says. "Employees are family to us. They are so highly motivated to do great work. There's no way we could do this business. I can't afford not to reward them."

The result of such staff recognition is that the company has no
turnover and sales have continued to climb despite the recession, he

Kodak SmileMaker iPhone App

After your generations of analog photo snapshots are scanned at, here is a new way to relive those special moments. Have fun and add a smile to every picture.

The Kodak SmileMaker iPhone app [See:] lets you easily add an assortment of "smiles" to any photo. What fun! You can make ANYBODY smile, give it a try. With Kodak, it's time to smile and then share on Facebook, Twitter and all social networking sites!

The SmileMaker lets you choose from an assortment of smiles to add to a photo you take or pull from your saved photos. You can make the smile smaller or larger, rotate it or add multiple smiles for group shots. Even if you don't have big grins in your photo, no worries... The SmileMaker can turn frowns upside down.

More info on our KODAK Photo Kiosks, KODAK Rapid Scanners and KODAK APEX photo printing retail services, see:

Most Affordable Photo Scanning: 3.5-Cents

Our best customers are often those which first searched around - which often gets them nearly confrontational with us. They are baffled that can charge as low as 3.5-cents to scan their photos. We've been here the longest - since 1990 and pioneered a new industry.

Families around the country and overseas now conveniently order prepaid photo boxes, which includes all shipping. Each prepaid box holds many more than 1,600 4x6" sized pictures. Or, they can use our Option # 2 service where they choose exactly how they would like their orders processed and pay just $64.00 to scan up to 1,000 pictures.

For the prepaid boxes, they can buy two boxes and get the third box free; that about 6,000 pictures scanned for just $299.90, including all free shipping and same day service!.

Why do people using our 24/7 Live Support and calling our headquarters [949-474-7654] get so incensed? They are amazed that we are making it so easy and affordable. We are doing it their way and fast. The service we pioneered and commercialized is super-fast. All orders are scanned and mailed back the same day.

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Click here to order prepaid boxes online right now via our
encrypticly secured online ordering system. All orders are processed and mailed out the same business day when ordered before 2:00 pm (PT).
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