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.

[Click here to read more, note there is music on this site]

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Feedback: What People Are Saying About ScanMyPhotos.com

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 apple.com/ilife/tutorials/#iphoto.

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 apple.com/ilife/tutorials/#idvd.

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 ScanMyPhotos.com. 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!

ScanMyPhotos.com 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

ScanMyPhotos.com and 30 Minute Photos Etc. to Co-sponsor Southern California Photo Expo in February


ScanMyPhotos.com to Co-sponsor Southern California Photo Expo

JACKSON, Mich. – (ScanMyPhotos.com 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 ScanMyPhotos.com and 30 Minute Photos Etc.
ScanMyPhotos.com 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 ScanMyPhotos.com 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 (Twitter.com/ScanMyPhotos) and at Tales from the World of Photo Scanning [blog.ScanMyPhotos.com].

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 scanmyphotos.com 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!

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