Friday, April 30, 2010

20 Important Lessons I Learned from My Marketing Mentor

[via Linsey Knerl - American Express OPEN Forum] mentioned, see #17.

"Most of us remember the first person who opened our eyes to a new way of thinking with regard to marketing. Maybe it was an author who spoke to us through the pages of a book, a speaker at an industry conference, or a relative who showed us the ropes of a dedicated family storefront. With an emphasis on the entrepreneurial spirit, we recently interviewed 20 successful small business men and women to get some insight into the teachers that mattered most to them over the years, as well as the truths that helped to set them on the path to winning in their chosen industry."

1. Everett Reiss, Applied Systems Technology, Inc. — @everettreiss
Marketing Mentor: Jim Kukral, University of San Francisco
Important Lesson: Develop content that truly solves your target audience’s problems and just get it out there — it doesn't have to be perfect, but it does have to be relevant, timely, and helpful.

2. Jeff Widman,
Marketing Mentor: Seth Godin
Important Lesson: Be the first to the space, and sell the experience and the relationship, not just the widget. Selling widgets is for the second place company, whose only option to gain market share is to compete on price.

3. Armelle Cloche, iStayYoung@iStayYoung
Marketing Mentor: Jay Abraham, Author of Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Go
Important Lesson: There are only three ways to increase a business: increase the number of clients, increase the average size of the sale per client, and increase the number of times clients return and buy again. A mere 10 percent increase across the board expands our income by 33.1 percent.

4. Ciara Pressler, Pressler Collaborative@themayoress
Marketing Mentor: Jack Trout, Author of The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
Important Lesson: Differentiation is key. Companies can’t try to do the same thing as the competition and do it better; they have to identify and promote what makes their product or service unique.

5. Lora Carr, Lora Carr Photography@photolora
Marketing Mentor: Sarah Petty’s The Joy of Marketing
Important Lesson: Co-marketing. Why go it alone? Co-marketing with other boutique businesses just makes good sense.

6. Claudia Copquin, Getting Married On Long Island@Ask Claudia
Marketing Mentor: Jim McCann, CEO of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM
Important Lesson: Don’t be afraid to ask. You can be perceived as a large company even with no marketing budget.

7. Jason Cannon, Cannonfire Photography@cannonfire777
Marketing Mentor: Sarah Petty’s The Joy of Marketing
Important Lesson: If you have a strong product, are passionate at what you do, you love people and your community, and you continue to learn (education, marketing and finances) how to run a successful boutique business, you'll thoroughly enjoy your job, continually have the opportunity to be a blessing to others, and survive — even flourish — in any economy.

8. Adam Kleinberg, CEO of Traction@adamkleinberg
Marketing Mentor: Brook Lundy, President of
Important Lesson: Great creative matters.

9. Sean Horrigan, PR Guy@prguyonline
Marketing Mentor: David Meerman Scott, Author of The New Rules of Marketing and PR
Important Lesson: You are what you publish. Every business has information that can contribute to the education of the market place. Marketing and PR pros need to think like publishers.

10. Mike Michalowicz, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur@TPentrepreneur
Marketing Mentor: Peter Shankman, Help a Reporter
Important Lesson: Instead of pitching and asking (how old school marketing is conducted), he is all about giving. He constantly gives, and as such, he is the center of every conversation.

11. Dorie Clark, Clark Strategic Communications@DorieClark
Marketing Mentor: Alan Weiss, Author of Million Dollar Consulting
Important Lesson: The more you create this "force field" around you, the less you have to sell to potential clients, because they already know who you are and want to buy from you. The result is that fees are much less of an issue, and you can charge what you're worth.

12. David Langton, Langton Cherubino Group@langtoncherub
Marketing Mentor: My Mother
Important Lesson: You need to listen to your audience, and get to understand and know their viewpoint. If you can see things from their perspective, you can market ideas and services effectively.

13. Danny Wong, Blank Label@dannywong1190 and @blanklabel
Marketing Mentor: Dan Marques, Director of Online Marketing for Gemvara
Important Lesson: We can really increase our marketing efforts without pushing a bigger marketing budget by being smarter with Analytics. Our Analytics told us there were several big friction points in our conversion funnel, so we did Usability testing and were able to double our conversion rate from last month!

14. Jyl Ferris, Cooking for Bachelors TV@jylferris
Marketing Mentor: Gary Vaynerchuk
Important Lesson: "Keep plugging along" with your project. As entrepreneurs, we have days we wonder why we put so much effort into our businesses. I have seen exponential growth, however, and know as I keep on pushing, I'll keep on growing.

15. Jamie Schneiderman, Co-Founder of ClearFit@ClearFit
Marketing Mentor: Scott Armstrong, Founding Partner of BrainRider
Important Lesson: Focus on what your customers want to learn/buy and not what you have to sell them.

16. Ann Ronan, Authentic Life Institute@coachann
Marketing Mentor: Barbara Sher
Important Lesson: I've learned that I can be successful while authentic in my marketing, and it makes it so much more fun.

17. Mitch Goldstone, President of Scan My Photos@ScanMyPhotos
Marketing Mentor: Guy Kawasaki
Important Lesson: Use Twitter to offer advice and deals. (Amazon Deals and Whole Foods are two great examples of companies gaining Twitter influence with frequently updated deals.)

18. Scott Spiewak, Fresh Impact PR Group@freshimpactpr
Marketing Mentor: Holt Vaughn, Eastco Multi Media Solutions
Important Lesson: There is power in a team. Bringing a team approach to any project can catapult your business to another level.

19. Carissa Newton, Delivra@fullcirclec
Marketing Mentor: Jill Snyder of the Schnieder Corporation
Important Lesson: Make all your decisions based on the results a particular marketing activity will generate. By doing so, you will be able to generate positive ROI and can invest only in marketing strategies that add to your bottom line.

20. Scott Kerschbaumer, ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Spa & Skincare@EsspaKozmetika
Marketing Mentor: My Father
Important Lesson: In order to be creative, a person must be a consistently voracious and interested reader of all things. In short, everyone needs to read, a lot, everyday.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

May is National Photo Month - Enter a Photo Contest

National Photo Month began as a week-long event back in 1984 and was recognized by Congress as a celebratory month in 1987. If you love photography, this is the month to indulge in your hobby and learn a new technique or two. It’s also the perfect time to help foster a love of photography with your children or other loved ones.

A Photo a Day…Try taking a photo each day of a (wonderfully) ordinary moment throughout the month of May. It could be as simple as your morning breakfast gathering (as chaotic and busy as it is) or a photo of Dad and the kids playing a pick-up basketball game after school. Just keep your point-and-shoot in your pocket or use your camera phone if your camera’s out of reach. At the end of the month, print all the pictures on a poster board and number the days. It’s quite fascinating to see your daily life depicted this way, and kids of all ages get a kick out of seeing themselves in print.

Encourage Your Youth: Many children discover a love of photography through a parent, relative or mentor. Consider taking your child or a child in your life on a photo safari. It can be in your own backyard or at a local park. The purpose is to let the child experience seeing the world through the camera lens and foster creativity. What sparks his interest? Watching a child compose images and then explain why he made those choices is an activity that inspires all involved.

Enter a Photo Contest: Yes, you! You’ll find lots of photo contests being held during National Photo Month, so consider entering one (or several!). Don’t sell yourself short, either. Go through your photo library and find your favorites or shoot some new pictures for the contest of your choice. You may surprise yourself with the results, so send in a picture and see what happens.

Friday, April 23, 2010 - Celebrating 20-years in Business

Western Digital announces photo viewer app for iPhone and iPod

Western Digital (WD), Lake Forest, Calif., introduced WD Photos photo viewer, an iPhone/iPod Touch app for use with its My Book World Edition and WD ShareSpace network drives, that lets users access up to 250,000 of their favorite photos from anywhere in the world. The WD Photos photo viewer app allows users to easily log in to their drive from anywhere so they can view their entire photo library.

Users’ photos remain private, safe and secure in full high-resolution format, on their network drive, eliminating the need for painstaking uploads to costly online photo services and the need to choose which pictures to sync to their iPhone – with WD Photos photo viewer, they’re all instantly and easily accessible. The app’s powerful search tools, thumbnail previews and viewing options make it easy to find that special picture to show a friend at a coffee shop or remember a special moment.

Users can view up to 250,000 pictures on their iPhone or iPod touch by simply copying their pictures into the “Shared Pictures” folder on their My Book World Edition network drive. A unique application that runs directly on these WD network drives automatically creates optimized versions of users’ photos ahead of time, enabling fast viewing on an iPhone or iPod touch without having to wait for the photos to load.

Available now at the Apple iTunes App Store, the WD Photos photo viewer app is free.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

NYTimes mass photo project to capture "A Moment in Time"

This is a wonderful way to kick off National Photo Month in May.

A Timely Global Mosaic, Created by All of Us


The goal is to create an entirely Web-built image of one moment in time across the world, and anyone with a camera (or even camera phone) is invited to submit images via a Web form that will be active from 11am EDT on Sunday, May 2 to 11am EDT on Friday, May 7. The assumption, of course, is that everyone will have a digital camera (or will have to scan in a film image) since submissions are only being accepted electronically. There are already over close to 8,000 photographers confirming they’ll participate, on the project’s Facebook page.

In New York, it will be 11 o’clock on Sunday morning when the clock for Coordinated Universal Time — which carries the neither-English-nor-French abbreviation U.T.C. (it’s formerly Greenwich Mean Time) — reaches 15:00 hours. So some people will be settled into church pews while others prepare to head out to the park, if not the beach. Los Angeles will be a good deal quieter at such an early hour, except for some hard-partying types unwilling to concede that it’s no longer Saturday night. Lunch time will be at hand in Rio de Janeiro, dinner time in Cape Town. Dusk will be bringing an end to another tough day in Afghanistan, while midnight strikes in Beijing. For Australians, it will already be first thing Monday morning.

If you have old, analog photo snapshots that you want to use for this project, visit

(via NYT)

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EARTH DAY ALL YEAR: Anatomy of an Eco-friendly Photo Center

As part of our 20-year commitment to always be innovative, trend setters and on the cutting-edge of new technologies, announces the launch of an entirely new photo retail experience.

Visit us today at our Irvine, California retail photo center to experience the future of photography.

We call it The KODAK Experience and it is eco-friendly and chemical free. No more film developing or chemicals, thanks to KODAK's new APEX retail printing solution.The KODAK Experience is modern, smart and boasts extraordinary color and professional quality photo products that you have come to expect from Kodak," explained Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of and 30 Minute Photos Etc.Photography has been redefined by integrating a new way to make photographic pictures and 100s of other custom photo products. It leverages proven KODAK technology to maximize the customer experience and is efficient and eco-friendly. The new printing solutions are showcased at at their retail photo center in southern California. Click here for directions and more info.

Using banks of KODAK Picture Kiosks and installing KODAK Adaptive Picture Exchange (APEX) thermal dry lab systems as our new in-store photofinishing service is more cost effective and creates a more sustainable retail environment, while allowing our customers to enjoy top-of-the-line premium KODAK print and photo creation products.

KODAK's Multi-Station Kiosk technology allows 30 Minute Photos Etc. [] to maximize the consumer experience. KODAK's APEX dry lab provides a scalable and modular photo processing solution. APEX requires less operating space than traditional Noritsu wet labs. Additionally, APEX is energy efficient, consuming 70 to 90 percent less energy than wet labs. The time required to activate, operate and maintain the system is greatly reduced due to the elimination of processing chemicals, water and other supplies used in wet labs. Thanks to dry lab technology, APEX offers improved air quality and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Given the dramatically lower utility costs and the elimination of processing chemicals, APEX is among the most efficient and environmentally-conscious retail printing solutions on the market.
The KODAK kiosks provide new ways to make and share photos. These premium products include: KODAK Picture Movie DVDs, KODAK Picture CDs, photo books, calendars, photo collages, announcements and greeting cards.

"The new KODAK Experience Photo Centre showcases an ongoing commitment by 30 Minute Photos Etc. to deliver the best KODAK technology and new high-speed innovations to create an enjoyable and fun experience for consumers to do more with their pictures," said Goldstone.The in store KODAK kiosks are all linked to APEX to create instant photo products, including photo books, KODAK Picture Movie DVDs, prints from your camera phone, giant collage posters from your favorite snapshots and more. Much more.As an environmentally friendly photo centre, [30 Minute Photos Etc.] invites you to visit today. The new retail environment is energy efficient from the ground up - from modern air conditioning to energy efficient lighting and an array of eco-friendly solutions that helps protect the environment.Bring lots of memory cards, shoeboxes of photo snapshots, a camera phone with saved pictures and your imagination. Then, get ready to have fun and revisit your favorite photo memories and make new ones.Make Something KODAK.COMPLETE INFO, SEE SCANMYPHOTOS.COM

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Family Vacation Photo Tips

[via PMA]

By Russ Burden

It’s time for the family to plan its annual vacation. So just how does the photographer in you get appeased? You can still get your pixel-capturing fix by adopting a few of the following suggestions and agreeing on a few compromises beforehand.

a) While the family sleeps and relaxes in
the morning, head out for a few hours at sunrise to capture the great light on whatever subject you fancy. From the tallest skyscraper to a tiny flower, subjects bathed in the warm light of sunrise look great.

b) Accept the fact sunset is family time,
but expect a compromise that maybe you get to claim a few sunsets for yourself. Some sunsets may mean you’re out photographing other families involved in their activities (get their permission first!) or the same scenery from your morning shots – to see how different light can change the picture.

c) During the day, when it’s family time, keep everyone very active. You may wear them out enough so all they want to do for sunset is relax – and you wind up with a bonus family shoot.

d) During the day, when the light is not at its best, augment with fill flash, and focus on your family members. Try to keep the photography low-key so it doesn’t become the priority. Let your family have fun while you simply document the events. Orchestrating a full-blown shoot may wind up backfiring.

e) Use a trusty point and shoot rather than carting around all your gear. Having your complete pack connotes you are taking charge and infringing on their time. Using a point and shoot is less intimidating, and you’re still getting your fix.

f) Don’t expect the vacation to be like it was when you had the luxury of being on a photo tour where the entire focus was getting great shots. While you may wish it to be that way, lower your standards, which, in turn, will make every image you capture more special.

g) Give the camera to your spouse or kids. Let them take a few pictures, and allow them to share in your enthusiasm. More often than not, the photographer in the family is the person who seems to not have gone on the trip. Let the others take shots of you, and have some fun posing.

h) Use the trip to create a nice family portrait that can be used as a holiday card. Turn it into a fun event. Let the kids get goofy for a few shots. While it may not make the cover of National Geographic, you’re still practicing your skills of lighting, posing, and composition.

While I don’t profess to be a psychologist, I’ve incorporated a few of the above principles on some family vacations – and they do work. Use the ones that seem the most appropriate for you and your family. Good luck and good picture taking.

To learn more about this topic, join me on one of my photographic nature tours. Visit , and click on the “Nature Photo Tours” button for more information. Also, pick up a copy of my book, “Amphoto’s Complete Book of Photography.” A signed copy can be purchased directly from me, or visit your local bookstore or Contact me at [email protected] to order a signed copy.

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Everybody loves... BABIES!

Saw this KodakTube video. Kodak loves Babies and is a proud partner of the movie BABIES coming to theatres Mother's Day Weekend.

Summary: Everybody loves... BABIES. This visually stunning new movie simultaneously follows four babies around the world - from first breath to first steps. From Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo, BABIES joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all. The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in the United States, in San Francisco.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Adam Lambert on American Idol 2010 'Whataya Want From Me' (VIDEO)

Amazing American Idol presentation with first-of-its-kind theatrical laser display by Adam Lambert, singing ""Whataya Want From Me."
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Friday, April 16, 2010

From New York to California with Love

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"Sharon Watson Maughan: You might be located in California, but you made this New Yorker very happy with five-day door-to-door service (amazing!) and your high quality scans. It's great to have so many pictures done so quickly at such a great price. Thanks!"

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Review: What People Are Saying About

Another satisfied photo scanning customer


I'd like to extend my deepest gratitude. You have saved me the burden of lugging around boxes filled with albums of photos from years past. It is such a relief to have all my photos in my computer, and to rid myself of all those boxes! I should have done this a long time ago. I was nervous sending my treasured memories not only off-island, but all the way to the other side of the country. I'm SO glad I did. My turn-around time from the tip of the east coast, all the way to the west coast and back, was near to unbelievable. Thank you again for having such a groovy thing going. I found your business by pure luck on the Internet and had no personal recommendations when choosing your company. Rest assured, you will be highly recommended by this

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Monday, April 12, 2010

CBS Morning News: Helping Families Cope With Grief

From CBS Morning News: A death becomes all the more difficult when there are children in the family. Katie Couric gives a helping hand to kids and parents grappling with death. [Via CBS News and CBS "Sunday Morning"]

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GRAD PHOTO TIPS: The "Pomp and Circumstance" Surrounding Good Graduation Photos

Get out your cameras, and get ready for May! It is time to start thinking about upcoming graduations. Everyone has images embedded in their heads of the graduate standing with a friend, showing off their diplomas; but how about making some interesting images to go along with the “must haves” shots?

Be ready for the important shot.

All grads throw their hats up in the air, so you need to be ready before it happens. It is best to be on higher ground to capture this image; a car makes a great stepladder in a pinch.

“Before” images make great memories

Take a shot before the activities begin. The day goes by so quickly. The student in this photo and her friends helped set up the auditorium before the guests arrived. They posed for some silly, but memorable, images that will make it fun when looking back.

It can be wonderful to remember a room you may have sat in for years before graduation day. It is nice to see it in a quiet state.

Capture all events.

Yearbook signings around campus are an important end-of-the-year event.
Keep your eyes open and look for images that will spark future memories.

Vary your subject matter.

Not all pictures have to include people. Take the opportunity to make a beautiful still-life photo showing bouquets the girls carry during a high school graduation ceremony.

Use different types of poses.

Showing hands and a program is a lovely way to express feelings of joy and thought, while showing the school name to give a sense of place.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Five New Online Photo Ordering Services from

Next week, we are launching several updates to our most popular online photo ordering service at Check back to see all types of new features at this link.

Click here to visit your new customized online photo service. This is an ideal way to share and do things with your newly scanned photos, slides and negatives.

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  1. MASSIVELY enhanced sharing of Ready-To-Order (RTO) Specialty Products and albums.
  2. Now share to over 200 social networking sites, including Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
  3. Public sharing of Ready-To-Order Specialty Products and albums.
  4. Shortened sharing links that make posting and sharing RTO products and albums easy.
  5. Create a Specialty Product from photos in multiple albums. More Specialty Product options and opportunities for friends and family to share and collaborate on Specialty Products.
  6. Anonymous ordering is back! You can place orders without logging in.

The fastest Online Photo Lab - Order Kodak-quality pictures, photo books and more online. Same day pickup/delivery.

All New Photo Experience: Just for you, our redesigned online photo and photo gift service to create reall Kodak pictures from you digital images. PhotoCentral 3 is the exciting new, improved online service from that lets you View, Edit, Share, Print and Archive your digital photos. PhotoCentral 3 features an all-new, tabbed interface that simplifies navigation and online ordering. Orders are ready in minutes at our Orange County, California retail photo center, or mailed back the same business day. The hundreds of unique products and features from our retail photo kiosks are now easy to load onto your computer. In minutes, you design super-easy photo books, 4x8 photo greeting cards, 5x7 folded cards and hundred of other innovative and extraordinary products to share and save your photo memories.

oad your photos to our site, create albums to order prints from or share with others. It's the quick and easy way to let others view your photos of family and friends or that special occasion, such as a wedding, vacation or birthday.

PRINT YOUR PHOTOS: Choose the photos you want to print, what size and quantity you want. Hit send and your order is sent to our Irvine, California headquarters for processing. All orders received at by 2PM Pacific Time, Monday - Friday, will be printed the same day.

Everyone loves to share his or her pictures. But not everyone is as careful with your prints as you are. You want to protect them for years to come. Don’t worry! Prints from ScanMyPhotos are coated with KODAK XTRALIFEtm lamination to be especially durable. Real KODAK pictures with XTRALIFEtm lamination are waterproof. Just wiped the water off — no damage to the quality of the picture. So fingerprints, smudges, liquids, and even mustard will wipe right off.


PHOTO BOOKS: Create custom Photo Books to tell your story in a fun way that is ideal for both present
ation and preservation of your memories. You choose the page layout from many different templates, add text and edit your photos. Don't just show your photos, tell the story with them instead. Great for photos from weddings, vacations, parties or just for fun! Learn even more ways you can use photo books

PHOTO GREETING CARDS: Photo greeting cards are a great way to share your photos. Custom cards for every occasion and holiday. Create the traditional one-sided 4x8 photo card or all new custom 5x7 folded cards with your photos and your custom text. It's like having your own greeting card company at your fingertips. Envelopes are included with every order and cards are as low as 59 cents per card.

EDIT YOUR PHOTOS: Our new store lets you crop, zoom, pan, grayscale, and antique your online photos. You can even remove red-eye with one button click. You can undo any edits and even revert to the original photo at any time. The new interface features a new WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) photo-cropping tool that's part of the Print Order page. You can now crop your photos, in the aspect ratio of the print size just ordered, without leaving the Print Order page.

SHARE, TAG & BLOG YOUR PHOTOS: You can share any album to a family member or friend with your customized message and even features an Address Book where you can define groups like My Friends, My Family, Baseball Mothers, etc… - you can share to everyone in any group with a single click.

You can specify the caption, people, event, date, place, and even rate your online photos. We call this photo tagging. And you can search your albums and albums shared to you for matches to these tags. It will display the found photos in a custom view – you can even save this view to a new album. And share it!

Album owners and their share recipients can add a running commentary to any photo in an album. We call them Yaks. And anytime a yak has been added to a photo, the owner and last yakker get notified by email. The recipient clicks a link in the email and gets sent directly to the yakked photo.
WINDOWS & MAC FRIENDLY: The look, the feel, and the fun of the new ScanMyPhotos are identical on Macintosh and Windows computers using Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome.

Thanks Michele! Another Facebook Photo Scanning Fan

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Michele Goodbody-Osinski HOLY CANNOLI!!!! I put my 700+ photos in the mail to you on Tuesday 4/6 & received them & my CD of scans back already TODAY... THURSDAY 4/8!!! I am so excited to spread the news of your EXCELLENT service and know many who need your abilities! Thank you so much for providing a much-needed service (at least in MY world ;-)).

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What Fans Are Saying About on Twitter

kscwgirl Cannot say enough good things about @scanmyphotos, they did an awesome job and are very very fast!!!
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Monday, April 5, 2010

Photo Scanning Experience Shared on Facebook

Andrea Backstrom Smith Wow! I just received my shipment of 1000 scanned photos and I am blown away by the quick turn around time (5 days from NY to CA to NY) and the amazing quality of the scans. My photos were returned safe and sound (Thank you!) and the DVD of my photos is fabulous! I am definitely going to use your service again. I am so impressed! Thank you!!!!
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Apple iPad Shows Photos, Connects to Cameras, Shares Scanned Pictures

The Apple iPad is an ideal platform for sharing your photos, slides and negatives scanned by

Via PMA Newsline:

The Apple iPad may lack a camera, but it could be an ideal way to see and share photos. We’ve read reports of professional photographers buying the small computers for use as “brag books.”

Apple seemed to go out of its way to make photo viewing difficult, however, unless those images are already on the web or other Wi-Fi connected storage: the iPad itself has no slot for a camera storage card, or even a USB port.

Apple is selling an set of adapters for those two functions, SD card reader and USB: the iPad Camera Connection Kit is $29 for two adapters that plug into the standard ‘iPod”-style docking port.

When connected, the iPad launches its Photos app, allowing selected pictures to be imported. Also, when the iPad is synced to a PC or Mac, the photos on the iPad are added to the computer’s photo library.

“With the iPad Camera Connection Kit, it’s incredibly easy to download photos from your digital camera to your iPad so you can view them on the gorgeous iPad display and share them with family and friends,” says Apple says.

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