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Monday, August 30, 2010

Reviews and testimonials about ScanMyPhotos.com photo scanning service

Reviews and testimonials about ScanMyPhotos.com photo scanning service

Revisiting Black-and-White Photography

Black-and-white is back because it’s part of the power of photography. In today’s color-saturated, manipulated-image world, black-and-white feels real. To many, it looks fresh. Black-and-white is back because brides want to see black-and-white photos in their wedding albums. Black-and-white is back because it’s still a great way to learn about how film “sees” light. The bottom line: Black-and-white photography is back because it’s beautiful.


Black-and-white is educational


Black-and-white photography is a great way to learn about the photographic medium. Concepts of highlight and shadow detail, image contrast, film and exposure latitude, and tonal range are all best understood by studying the black-and-white image.


The educational value of black-and-white film is not limited to making black-and-white images. Color silver halide images are actually made out of three (or more) layers of black-and-white images that interact with color couplers to produce layers of color dye. Viewed together, they give the illusion of a full range of colors. Whether learning to control color film and prints or even the different layers of a color image that has been scanned into a computer, the more you know about contrast, exposure latitude, and highlight and shadow areas of black-and-white images, the greater your color mastery will be.


Even if accomplished and comfortable working in color, you’ll derive great benefit from learning about black-and-white photography.

Traditional film


To choose from the full range of films for black-and-white, it is necessary to visit a good camera store, either locally or online. Chances are there isn’t even one roll of black-and-white film, much less a decent selection, at your local drugstore or big discount store. This is where the specialty store shines.


When you find a good store, you’ll find a variety of great black-and-white film in various speeds. The number that accompanies each film is its ISO or speed. The higher the number, the “faster” the film – meaning it is more sensitive to light. For most users, we recommend using a 400-speed film; and for low-light situations, we suggest trying one of the 1600 or 3200-speed emulsions.


There are other film stocks to consider, such as Kodak BW400CN. It’s a 400-speed, black-and-white film that can be processed in conventional color negative chemistry, a process technically known as C-41.


While we’ve discussed only traditional film-based materials, keep in mind any color photo can be converted to a black-and-white image on a computer. Several digital cameras on the market also allow users to capture images as black-and-white. How’s that for a comeback?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Quick and Easy Photo Tips




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VHS to DVD Transfer

For $249.95, we will ship you a box for you to fill with your tapes to transfer to DVD which you can put up to 14 tapes, either VHS, VHS-C or Hi8 tapes or any combination of the three (up to a total of 14 tapes). We will ONLY accept standard size VHS, VHS-C and Hi8 tapes for this service. No 8mm reels, BetaMax or any other type of videocassette is valid with this option. Any video included in the box that is not a meet these requirements will be returned with your order without transfer and no credit will be issued. Additionally if you send a damaged for copyrighted VHS tape, it too will be returned without copying and no credit will be provided. Make sure not to send any professionally produced VHS tapes, such as recorded television programs, theatrical motion pictures, etc. If organized properly, you should be able to fit up to 14 standard VHS tapes in the box. Once packed, simply drop off the box at your local USPS location for delivery. When your order is complete, the DVD's and tapes will be shipped back to you. We do not, nor will not, dispose of your old VHS tapes.

More info and to order, please click here

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pet Eye Retouch on Kodak Picture Kiosk (via KodakTube)

How ScanMyPhotos.com Surprises our Global Customers

Here at ScanMyPhotos.com, surprises for our customers are a daily habit. We offer fast, same day photo scanning and constantly hear from our customers about how they are surprised and amazed with how fast they receive their scanned photos back and that is just surprise regarding our standard service but we don't stop there.

We also employ other surprise tactics for our customers.

Every 10th order receives a free upgrade to their order, whether it is free additional DVDs of their photos or another service such as photo rotation. Additionally, every 100th order of the day receives our premier free upgrade which gives the customer free Photo Soap to make their digital photos look their best and a free Photo Index Book which gives the client a quick, elegant manner to look at their newly scanned images with their file name as a reference. That is a free $244.45 value that we award to our customers! During the holidays, you may even find some surprise Halloween/Christmas/Easter candy in your return box.



We want to make sure everyone is dazzled, not only with their scanned photos, but with their personal experience with ScanMyPhotos.com.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Photos Must Be Protected From Natural Disasters, Says ScanMyPhotos.com



Corporate News Release From ScanMyPhotos.com


(Irvine, CA) Expanding on the theme of National Preparedness Month (NPM), companies across the nation, including ScanMyPhotos.com are issuing an urgent recommendation to encourage people to take action and prepare for emergencies year-round.

On twitter, look for the hash tag #NPM10 to follow online announcements about National Preparedness Month.

NPM is a nationwide effort sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign to increase awareness for preparing and to effectively deal with emergencies and natural disasters.

As an advocate for protecting and sharing photographs, ScanMyPhotos.com is urging people to have their hard copy photos scanned and backed up now.

ScanMyPhotos.com president and CEO, Mitch Goldstone, said that “in support of National Preparedness Month it is important to remember that beyond gathering survival items when preparing for natural disasters such as fires, hurricanes or earthquakes one should also focus on the irreplaceable items in the home.
What is your backup plan?

It is often forgotten that in the aftermath of a disaster, your insurance will cover replacement of possessions that have a monetary value, but items with emotional value can never be replaced. Those shoeboxes of family photos tucked away in your closet or attic are often overlooked until it is too late.”

“Preparing for a natural disaster is a year-round imperative,” explains Goldstone who said, “In an instant, when disaster strikes, you risk losing precious photo memories. Family photographs document our lives in a way that material items cannot. Once those photos are destroyed, that part of the family history is lost forever. Family photos can also be ‘lost’ due to neglectful storage, sun exposure and actual time.

Because of new photo imaging technology, no longer do you have to individually scan every photo. That daunting task has been replaced with ultra-fast and affordable bulk photo scanning using Kodak technology and performed by photo imaging industry professionals with same day return. Your photos are digitally scanned and saved onto DVDs allowing you multiple off-site backups.
ScanMyPhotos.com also offers its secure Extreme Backup plan for independently archiving all your images assuring the client total photo preservation.

According to ScanMyPhotos.com, the top six reasons to backup your photo memories are:
1) Offsite storage in case of a natural disaster.
2) Family divorce or relationship separations (duplicate copies solve ownership issues)
3) Halt ongoing fading and discoloration of your older analog pictures.
4) Easy sharing of photo reprints with others.
5) Making treasured photo gifts for anniversaries, birthdays and more.
6) Sharing stories and journaling to give a real ‘face’ for family tree genealogy projects.


Background: The history of ScanMyPhotos.com and affordable bulk photo scanning services: Founded in 1990 as a boutique retail photo center, the company is headquartered in Irvine, California. Today, ScanMyPhotos.com and its digital imaging retail photo center also operates a nationwide online photo ordering service that regularly makes national news for its leadership, entrepreneurial innovations and super-fast service. The company provides hundreds of photo imaging services. Years ago, the ScanMyPhotos.com division commercialized a new type of ultra-fast Kodak photo scanning technology to safely digitize and preserve tens of millions of millions of photo snapshots. Popular Photography called ScanMyPhotos.com a "leader in digitizing prints," the company has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Click to read David Pogue’s Personal Tech review in The New York Times.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Photo Restoration Flat Rate $39.95 No Matter How Damaged - Order Online









Among your generations of photo snapshots, do you also have those extra-special family heirlooms that are fading away, torn or need a major make-over? ScanMyPhotos.com and its photo restoration experts do magic.
Results of a Damaged Photo Restored at ScanMyPhotos.com

Awhile back, USA Today's Jefferson Graham, visited with us and had ScanMyPhotos.com digitally restore a photo that meant the world to his wife. She shared such a powerful story about why this tattered and torn photo needed to come back to life. All restoration stories are equally as emotional and the reason why the photo imaging business is so enjoyable and important.

For more info on ScanMyPhotos.com and the Photo Restoration services, click here.


Click here to view more ScanMyPhotos.com photo restoration samples.
BEFORE OUR MAGIC PHOTO RESTORATION






[Picture restoration for Jefferson Graham]
Let us restore and enhance your vintage photographs into works of art to be enjoyed and preserved for generations. Old pictures fade and degrade with time. Fix old and damaged photos with our custom professional Kodak-quality photo restoration today from 30 Minute Photo Etc. Since 1990, our customers have trusted us with all their photographic and now digital imaging services. You are about to find out why.
Any photo restoration is now only $39.95, with a 20-day turnaround. Faster turn-around times available at an additional cost (see below). Additional print sizes on Kodak photo paper are available. Add tax for CA residents only (7.75%). All major credit cards accepted. Due to the custom nature of this work, no discounts, online gift certificates, or promo codes are valid for any restoration work.
See a few samples of before and after.
Results of a Damaged Photo Restored at ScanMyPhotos.com
Find out how easy it is have your photos restored. Ready to order and upload your images, click here. This is also ideal for restoring those special pictures that were recently scanned by ScanMyPhotos.com
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Learn how to create custom photo collages at ScanMyPhotos.com using Kodak kiosks

Monday, August 2, 2010

Prepaid Photo Scanning Boxes - FedEx Overnight Delivery

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Because many
ScanMyPhotos.com customers have urgent projects that require their snapshots be digitized super-fast, you can now order our unique prepaid fill-the-box service and have it delivered overnight - next business day.

SPECIAL NEXT DAY RUSH SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE:
Because we scan all photo print orders the same day, choose expedited FedEx overnight return just for your completed DVD and you will have it on the next business day! Your photos will be returned via the standard economy USPS Priority mail standard return, separately. To request this split-return delivery and for the quickest return of your scanned images, please select FedEx Standard Overnight on this order form - just the scanned digital discs for $37.50. We include an extra complimentary duplicate DVD disc with your packaged photographs. (Minimum USPS Priority Mail S&H is $19.95 per up to each 1,000 photographs, plus the additional $37.50 FedEx charge).
When ordering your prepaid fill-the-box service, add the FedEx Overnight delivery feature and your prepaid boxes will arrive the next business day.

To order our
prepaid fill-the-box service right now with the FedEx overnight delivery (holds about 2,000 4x6" pictures- order 2 get 3rd free), click here. Pay just $42.95 extra to receive your prepaid boxes to fill overnight.

Any questions? Reach us 24/7 on our free Live Support help desk, click here.
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