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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

OC Tech Daily Blog: Preserve Your Old Photos And Home Movies Digitally







Background: Welcome to OC Tech Daily. My name is Josh Cronkhite and I'm a tech enthusiast and developer. After years of posting my thoughts on Facebook almost exclusively, I became frustrated that content posted there becomes lost over time with no easy way to look back at old posts. That's why I decided to start OC Tech Daily.
Thanks, Josh for the mention.

Excerpt:


Growing up, my family didn't take too many photos. I lived a relatively photo-free life. Then, a few years ago, I got married. My wife's family took pictures of every event in multiples. As a result, I've inherited tens of thousands of printed photographs. During my first year of marriage, my wife asked me how long it would take to scan them all into the computer. After I laughed, or cried, or both, I was somehow able to lock them away in a storage unit and forget about them until a better solution came along. Fortunately, I found the solution.



ScanMyPhotos.com is a company in Irvine, CA that will scan your photos, slides, or negatives for a fee. The service doesn't stop there. They will also transfer your old films or VHS tapes to digital media so you can preserve those memories forever. Film and tape deteriorate and don't last forever. Nor do photographs. What better insurance is there than to digitize all of your photos and home movies? The company was featured last night on KTLA. If you haven't been nudged enough yet, watch the clip and see how it all works.

ScanMyPhotos.com NEW Lower Pricing for 35mm Slide Scanning. 2000/4000 dpi as low as 27¢/49¢ per Scan!

ScanMyPhotos.com: 35mm slide scanning, scan mounted slides as low as 27¢


Professional, delicate hand scanning of 35mm mounted slides . Each scan is color and density corrected for optimum results and scanned using Digital ICE.

Key Features for Slide Scanning



•Choose either 2,000 or 4,000 dpi JPEG scans


•LOWEST RATE: 27¢ per slide for Family Archive Collection


•Indvidually hand scanned and color/density corrected for optimal scan


•Scanned using Digital ICE technology to remove dust, dirt and scratches (non-Kodachrome slides only)


•Packaging Instructions: If your slides are in carousels, slide boxes, or sleeves you may leave the slides in them for easy shipping. If your slides are loose slides, we recommend grouping them in batches of about 50 and rubber banding them together to prevent damage during shipping. This will also keep them organized. Place your slides in a box with lots of padding so they don't slide around (to prevent scratching) and enclose the order form. Slides must be out of metal frames or an additional 25-cent per slide fee will be charged.


Let ScanMyPhotos.com preserve your 35mm mounted color slides by delicately hand scanning them into a digital JPEG format. Most orders are completed super-fast, many times the same day they are received. Each slide is individually scanned by one of our trained scanning technicians. Every image is then adjusted to achieve the optimum color and density so you end up with an image that is close to the original or even better. At our base service, slides are scanned at 2,000 dpi which outputs at 500 dpi @ 4x6 (5 megapixel equivalent). We also offer 4,000 dpi resolution scans at a higher cost (16MP equivalent) to create a truly archival digital image, however 2,000 dpi scans are best for most consumers and their everyday needs. Photographically, 2,000 dpi files can produce clear 8"x10" and in some cases 11"x14" prints. Select 4,000 dpi if you plan on creating very large poster prints.


We color & density correct and enhance each image using Digital ICE which works to detect and reduce dust and surface scratches without softening, blurring, or altering the image. (Note: Digital ICE cannot be used with B&W or Kodachrome slides. These slides will be scanned without Digital ICE. Kodachrome slide film uses a unique dye that responds differently from other slide films. Due to the nature of the dye and the Kodachrome film development process, Digital ICE can misinterpret certain image detail as a defect and will attempt to remove it from the image.)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

ScanMyPhotos Announce 600 DPI Photo Scanning - Available Now! Same Day Return


Why Should I Add 600 DPI Scanning?


The quick answer is that higher resolutions lead to better scans for reproducing your images. 600 DPI scans produce much larger files but help ensure every detail in your print is recorded in digital form. If you want to be sure as much detail as possible is captured during scanning, add 600 DPI scanning (for an average 2,000 scan order, you are getting 600 DPI scans for under 14¢ per scan). If you want files that are easier to work with, 300 DPI scans would be a better choice.

600 DPI Scans Allow for Double the Enlargement

Part of the benefit of scanning your old photos, in addition to the added security of backing them up in a digital format, is the ability to create new prints, enlargements and photo products such as photo books. The quality and size of the prints you will be able to reproduce will depend upon both the quality of the original photo and the resolution the photo is scanned at. See the charts below for a guide comparing original print size, resolution and reproduction size. Scanning at a higher DPI will give you more options for reprints and copies to be passed down to future generations.


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Friday, September 16, 2011

TV News Profiles How ScanMyPhotos.com Protects Millions of Photos from Natural Disasters

Wildfires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and any natural disasters can wipe out an entire family’s photo memories. You can do something right now to protect your generations of pictures.


Watch this KTLA-TV news video by 5-time Emmy Award winning reporter, Dave Malkoff to learn how you can protect all your photos.

During 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. As a coalition member with the Ready Campaign (Ready.gov), ScanMyPhotos.com is helping to educate the public about the importance of emergency preparedness to digitize photographs, slides and negatives to have multiple backups.

On Twitter, look for #NPM11 to follow 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 effectively dealing with emergencies and natural disasters.

“It is important to remember that beyond gathering survival items when preparing for natural disasters such as fires, hurricanes or earthquakes you should also focus on the irreplaceable items in your home and office, including photo snapshots,” said ScanMyPhotos.com President and CEO, Mitch Goldstone.

What is your backup plan?

It is often forgotten that in the aftermath of a disaster, your insurance will cover the 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. 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," commented Goldstone.

Family photos can also be ‘lost’ due to neglectful storage, sun exposure and deterioration over time.

Because of new high-speed photo imaging technology, no longer do you have to individually scan every photo. That daunting task has been replaced with professional and affordable scanning. At ScanMyPhotos.com, the charge is only $79.50 to have 1,000 photos scanned. The most popular service is purchasing pre-paid fill-the-box scanning which costs just $184 to scan about 2,000 photos and all shipping is free. Also, if a customer buys two pre-paid packages, the third is free. Using a professional service like ScanMyPhotos.com to digitally scan and save your pictures to DVD allows you multiple off-site backups, keeping your photos secure and readily available to you.


What are the primary reasons to backup your photo memories?

According to ScanMyPhotos.com, the six primary reasons to backup analog photos to digital files:


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:


Founded in 1990, ScanMyPhotos.com is headquartered in Irvine, California. The company’s nearly 6,000 sq. ft. facility employs 18 people and digitally archives nearly one million photo images each day for customers worldwide. As longtime leaders in the photo-imaging industry, ScanMyPhotos.com is regularly profiled by the national media for its entrepreneurial and industry-leading innovations.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/9/prweb8801185.htm

Thursday, September 15, 2011

ScanMyPhotos.com Honored by FEMA: National Preparedness Month


















Dear ScanMyPhotos.com,

National Preparedness Month 2010 has concluded and we would like to thank you for your partnership with the Ready Campaign to help educate the public about the importance of emergency preparedness. This year’s campaign brought together a diverse group of nearly 5,000 national, regional, state and local organizations to provide information, host events and/or sponsor activities for their customers, members, employees, stakeholders and communities throughout the month of September.

We encourage you to continue to use the resources and materials provided on our website to make sure your constituencies are Ready. The National Preparedness Month Calendar will be updated threw the end of October, so please continue to post your events at http://ready.adcouncil.org/LogIn.asp and we will promote them on our site. In the coming weeks we will post highlights of different events that were held throughout the country during NPM 2010. We hope these can be used to continue to engage the public and promote this important emergency preparedness message.

Additionally, please visit the Ready Campaign’s main site (www.ready.gov) for all the resources you may need to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies. FEMA has made files for the Ready Campaign's publications available to the public to download at no cost. Individuals or organizations who would like to order printed copies of publications can do so by calling 1-800-BE-READY. Multiple copies can also be requested by calling the FEMA Warehouse at 1-800-480-2520.

Once again, thank you for your participation in National Preparedness Month 2010 and expanding the reach of this critical information. Please continue to keep us up-to-date on the activities you are sponsoring in your local communities and we look forward to working with you again for National Preparedness Month 2011!

Sincerely,
Darryl J. Madden
Director, Ready Campaign
Office of External Affairs
Federal Emergency Management Agency
500 C St., SW, Suite 711
Washington, DC 20472

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

KTLA-TV News Profiled ScanMyPhotos.com (watch Dave Malkoff video)



Click here to view the KTLA-TV News segment


Click here to view KTLA-TV 5-time Emmy Award winning reporter, Dave Malkoff's blog and links to the feature profile.  Dave Malkoff is on a mission to find the most interesting people and technology around him. His travels take him from Los Angeles to Baghdad, From Las Vegas to the Giza Plateau and beyond!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

6 Reasons to Protect Photos During National Preparedness Month Revealed by ScanMyPhotos.com #NPM11


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


Being prepared means being ready for any kind of emergency, be it hurricane, utility disruption or manmade disaster. September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), sponsored by the Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council. NPM is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. 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.

Companies across the nation, including ScanMyPhotos.com (celebrating its 20th year as a leader in the photo imaging industry) have registered to participate in NPM 2011. Each business is issuing an urgent recommendation to encourage people to take action and prepare for emergencies year-round. On twitter, look for the hash tag #NPM11 to follow online announcements about NPM.

“One of the most important items in every household are photographs. As the average household has about 5,500 analog photo snapshots, there is an urgency to preserve those generations of precious memories for today’s all-digital world.


"One of the most important items in every household are photographs. As the average household has about 5,500 analog photo snapshots, there is an urgency to preserve those generations of precious memories for today's all-digital world. Photos must be protected from natural disasters," says Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of ScanMyPhotos.com.


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

"In support of NPM, 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," advised Goldstone.


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. 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, slides, negatives, VHS and other movie film formats can also be 'lost' due to neglectful storage, sun exposure and actual time," explained Goldstone.


Keep It Simple:

Easy to order, prepaid fill-the-box bulk photo and slide scanning are available online, with same day service from ScanMyPhotos.com, along with hundreds of other featured photo imaging and picture preservation keepsakes, like photo index albums, photo restorations and Kodak-quality picture collages.


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, safe and affordable bulk photo and slide scanning services performed by photo imaging industry professionals with same day return. Your photos are digitally scanned and saved onto DVDs - providing you with multiple off-site safe backups and easy access for sharing on Apple's iPad, Apple TV, electronic picture frames and other digital devices.


ScanMyPhotos.com also recommends its custom photo restoration and secured "Extreme Backup" plan for independently preserving and archiving all your images - assuring total photo preservation.


According to ScanMyPhotos.com, the top six reasons to digitally 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 digital files and photo reprints with others
5) Making treasured photo gifts and slideshow TV presentations for anniversaries, holidays,
   
birthdays, memorial services and more
6) Sharing stories and Journaling to give a real 'face' for family tree genealogy projects

Learn more about NPM: http://www.ready.gov/.


About ScanMyPhotos.com:

ScanMyPhotos.com, founded in 1990, is your fast, affordable digital photo imaging headquarters. Based in California, the company provides worldwide service. Pay just $79.50 for up to 1,000 photo scans, or order our popular prepaid $184 fill-the-box photo scanning service that holds about 2,000 photographs for U.S. domestic customers. Transferring VHS, Super-8 and other movie film formats are our specialty. The newest service is a prepaid $249.95 fill-the-box 35mm slide scanning service that holds about 550 slides for domestic U.S. customers. We know that scanning photos can be time consuming - that is where we come in. We scan photos to digital format so you don't have to. Turn your normal photos into digital photos on a digital DVD without having to do the work yourself. Your photographs are professionally scanned as 300 dpi JPEG files onto a DVD-R data disc. ScanMyPhotos.com & 30 Minute Photos Etc. are experts at handling all your photographic needs, both online and at our retail photo imaging center in Irvine, California.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

How Photos Can Be Protected From Natural Disasters #NPM11


IRVINE, Calif.--- Expanding on the theme of National Preparedness Month (NPM), ScanMyPhotos.com is issuing an urgent recommendation encouraging people to take action and prepare for emergencies year-round. 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.


ScanMyPhotos.com, is urging people to have their analog photo snapshots scanned and backed up.

During National Preparedness Month and all-year long, ScanMyPhotos.com president and CEO, Mitch Goldstone, said, “Beyond gathering survival items when preparing for natural disaster emergencies, such as fires, hurricanes or earthquakes, think about protecting irreplaceable items in the home.”
While insurance may cover replacement of possessions that have monetary value, how are you protecting items of emotional value? Those shoeboxes of family photos tucked away are often overlooked until it is too late.


What is your backup plan?


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.
“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. There is an urgency to preserve your analog photos before facing a possible natural disaster emergency.”


The daunting task of individually scanning each picture 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 provides secured Extreme Backup to archive all your images. Its menu of hundreds of other photo imaging gift and sharing items are posted on its Web site.
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Founded in 1990, ScanMyPhotos.com, headquartered in Irvine, California. The digital imaging retail photo center and international online photo ordering service regularly makes national news for its leadership and entrepreneurial innovations.
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