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 6,000* photos scanned for under $300, including free 3-way S/H, to help prepare for the next hurricane, wildfire or natural disaster


3 for 2 Special – FREE Extra Photo Scanning Box + Free S/H. Save $145. 


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As the nation prepares for the next category 5 hurricane, we are standing by to help.



Get about 6,000* photos scanned for $290 + free S/H.  To help many prepare for the next natural disaster, ScanMyPhotos announces this program to affordable digitize your photos and your entire photo scanning project. Now it’s this easy to professionally digitize about 6,000 photos with free S/H. That’s about 5-cents per scan with speedy-fast professional photo scanning, returned in days. Because it takes weeks to code and ready a discount, we chose this because it was our most popular discount that is being shared here. But there are several added extras, including coding to provide nearly same day scanning and more.


Loads of popular add-on features available. This newly added discount applies to Social Media Photo Scanning (150dpi) $145, Archival Photo Scanning (300dpi) $259, and Ultra High Quality Professional Photo Scanning (600dpi) $299).



The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, AARP, Real Simple, USA Today, KRON4 TV News, KTLA5 TV News and 100’s more are raving about our most popular service.


 

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8 Ways to Fix Water Damaged Photos – Don’t Panic!

Water damage? Don’t panic!

 


  

One of the most common photo restoration requests we get is to fix one form or another of water damage. Whether it’s from a natural disaster, humidity or more severe contact with water, water damage brings us a lot of photo restoration business. We’d prefer to keep your family photos intact in the first place.



Whether your house was flooded or caught fire, your prized photos have probably suffered from water damage. The first rule of handling water-damaged photos? Don’t Panic! You may be able to salvage many or all of your pictures. You might want to contact a photo conservation professional or consult a book on the subject, but here are a few tips:





8 tips for restoring water damaged photos


  • Don’t let the photos dry out! As your photographs dry, they will stick to each other and any other materials they may be in contact with. You’ll find it impossible to pull them apart without causing potentially irreparable damage.

  • Get to work as soon as possible. Your photographs shouldn’t stay wet for more than two or three days. Now is a good time to recommend having a friend (or photo restoration expert) scan the images before you try pulling anything apart or before doing anything that will further damage the photos.

  • While you’re working on your photos, store them in a container full of cold, clean tap water; the colder the better. Don’t add chlorine to the water, but change the water every day. The chlorine in tap water is enough to prevent the growth of fungi and other biological threats.

  • Rinse your photos in a container of cold, clear running water. Don’t run the water directly onto the photos, because that could damage the chemical emulsion, causing permanent damage. Keep rinsing them until the run-off water is clear.


  • Carefully remove your photographs or negatives from the water, taking the smallest quantity possible. Pull them out of their wrappers and gently separate them. DO NOT FORCE THEM APART. Separate as many as possible before returning them to the cold water and starting on another batch. Repeat the separate-soak cycle as many times as necessary. However, sometimes you may not be able to separate materials without forcing the issue. In those cases you will probably have to just accept the corresponding damage.

  • Once your materials are separated, store them in water until you can wash them individually, using cold, clean running water. Use cotton balls, a soft cotton cloth or a soft foam rubber brush to remove foreign objects if needed. Rinse your photographs or negatives one more time after cleaning is complete.

  • Hang-dry prints and negatives from a clothesline. Make sure they will not be exposed to dust. As an option, special solutions are available that facilitate uniform, spot-free drying when applied to negatives and slides.

  • If your prints curl while drying, wet the paper side (NOT the emulsion!) with a moist sponge and place each one between two pieces of acid-free paper or photo blotters, and leave them under a flat, heavy object for a day or two.

You can also learn more about modern photo restoration in our next article, “When Disaster Strikes.”



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#DoSomethingGrand, Scan Your GrandParent’s Photos For #GrandparentsDay

Grandparents’ Photo Memories Must Be Saved, Says ScanMyPhotos.com


Celebrating Grandparents’ Day is a year-round triumph to memorialize the extraordinary lives and history from those we love.


On Sunday, September 10th, we celebrate a wonderful holiday that honors the grandest of people in our families and lives. National Grandparents Day is one of our favorite holidays here at ScanMyPhotos, but sometimes the day will sneak right past everyone without much notice or fanfare.



Prepaid Photo Scanning BoxIf you forgot to do something special for your Noni or PapPap, it’s not too late! You can give them the gift of preservation by sending a ScanMyPhotos e-gift certificate their way. It’ll be a great way to honor their legacy and memory for generations to come. Or order prepaid fill-the-box photo scanning for them to rediscover, collect and have all those nostalgic memories digitally preserved.


4 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Grandparents Day


 

When “AARP The Magazine” wrote about photo scanning and its several profiles on ScanMyPhotos, and listed us as a top tech gift, it launched a crusade – advocating that readers should start thinking about genealogy, preservation of memories and sharing photos for today’s all-digital world.


But, the challenge was how to embrace technology to affordably archive and preserve shoeboxes of family photos. This story from one of our most beloved customers explains why this day is so emotional and a reason to celebrate


ScanMyPhoto’s Customer Helps Grandparents Connect with Grandkids via Technology

 


Having solved the biggest problem in photography [working to digitize the world’s photos], 

ScanMyPhotos is now on a mission like no other. Grandparents Day is like our Christmas / Hanukkah. The beaming smiles engendered as families revisit and learn about their heritage is priceless.


On National Grandparents Day, let your families tell their individual stories through a lifetime of pictures and cherished photo memories. Afterwards, continue on your family genealogy project with Ancestry.com



Click to learn more about ScanMYPhotos.com and how we’ve professionally digitized 400 million photos, especially for grandparents

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Hurricane Harvey Leaves Texas Surprised and Reeling from Damage

Hurricane Harvey leaves Houston and the coastal Texas cities under water. As the cities braced themselves for the brunt of a category 4 hurricane, no one would have predicted that inland Texas counties would have experienced the worst of Hurricane Harvey. The death toll and devastating destruction is staggering.


The areas around Houston are covered in flood waters—a disaster few were prepared for.  Please were in shock and so much was ruined.



The trouble was a result of the mix of wind damage and a low saturation water tables.


Of course, this news hits us hard here at ScanMyPhotos. Unfortunately, the very nature of natural disasters is highly unpredictable—damage can happen at any place and at any time. Whether from wildfires, earthquakes or severe storms, there are no ways to predict the lasting damaging that reels families for years beyond.  Or, what about the tornadoes which touched down and tear apart roofs on homes? These freak incidents can and do happen.



This is why we take National Preparedness Month extremely seriously around here, and why we are year-round sharing tips on how to prepare for anything. The following articles provide information on how you can prepare for disaster today:


How to prepare your family to deal with an emergency or natural disaster



This page explains what actions to take when you receive a hurricane watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area. It also provides tips on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.


Are Your Family Photos Prepared For Any Disaster?


And, be sure to visit the following pages for resources and information:

Ready.gov

Amercan Red Cross

NOAA

FEMA



Let’s all take this time to prepare for the worst so that when the next natural disaster strikes, we can all hope for the best.

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What Is The Best Way To Clean 35mm Slides and Film Negatives?

Before scanning your slides and film negatives, here’s an easy DIY tip to clean it first


While Kodak’s Digital ICE, which is used for slide and negative scanning at ScanMyPhotos.com, does help remove unwanted dust and scratches, it is only designed to remove a moderate amount. If your film and slides are very dirty or dusty, it is in your best interest to clean them prior to sending them in to be scanned. Here are some recommended easy to achieveslide scanner tips:


  • Purchase a soft, anti-static cleaning cloth or microfiber cloth, like those used for cleaning lenses and gently clean each slide and negative.

  • Gently wipe the film negative and slides from one side to the other.

  • Careful. Watch for abrasive material, like sand, which should be gently blown off the negative before wiping with the dust cloth.

  • Canned air is preferred. For 35mm mounted slides, remove the film from its plastic or cardboard casing before wiping to avoid just brushing dust to the edges of the slide.

  • FOR ADVANCED USERS: Find an alcohol-based film cleaner and compressed photographic gas at a photography store or online.

  • The film cleaner should have a neutral pH and not contain any water.

  • Cotton pads can be purchased at any drugstore. Pour the film cleaner on a cotton pad and spread it on the negative. A light touch and a steady hand will help preserve your film and prevent scratching.

  • Use the compressed gas to blow off cotton fibers and dry the film cleaner. The negative should now be free from non-water-based stains.

More Frequently Asked Slide Scanning Questions


More Frequently Asked Film / Negative Scanning Questions


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