Creating Nostalgia with Back-to-School Videos

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Preserve Favorite Back-to-School Memories

We all want to be those Pinterest-worthy parents, right? But, let’s be honest – we have mountains of stuff to do, especially at the beginning of the school year.


We have just spent the summer exhausting ourselves trying to balance family and work with the kids at home and now we start the school rush, followed by the holiday rush. It seems like there is always something going on. We know we should do something to document this time, but honestly, don’t have the time to dedicate to something complicated. Back-to-school videos are the perfect way to document and preserve memories in a simple and low-cost way.



backtoschool1 300x214 - Creating Nostalgia with Back-to-School VideosHow can you plan to make this a little less stressful? First, stop being pressured by all of the social media posts of perfect families! Next, think about the little memories that you would like to preserve for years to come and focus on those.

 

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How to Build an Outdoor Movie Theater for Your Backyard

outdoor movieWhether you’re chillin’ at the drive-in or sprawled out on a picnic blanket at a local park, there’s something truly magical about watching an outdoor movie. So why not bring that experience a bit closer to home—say, right in your own backyard?

 

With just a few key purchases and a little prep work, you can cozy up at home and watch an outdoor movie with your loved ones.

 

To help you build an excellent outdoor movie theater for your backyard here’s our list of some of the things you’ll need.

 

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6 Tips for Taking an Epic Instagram Boomerang Video

Instagram Boomerang VideoWhile Instagram just launched their version of Snapchat stories, we wanted to focus on the types of videos that are a bit more…lasting. Particularly, we love Instagram’s Boomerang video because it offers a new and creative way to capture life’s little moments.


For those who may not know, Boomerang videos string together 10 images to form a moment in action, but the fun part is when these videos flash-forward and then reverse creating a “boomerang” effect.



So, if you’re looking to get creative and have fun, here are some tips for taking an epic  Instagram Boomerang video:


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ScanMyPhotos.com Opens Local Drop Off Photo Scanning Service For Southern California

During the wildfire season in Southern California, learn how to digitize photo snapshots to protect irreplaceable family pictures.

 

During wildfire season in Southern California. Residents must be prepared in case their entire collection of irreplaceable family photos are destroyed.



Today, ScanMyPhotos.com is launching a new walk-in photo scanning service emphasizing quick and affordable scanning of photos, slides, negatives and videos at its Irvine corporate headquarters. Just in time for the threat from those dreaded Southern California wildfires, mudslides and other natural disasters that can destroy precious photo memories forever, ScanMyPhotos.com comes to the rescue.



“It is important to remember that beyond gathering survival items when preparing for natural disasters such as fires, hurricanes or earthquakes residents should also protect the irreplaceable items in their homes and offices, including photo snapshots,” says Mitch Goldstone, President and CEO, ScanMyPhotos.com.



In the aftermath of a disaster, insurance usually covers the replacement of possessions that have a monetary value yet items with emotional value can never be replaced. Those shoeboxes and albums of family photos tucked away in closets and attics are often overlooked until it is too late. Family photos can also be lost due to neglectful storage, sun exposure, water damage, deterioration and even mischievous young children.



“Preparing for a natural disaster is a year-round imperative. In an instant, when disaster strikes, families risk losing their precious photo memories. Family photographs document lives in a way that material items cannot. Once those photos are destroyed, that part of the family history is lost forever,” said Goldstone.



There is an urgency to preserve photo memories today so it is enjoyed for generations to come. The challenge was the cost and time investment to have it professionally scanned and digitized to post online on sharing sites like, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook or on tablets like Apple’s iPad (r).


How to Preserve Photos?

 

Reserve a time to walk-in orders by submitting a simple online appointment request. ScanMyPhotos.com reservations require just one day advance booking prior to dropping off pictures for digitization. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE APPOINTMENT



After scheduling an appointment, follow the easy photo preparation guidelines to prepare all those photos, negatives, slides and videos. Orders should be brought to the ScanMyPhotos.com corporate headquarters in Irvine, CA. Online prepaid fill-the-box and other ecommerce featured services for people outside the local area are available. For walk-in services, photo scanning concierge specialists greet customers with a friendly smile and expert assistance.



Photo Scanning:
Scanning entire generations of family photos just got simpler. An upgrade to professional high resolution 600 dpi scanning is offered along with custom photo index albums and Photo Soap to enhance faded pictures.



35mm Slide Scanning:
ScanMyPhotos.com delicate hand scanning of 35mm slides includes color and density correction for an optimal scan. Digital ICE technology removes dust, dirt and scratches so your images look crisp and clear.



Negative Scanning:
ScanMyPhotos.com delicately hand scans 35mm, 120mm and APS film, correcting each image for color and density using Digital ICE technology to remove dust, dirt and scratches.



Video Transfer:
VHS, VHS-C and Hi8 tapes are professionally digitized to once again enjoy watch those special memories with friends and family. Even 8mm and Super8 film reels and precious moments captured on video can be expertly digitized. Scene-by-scene density adjustment and manual retiming with full frames and chapter selections are offered.
Read source article at Yahoo! News.

 

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7 Tips for Taking Better Videos with Your Smartphone

videos with your smartphoneLights! Smartphone! Action! These days it’s all too easy to take videos whenever and wherever you are – no special equipment or cinematography skills needed. Just grab your smartphone, point, and shoot. But when it comes to smartphone videos, “easy” doesn’t always translate to “good.” Here are some tips for improving your own smartphone videos:

 

1. Turn that phone sideways

 

Computer screens and televisions are landscape-oriented (they are wider than they are tall). So why would you shoot your videos tall and skinny? Before you hit record, be sure to rotate your smartphone 90 degrees to get the best shot possible.

 

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