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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5 Must-See Historical Events Caught on Video

historic videos caught on videoWhile nearly everything today is caught on video—whether by one of the many surveillance cameras around the world or from the phone of a passerby—this didn’t use to be the case.


Fifty, twenty, ten, and even five years ago, catching historical moments on camera was a rarity—and something to be treasured. Luckily for us, there were a few major historical events caught on video that continue to provide us and future generations with a look into the past.


Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech


One of the most iconic, rousing, and moving speeches of all time was thankfully captured on camera. Because this video has been preserved, we can continue to spread the words of Dr. King’s speech to stem the tides of hate and promote a future of peace and equality.


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Why You Need to Take Advantage of StoryCorps’ Great Thanksgiving Listen

Great Thanksgiving Listen

Herman Barker born 1911, age 96 in this photo.

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post written by Janine Lucas, copywriter and blogger.


See that handsome guy in the photo on the right? That’s my great grandfather, Herman Barker. He was only 18 when the Great Depression hit, but at the time he barely noticed it was happening. He had dropped out of middle school at age 11 and spent all of his teenage years working full-time to support his family. For him, times were always hard—the Great Depression didn’t feel any different.


Fast forward nearly a century later and it was always a treat to visit grandpa. He was a scrappy guy with a great laugh and he had one of the best attitudes you could ever imagine. We’d spend hours listening to him tell us what it was like to grow up during his era. The tales he told revealed a side of history you’ll never find in a textbook and each one was absolutely priceless.

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