Have a Picture Party at Holiday Gatherings

Revisit Your Family Photos During the Holidays


pic2 150x150 - Have a Picture Party at Holiday GatheringsFamily time over the holidays is the perfect time to go through the mountains of old printed photos, videos or slides and reminisce with loved ones. It will be so fun to sit with past generations and have them share the stories that go along with all of those old photos.


Find a comfy spot with a lot of space, refreshments and bring out those boxes that have been sitting in the attic for decades. You may be there awhile. This is also the perfect time to think about how to preserve those old memories digitally so they aren’t lost for future generations. The holidays are the perfect opportunity to have a picture party reliving memories and making new ones.


ScanMyPhotos offers many services to help you preserve those wonderful old photos, slides, and videos digitally with your hectic schedule in mind.  You can preserve a lifetime of memories for future generations with our easy and affordable photo, slide and negative scanning services. The process could not be any easier. This is also the perfect way to make sure that everyone has a copy of your family’s history, not just one person with all the boxes in the attic.



Photo Scanning

Our team of professionals will protect your photos from aging by scanning them into digital format, preserving them on archival DVDs ensuring your family can enjoy them for years to come.


Negative Scanning

Whether you have 35mm, APS or 120mm negatives, our technicians will hand-scan each negative, make adjustments for optimum color and density and save your family’s memories and milestones for future generations.


Slide Scanning

We will carefully hand-scan and adjust each slide to provide you with the best possible quality, allowing you to start enjoying and sharing those many happy memories within a few short weeks.


Check out https://www.scanmyphotos.com/ to get started on preserving your family’s history this holiday season.


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3 Tips for a Picture Perfect Halloween

Kids and pumpkins on HalloweenMost kids absolutely love Halloween and plenty of adults get in on the action too. It seems like each year, the Halloween fun gets bigger and better. Whether you live in a neighborhood with a fantastic cul-de-sac Halloween party scene or you’re taking the kids out for some trick-or-treat fun, getting great photos is a must.


However, the evening lighting presents a challenge for getting great pictures of your favorite ghouls and goblins. Check out these tips for perfecting your Halloween pictures.


Get an Early Start



Thanksgiving 300x200 - 3 Tips for a Picture Perfect HalloweenEven though most of the trick-or-treating action is after the early fall sunset, make sure you head outside to catch some great shots before the sun starts setting. This extra time also gives you the opportunity to head to an area outside with a great fall scene or a backdrop related to the costume theme. The nice lighting of the early evening will allow you to capture all the sweet or gory details of your little one’s costumes. If you happen to live on one of those great blocks that go all out for Halloween, grab all of the neighborhood kids for a great group shot. It will be fun to look back and remember those experiences with old childhood friends in years to come. Don’t forget to get down on the child’s level for the best angle.


Set the Scene

If you really want to do something cool that your child will really love, take some time during Halloween to take some really memorable photos. If your child is obsessed with dinosaurs and dressing as one for Halloween, take them to a park with some cool rock formations to take some prehistoric fun. If you have a horse loving child who will be galloping their way through trick-or-treating, take them to a farm and get some great shots on hay, in a barn, along fences, and with some real horses. Be creative. The sky is the limit. Those photos will also look fantastic framed in their bedroom.


Lighting Challenges

After you were able to capture some great posed shots with your children with better lighting, the darker evening hours have arrived. But, you still want to be able to document them enjoying the fun of trick-or-treating. Since most of us are solely using our smartphones for taking pictures these days, check out your phone settings a few evenings before Halloween and test them. It’s likely that you have some preset capabilities to improve your low-light photo dilemma. If not, increase your ISO to a higher setting to help compensate for the lack of light. Another fun idea is to get creative with the light from candles, jack-o-lanterns or glow sticks.

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

ScanMyPhotos Corporate Headquarters 1 300x105 - Grandparents' Photo Memories Must Be Saved, Says ScanMyPhotos.comTen years ago, when the nation’s top tech expert, David Pogue wrote “Your Photos, Off the Shelf at Last” in The New York Times, he put photo scanning on the map. Since then, much has happened, including this news profiles as ScanMyPhotos rushed to digitize 600 million pictures.


The news profiles over all these years helped launched a crusade – advocating that everyone must start thinking about genealogy, preservation of memories and sharing photos for today’s all-digital world and so this never happens again.


“But, the challenge has always been how to embrace technology to affordably archive and preserve shoeboxes of family photos?” explained Mitch Goldstone, a pioneer in digital imaging and CEO of ScanMyPhotos.com. By commercializing a unique way to provide professional photo scanning at lightning-fast speed, a major breakthrough occurred.



expresssameday 300x186 - Grandparents' Photo Memories Must Be Saved, Says ScanMyPhotos.comHaving solved the biggest problem in photography, ScanMyPhotos.com is helping to unlock millions of analog photo snapshots.


For $125, the company scans 1,000 photos in minutes and now features same-day scanning with instant uploading. Why wait months, or buy a DIY scanner that costs $600 or more before even beginning your photo preservation project?


According to Goldstone, “each time a feature article, or customer shares their experience about scanning pictures, it dramatizes the relevancy for converting analog to digital. A special benefit is the exposure also helps grandparents connect by sharing stories from their lifetime of photos with their computer- savvy grandkids. It forges another idea for simplifying photo scanning and sharing.”


Another recent profile was written by Fupping on the top gifts to celebrate a grandmother’s 80th birthday.


Excerpt:

Every grandmother has generations of emotionally nostalgic photo snapshots that urgently need to be digitized in today’s all-digital world, to preserve and share. ‪ScanMyPhotos.com‬ solved the biggest problem for gifts for seniors: how to easily have photos digitized for uploading to all the popular photo-sharing sites. Our free shipping and $145 prepaid box is easily ordered online and holds about 1,800 photos. We do all the work, you get all your photos digitally backed up. Return S/H includes your digital media, add $19..95 to cover S/H if you want your pictures returned.


By scanning pictures, grandparents share their stories as they revisit all those decades of nostalgic memories with future generations.


feedbacksmp 300x206 - Grandparents' Photo Memories Must Be Saved, Says ScanMyPhotos.comAmong the thousands of comments about ScanMyPhotos.com is this one as a portrait to explain why digitizing pictures matters more than ever: “It was a great service. I’ve referred it to several friends. It’s invaluable to have taken photos that were buried away in several boxes in the garage, unlikely to ever be viewed again and have them put onto my computer. Old friends have had many laughs and the grandparents are thrilled.”


Another profile: “World Traveler, Artist, and Proud Owner of Over 50,000 Print Photos Takes the Scanning Plunge.” And, The Importance of Preserving Memories and Heritage.”



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Scanning Kodachrome slides and Digital ICE

Kodachrome filmWhile ScanMyPhotos champions scanning of your photos to protect them from the unforeseen, we also feature professional 35mm slide scanning services. Each slide is individually hand scanned by our professional technicians, you can select to have each adjusted to achieve the optimum color and density so you end up with the best possible scan at either 2,000 or 4,000 dpi. One issue that arises though is scanning Kodachrome slides and trying to use the Digital ICE process. It is a very powerful scanning tool built into nearly all current slide scanners however, Kodachrome tends to be tricky to scan. First a little history and then we will discuss the issues that everyone faces when scanning Kodachrome.


What is Kodachrome?


Kodachrome is famous for, among other things, being the topic of a Paul Simon song, a U.S. State Park in Utah (Kodachrome Basin State Park) and being tricky to scan. The film itself was introduced by Kodak in 1935 but was discontinued in 2009 and nearly all processing of the film stopped in 2010. Since the film was discontinued, there was no reason for labs to continue processing the film since processing was complex and exacting, requiring technicians with extensive chemistry training and large, complex machinery. Think of them as the Walter Whites of film processing.



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