TO HOLD DOWN COSTS
can't reach top quality without working one-on-one with a talented craftsman.
But once you have a stunning image that others would enjoy,
can turn to commercial services to copy it, share it across the family, insure its survival.
PRINTING AT KINKOS for $1/SHEET
Kinkos and FedEx have
merged to make "FedEx Office".
You can find one near you
(use your browser's BACK button to return):
All stores have
color copying (about $1/sheet)
from my prints, and most have large-format poster printing from my
files on CD.
At this time, I am printing
large panoramas on multiple sheets, and the seams are visible
under harsh lighting. Commercial poster-size prints on single
around $100 (expect prices of $15 per square foot).
those "just a little" changes (just a little brighter here,
darker there) are up to you to do before you leave home (the printing services just print).
Wonderful. So how
do I find the images worth saving? Answer: sink time into it.
I can only promise you that scanning reduces the bulk of stuff
you need to save, and it runs the risk of losing everything, but
if you insist, here you go:
SCANNING to CD for UNDER $1 per IMAGE
many slides can be done by beginners advertising on eBay at 8
cents/slide. I can only imagine using such services to get
positive images of color negatives so that I could look through
them quickly ("read" them) to identify what I want. Once the
quick and dirty positives lead you to
desirable images, you will have
to rescan with a better service. Costco and Wal-Mart will
disk for under 30 cents/image. So fifteen 24-exposure rolls
$100. To find other services, go to eBay or
Google and search on "photo scan to CD".
Here are two services
that try harder
1. Canaan Technologies
Slides and prints are
scanned, then cleaned, sharpened, and
color corrected. CD might be in JPG, GIF, BMP formats -- your selection.
$0.99 each slide or
scanned. Prints: $0.99 for 4x6"
991 Highway 22 West
One slide at
2000 dpi is 1800 x
2600 pix for 4.68 Mpix.
They compress to about
3MB jpeg, you
get about 216 sides/CD max.
Don't throw away the
this poor resolution is "just for a peek" on a search-and-find mission.
Canaan Media does many weird audio and video formats, not just
Contents book too:
Ask if you can get a printed Thumbnail
your order that will show you all of
the images on your disc or discs along with their file names and disc
number. The Thumbnail Album makes it easier to find just the
images you're looking for. Not available? Go to Dig My Pics.
2. Dig My Pics
rotating, Image Color and Exposure
Correction and their free software. This viewing
program on each
disk could get in your way when you just want to copy one particular
file onto a CD or thumbdrive to take away and work on.
$0.39/slide at 2500 dpi
(add 10 cents
for 3200 dpi). If you get
3200 dpi, you can throw the slides away, provided several children have
copies of the same disks.
do not need 4000 dpi (add 30 cents) except for exceptionally
fine-grained film perfectly shot with a German camera, or a Japanese
lens known to be legendary.
for thumbnails (recommended); thumbnails enlarged from 30/page to 12/page: double the price.
701 North Golden Key Street
Gilbert, AZ 85233
(866) 364-5952 toll free
I hate to spoil the party, but:
Scanning by itself solves nothing. A pile of optical disks
require complex technology to view is no more accessible than a pile of
slides that require a projector. Please read my
of Attack: How to Deal with the Family Photo Collection".
Rev 4/06 1/2010