“Scanning” Old Photos with your Smartphone

Do you have a situation where you want a copy of an old family photo, but a certain relative doesn’t want it to leave their possession, and you don’t have a scanner? If you have a smartphone, put it to work. The techniques offered below will even work with cameras.

While I may use the term “scanning”, you won’t actually be scanning because you need a scanner for that. However, when you’re looking for an app for an iPhone or Android to capture those photos, some will include the term scan, even if it’s for documents.

Why Save Originals?

Have you kept your original slides, negatives, movie tapes, and/or reels? Saving those original items have a greater benefit than you think.

If you’re on the momentum to downsize or have watched “Tidying Up” on Netflix, then you might be inclined to toss it all away. However, I would caution you not to do so. Here are a few reasons for saving the originals.

NOTE: As I’m writing this article, I realize this is from the perspective in the “ideal” world. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the original photo, slide, negative or movie. Even so, the same concept would apply. My belief is that no matter the quality, if that’s the only copy you have, or can lay your hands on, then that is better than not having it at all. And we do our best with what we have.

2018 Products and Services: My Holiday Prices

We’re officially into the 2018 Holiday Season!  I hope Thanksgiving was enjoyable for you no matter how you spent it.  Ours  was a little quieter than normal, but enjoyable just the same.  After surviving Thanksgiving and Shop Small Owasso, I’ve decided to put a price list together of some of my more common requests.  What I can offer is certainly not limited to what is on the list.

So, let’s get those photos organized, backed up, videos off those tapes you can no longer view.  Let’s look at those ripped or yellow photos and get them where they should be.  Or, let’s do something totally creative and create a pencil drawing from one or more of your photographs!

Not sure what to give your person for the holidays?  Or, maybe time is running out?  No problem!!  I can print a special gift card just in time for you to give for whatever the occasion.  Click here to view my December 2018 pricing.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!!

Preparing photos for a Memorial Video

At some time in our lives, chances are we will be involved with the planning of a funeral or memorial service.   When a loved one passes, we tend to look back at the photos and think of our memories of that person and want to honor them in a special way.  Creating a Memorial slideshow or Celebration of Life Video is one way to help deal with the loss and share the memories of the loved one with others.

World Backup Day 2018

World Backup DayDo you backup your computers?  Did you know that there is a day dedicated to remind folks to backup their data?  For 2018, that day is Saturday, March 31st.

As we become more dependent on technology, it’s important to archive and backup our digital photos, documents, videos and other data.  If your computer suddenly stopped working, or you lost your phone with all your photos, would you be able to replace those photos or information?  

A Wonderful/Meaningful Christmas Gift

I know I’ve said this before, but I truly mean it.  I love my job!  I love what I can do for people!  Having said that, sometimes I am faced with new, unique challenges; that are both exciting, nerve-wracking, yet rewarding.

This is one example.  In November I was contacted by someone new who needed help with some restoration work.  We agreed on a time and a place to meet.  When I met with the new client and her mother we chatted for a bit and looked at the item they needed help with.