Category Archives: Photo Scanning

Delivery Devices – Rules Of Thumb

We get so many questions about types of storage devices, formats, and capacities that we figured that they are worthy of one comprehensive blog post.  Delivery devices are what you actually receive from us!   We’ll add some of the actual questions to our FAQ section, but for now, let’s dive in.  These are common questions we get from customers every day.   Q:  I have X number of photos.  How many will fit on Y device? Rule of Thumb:  A picture scanned at 300 dpi averages about 500KB, while a 600dpi file averages about 1.5MB. Translation:  We can fit about 9,000 of your pictures on a single DVD (300dpi) and even at higher 600dpi resolution, we can fit over 3,000 pictures on one DVD.  Our smallest USB flash drive holds 8GB of data, which translates to over 15,000 images at 300dpi and over 5,000 images at 600dpi.   Q:  I have X number of 35mm slides/negatives.  How many will fit on Y device? Rule of Thumb:Our average slide file is around 6MB, with a normal range of 4-8MB depending on the images.  Since all of our slides are scanned at over 4,000 dpi, the file sizes are larger than for photos. Translation:  We can get 700-800...
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Organizing Memories Is Stressful, But There Is A Solution

You read the headline right. Most people KNOW where nearly all of their important memories are.  The reason that they experience considerable stress isn’t worrying about lost memories; it’s about knowing just how long a full-scale organizing and digitizing project will take.  For many families, this is easily a 150-200 hour task.  That’s right … close to a full month of work.  And that’s just focusing on the memories in one house. Many extended families have memories spread out among multiple houses, in multiple states.  The thought of even getting your arms around the scale of the project can be overwhelming.  Organizing memories is full-time work. Here are some (but not all) of the many comments we hear nearly every day when people call us: I have 25-30 photo albums, and all the pictures are stuck to the page, I can’t get them out to scan them. We have 2,000 slides, but the slide projector no longer works. There are boxes of VHS and camcorder tapes in the garage … all home movies! … but we can’t play them anymore. My mom died and we found all these film reels in the basement … I have no idea what is on them...
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