Most people don't have a need to scan all of their old photos to digital. It's best to sort through your photos and select the ones you really want to share. If you need to preserve your old memories, then by all means, send them all.
Photos should be organized in the way you want them on your CD or Flash Drive. You can sort them by date, by event (like a wedding or party), or by location - it's up to you. Your photos will be stored in separate folders, one each for each bundle of photos you deliver.
Please remove your photos from albums or other storage media before delivering them. Sometimes photos will stick in albums, and I can't be held responsible for any damage that may occur when removing them. Please be sure there is no sticky residue on the backs of the photos. I can clean them, as needed, though there will be a small charge for such service.
You can put stacks of photos into large zip-lock bags, or simply separate them with pieces of cardboard or paper towels. You can put labels on each stack with a title of the event or location, etc. I will use those labels for your folders, and if you order a DVD Slide Show, each "chapter" will use those labels.
Please take a few minutes to sort and separate your slides if you want the photos in any specific order or grouping. While sorting your slides, take out any that you don't need to have scanned. There's no need to pay for photographs that you will never use! Many times, photographers take multiple shots of the same subject. You will save money by only scanning the best one or two shots out of any series.
If your slides are in glass mounts, they must be removed before submission.
If your slides are in trays or carousels, you can remove them before submitting them for scanning. If you do not, I will charge you a small fee for removing them, and replacing them into your trays after scanning.
In general, it's best to stack your slides in groups of 50, and attach a label letting me know the subject, event or dates, etc. When I upload your photos to my online gallery site, I can group them according to your labels. Otherwise you will see "Group 1", "Group 2", and so on. That's no fun! Your photos will also be arranged by group label on your DVD or Flash Drive.
Labeling: You can put each stack in a ziplock bag, and mark the label text with a marker. You can carefully write a number on the top slide's mount, and give me a list on paper. Please do not use tape or sticky labels - they can damage your slide film.
Negatives should be delivered in the original accordion packaging, if any. Please do not remove them, as this can cause scratching and introduce dust, debris and fingerprints.
Negative strips are the best to work with. Please do not cut your negatives into individual frames. This incurs a higher cost as it becomes much more labor intensive.
Please do put your negatives in zip lock bags, labeled with your event, dates, or other information. I will group your photos according to those labels on your DVD, CD, Flash drive and/or the online gallery site.
It is important to properly package your media for shipping or dropping off in person.
First, be sure you protect your media from shipping damage.
Your media should be placed into zip-lock bags, whenever possible. Your zip-lock bags can then be placed into sturdy containers and boxed. Standard shipping boxes from the US Post Office are fine. Please always use sturdy cardboard boxes. Padded envelopes would likely be fine; however, you never know what will get tossed or stacked on top of your media!
Please keep your photographs flat. Do not place photos onto uneven layers of stacked slides or other items. It's best to put your photos at the bottom when sending mixed media. Separate the photos from slides or films with a piece of cardboard or other flat, sturdy material. Instead of cramming one box full, please consider using two boxes. Your media should be snug, but not compacted.
Any loose space in your boxes can be filled with bubble wrap, craft paper, newspaper or standard brown wrapping paper. Just don't let things slide around and rub against exposed media!
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