Importance of Securing your Photos

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Have you ever wished you’d done something before you realised it was gone? Our greatest regret are the things that we didn’t do compared to the things we did. Sometimes we need to plan ahead. There is no warning when a disaster may happen, it could be tomorrow or next week but hopefully never.

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Natural disasters are happening quite often these days. Fires, Floods, Tsunamis, earthquakes etc. I hope they won’t ever come in your home or in your life, but still we have to plan things ahead and invest in the things that will help secure our future such as: insurances and savings.

Although money is very important, there are things that no amount of money or time can buy once they’re gone. Memories are one of these things. Memories captured in photographs or videos and stored in Analogue format can easily be lost either through natural fading and degradation or more dramatically through disaster.

A few years ago, my friend Steve, who is a professional photographer, had his life’s work stored in his home office until a very unfortunate event occurred and he lost them all. Steve was not able to recover a single photograph, film or even a hard drive, not to mention his family’s precious memories that he captured. He said he was devastated that he also lost a special photograph of his grandparents on their wedding day that had inspired him to be a professional photographer.

This may have happened to some of you in the past, lucky are those who have saved a preserved their childhood photographs and family videos.

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These days, everything else is digitised and photos are easily uploaded online and saved, but what about your old photos? With ScanCorner, you can have your old photographs digitised and stored safely, and the best part is, you can also have them restored. Secure your photos now!

Since working with ScanCorner, I immediately had our old photographs digitised so I could store them online, some of them were slightly ruined by humidity and I had them fixed too! This made us so happy. Our old photo’s and videos from childhood are now safe and secure.

For more info, visit http://www.scancorner.com.au/

Results of the customer survey in April 2015

In April 2015 we asked our customers to provide feedback for the quality of our services. The purpose of the survey was to find out how our client’s rate our website, the quality of our digitised formats and our customer support.

We summarised the most important results of the survey for you:

Usability of the website

In terms of the website appearance and regarding the question how easy the order process at ScanCorner is, 53% of the customers rated the order process at our website as very easy. Furthermore 46% of our clients rated our website as very helpful to get an overview of the offers and prices of our services.

Quality of the digitised formats

For a more detailed analysis the results regarding the photo digitisation and video digitisation were considered separately.

In terms of photo digitisation, 44% of our customers were deeply contended with the quality of their digitised images, negatives and slides. Another 49% are deeply contented with the colour correction of the pictures.

In the field of video digitisation (VHS, VHS-C, S-VHS, Hi8, Video8, Super8, MiniDV) 50% of the respondents are satisfied with the image quality of their digitised videos. Furthermore 53% of our customers are satisfied with the sound quality of the videos.

Packaging

It is very important for us that the precious memories of our customers arrive safely and without any damages at their homes. This is why we package any analogue formats like slides, negatives, photos, APS and other analogue photographic material very carefully. Regarding the question of whether the received videos or photos were sufficient and carefully packed, 70% of respondents answered that they are deeply contented with the packaging.

Customer Care

According to the motto “The consumer is the boss” it is important for us to analyse how our customers evaluate our support. The results help us to find solutions how to communicate with our clients more effectively and optimise our services.

The proportion of respondents, who rate the customer service as very friendly is 62%. For good customer service, it is particularly important to answer customer inquiries in a timely manner. Regarding the questions of whether the customers received a quick response to their requests, 58% answered that they were deeply contented with the quick responses of the customer support. 

All in all, more than half of our customers was satisfied with our service. Overall, 66% of our clients would digitise their precious memories again at ScanCorner and 60% of the respondents would recommend ScanCorner to their friends and acquaintances.

ScanCorner thanks you for participating in the survey. We look forward to more orders from you, your friends and acquaintances.

Regards

Your ScanCorner Team

Einstein Papers Online

Princeton University Press, sponsored by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and supported by the California Institute of technology, has taken up the ambitious venture of providing online access to Albert Einstein’s writings to a wider audience than ever before. This unique initiative provides free and full public access to the translated and annotated document giving insight into Einstein’s scientific ideas and the other details of his life.

The website einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu contains the contents of 13 volumes, containing 5,000 documents covering the first forty-four years of Einstein’s life, including the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics. This will enable the users to discover the articles on Albert Einstein’s scientific and non-scientific writings, his professional and personal correspondence, notebooks, travel diaries, personal documents. The collected Papers of Albert Einstein published by Princeton University Press is edited by The Einstein Papers Project located at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, with the assistance of The Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Princeton University Press and The Einstein Papers Project have planned to continue the project adding new documents to their collection till date.

On 5 december2014, the related universities and archives announced the release of the digitized archives of Albert Einstein freely available online.

For more information see: press.princeton.edu/Einstein/digital

Eric Wright’s historic collection comes home to Byron Bay

At last the important collection of historical photos and memorabilia about Byron Bay gathered together by Eric Wright will come home to the Byron Bay Library.

The newly archived historic photos displayed at Byron Bay Library are also known as the EJ Wright Collection because Mr Wright was a very well-known Byron historian. The exhibition will be launched by Wright’s children, Robyn Faulks and David Wright and will be displayed for two weeks.

More than 20 years ago, Mr Wright expressed his wish that his collection should be preserved in the Bryon Bay Library to make these photos available to the public. Now, ten years after his demise his dream has come true and the local library highly appreciates the generosity and co-operation of Mr Wright’s family because it is such a privilege to share those pictures.

Mr Wright watched and recorded the city’s substantial change. Over time Byron Bay has altered from a small country town to an international tourist destination.

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One of the historic pictures of Byron Bay, 1950

The digitized images of the EJ Wright collection will be shared by Byron Bay Library and the historical society.

Creating and Editing Digital Photos (Part 2): Storage

This is the second part of the four-part discussion on the topic Creating and Editing Digital Photos. In the first part we have discussed the steps in scanning old photos. If you have not read it, check out http://www.scancorner.com.au/blogcreating-and-editing-digital-photos-part-1-scanning/.

On this second part we will be discussing about how to store your digitized photos.

Here are the steps:

  1. Select the file type that you will be using. There are two file format options that you can choose from.
    1. When you want the best quality in scanning and storing picture you better us the Tagged Image Format or TIF.
    2. Another option is the JPG or JPEG file format which is also good because it has a compression algorithm that enables it to create smaller file sizes, thus making it the most popular photo format used in web pages and file sharing.
  2. Save a copy of the original photo in TIF format. You can place it in a special folder on your computer hard drive or save it in a CD or in another digital medium, like a flash drive. This is intended to preserve the original look of the photo in a digital format.
  3. Create a copy of the scanned photo. In order for you to start manipulating or editing your photo. Create a copy of the scanned photo and save it using a different file name. This file name will remind you that you are working on the copy and not the original digital copy.

Now you know how to store your scanned photos. You might be asking yourself, what’s next then? Well, in the next discussion we will be learning about how you can choose the best graphic software program that you will use as well as the steps in editing digital photos. So stay tuned!

How to avoid Newton Rings when scanning films

Have you experienced ring shaped patterns when scanning images? If your answer to this question is yes, then I’m pretty sure that you are searching for ways to avoid Newton Rings. In this article, we shall explain you about Newton Rings and ways to avoid those when scanning a film.

Before we start with the steps, let us first get ourselves acquainted about Newton Rings. Newton Rings are ring-shaped patterns that may appear in images that come from scanned films. They are usually formed due to the interference that was created by the reflection of light coming from a flat surface (the scanner) onto a spherical surface (the film).

The standard method to avoid Newton Rings is to sandwich the film between the Anti-Newton Ring (AN) glass and the standard glass.  However, to make things easier, here are the steps that you can follow so that you will not get any Newton Rings on your images.

Step 1: Find the Anti-Newton Ring (AN) side of the glass and put it on the scanner with AN side facing upwards.

Step 2: Lay the piece of film on the glass with the shiny side of the film facing the AN side of the glass.

Step 3:  Carefully tape down one end of the film to the glass.

Step 4:  Place some tape on the other end and tape it down while applying tension along the length of the film. This tension will keep the film firmly against the glass in the middle although the sides might still curl away.

Step 5:  Place the glass in the holder with the film facing down.

Step 6: Scan the film.

You can now start scanning your films without the fear of getting Newton Rings in your images.

In case you feel like you cannot do this task on your own, don’t worry, ScanCorner is here to help you. We are skilled in providing professional photo and video digitisation services. We not only scan but also restore the photographs to retain their old glory.  Check us out at http://www.scancorner.com.au/.

Digital ROC Technology: What Is It All About?

Digital ROC Technology or Digital Reconstruction of Color Technology enables users to automatically restore the color quality of an image no matter what condition the original image is at the moment. It can also reconstruct the color in faded slides or negatives.

This technology “reads” the dye signature that is present in the color film and slides through the use of proprietary algorithms. It also analyzes the color gradient of the image in order to remove the color cast as well as compensate for the over and under exposure which results in an improved image output in no time. It may also rebuild the original color values of the image based on the data that the technology was able to gather during the scanning process.

The Digital ROC Technology is addressing the need for high-quality scanned-image output and it does not mind the color condition that the original negative or slides are in. This technology is software-tuned to the characteristics of a specific scanner.

Since the color of the films fades over time as an effect of the storage conditions that they were placed in, the need for color restoration for the film arises, thus Digital ROC holds an important role in making this possible. This technology automatically and meticulously does lost color value rebuilding which results in color-corrected digitized images in an instant.

The process in which the image is being restored, through the use of Digital ROC, happens during the image-capture phase, which enables the user to use other software which he or she finds useful in manipulating or modifying the images.

There are Digital ROC Technology-enabled scanners available in the market if you’re searching for an automated and single-button solution for image restoration.

Get to Know Digital ICE

What is Digital ICE?

Digital Image Correction and Enhancement or Digital ICE is a set of technologies that is related in the production of an altered image in a variety of frequency spectra.

These technologies aim to render an image as more usable by Fourier or other techniques used in filtering. These types of technologies were most actively used in the 1960s and early 1970s in the fields of medical and strategic reconnaissance electronics.

The term “Digital ICE” was initially applied specifically to a proprietary technology that was developed by the Austin Development Center of Kodak, which was formerly known as Applied Science Fiction, which automatically removes surface defects, including dusts and scratches from scanned images.

It is a hardware-based method which automatically and effectively removes dust and scratch marks without affecting the composition of the image that was scanned. However, using this method in scanning images usually takes time and it also utilized more of your system resources. Compared to other software-only solutions, the Digital ICE technology does not soften, blur nor alter any underlying composition or details of the original image. It actually works from within the scanner, during the scanning process, thus users are given a clear and authentic base image which shows an improved look of the original one.

How does Digital ICE works?

This technology, as early mentioned, works from within the scanner which means that alterations on the original image are most likely not to happen.

The original “Digital ICE” technology used infrared cleaning, however over time it has already improved, Applied Science Fiction and Kodak has marketed other image enhancement technologies in addition to the infrared cleaning capabilities.

This ICE technology utilizes a scanner which has a pair of light sources, an infrared (IR) lamp and a normal RGB lamp. When in use, the technology does scanning twice, once with each lamp. They IR lamp will detect the dust location through its unique detection method, then afterwards the inpainting will be applied based on the data produced by the IR lamp. The general purpose of this method is to lessen the position of scratches and dust from the RGB image.

 What are the advantages and disadvantages of using this technology?

The advantage of the Digital ICE is that it helps in the production of digital images from conventional photographic negatives and slides that are free of defects. The PC and desktop publishing industries as well as most internet users benefit from this.

The disadvantage of this technology is that is only detect scratches and dust during transparent film scan, it cannot be used for in opaque document scanning processes. This is due to the fact that the long wave infrared only passes through the slide but not through the dust particles.

If you have any question or doubt, feel free to contact us: info@scancorner.com.au.

Personalized Family Gift Ideas for Christmas

Christmas is once again just around the corner. For sure you are now starting to think of the best gifts that you could give to your family, friends, and loved ones. If you don’t want to fuss around the mall to find the right gift for your loved ones, then the following gift ideas might be best for you.

  1. Family History CD

One of the best gifts you could give to your loved ones is a CD that contains the history of your family. You can conduct a research on your family’s genealogy. You may also collect photos, scanned document images and videos which will be artistically collated and digitized then saved in your family history CD.

You may also opt for the creation of a digital scrapbook or slideshow which also contains your family’s genealogy. You can have your photos scanned or digitized and have them creatively designed into a slideshow or digital scrapbook.

  1. Printable Photo Calendar

A calendar is also one of the wonderful gifts that you can share with your family. You can have your calendar creatively made in a personalized manner by adding your family photos in its background. You can also put the pictures of your family members on the dates of their birthdays or anniversaries. You may also create a calendar that commemorates the memories of your ancestors by putting their old photos into the calendar.

This gift idea is very inexpensive yet the happiness that your loved ones would feel will be priceless.

  1. Photo Christmas Ornaments

If you want to share a gift that your family would enjoy throughout the Christmas season, you can have miniature frames with your family photos created and you can hang them on your Christmas tree.

The process is quite easy, you pick the best and memorable photos of you with your family and loved ones then have these photos scanned, resized and printed to fit the miniature Victorian ornament frames. You may also have these photos printed on glass balls.

  1. Family Cookbook or Recipe Cards

One of the most overlooked heirlooms of families are old family recipes. Special dishes tell a lot about your family’s history, religion and culture. Most families have recipes that are handed down through generations. You can collect all these recipes and give credits to those members of your family who are famous for cooking these recipes; you can add their names and pictures on recipes that they cook best. Have these recipes printed and bound like a book or recipe cards.

Nothing beats a gift that is unique, personalized and sincerely-made. The gift ideas mentioned above all intends to preserve your memories with your family, friends and loved ones in a manner that cost-effective yet creative.

If you decide to have one of these gifts created for you to give to your loved ones, ScanCorner is here to help you. ScanCorner offers the services needed to complete any and all of the above mentioned gift ideas.

Hello there!

Welcome to the new ScanCorner Blog.

In here, you’ll find interesting articles about digitization and photography, new trends in scanning devices as well as the basics of photo scanning or transferring video to DVD.

We are a professional service provider for photo and video digitization. Our distinctive feature: we offer you a high quality scanning service at an affordable price.

At ScanCorner, we scan negatives, slides, APS films, photo printouts and we convert Super 8mm, miniDV, Hi8, VHS, VHS-C and many more analog formats. Currently we are present in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Australia, the Netherlands and India.

Please visit www.scancorner.com for more information.