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Three Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Digitized Memories

Three Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Digitized Memories

With it now being November, the holidays are right around the corner! This is the perfect season to spend time with loved ones, cherishing the present moments that will soon be memories. If you find yourself stumped on Christmas ideas, look no further than digitizing old film, photos, or audio tapes for your family! Not only will this preserve the moments for years to come, but will also be a heartfelt Christmas gift that will last forever. Here are three holiday gift ideas for your digitized memories!  

Scrapbook of Your Parents Childhood Memories

We don’t often think about our parents being young, but they were a kid once, too! What better way to remind them of their care-free selves than surprising them with digitized memories? Taking the time to go through their old photos tucked away in the basement closet will show your love and interest in their childhood, and is bound to leave a touching impression. Once you have gathered your photos and cleaned off the dust, you are ready to send them to a professional digitization service! Once you receive the digitized photos, you can then easily print them and organize the photos in a scrapbook.

Anniversary Footage for Grandparents

Chances are, your grandparents have mountains of footage tucked away in their house, deteriorating as the years go on. Unfortunately, film does not have an infinite lifespan which is why we highly suggest digitizing film sooner rather than later. When sending film to get digitized, you are promising a lifelong security of those memories. Once you receive the digitized copies of the footage, perhaps edit a small video of your grandparents most precious moments, such as their wedding or anniversaries!

Tribute Video

Loved ones who have passed should always be remembered, especially around the holiday season when families are together. Surprise your family by going through old photos, film, or audio tapes of loved ones you miss and sending them to get digitized by a service who offers video editing, such as Keepsake. Once we have your tapes, we can easily put together a tribute video in honor of your loved once to be remembered.


Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

Get Updated: Scan Your Old Photos

Get Updated: Scan Your Old Photos

Stacked boxes of old photos may hold your family’s most precious moments, but they are difficult to properly store and preserve for the years to come. Making the decision to digitize your photos will guarantee a lifelong use, giving you the chance to share memories with generations to come. It’s time to get updated by scanning your old photos, and the pros at Keepsake are offering some tips to prepare you for sending us your memories.

Organize Your Photos

Although not necessary, taking the time to organize your old photos will allow you to have a clear image and timeline of your memories. It’s also a great way to relive those times with loved ones, sharing the moment with family members around! Once your photos are sent to Keepsake, we then color correct the images before digitizing them onto a flashdrive. If you are worried about losing the hard copies of your photos when getting them digitized...don’t! We send back the new, scanned digital photos along with the originals.

Clean Off Dust

After organizing your photos and enjoying the past moments, be sure to set aside time to clean off any lingering dust. This will prepare your film for digitization ensuring you’re left with beautiful results. We suggest using a container of compressed air to blow on the photos, rather than blowing air through your mouth which could cause damage from saliva. Using a lint-free cotton cloth is another way to clear the film of fingerprints and oils. If you find you still have smudges or debris on your photos, dab the cotton cloth with 98% isopropyl alcohol and rub across the photos for an extra clean look.

Ventilation is Key

After preparing your photos to be sent for digitization, don’t forget to store them properly until they get to their destination! Your photos should be getting the proper airflow needed after the cleaning process to eliminate dust and dirt from settling yet again. Keep your photos in a temperature controlled zone so that the alcohol can evaporate naturally, and avoid storing them by a window or outside.


Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

5 Ways to Share Your Digital Prints

You finally made the decision to go digital with your old photos, so now what?! The first thing you should do with your digital prints is to save them on a backup drive or iCloud for extra caution. Be sure to take advantage of these 5 ways to share your digital prints!

1. Share on Social

The best thing about Facebook is being able to stay connected with long distance friends and family. Going through your photos and finding ones your family members and childhood friends will enjoy is a great way to share the love! Post a funny throwback thursday picture on your friend’s wall for a great laugh.

2. Create a Presentation

Family gatherings and social events are a great opportunity to share memories. Direct their attention to a slideshow you created, whether it’s devoted to a marriage anniversary or college graduation. Sharing these memories is a perfect way to reminisce on good times with those you care about.

3. Print Your Favorites

One of the best part of having digital photos is being able to print as many as you would like, even right from home! Print your favorites to hang on your wall, fill some photo albums, or to send as a gift. Taking the time to put memories together for your home shows your value and makes your space cozy with love. If you don’t have a printer, you can easily send your photos to be placed on a large canvas! Express your artwork and dedication into your home with old memories.

4. Digital Scrapbooking

One-up your paper scrapbook by going digital! The internet is full of templates and empty canvas opportunities for you to create a digital piece that personalizes your photos. It’s a fun and easy way to get creative without dealing with the mess!

5. Share as a Gift

Perhaps one of the best gifts are those made with love and compassion. Printing out old photos to share as a gift is a unique way to stay close to those you care about. Put photos in a photo album, single photo frame, or a DIY canvas to your grandparents or sister as a way to say “thinking about you!”.


 

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience transferring VHS to DVD.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  

If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

10 Ways to Get the Most From Your Digitized Family Memories

Did you protect a collection of old photographs, video, or audio recordings that hold precious moments by having them digitized? Making the decision to have your memories digitized allows you to easily watch and enjoy the moments you hold so close to your heart, without worrying about outdated technology or ruined tape. The possibility of what to do with your new digitized files are endless!

Discover 10 ways to get the most from your digitized family memories.

  1. Create a backup. Before doing anything with your new files, we suggest creating a backup for extra caution. Even though your memories are now digitized, it’s always best to have an extra set stored onto an iCloud, CD, or thumb drive.
     

  2. Throw a Celebration! Having the opportunity to share your memories with family is one of the best features of digitization! Whether it’s a casual BBQ or wedding anniversary, creating a slideshow of your favorite pictures is a great conversation starter.
     

  3. Print some Copies. Now that you have easy access to your new photos, making copies has never been easier. Print some for family members or friends involved, or share them as a birthday gift in a scrapbook!
     

  4. Make T-Shirts. Get creative this family reunion by making old school T-shirts with the best picture on the front. With help from a local printer, you can easily get any image on a T-shirt.
     

  5. Share on Social Media. Facebook is a great tool for staying connected with friends and family members that live far away. Sharing your images online is a fun way to go down memory lane with an old friend or long-distance relative!
     

  6. Design a Photo Release Plan. If you’re a marketing professional, then you understand how any advertising campaign requires meticulously planning on a calendar. Creating a release plan will maximize the social capital return on your shared moments and memories.
     

  7. Email to Family and Friends. Although social media is a great platform for sharing, some friends and family members don’t use Facebook. Email is a great alternative for sharing photos, audios, and movies!
     

  8. Create a Youtube Channel. With YouTube still on the rise, what better way to share videos of your family memories? Creating a YouTube channel allows you to share any video with the option to share to others or keep it private for only yourself.
     

  9. Make a Music Video. One hobby this generation loves is making music videos. Maximize the emotional feel of nostalgia with your old school, newly digitized film for the best music video.
     

  10. Save for (Fun) Revenge. Holding a precious, funny, embarrassing memory of your sibling? Whipping out the video of your sister singing home karaoke in her pajamas is perfect for her wedding party.

Getting your memories digitized is highly encouraged, and an easy way to preserve memories for years to come. Be sure to share them with loved ones after the digitizing process!

 

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

How to Digitize Photo Negatives for Long Term Preservation

Whether you fancy yourself a professional photographer or just someone that likes to take a picture here and there, it's important that you preserve those memories.  Digitizing your negatives is a wonderful way of not only preserving those captured moments, but keep them in a safe and convenient way. But, how exactly should one begin when they make the decision to digitize their photo negatives?  Below, we've broken into down into a few simple steps.

Step 1: Procure a Flatbed Scanner

A flatbed scanner that can digitize your negatives may be the most crucial item needed to accomplish what you're setting out to do.  With a flatbed scanner with the ability to digitize your slides and negatives, you can take those fragile brown strips and turn them into something far more resilient: a digital image.  However, flatbed scanners aren't the cheapest of items.

Step 2: Clean the Scanner

Even if the scanner is brand new, it's vital to the clarity of your images that you make sure the surface is as clean as possible.  Be sure that you clean the scanner glass thoroughly, and even use a can of compressed air to remove any dust particles. Even the smallest speck of dust can ruin an image, so it's important to be thorough.

Step 3: Wash Your Hands

Clean hands can make all the difference between a solid negative, and a damaged one.  The oil on your fingers can do immense damage to negatives, and any dirt or grime on your hands can make those perfect captured moments into smeared, destroyed images.

Step 4: Check the Emulsion

Once you've gotten your scanner and your hands clean, it's important to double check the film holder to see if the emulsion needs to be placed up or down.  It may seem like a simple thing, but getting it wrong can be catastrophic to the digitizing of your negatives.

Step 5: High Quality

By ensuring that your driver is set to its highest quality mode setting possible, you're all set to not only digitize your negatives, but do so in a way that is crisp and professional.  Other things to keep in mind when it comes to the quality is whether or not you're scanning in color or black and white, if you set the correct bit depth for the color images, and if you selected the right size.  You may even want to check the memory available on your computer to make sure that you have the room to process and/or store your digital files.

If all of this sounds like more than you want to take on for yourself, have no fear!  We at Keepsake Solutions are happy to handle any of your photo digitization needs. We understand that this lengthy and tedious process can be difficult, and we pride ourselves on offering high quality work and guaranteed satisfaction.

 

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

Graduation Slideshow Ideas for Our Graduating Seniors

With the weather getting warmer, it's a sign that graduation is just around the corner for many high school seniors.  So many memories, so many moments that have been captured in time, and so many possibilities! But, how can you showcase these memories in a way that is smooth, modern, and sure to have everyone in the room remembering those special moments as they move into the future?  A DVD graduation slideshow is the perfect solution! Let's talk about what you'll need to do to make this slideshow a one-of-a-kind experience for our graduating seniors.

Pictures, Videos, and Title Screens, Oh My!

What really makes a slideshow such a success is the videos, pictures, and title screens that are placed within it.  These images can bring back the memories of prom, the thrill of the Big Game, the talent of the marching band, and so many more special moments.  Special effects can be added in as well, highlighting certain pictures and bringing even more life to them. Don't forget title screens as well, as they can break up the monotony of pictures and video and add a clever way to engage the audience while adding a bit of background story to the images.  Another fun idea is to get audio or video clips from teachers or persons special to the graduating class, congratulating them on their achievement and giving them encouragement for the future.

Music Makes Things Magical

When video or audio clips are being used, a great way to keep the audience engaged and to bring the mood of the images up even more is to add music.  A good idea is to see which songs are popular at the moment, and which songs have special meaning to the graduating class themselves. By adding in music to certain images, such as prom pictures and talent shows, you have the unique opportunity to bring those moments to life again for the audience.

Combine and Conquer

Once you have all the images, video, audio, and music that you know you want for your slideshow, it's time to organize it and make sure that it flows.  One idea is to start with the earliest photos, whether they be baby photos, kindergarten photos, or pictures from their first day of high school. By continuing in this way, you take the audience and the seniors themselves on a trip down memory lane, showcasing their accomplishments and reminding them of everything they've learned along the way.  Also, be sure that you add in images from as many school activities and clubs as you can, from sports to band, arts to agriculture, and everything in between. This can bring a sense of togetherness to the entire class, and remind them all that they've come so far together.

 

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

5 Things to Consider When Selecting a Digital Transfer Service

When you've made the decision to transfer all of your captured memories into a personal digital library, it's important that you pick the right digital transfer service for your needs.  Different businesses offer different services, and not every business will meet the criteria that you are looking for.  We at Keepsake Solutions understand the importance of choosing the best service to trust your memories with. That's why we've compiled a list of 5 things to consider before you select the digital transfer service for you and your precious moments.

1. Level of Professionalism

Since you'll be entrusting your priceless memories to the business you choose, it's important to choose a business that has a proven record of professionalism and product safety.  One good rule of thumb is to see if the provider offers order tracking for your shipped order, ensuring that the products are catalogued promptly and correctly tagged with their own barcode.  This keeps you in the loop with each step of the process, and lets you know when the product has been shipped to you, as well as a tracking number to follow its progress.

2. Place of Digitization

If you're worried about the possibility of your captured memories being lost or damaged, you may want to see just where the service you're considering digitizes their orders. Some businesses outsource these services, shipping them overseas to foreign countries to be digitized.  This extra step can add more possibilities of damage to your products, and raises the chance of them being lost in shipment.

3. Services Offered

As there are so many ways to capture memories, it's important to know if the business you're considering is able to convert the format that you have.  Each format requires a different process, and it's best that you choose a service that can safely and professionally transfer the format that you possess.

4. Output Format Preferred

Just as important as the formats that can be converted is the decision of what format you what your memories converted into.  There are multiple options, such as DVD's, Data DVD's, Blu-Ray Discs, and flash drives. You can even choose, if the service you choose can do so, to have your formats converted onto an external hard drive.  Some companies even offer cloud-based storage, which can allow you to access these precious memories anywhere at anytime.

5. Reviews and Qualifiers

The truth, unfortunately, is that not every service is created equally.  A great way of weeding out the services that could cause you more issues than happiness is to check customer reviews.  Customer reviews often offer an unbiased and realistic review of the service that the customer received, and can be a good way to gauge the effectiveness and professionalism of the business itself.  With this train of thought, you may want to also research and see if the company has been utilized by large brands, has established a trusted reputation through time and quality of service, and check any websites or social media for a professional appearance and tone.

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  

 

If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

10 Tips to Creating a Great Family Photo Slideshow
10 Tips to Creating a Great Family Photo Slideshow

 

10 Tips to Creating a Great Family Photo Slideshow

One way families love to showcase all those precious memories is with a family photo slideshow. With photo archives all the rage, it is easier than ever to create a great family photo slideshow with iPhone or Dropbox folders. The sheer volume of digital content can be overwhelming. Instead of keeping so many images, it can help to curate carefully those precious memories.

Write a Narrative

Pretend like the family photo slideshow is a personal narrative or story. Think about what story is being told and how it can be told in a way that is compelling enough to watch.

Portraits

Candid images can identify key characters in the story. Include a portrait of each key player in the family photo slideshow. Include snapshots of people having fun and enjoying the experience.

Scene Setters

With a wide show, images can give a sense of place or setting for the experience. Include a sweeping vista of the mountains or ocean view, to give a dramatic setting to the story. S

Interaction

Photos should showcase relationships. Consider selecting photos of family interacting with each other. This can include an exchange of expressions and sharing experiences. Find candid family ones that are fun and engaging.

Honesty

Photos that reveal emotion and personality will be more fun to watch. Images with characters reacting to something happening in the story can enhance a story. If a revealing photo is captured, include it in the slideshow if it builds on the story.

Backstory

Use images of objects that tell the story of a person without the person being in the picture. This may be a childhood diary, bathing suits drying over a seawall, or images of a railing lit up at Christmas time in front of the old farmhouse.

Transitions

Photos must show characters moving from one thing to the next. Careful sequencing helps viewers understand how a person got from Point A to Point B.

“Hero Shot”

This is usually the apex of the story, or most dramatic part. It is a photo that makes everyone stop to sum up the vacation experience. It could be a picture of everyone gathering around to enjoy an experience.

Closing Shot

A closing shot is an image that ties up loose ends and communicates the story has ended. It does not have to be literal, but should be evocative.

Have Fun

The whole point of putting together a family photo slideshow is to have fun doing it. Make it an experience to remember with the whole family being included in the slideshow and will preserve memories for future generations.
 

 

Keepsake Solutions helps you preserve your family memories. We have slide to DVD, photo to DVD, and other transfer services available. We are family owned and operated which means we get family, and we get memory preservation. We will help you keep them fresh for years to come. Call us to get started.

Digitize Negatives and Slides with a Negative Scanning Process
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Digitize Negatives and Slides with a Negative Scanning Process

Looking to digitize negatives or old film? You’ve come to the right place! The conversion of photo negatives to digital media files can be done with premium negative scanning services. Highly trained negative scanning technicians can help perform the task while maintaining superior quality of the end product. When looking to digitize negatives, it is important to understand the process and how to find the best digital transfer service in Columbus for the task.

Negative Scanning

Slides are cleaned with compressed air to remove dust and dirt that may have accumulated. Scanners are used to digitize negatives. Dedicated unites will produce amazing results when used properly. Companies will scan negatives using flatbed scanners but high quality professional grade negative scanners are best. Negatives will then be previewed in a scanning software program where cropping and other adjustments are set. All negatives are labeled numerically by box marking. Folders are named according to the original organizational structure of negatives. After the scanning is done, each image is looked at one at a time to be sure it is oriented properly. Once all negatives are scanned and inspected, they will be burned into archival DVDs which are the best way to preserve these memories for years to come.

Scanning Negatives vs. Prints

It is usually best to scan from the original source of images. For photos, the original source is the negative, or strips of images given to the family when film was developed. Printed photos are just printed copies of the negative and never contain detail that is as good as the original negative. Prints have a much more restricted range of color and luminosity (light/dark) than negatives.

Slide Scanning Process

Photo and slide scanning is another process which can preserve memories. Images are reviewed and can be scanned one-by-one to ensure the photos look appropriately oriented. Once the images have been scanned in, then they are burned onto DVDs to preserve the memories. Slide and photo scanning technology has increased tremendously over the years and it is helping to ensure customers are able to preserve more memories than ever before. Finding the highest quality memories on DVD after the process to digitize negatives and scan photos in can be very rewarding for families who seek to keep memories in the family and have copies made for other people to see. It is one way a professional service can provide a personal touch to the process.

Keepsake Solutions brings a personal touch through our family owned and operated business, serving the Columbus community for over 15 years.  With speedy turn-around, many precious memories are waiting to be preserved for our customers. We just need you to bring those memories to a company and technicians you can trust. We provide affordable, high quality transfer of your precious moments.

 

Contact us to find out how we can help you!

Scan Old Photos to Preserve Them for Generations
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Scan Old Photos to Preserve Them for Generations

Photo scanning is a process that can help preserve memories from degradation and deterioration. When looking to scan old photos, it helps to find a service that has scanning technicians and advanced photo scanning equipment to meet your needs as a customer. Every photo scan order should be treated with the utmost respect and high caliber of customer service including high quality flatbed scanners. That’s how we handle photo scanning and preservation here at Keepsake Solutions.

Photo Scanning Process

In order to cleanly scan old photos, they must be cleaned with compressed air to begin the process. This will help remove dust from the photos. Images are scanned in numeric order by folder marking (ie: FirstHouse_001.jpg). During the scanning process, high grade flatbed photo scanners are used. After scanning is finished, each image is scanned one at a time to make sure it is oriented properly and not mirrored or flipped the other way. Once a technician finishes, it is best to burn old photos onto archival DVDs or other media specified by the customer. This will help keep the memories for long-term storage.

Manual Color Correction vs. Image Restoration Service

When we scan old photos, manual color correction is mainly used to fix problems with color in images. If the photo has some redness, most times this can be fixed back to the original colors. One thing the service technician will look for is the whitest pixel in the viewable area of the image to make sure it is reset to 100% white value, also the same for black. Software programs cannot do this as people are the ones who evaluate the image based on data and disregard backlighting, among other things. If the image has a color cast or is too dark, an image scanning technician can employ manual color correction service. If even two images are enhanced then it helps everything look more beautiful.

An image restoration service will digitally repair photos. If the photos have any folds, scratches, color blots, fungus or other imperfections, the image scanning technician can quote the photos a price for fixing. Even if the image has a piece missing, this may be fixable. Adobe Photoshop can be man’s best friend in this case! This is only a small piece of what happens when you come to scan old photos and find them better than the original.

Slideshows

Some families love to view slideshows of pictures taken over the years. After a technician helps scan old photos,  the images can be created into a DVD slideshow. An in-house editor can help direct the project for best results using the customer’s own images that have a personal touch with beautiful presentation, tailor-made for each family.

Contact Sheets

Browsing through the family photo collection was never easier when it can be created into a visual display with 100 thumbnail-sized images on the page. Contact sheets are great for larger photo scanning of orders and allows for easy reference to a specific image. This can be found quickly on DVD or a hard drive.

 

Keepsake Solutions is your go-to company for excellent service with superior quality. We help you scan old photos to preserve your memories for generations to come. Specializing in affordable, high quality digital transfer of your treasured media, we invite you to discover for yourself how to preserve those special memories.