In this consumer awareness guide to scanning, you're going to learn...
How these new trends affect the way your scans are going to look
You may be paying for scans that look worse than the originals, and not know it
3 Actions step to make sure you hire the best scan company so you don't waste your time and money
Trend #1: Focus Is On Improving Their Scanning Methods And NOT Improving Your Scans
To most scan companies, time is money. If it takes them longer to scan 1000 of your photos, than that hurts their bottom line.
But if they can scan 1000 of your photos in 2 days, well.... then they just improved their profit margins.
So what's happening is, the company will try any method to speed up their scan times. They now are focusing on THEIR methods, and not on improving your scans.
How do they cut corners to speed up scan times? And how does this affect your scans?
Trend #2: Faster Speed Times Means Your Scans Are Not Going To Look Like The Originals
If you ever tried scanning, you know the process isn't perfect. And if you noticed, the biggest problem is that the colours never look close to the originals. This is usually the quality you get...
There is a way to fix colours so they look natural. But to a scan company that is focused on speed, they don't have time to fiddle around with RBG values, exposure levels, colour balance, and make sure your slide or photo scan looks better than the original.
So to cut corners, they'll press the "Digital ICE" button, and zip through your scans. They won't bother trying to fix your scans in programs like Photo shop, because that will take too much time.
Their focus on speed helps their bottom line. But you'll get a scan that looks worse than the original.
Trend #3: Your Pictures Are Treated Like A Commodity
To you, your pictures are your family's history, your family story, your younger years.
To a scan company that focuses on speed, they are a commodity. And they are treated the same way.
You want to make sure you get your pictures back in the same order and condition they left your home.
But if a company doesn't care how the digital image scans look, they also won't care about how they handle your originals.
Your slides, photos, and negatives will be scanned in an assembly-line fashion. And they are scanned as fast as possible. They will be handled like a commodity.
How To Find The Best Scan Company In Your Area: 3 Action Steps
Here's 3 steps you can take to make sure you're not wasting your time and money on bad scans.
Get A Trial Run. Instead of sending the scan company 1000 slides, send 10. And don't tell them -- put them to the test! And if you're not happy with the results, you wasted $10 and not $1000.
Ask Them How They Fix Your Scans. If they say "scanned by hand using Digital ICE" then you know they are cutting corners. If they say they use image editing software like Photo shop, then you know your scans will look better than the originals.
Get A Guarantee In Writing. If a scan company does not offer you a full 100% guarantee, with no questions asked, then that's a huge red flag. It doesn't matter if they say, "highest quality scans possible". If they can't back up their work, than you know they're hiding something.
What To Do Next...
Right now, go grab 10 - 30 or your favourite slides, negatives, or photos. Contact a scan company and tell them you're sending a scanning project.
Put them to the test. Make them work for you.
If you're happy with your scans, send the rest. If not, ask them how they fixed the digital images. Tell them you don't care about speed but quality. I'm sure they will perk up and do anything to win your business.
Follow These Tips And Your Photos Will Arrive Safely
1. Group And Label Your Photos
We scan from first to last, so place your photos in such an order in an labeled folder. A basic envelope holds about 25, 4×6 photos. For 8×10 images, you’ll need a 8×11 envelope, which holds about 15-20 photos. Or you can bind your photos with an elastic and a shoe box holds about 400, 4×6 photos.
2. If Your Photos Are In An Album
We recommend that you remove all photos from your albums. We understand that this could be a hassle, however the less the photos are handled, the better the chance they are not marked up or damaged. Extra fees will be applied for handling photos that are intact to an album.
3. Your Photos Can Have Custom Folder / File Names
If you want your individual photos saved under a certain name, please note it down. What some customers do is, they will mark down on the back of the photo the name in which they want it saved as.
4. Three Tips On How To Package Your Slides For Shipping
People have been shipping their photos since 2005 and I’ve seen it all. So to make sure your negatives arrive safely, please follow these four tips:
Tip 1 – Loose Photos? Use Zip Lock Bags: The best way to keep your photos organized in groups is to put them in Zip lock bags. Another option is use a file folder, or even bind them with elastics. Be careful with elastics as they may bend the photos.
Tip 2 – Don’t Use A Shoe Box: Although I’ve seen many shoe boxes arrive safely, they do arrive beat up. Use boxes designed for shipping. Ones with strong corners. I’ve had customers use boxes from electronics / computer equipment, a box from an Amazon order, or boxes purchased at the from the Post office.
Tip 3 – Which Courier To Use: I’ve found CanadaPost, Purolator, and FedEx most reliable. I’ve had a few customers use UPS next day delivery, and the parcel didn’t arrive for a few days.
Here’s a good example of proper packaging for photo scanning:
5. Where Do I Drop-Off Or Ship My Photos?
2 Royal York Rd., Unit 206 | Toronto, ON M8V 2S6
Watch this short video before you decide to hire a scanning company… To download the PDF report: Consumer Awareness Guide To Scan Companies, click here… http://www.scancanada.ca/read-this-before-you-hire-a-scan-company/
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