On a 10-acre swatch of picturesque land, experienced photographer Rolland Krueger plans, poses, and snaps pictures, capturing key moments for couples and families. With nearly 50 years of experience as a portrait ace, Krueger wields his camera confidently, assuring subjects that if they do not enjoy the photographs, he will either take more at no extra charge or turn himself into a monkey's uncle. Each one-hour photography session at the indoor-outdoor studio is preceded by a planning session, during which an unlimited number of smiley subjects can discuss wardrobe and style preferences. Following shoots, Krueger lightly retouches photographs to prepare them for printing. Subjects choose the photographs they'd like to receive in hardcopy ($125 for first 8"x10" or smaller; $89 for duplicates of same pose) and represent them in Congress.
Old movies are full of treasured memories, and in some cases, literal treasure. When 90-year old Evelyn Weiner sent in her 16-millimeter film canister to YesVideo for digital conversion, a staff member discovered $3,100 in cash in the canister. The company quickly alerted Ms. Weiner of the bounty, which her late husband had stored away and forgotten. While YesVideo cannot promise such a dramatic financial return on investments, over one million families, along with major retailers such as Costco, Target, and Walmart have trusted YesVideo technicians to unearth and modernize priceless memories through mail-in conversion services. Films receive a digitized update as the team transforms VHS tapes and film reels before they deteriorate. Personalized DVDs with convenient chapter divisions last longer than VHS tapes and make it OK to finally feed the VCR peanut butter. Online galleries of the content can be shared through Facebook, Twitter, and other social-media sites.
The Adobe- and Microsoft-certified instructors at Photo Art Studio prepare pupils for careers in graphic design, web development, and photography during 14-hour certification programs. The digital photography course drills novices in handling and cleaning their cameras, regulating light, and convincing jumping beans to hold still for track-team portraits. During Adobe Photoshop classes, students survey the program's myriad manipulation and touch-up options by applying such flourishes as modified hues and formatted text over their own compositions. Other courses in software such as Adobe Flash and Dreamweaver focus on animation, image design, and web development respectively. The studio also hosts in-depth classes on Microsoft Office software to instill practical administrative skills.
ScanMyPhotos.com began in 1990 as a small retail photo center in Irvine, California, but thanks to innovations in Kodak photo-scanning technology soon blossomed into a national, online picture preserver. Lauded by Popular Photography as the "leader in digitizing prints" and mentioned in both Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, the company artfully converts printed memories into edit-ready, 300- or 600-dpi images conveniently stored on a data DVD. Technicians can also convert slides and negatives into digital files, restore timeworn photographs, and transfer VHS or 8mm to high-definition DVDs so that moms can preserve their child's first birthday party and dads can update the home videos where they reenacted episodes of Charlie's Angels.
In 2001, the team at Southtree converted their first videotape to DVD. By the time they celebrated their 10-year anniversary, they had transferred more than 250,000 memories onto long-lasting digital formats. Today, clients follow a simple process with services that include photo-scanning, video-to-DVD, film-to-DVD, data DVD, and ancient Roman scrolls into text messages about togas. The staff processes each item by hand, yielding high-resolution photos and professionally mastered DVDs. Customers should allow eight weeks from the time materials are sent to Southtree to receive shipment.
Customers can transform digital photographs into elegant coffee-table books with the help of Photobook America's intuitive photo-book-designer program. Each book is handmade with superior-quality materials, such as linen, silk, leather, and newt skin, all available in a variety of striking colors. Accessories, such as slipcases and presentation boxes, can add a dash of pizzazz to each order, and acid-free paper ensures long-lasting photo quality. Orders are typically completed within five to seven business days, ensuring that customers will be able to promptly obtain their own memorable keepsake book and avoid carving sentimental images into a wall-mounted Etch A Sketch.