We provide a service that works well,
but is very slow.
You can send slides, photos and documents and we will scan them and run them through
Photoshop CS to bring them back to life. We then send you back the items
and a CD with the updated images.
Sending the originals by the
U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, etc.
Send the photo, slides, copies of documents, etc. to the address below.
We'll scan the items and send them back to you. Use Priority Mail or
FedEx to be safe. Now comes the hard part. If you send photos/slides please
lightly number them on the back or edge with a pencil and send a list of
recommend captions that match the photos. Do not spend much time on
developing the captions! We can always fill in caption information later. It
is amazing how other Gunfighters help out with names, locations, etc.
For 35mm slides - we do not recommend taking your slides to the local
fast-photo shop to get them scanned. Scanning slides takes a special scanner
that will scan the slides at 3200 DPI or higher. We recommend a larger
package over a small envelope. We will send you back your slides with a CD
of high quality digital images that you can use and share.
The big concern is to get the photos to us. Once we have them, they will be
digitized and preserved from further deterioration, damage or loss.
12506 Scarlet Lane
Bowie, MD 20715
If you do not want to mail or FedEx your
photos there are other options
Scan the photos:
If you or a friend owns an image/photo scanner, scan the images to create a
file. Alternatively, take the originals to a department store, grocery
store, or drug store that has a modern photographic counter. For a few
dollars they can scan the images and documents and give you one or more CDs
with digital copies of the images. Get a price first! Also, many of those
stores have walk-up kiosks where you can do the scanning yourself or ask for
help. The person at the store may be able to email the files directly to us
at email@example.com - each e-mail must be under 20 MB. You may wish to print
this page to take with you. We want large files that are a good enough
quality for printing.
Please scan pictures with the scanner set to 300 dots per inch or higher. If
you have a really great photo that needs a 1st class restoration job use 400
or 600 DPI. The larger the file the better!
Save the image as:
Photoshop (.psd) – large files that are not compressed
TIFF (.tif) – large files that are not compressed
JPEG (.jpg) - Good enough, but compressed, If you use JPEG use the setting
that gives you the largest file.
Use a color-photo setting even for black and white photos. If the image is a
little too dark or the color isn't quite right, we can fix that. Our photo
restoration process works best with a clean scan. Don’t bother with trying
to improve or crop the image. There is no need to do anything to
the images. Image restoration is now my hobby.
Send the scanned files by e-mail:
If you have a fast Internet connection send the image file as an e-mail "attachment" Please send
just a few image
files per e-mail and send the scanned file – not one sized for e-mail or web.
Limit the files sent to less than 20MB per e-mail message, an AOL limit on
my end. Please don't send more than a few messages until you get a note back from me
that all is going well. Ensure that your e-mail note tells us the name of
the people in the photo, location, time of year, funny comment, or
whatever you can remember. Do not spend too much time on this. It is easy to
update comments on our photo site later and other Gunfighters can help. The
e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail the scanned files:
If you don't want to use email you may send a CD or DVD by the U.S. Postal
Service (addresses below). If you want the media returned, just ask and we will
do that. We can also send you a memory card - a little 8 GB memory stick
that you plug in a USB port on your computer. Then you just copy all the
files to that card and mail it back. Remember to include a note with names,
places, dates, etc.
12506 Scarlet Lane
Bowie, MD 20715