Why digitize? Why us?

Q: How do I know that my priceless photographs and home movies will be safe with you?

A: We know how important your memories are to you, and we will take the utmost care when handling your photographs and movies. We wear white gloves when handling every print, negative, slide and movie, and each image is carefully cleaned prior to scanning. Your collection will be returned to you boxed and wrapped for easy storage. We went into this business because we are passionate about preserving family memories. We care as much as you do about your family photos.

Q:  What is digital optimization?

A: Digital optimization includes color correction, red eye reduction, rotation and sharpening, done to restore or enhance the appearance of a scanned photograph. Here is an example of how optimization can improve your image.

Before Optimization

After Optimization







Q: What is “dpi” and how does it affect the quality of my scanned images?

A: DPI is an abbreviation of “dots per inch” which indicates the resolution of an image, or how clear a picture looks when it is printed or displayed on a computer screen. Our standard for scanning photos is 300 dpi. However, if you plan to enlarge the image or have extensive enhancements done, the resolution will become grainy and will lose some of its quality. We offer the option of scanning at 600 dpi for these needs.  Similarly, film and slides are scanned at 2000 dpi but if you plan to enlarge or enhance the image, 4000 dpi is available. Technically, digital images are referenced with pixels per inch (ppi), but most customers are used to the dpi designation, so we use those terms.

Q: What is the difference between TIFF and JPEG?

A: JPEG is the standard format for most photo printing, emailing, web galleries, and DVD slideshows. These image formats are much smaller than TIFF files, but some of the quality is lost every time the image is edited and saved. TIFF files are very large, and take up a lot of space on your computer or DVD. However, none of the original quality is lost if the image is edited, cropped or enlarged.  JPEG images are sufficient for printing and DVD slideshows, but we will scan using the TIFF format if major editing is planned.

Q: How many pictures fit on a CD or DVD?

The number of scanned print images that can be stored on a CD or DVD depends on the original sizes of the prints and the scanning resolution. For film and slides, the scanning resolution determines the number of images that can be stored on either type of disc.

Q: Do I want my pictures scanned to a CD or a DVD?

A: We use the high quality (Taiyo Yuden) DVD-R discs for storing scanned images. The DVD-R is compatible with 95% of all DVD players. DVDs can store up to seven times the data than a CD can, and can be viewed on a computers and televisions with DVD players. A CD can only be viewed on a computer with a CD drive.

Q: Can I watch the DVD on my television?

A: Yes, most home DVD players will play the DVD with the scanned images. However, they will not be in a  “presentation” format, and will have no enhancements such as music, titles, or themes. For sharing pictures at special events, such as weddings, banquets, graduation or retirement parties, we recommend a DVD slideshow.

Q: Can I use my own music for the DVD slideshow?

A: Due to copyright laws, we can only use music that you have purchased, on the original CD, or that we purchase for you through Apple iTunes™ for $1.29 per song. We will be happy to incorporate the music you have into the DVD slideshow if you provide the CDs.

Q: How long will my DVD slideshow be?

A: A DVD slideshow will play approximately 15 photos per minute.  So, a 350 image slideshow will play for 23 minutes.

Q: What is an archival DVD?

A: You have the option of choosing to have your images or DVD slideshow saved on a MAM-A Gold Archival DVD which is the highest quality archival DVD available today.  It has a special 24 karat reflective gold coating that is resistant to chemical breakdown, and has a 100-year expected life.

Q: Your prices are higher than some internet companies that do the same thing. Why shouldn’t I use them?

A: The quality of service and personal attention given to each project is what sets Picture This!™ apart from our competitors. We use high-quality scanners with the latest technology, and all work is done in-house, unlike some businesses that send their customers’ photographs away for scanning (sometimes to India or China) for cut-rate scanning. With all scanning packages, your images will be corrected for color imbalance, red-eye, and sharpness, assuring you of outstanding reproduction quality.