Below is an example of the type of video slideshows we are able to create using our professional video slideshow editing software. If you ordered one, we would either be able to upload the video for you to YouTube, or burn it to a DVD that will play like a movie in your DVD or Blu-Ray player.Read More
Archive For: June, 2012
Below is an example of a book of remembrance that can be ordered as an extra service.Read More
Here at Digital Foliage, LLC, we are moving onward and upward. This afternoon we secured a new business phone number and auto-attendant system through RingCentral. It is a very cool system and it will now allow me to begin my advertising campaign.
First up, make business cards.
Second up, make flyers to advertise my services.
Third up, begin helping you, the customer, preserve your photos and memories to share with your family and friends. The scanner and system is ready to go. I just need to start gathering customers. Let’s start spreading the word!Read More
It’s official! We can now legally offer our services to the public.
I applied for the business license today with the city of North Little Rock, AR. Apparently there are no predefined businesses that offer photo scanning services. As a result, they filed my business as a photography company. No big deal I suppose. As an added bonus, I guess I could easily get into the photography business and not have to worry about getting an additional license to offer that service.
You can expect that I will shortly begin an active advertising campaign now that I am legally able to operate my business.
This is truly going to be an exciting phase as I embark into the unknown. I will be stepping out of the employee world and into the self-employed.Read More
I’ve been toying around with a new logo before I officially launch the company. What do you think?Read More
My parents came into town this weekend to be my guinea pigs with their photos. For years my mom has stated that she wants to get all of her photos scanned and digitally preserved. She would like each of her children to have a copy of the photos. She is actually the inspiration behind the business idea for Digital Foliage, LLC.
The initial trials have gone fairly smoothly. I am sure as I get more practice that it will become quicker and easier. Currently I am able to scan 500-600 photos per hour using the scanner with the feeder. It can scan a batch of 25-30 photos in about one minute. It captures the front and the back, which has all of the information written about the photos. Once I do the digital retouching, reorient the photos, and do the periodic cleaning of the scanner to minimize dust artifacts and streaks, I realistically have been able to complete an average of 10-12 photos per minute. That is more than 600 photos an hour! It is definitely a lot quicker than using the flatbed scanner, especially since it will capture the front and backs at the same time. Doing it by hand with the flatbed scanner though would take probably 2-3 minutes to get the front and back of each image scanned.
Some things I have learned for this initial trial, which I will be sure to share with my potential and future customers:
- Have the photos already taken out of photo albums
- Have the photos grouped how you would like them scanned
- If you have a lot of loose photos, it is definitely more cost-effective to pay by the hour than to pay by the photo
- The scanner will NOT improve the quality of the photo taken (e.g. a blurry photo will still be blurry)
- Dark photos have a greater tendency to show minor streaking due to dust on the photos
- It helps to wipe off the photos BEFORE scanning them, to eliminate dust
- Polaroid snap shots are the thickest types of photos the feeder can handle
- The large wallet-sized photos are the smallest the feeder scanner can reasonably handle
- 8″x10″ photos are the largest the feeder scanner can reasonably handle
- PEC-12 emulsion cleaner does a great job of removing the “sticky” residue on the backs of photos
Yesterday, 6/1, I received my letter stating that Digital Foliage, LLC has been officially registered with the State of Arkansas. I am one step closer to making this business a reality. Next week I will be applying for a local business license and acquiring tax id numbers from the State and Federal government.Read More