1. SAVE TIME - There is no doubt about it, if you have scanned photo prints, slides or negatives you know the task is time-consuming and tedious. Even with the most advanced high-speed scanners, it can take more than 5 minutes for a professional to scan and adjust a single photo. For example, digitizing a modest collection of 2,500 35mm slides could take more than 200 hours. Thats about a month of dedicated 10 hour workdays of scanning and adjusting images and that estimate excludes training, setup and necessary trial and error testing.
Today, with help from online sites like fold3, there is a way to preserve and share those old military images being rediscovered with each passing day. Digitizing photos enables those rare, one-of-a-kind family heirloom military photographs to be shared, and more importantly, digitally preserved forever. So whether you scan photos yourself or choose a photo scanning service to get the work done, find a community site and start sharing your family's role in history. For military history, that site is fold3.
Originally launched in 2007 as Footnote.com, fold3 began with a huge online records and image database of over 5 million original documents. It quickly gained popularity among genealogists and historians as the got-to place for military documents - quickly and easily accessible online. In 2011, Footnote was re-branded as "fold3" (which comes from our military's flag folding ceremony) by Ancestry.com, which acquired it's parent company in 2010.
fold3 has done an especially good job of turning government records dating back to the Revolutionary War and historical photos into easily accessible content. When this content is combined and linked online with crowd-sourced images from personal collections, powerful stories of everyday soldiers and forgotten heroes and their families can be preserved and shared in a compelling form of digital storytelling.
NOTE: Images source fold3 via site
With the popularity and affordability of digital cameras and camera phones, many of us are sitting on a virtual heap of digital images. Combine that with all of those hard copies we always meant to stick in an album and suddenly we’re in over our heads. This is exactly where your PPO comes in! With a PPO, you’re not just getting sticky notes and labeled boxes, you’re enlisting the help of someone dedicated to telling your story.
Through images, words and creativity, there’s much you can expect from a PPO:
- Highly personalized, one-on-one consultations
- Brainstorm sessions on how best to tell a story for a special event or gift
- Help in implementing a customized system for organizing your current and future catalogue of photos
- Advice on digitizing photos or how to select the best photo scanning service
- Training in digital photo management basics
- Creatively designed photo books, scrapbooks, and visual storyboards
Basically, a PPO will collaborate with you on everything from setting up a digital catalogue to an unforgettable gift for your parents’ 25th anniversary. You can find an Association of Personal Photo Organizers (Appo) Certified PPO in your area here.
The Association of Personal Photo Organizers (Appo) provides support and education for entrepreneurs looking to build a photo organizing business, and educates the public on the need for photo organizing services. To learn more, visit appo.org.
Special Thanks to FotoBridge Photo Scanning Service Client Philip Devlin for use of photo. President Eisenhower greets dignitaries at Bradley field Windsor Locks, CT in 1959 for the dedication of the terminal building.
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