Photo scanning service, scan old photos. scan a shoebox: scandango Blog
I'm a bit of a geek, I can't help it I just am. I also am addicted to cheese, it's just how I've been put together; I love cheese and I love science, history, technology... pretty much anything that gets associated with geek.
It is for this reason that last night (a Saturday night I hasten to add) that I was lying on my sofa thumbing through the latest issue of the BBC's Focus magazine looking for the article on 3D printing. Going through the magazine backwards, after drooling over the gifts and gadgets I got to the 'TechDoc' section where an article caught my eye...
'How to... DIGITISE YOUR MEMORIES' written by Spencer Kelly (journalist and presenter of Click).
In the article Spencer gives advice on how to digitise your VHS, vinyl and photos. In the photo column Spencer gives tips on home scanning - all good advice, and... he mentions us!!! < Sorry to get carried away here but I definitely feel this warrants a three exclamation mark high-five!
So, to date, we have been featured on wired.co.uk, Focus magazine, Springwise and apparently a Belgian innovation magazine (this makes us really happy as we now have lots of Belgian customers / friends of Scandango).
Where can we pop up next?
We recently skipped across the pond to visit New York and look at some new scanning technology. We still haven't decided on whether we can/should support negative scanning. Maybe I need to create a poll to gauge interest in this, we still get a lot of email enquiries regarding it – is the cause of much debate in the Scandango HQ.
You may be picturing 'Al' the obsessive toy collector from Toy Story 2 hypnotizing my brother and I with shiny things (and in all honesty when I heard the name Toy Collector I pictured Al too). In reality Toy Collector is an amazing website run by a team with a passion for toys. Toy Collector is also the home of ToyPedia an impressive attempt to catalogue all toys. If you have a fascination with model cars (especially Corgi and Dinky Toys) then you need to check out the site! (Warning, true fans and aficionados will spend hours looking on the site, we may have to ration how much El Fijador goes on it as we fear he is becoming addicted!).
Toy Collector found Scandango from an article on the Wired.co.uk website, and sent us a shoebox of photos of models of cars from around the world. Normally we wouldn't blog about the content of a customer's photos as our service is confidential, but the photos were not of a personal nature and were so interesting Toy Collector kindly agreed to let us show you some of them – thank you Toy Collector and a special thank you to LaToya! There are photos of all sorts of vehicles from BMW Bubble cars through to airport fire trucks. Some of the photos show the car as a standalone model, while other photos have been fully staged with fake sets and props; the image above is a great example of this.
As a side note El Fijador has a passion for Dinky toys so he was in heaven looking at photos of them. Whilst he has an impressive collection of Dinky Toys already, we have noticed he has started to spend rather a long time looking longingly at the Dinky models in the Toy Collector marketplace (El Fijador tip: Most of the models in the marketplace are fascinating but if you type 'Dinky' in the search box you can focus just on those).
To add our own little bit of Scandango into this blog I'd like to point out that all I have done to these images is reduce the size to allow them to fit onto the page; I have not retouched the images in any way (adjust colours, brightness, dust and scratches or edited the borders). The reason I have left them 'raw' is so you can see the quality of them direct from the scanner. Ideally I would tweak them a little, if nothing else to tidy the edges a little, however the images are amazing anyway and we think they have scanned in really well.
If you want to find out more about Toy Collector click here.
Just a quickie to let you know we have now got a page of advice (courtesy of La Madre) on how to pack your photos to protect them before you send them to us. We humbly apologise if this comes across as teaching our grandmas to suck eggs (wish we had a photo of this); you wouldn't believe what sort of packages people are sending us.
Some of you are amazing at packing, you all know who you are, put down your scissors and your sticky tape and give yourselves a hearty pat on the back (seriously do put down the scissors first).
For the others of you who struggle with this bit, you may find some help here...
Cheers for now!