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Getting Started
Process 1

Here’s how the process works:

  1. Organize your photos and slides as little or as much as you like.  See our  Organizing your Photos page or read the section below for tips.
  2. Prepare your photos, slides, albums, negatives or VHS tapes for shipping to our scanning Facility in Oregon.  See our Packing Tips page for more information.
  3. Click the Place Order Tab, and choose which service you want.  You will be asked to choose options and later to enter your order information and return address.   That’s it!  We don’t require any money upfront.  You can return and add more options or order addition services by clicking the Shopping Cart icon in the upper right of every page.  
  4. To assure secure shipping, we encourage you to take your slides to a UPS store, and have them pack and ship them for you,  and request adult signature confirmation. This puts your package into the UPS secure shipping network, and assures that the package arrives safely. Plus you don’t have to pack .  Alternatively, you can pack and ship any way you want.
  5. When you package arrives, we will send an e-mail letting you know.
  6. When we complete the order, we will ship immediately, and send you an email with the tracking information.  We will create and email an invoice at that time as well.  You can pay the invoice with a credit card, or send us a check.  

When your photos arrive, we will notify you via e-mail, and get to work on them as soon as possible!

Organizing your photos

Thoughtfully organizing your digital images into file folders can help you and others find particular images, and can preserve information about the image. Usually, a physical photo was in a particular envelope, or had a date stamped on the back, or you remember that a particular box of photos came from Aunt May’s attic. People use this information to figure out what the photo is about, who’s in the photo, when it might have been taken, etc. Many people have their slides or photos organized by year, or subject, or both. One of our services is to build a file folder structure and name the individual images in a manner that preserves this information.

Image names

Typically, we name the images in a folder with the folder name followed by a serial number.  For example,  “Whitney’s 5th service – 1.jpg” would be the name of the first image in a file folder named “Whitney’s 5th service”.

You can add levels to the folder structure as well.  Here is a picture of how this works:

Image organization file structure example

If you wish, we can use the additional layers of the folder structure when we create the digital images’ names. For example, the first image in the “Whitney’s Service” subfolder in the “1955” folder series could be: “1955 – Whitney’s Service -1.jpg”.

As you can see, a folder structure will help you find images, and help people understand what the image is of. You can create as many levels as you like.

Many people organize their photos in groups named after a year or event. If you do this, we will make a file folder on the disk for each group, and name them as you named the groups.  We will then put all of the photos from each group in its own file folder that will go on your computer and name each image with a combination of the folder name and image sequence number within the group. For example, if you labeled a group of images “1973,” the tenth image in that group will be named “1973 – 10.jpg.”Although there are no limits of pictures that we can name, groups of between 50 and 150 photos seem to work well for organizational purposes. Since you can’t see the pictures in a folder until you open the folder, it is a good practice to keep the number of folders small compared to the number of pictures. Otherwise, finding the photos you’re looking for becomes like looking for a needle in a haystack!

The types of slides that we scan range from 35 mm, super 35, 110, 126, 127, and super 127. The size of photos that we scan ranges from 1 x 1 up to 8 x 10. If you have a box of slides and/or photos that you desperately want updated and transferred onto a CD or DVD, then DPSDave is the company to contact.

Do you want to transfer those wonderful family memories onto DVDs that you can keep safe on your laptop or computer to look at whenever you want to? Well, if that sounds like you and your situation, then DPSDave is the company to talk to. With our services, you send in your old boxes of slides, and we will convert them into digital DVDs that are delivered to your home. To learn more, call us!  We can take you through the process of how we organize your pictures and slides onto digital DVDs.

Do you dream of having that dinner party with the perfect thing to watch on your television? Well, not only can we transfer your slides and photos onto a DVD, but we can also transfer the digital images into a slideshow movie and put that on a DVD so that it will play on your DVD player.  You can have your friends and family come over to your home and view all of your past memories that you all shared together. They will be thrilled to see how creative and technically savvy you have become.

With our photo-scanning and slides-to-digital services, you’re receiving a hassle-free, friendly, and helpful team that is willing to talk on the phone with you, figure out what you need, and then go about our services from there. With DPSDave, you’re getting a great service that is always willing to help you with your photo and slide needs. Please give us a call whenever you want to get started converting your old slides into new memories.