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How to choose economy or premium for slides

There's a significant difference in price between our two digitizing classes, so it's important to understand what the difference buys you.  

The quick answer is it depends upon how you're going to view the digital images, and how important image quality is to you.  

Our Economy class digital images of your slides look great on small screens like a cell phone or small tablet.  Economy class is for you if you need in inexpensive way to get your old slides digitized, and are not highly concerned about quality.   

Our Premium class digital images are the highest quality digital images that can be made from your original slides.  Our customers. appreciate these images when viewed on a large screen.  By contrast, our Economy class digital images begin to look a little out of focus on large screens or when zoomed in on a small screen.  There are lots of other differences, and we've summarized these below.  

Economy Class

  • Less Expensive
  • Much Less Resolution
  • Color Correction:  Minimum - Digital ICE Technology
  • Shadow & Highlight detail:  Low
  • Compression Technology:  JPEG Lossy
  • Dust Removal:  Air Blow-off

Premium Class

  • More Expensive
  • Highest Resolution Available Anywhere
  • Color Correction: Maximum - Deep Vision Technology
  • Shadow & Highlight Detail:  High
  • Compression Technology:  JPEG Loss-less
  • Cleanroom Quality Dust Removal

The Bottom Line:

Engineers and modern technology will never match the capability of our eyes & a magnifying glass for resolution, sharpness & detail.  The digital images of our Premium class, which utilizes the latest technology & costs $30k for each scanner, will not match what you are able to see when you look directly at a slide.  Our digital images are very close, but you can see the difference.  It's a Rule of Mother Nature thing!  

On the other hand, our Premium class digital images look a lot better than the Economy class, especially on larger screens.  

Want to see the difference:  CLICK HERE so see what a difference there is.

Want more details?  CLICK HERE for more information.  

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digital image organization

Keeping the digital files in the physical order in which they arrive

Keeping the digital files in the same order as the physical originals is important.  

Using senior operators & special processes, your images are scanned in the order they are received.  We can't guarantee that we never make a mistake, but we try really hard and get it just right almost always. 

Price:   $2.50 per folder

Folder Structure and Keeping in Order

Using the physical organization of the originals that you create, a digital organization structure is created for your digital images.  This is how we do it.

File Folders

Each group in your physical organization becomes a file folder as shown above.  You can create groups within groups if you like.  

The best way to create your physical groups is to use rubber bands to hold individual groups together.  If you want to have groups within groups, putting all the stacks of originals you want grouped together into a zip lock bag, and label the bag.  

Image Names

Going even further, we use the folder structure to create meaningful image names.  The image name will inherit all the folder names in the structure above it, then we tack on a serial number to control the sequence.  


For example: 1957- Birthdays - Kate - 001.JPG


help with shipping to dpsDave

We Help a Little

Our most popular option!  For $30, we send a prepaid UPS label.  There are no size or weight restrictions, so the bigger and heavier the box, the more you save.  Plus, we set the shipping options with UPS to assure the greatest shipping security possible.  

You pack the box, (pack it tight!) tape it up (use lots of tape!) print out the label and put it on the box.  You can call UPS for a pickup, or drop it off at a UPS store or Post Office.

Choose this option by selecting 

Prepaid Label 

on the checkout page.


If you want some help with shipping your slides, negatives, prints, albums, videos or home movies to us for digitizing, we have options designed just for you.

We Help a Lot

This is the ultimate in ease of use!  You choose a box size, and we'll send it to you with all the packing materials you will need and a prepaid UPS shipping label.  These boxes cost $25 to $65.  


Choose this option by selecting the size of 

Send-a-Box 

on the checkout page


What is a Free Online Backup?

While other services make you pay a monthly fee for your files to be stored online, DpsDave gives you a 90 day archive of your files for free!

Lost your DVD, USB, or CD that came with your order? No problem! Give us a call or send us an email and we can send you a link directly to your files!

What High Quality do you Offer?

Our technology delivers 6,000 DPI. This ultra high resolution preserves the finest details.  


The finest film that exists has “dye clouds” which can be as small as 6 microns in diameter.  At 6,000 DPI, each dot that we image from the film is about 4 microns in diameter. Therefore, we can capture all the detail from a slide!

What is Folder Organization? 

Do you have a lot of slides? Are you worried about being able to keep track of what image is where? The premium slides are for you!


We use special operators, different processes and equipment to keep in order. Plus, You Get a data structure that reflects your physical organization all the way to image names. Only $2.50 per folder! 

We charge this per folder so the control is in your hands! 

faq

Will these play on my TV?

Our Movie Disks are designed to play on your TV through your DVD player.  On the other hand, our Data Disks are designed to work on your computer. Some DVD Players can play the Data Disks, and there will yellow oval sticker with JPEG in the center of the oval if your DVD player is designed to play from a Data Disk.  No sticker, no luck. 

Most Windows computer can play a Movie Disk.  Apple computers will not play a Movie Disk without special software.  Whether you have an Apple computer or a Windows computer, we will get a movie that works for you!

May I drive to Oregon and drop off my videos to be digitized?

Of course!  However, you must come to our processing center which is located at 125 Main in Philomath Oregon.  It’s the old City Hall, and we occupy the first floor.  We work odd hours, so please let us know when you’re coming so we can make sure to meet you. 

How are you different, why should I order from you?

We strive to offer the best image quality, best price and best service available anywhere, and our customers agree.  Check out or testimonials, prices and equipment pages for more information.   

How is this possible?  We are engineers with the backgrounds needed to create new scanning equipment which takes advantage of......

How should I package my slides (or photos)?

Group the photos or slides into stacks, and secure these stacks with rubber bands, baggies, envelopes, cling wrap or aluminum foil in such a manner that they are held tightly together.

Slides are particularly problematic, as it’s their nature to escape and travel about inside boxes. If you have a stack of slides held together with rubber bands that would come apart if you dropped it on the floor, it’s probably going to come apart inside the box during shipping. Limiting stacks of slide to 4 inches high and using two rubber bands to secure them works well. Slides are susceptible to damage if they are loose inside a box.

Photos travel safest in plastic bags, envelopes, or stacked up and held together with a rubber band. Most photos are not damaged by rubbing against each other during transit. However, some very old paper photos can be damaged in this manner, so use your best judgment. For these very old photos, a piece of padding between each photo ensures safe shipping.   More info:   SAFE SHIPPING or  SHIPPING OPTIONS  and PACKING TIPS

How does the ordering / shipping process work?

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.
  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 a Place Order Button, 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.
  4. You can pack and ship any way you want.
  5. When you package arrives, we will send an e-mail letting you know.

When we complete the order, we will ship immediately, and send you an email. 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.

Now that I have my disk, how do I see my digital images?Now that I have my disk, how do I see my digital images?

How do I organize my photos to be most convenient for you?

Carousels are super safe way to ship slides but add to the price. However, leaving the slides in the carousels and letting us deal with it saves a vast amount of your energy.    The same logic applies to photo albums ane slides in sleeves. 

What is the best way to ship my photos?


We encourage UPS, but FedEx and DHL are acceptable alternatives.  We discourage the US Post Office, as 0.8% of the parcels that enter the USPO system get lost.  On the other hand, UPS domestic has less than a 0.01% loss rate.  When UPS packages are insured and Adult Signature Confirmation upon Delivery is required, the loss rate is below 0.001%.  Your box has a better chance of getting hit by lightning than getting lost! 

What resolution do you use?


Our 6,000 DPI for slides is the highest resolution money can buy.  Fine grain film used for slides back in the day had 5,000 “grains” per inch, so we digitize at 6,000 dots per inch to capture all the detail in the film.  Scanning at a resolution that is less than the grain in the film creates jagged edges in the digital images, and we see that as being out of focus. 


Prints were usually printed on papers with 600 grains per inch, or were digitally printed at 600 DPI, so we advise using our Hi Def print scanning service, which digitizes at 600 DPI.  However, portraits printed in a photography studio or similarly high value photographs are exposed the fine grain papers, and our 1200 DPI digitizing service matches the fine grain papers. 

Will I be able or rearrange the order of my digital images after I get the order back?

You will be able to change everything on a digital image that has anything to do with how your images are displayed on your computer.  However, how your computer sorts and displays your images is determined by the setting on your computer, not the settings on the image. 


Why does DPI matter?

Up to a certain point, DPI (Dots Per Inch) has a powerful influence on the quality of your digital image.  A good, sharp original will look fuzzy if the digitizing process uses too low of a DPI setting.  This is because the lower DPI setting makes the sharp edges slightly jagged, and we see that as out of focus.  Therefore the DPI of the scanning process should be equal to or greater than the grain size in the original.


Don't just take our word for it!

Christian

They were ready to answer any email I sent within minutes.....

Had these folks scan 4500 of my dad's and grandfather's slides, dating back to the 50s. They were ready to answer any email I sent within minutes, took care of everything fast, and the scans look amazing. Their website is a little bit old-fashioned, but don't be fooled, they are the best out there.


Amy

 I am so thrilled with the service from start to finish....

I sent 2600 of my mom’s Kodachrome slides to DPSDave. They Were from 1951-1985. I have been so afraid to send these to any of the big labs for scanning.

A few of my photographer friends recommended this site. I requested the expedited service. My slides were a bit more of a challenge as they all had individual metal frames and were also in another sleeve as well.


The most fragile ones were from my dad’s time in Korea. I can’t believe how fast these were done. I got to see them right away via Dropbox. I am so thrilled with the service from start to finish. Great prices too. Highly recommend. Will use again. 


Margaret

I can’t imagine there is anyone out there better than this company....

Very knowledgeable. Great results on my nearly 6000 slides — some very old. Very quick turn-around. Quick with answers to my questions. I had them put on USB and wow have we freed up space! I can’t imagine there is anyone out there better than this company.


Get in Touch

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