How to “Make Something Kodak” at ScanMyPhotos.com


Our new retail photo experience, The Kodak Experience, is now open. Although our retail photo center was established in 1990, when you are the southern California area, please stop by and say hello. You will experience something that looks brand new, and it is. All new Kodak photo equipment. No more chemistry and super-eco friendly.
The new 30 Minute Photos Etc. [ScanMyPhotos.com] retail photo center solves the biggest problem in photography – how to unlock those pictures in shoeboxes and on your camera phones – point the phone to the Kodak kiosks and instantly get pictures.
I found that most people don’t know what to do with their pictures and images saved on their memory cards and camera phones. The new Kodak Experience Photo Center is designed like Starbucks, as a social event destination for all ages. The new photo experience and inspiration center is easy enough for adults and smart enough for teens. We designed it so Grandparents can even connect with their grandchildren – they have decades of photo memories we scan in minutes and they can now share by adding to the family’s Facebook pages, make DVD movies to watch on TV and more. See link.

As interest in traditional film declined, it was time to reinvent the business; no more film processing now – everything is digital.

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“MAKE SOMETHING” KODAK: The Picture Business is About to Experience the Newest Breakthrough in Retailing

How to Get Real Kodak Pictures From Your Digital Camera and Camera Phones

KODAK Picture Movie DVD From Your Scanned Photos: NEW SERVICE


 

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All New. Now available at our retail location and for all our photo scan mail orders at ScanMyPhotos.com — Introducing the new KODAK Picture Movie DVD.
 

“Don’t just look at pictures…. Relive your memories” with KODAK Picture Movie DVDs.

Click here for more information.

These movie DVDs are separate from your scanned DVD data disc files and are just like any other movie that you watch on your DVD player. There is a separate charge, in addition to all scanning services for this added service.

Pay just $34.95 for the first copy and $14.95 for each duplicate copy.

Enjoy this added feature from KODAK after your generations of photo memories are digitally preserved by ScanMyPhotos.com. Order your own multi-media KODAK Picture Movie DVDs from your favorite 60 pictures, includes your choice of music* from popular artists and all orders are completed and mailed back with your order on the same day it is received.

The KODAK Picture Movie DVD even includes special pan and zoom effects for a true movie experience. That’s all there is to it!

Watch your favorite photos on TV, Ordering is super-easy and super-fast. Watch this!

Why only 60 pictures? Even though the average ScanMyPhotos.com order is about 2,500 images scanned, we have found that to retain viewer interest and preserve the special impact that the most important photos represent, 60 pictures is the perfect quantity, without having your guests’ eyes begin to close.

HOW TO ORDER:

  1. Choose the ScanMyPhotos.com prepaid boxes to add this new feature
  2. Or, choose the standard service where you mail in your pictures in your own box to add this new feature
  3. Choose up to 60 pictures and place in sequence order, beginning with the first image you want to view on the KODAK Picture Movie DVD. Please those pictures in a separate envelope and add to your box
  4. Choose up to ten words (titles, descriptions, special introduction) that will be electronically embedded into the opening credit for your KODAK Picture Movie DVD
  5. *Choose ONE song from the list below and we will have that added as part of the multi-media DVD presentation.
  6. Any questions, use the ScanMyPhotos.com 24/7 Live Support help desk.

CHOOSE FROM THE BELOW MUSIC SELECTIONS TO ADD TO YOUR DVD

Energetic

On The Road Again – Willie Nelson
Pump Up the Jam – Technotronic
Shout – The Isley Brothers
That’s The Way I Like It – KC and The Sunshine Band


Happy

Dancing In the Street – Martha Reeves and the Vadellous
Everlasting Love – Carl Carlton
I’m So Excited – The Pointer Sisters
What I Like About You – The Romantics

Inspirational

St. Elmo’s Fire – John Parr
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terell
Shining Star – Earth, Wind and Fire
Walking on Sunshine – Katherine and the Waves

Relaxing

Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson
Calling All Angles – Train
Dust in the Wind – Kansas
Three Times a Lady – The Commodores

Romantic

Baby Love – Diana Ross and the Supremes
I’ll Be – Edwin McCain
My Girl – The Temptations
Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie and the Blow Fish

 

 
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“MAKE SOMETHING” KODAK: The Picture Business is About to Experience the Newest Breakthrough in Retailing

 

Entrepreneurial Innovation in the Photo Industry is Flourishing


It has been a long time since there has been a breakthrough new retail shopping experience, especially within the photo industry that captures the imagination of consumers and builds the buzz that only places like The Apple Stores can accomplish.

Next week, 30 Minute Photos Etc and ScanMyPhotos.com will introduce the world to an entirely new retail photo experience – The Kodak Experience.

If anyone has been around long enough to have a perspective on pictures, it is the Eastman Kodak Company. Nobody understands photography better than Kodak, the emotions, instant results and ease-of use. Pictures are more than computer files and we are about to demonstrate that in a big way.

Photography is more than about technology. It is about capturing an experience, having fun and sharing your precious memories through hundreds of new ways, way beyond just traditional photographic prints. This new retail photo experience will simplify photography, let you make pictures instantly – directly from your camera phone, make Kodak Picture Movie DVDs with popular music, gorgeous graphics and more.

Just like at a movie premier, we expect that the raves from this new retail experience will capture the imagination of consumers and the entire photo imaging industry.

“The Kodak Experience will instantly become the showcase for futuristic technology and makes photography fun. The equipment is revolutionary – no more chemicals to produce your picture with and it is friendly on the environment too. It will be nothing short of sensational and it will inspire the entire photo imaging industry to quickly modernize the way they promote photography and process the production of picture products – from photo albums, photo gifting items and do-it-yourself photo products,” explained Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of 30 Minute Photos Etc. and ScanMyPhotos.com

The world’s first Kodak Experience Photo Center will be ultramodern and visually alluring. It will be more like a world showcase pavilion to photography – the ultimate photo retail experience and become an instant destination location for everyone who takes, shares and prints pictures.

Pictures are really about the humanity. The emotional connections. The ability to inspire and touch the hearts of others like nothing else can. For over a century, Kodak has helped people unleash the emotional power of the picture and unlock its magic in all its glorious incarnations. The Kodak Experience Photo Center at 30 Minute Photos Etc. and ScanMyPhotos.com – located in Irvine, California will be revolutionary [click for directions].

We are just a week away from its launch and hope that you plan a visit to view the future of photography. It will inspire and stir a renaissance within the photo industry and by picture takers too.

The Kodak Experience will be the catalyst for revolutionizing the photo industry; it is about creativity with a purpose to make someone smile, cry, laugh, remember or simply, never forget. And doing wonderful things with pictures is something we should all be able to enjoy – you shouldn’t have to be a technology whiz to view and share your pictures and The Kodak Experience makes picture taking easy and fun.

The world is a better place when we get our pictures out of our devices and into our hands, into our living rooms, onto our friend’s walls and our parent’s mantels – where they belong. The Kodak Experience Retail Photo Center will make it simple: while online or at our Irvine, California photo center, you bring us the stories you want to tell and we’ll bring everything else.

We look forward to seeing you soon.
 

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Make Your Own Photo Albums: How to Organize Your Scanned Digital Photos Super Fast


Photo Albums You Make in Minutes, Order Online and Mailed Back the Same Business Day

From all your digital images, including newly scanned pictures, create hardcover photo books, perfect for sharing your favorite photo memories and creating beautiful stories
    Great way to remember every special occasion, parties, vacations, get-togethers, summer fun. All new! Organize your photos in minutes and use our 24/7 Live support with any questions.
    Click here to order right now from ScanMyPhotos.com

 

 

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How to Get Real Kodak Pictures From Your Digital Camera and Camera Phones

Welcome to The Kodak Experience Retail Photo Center at 30 Minute Photos Etc. and ScanMyPhotos.com

It’s so quick and easy. You will be amazed and delighted when they you try the KODAK Picture Kiosk for the first time. It was designed to make sure you get great results your first time, and every time you print. Get true KODAK Quality Prints. Rich, vibrant colors. Crisp detail. Simply better, brighter pictures. You can do it yourself. Beautiful pictures are right at your fingertips. Just touch the screen to get started.

Three Easy Steps to Real KODAK Pictures at 30 Minute Photos Etc. and ScanMyPhotos.com

Step 1: Upload Your Pictures
Insert your digital media card, CD or disk.
Transfer pictures wirelessly from your phone.
Scan your print.
See all input choices.

Step 2: Preview & Select Your Pictures
Select all pictures with just one touch, or print only the pictures you want.
Make quick and easy edits to improve your pictures.
See your pictures on screen before you pay.

Step 3: Print & Go
Touch the screen to indicate how may prints you want of each picture.
Enlarge favorite prints in just one step.
Choose a print package for pictures in more sizes.

You Can Create Great Kodak Prints. We’re Here to Help at 30 Minute Photos Etc. and ScanMyPhotos.com at our Irvine, Calif. Kodak Experience Retail Photo Center.

Special goof-proof on-screen tips and even helpful audio instructions guide you every step of the way. You preview your pictures onscreen before you pay. Make prints by yourself in just seconds. Need a hand? Our friendly and professional staff are here to help, as we have been since 1990.

ALL NEW: Make Prints from Your Phone

Got BLUETOOTH™ Technology? Make real KODAK Pictures from your phone or PDA in just seconds. We detect the resolution of your device and recommend optimal print sizes. Get wireless printing information.

 

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Kodak unveils new high-definition digital photo and media products at New York event (PMA Newsline)

Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, N.Y., previewed a range of high-definition products offering new ways for consumers to share photos and other digital content last night at a press event in New York, N.Y. The suite of high definition (HD)-enabled products includes two new category introductions for Kodak: the Kodak Theatre HD Player and Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera. Kodak also introduced the Kodak EasyShare Z1015 IS Digital Camera, Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS Digital Camera, and Kodak EasyShare W-Series Digital Frames.

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The Kodak Theatre HD Player is an interactive device that displays personal and web-based content on an HDTV, while wirelessly connecting to a household’s private Wi-Fi Network.

  “Consumers are asking for solutions that free their trapped images from PCs, memory cards and digital cameras. They are asking for sleek and innovative, yet intuitive devices. They want an abundance of resources for capturing and displaying content in HD,” said John Blake, general manager, Digital Capture and Devices, and vice president, Eastman Kodak Co. in a release. “The innovative portfolio introduced addresses those needs and will inspire consumers to experience and explore moments they love in exciting new ways.”

  Revolutionizing the way images and video can be enjoyed in HD, the Kodak Theatre HD Player is an interactive device that displays personal and web-based content on an HDTV, while wirelessly connecting to a household’s private Wi-Fi Network. Able to display HD still images (16:9 Aspect Ratio) and video (720p) on a HDTV, the remote operated Kodak Theatre HD Player lets consumers relive memories through a HD slide show, as well as edit and upload images and videos to popular online content sharing sites.  “Most people don’t realize how many things Kodak does, and how many lives it touches,” said Phil Scott, director of Marketing, Kodak Digital Capture and Devices, at the New York event.

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The new Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera is the first dedicated pocket digital video camera from Kodak.

  As people take more and more images, those pictures can get locked up in devices. Kodak aims to help consumers make, manage, and move their Kodak moments, Scott continued. “People sometimes forget they have those pictures.”

  Through unique partnerships with leaders in photo sharing, such as Kodak Gallery and Flickr, the Kodak Theatre HD Player provides consumers with easy and compelling ways to share pictures with friends and families, says the company. Additional partnerships with FrameChannel (a service of Frame Media Inc.), YouTube, and RadioTime provide access to more than imaging content, offering an interactive and engaging multimedia experience. The Kodak Theatre HD Player is also compatible with USB drives and SD memory cards. The Kodak Theatre HD Player will retail for $299.99 and will be available in September at select Best Buy stores, Kodak.com, and Amazon.com.

  Kodak also introduces the new wireless W1020 and W820 digital frame models, offering 800-by-480 high-resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio digital display in 10-inch and 8-inch (diagonal) frames, respectively. These frames also include the Quick Touch Border, which was recently introduced, allowing for simple operation with a touch or slide of a finger, while leaving the screen fingerprint and smudge-free. Frames include 512MB of internal memory and also contain two memory card slots. Enhancing the Wi-Fi connectivity of the W1020 and W820 Digital Frames, Kodak has exclusively collaborated with Kodak Gallery and Flickr, to enable additional photo-sharing options, while an agreement with FrameChannel offers consumers access to online news and information. With more than 200 channels of dynamic content, connection to FrameChannel via Kodak EasyShare Wireless Digital Frames will let consumers access and view the latest news, weather, traffic, sports scores, and more. FrameChannel also acts as a portal enabling access to images from popular photo-sharing and social networking websites. Additionally, when activated the Kodak Picture Mail feature notifies Kodak EasyShare Wireless Digital Frame users with an on-frame message letting them know that a Kodak Gallery member is sharing new pictures. In addition, members can now send pictures directly from their frame to their friends’ frames through Kodak Gallery.

  “Now a digital wireless frame is not only a window into your world, but it’s a window into what’s important to you,” said Scott at the New York event.

  The new Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera is the first dedicated pocket digital video camera from Kodak. The simple-to-use video camera offers HD video capture (720p at 60fps with 16:9 aspect ratio), viewed via a 2.4-inch TFT LCD screen. The dedicated ArcSoft video software, included with the camera, allows consumers to quickly edit, personalize and share videos, and instantly upload them to video-sharing sites such as YouTube, from any computer. The Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera will be available in late September for $179.95.

  The new high-zoom Kodak EasyShare Z1015 IS Digital Camera boasts 10-megapixel resolution and a Schneider-Kreuznach 15x optical zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens. This camera allows consumers to capture both long distances and wide-angle shots. The image quality of the Z1015 IS is further enhanced with its ability to take HD still images (16:9 aspect ratio) and video (720p at 30fps), which can be viewed on the camera’s 3-inch LCD screen. The Z1015 IS also features smart capture technology, which intuitively detects the particular scene being shot and automatically adjusts the camera’s settings to capture the best still images possible. For greater detail in both highlight and shadow areas, the camera, while set in smart capture mode, will automatically and intelligently expose the image using Kodak Perfect Touch processing. With best-in-class picture capture speed (less then 0.2 sec.), optical image stabilization, face detection and high ISO settings (up to 6400), the Z1015 IS allows consumers to capture brighter, clearer shots in low-light or fast-action situations, whether in auto-mode or manually altering the camera’s settings, says the company. The Kodak EasyShare Z1015 IS Digital Camera will be available in September for $349.95.

  Kodak also announced the latest M-Series camera, the Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS Digital Camera that includes Kodak’s Smart Capture, which instantly adjusts the camera settings to help ensure brilliant pictures in virtually any environment automatically. The M1093 IS allows consumers to take HD pictures and video and view them on an HDTV with the optional Kodak EasyShare HDTV Dock. The camera also includes image stabilization and blur reduction technology, face detection technology, and high ISO capabilities (up to 3200). The Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS Digital Camera will be available in September for $199.95.

Make Your Own Photo Albums: How to Organize Your Scanned Digital Photos Super Fast


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From all your digital images, including newly scanned pictures, create hardcover photo books, perfect for sharing your favorite photo memories and creating beautiful stories
    Great way to remember every special occasion, parties, vacations, get-togethers, summer fun. All new! Organize your photos in minutes and use our 24/7 Live support with any questions.
    Click here to order right now from ScanMyPhotos.com

 

 

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Photo Reporter: “When Analog Meets Digital, Profits Follow: Mitch Goldstone And ScanMyPhotos.com”

[By Ted Kritsonis – Photo Reporter ]

Woodbury, NY— Mitch Goldstone knows a market when he sees one, especially when analog meets digital.
Goldstone and partner Carl Berman have been running a retail photo lab in Orange County, California, for 18 years, along with the company website at 30minphotos.com since the late 1990s. Where his business was once 100 percent film-based, he now handles zero film, having made a full transition to digital. But, all those analog prints people have festering in their photo albums or shoeboxes still represent a huge market.
It’s estimated that the average consumer has as many as 5,000 analog prints, accumulating to an overall figure of 3.5 trillion prints worldwide. A vast majority of those may have never seen a scanner, and thus have never been digitized.
In 2005, Goldstone pioneered a high-speed photo scanning service in his photo lab by commercializing Kodak technology. He launched a new website called ScanMyPhotos.com and recently began using Kodak’s Adaptive Picture Exchange (APEX), a modular dry lab, scaleable photo system. APEX dramatically increases the speed of workflow management, which partly explains how it enables ScanMyPhotos.com to scan tens of thousands of prints in a single day. And this is the key reason they can turn orders very quickly, Goldstone says.
ScanMyPhotos offers the scanning service in three options. The first, and most popular, is the prepaid service at a cost of $124.95. The company sends the customer a postage-paid box they can fill up with as many as 1,800 prints of various sizes (from 2×3 to 11×14). Customers then have up to one year to fill up the box and send it back for scanning.
“Once the customer receives it, they can fill it up at their convenience and put as many pictures as they can into it, then bring it to the post office to ship it to us,” Goldstone explains. “The day we receive it, we digitize every single picture and send the box back to them the very same day.”
The scanned images are saved as JPEGs, with a resolution of 300 dpi, and burned to a DVD. Each DVD can typically hold about 3,000 4×6 images, but the number can shift depending on how many wallet-size or enlarged photos are part of an order.
The other two service options are live support through the phone or real-time online chat, along with simply walking into the store and dropping off a box of prints. Customers walking in with an order of 1,000 prints typically wait just 15 minutes to have the job done.
Sometimes, walk-in orders can be far more substantial. Goldstone recalls one customer who came to his lab from San Francisco with 26 boxes containing 22,000 pictures. He dropped off the entire order and left for the day to Disneyland, returning five hours later to pick up the boxes and the DVDs containing all the scans.
Having so many photos digitized creates additional profit opportunities. Goldstone says some customers create albums, mugs, cards and other gift items using those photos.
“Digitizing analog images is the gateway to invite consumers to create all types of products from the generations of photo memories,” Goldstone says. “Once they become familiar with sites like ScanMyPhotos.com, they start ordering the ancillary products as well.”
This is equally true for converting old home movies on VHS to DVD. ScanMyPhotos.com offers this service in a similar format, where customers can fill up a prepaid box with up to 14 tapes at a cost of $249.95. Individual tapes can be digitized for $24.95 apiece. Just like the photo scanning service, ScanMyPhotos won’t digitize any copyrighted VHS tapes. And, the service is meant only for VHS tapes, so the company won’t take 8mm or movie film. “The poor quality of VHS means they start to deteriorate within 8 to 10 years, so most people’s tapes from the 1980s are almost destroyed,” Goldstone says. “That means there’s a 100 percent market out there for transfer to DVDs.” He cites the recent fire at the film and video vaults at Universal Studios as one example to remind consumers to back up VHS tapes and DVDs by making multiple copies and keeping them in separate locations.
The service has been a hit since the company launched it, particularly because consumers from all over the world are paying for it. The only catch 
for foreign customers is that they have to supply their own boxes and pay for shipping both ways. The prepaid boxes are only for U.S. customers because of agreements ScanMyPhotos has with the USPS, FedEx and UPS. The same is also true for photo scanning services.
Goldstone’s company has no membership program in place, and he says there are 
no plans to start one. Instead, they will randomly include Chevron gas cards valued at $5 up to $25, or chocolates, cookies and other gift cards, depending on the time of year.
He also has no plans to expand or turn the business into a franchise. “The answer is definitively ‘no’ because of quality control,” he explains. “We want to make sure everything is handled exactly the same way perfectly with no variables. It’s a key part of our business model.”
And it’s a business model that’s been successful and can be profitably replicated. When was the last time you scanned 22,000 prints?

 

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