Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials

Teaching you fun and interesting things to do with your digital images. Whether it's highlighting a new app, or a tutorial on how to edit a photo, we want to help you make the most of your memories.

Featured Thought

Visit our blog every Thursday when we will post a brand new thought or quote! What's the point of our 'Thursday Thought' feature? Because everyone could use a good one every now and then.

Customer Feedback

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Digital Photo Makeover

Your old film and photos can go through a lot. Whether they are extremely discolored, torn or ripped by a child, involved in a flood or accident, we want to fix it!

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The world's very first photograph! We wouldn't have a business if the photography industry never progressed. It's amazing how far we come, and how advanced we continue to get.

We pride ourselves in our track record since we started business back in 1995. We have always made sure that each and every one of our customers is treated with professionalism along with a personal touch. We're proud to be the most trusted source of slide and negative scanning in North America. We are located beneath the snow-capped peaks of Mount Ben Lomond in Pleasant View, Utah. Pleasant View is 45 miles north of Salt Lake City, host of the 2002 Winter Olympics. All work is done in house here in Utah. We do not outsource any work out of the country like many other companies do.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thursday Thought: Remembering


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

$7 Video Tape to DVD Transfers!

You can get a coupon code to get all your video tapes transferred to digital for only $7 a piece!

All you have to do to get the code is:
-Watch the video below
-Figure out what color hair the doll has
-Leave your answer in a comment on this blog post along with your email address
-The coupon code will be emailed to you within 24 hours
-You have until Today (02.27.13) Midnight Mountain Time to submit your answer!
-Coupon Code will expire 03.08.13

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ENJOY!

Find out more information on our video tape transfer service and process!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Making Video Memories Stand Out

8mm Vintage Camera Review

8mm Vintage Camera allows you to shoot vintage video in real time. You can take existing video on your iPhone or iPad and add a vintage overlay to it, or you can shoot live video. 

There are many vintage themes to choose from, such as, the 20's, 60's, 50's, Noir, Indigo and now Tuscan.

Our Review

 Reviewer: Kristin Harding 
November 17, 2012
I love old film, old pictures, anything that feels dated & classic. I am a fan of any app that will take my digital photos and apply an antiqued effect to it. Imagine my delight when I stumbled across the 8mm vintage app. I love video, I am constantly taking videos of my kids doing the most mundane daily things. The 8mm Vintage app takes video clips and adds an antiqued effect to it, the options range from 60's & 70's warm glow, 1920's Black & White, a dark dirty noir theme, down to professional blue hues. Whatever theme you want to go with, this app probably will meet your needs.
After playing around with it for a while I had two complaints, 1) I wish I didn't have to record live video, I wish I could grab video from my camera roll & 2) I wish I could mute my current audio & add a flicker background which is classic to old movie film. After playing around a while I thought that I would hit the little "i" button and was amazed that my two little complaints were actually features they had included. I admit that I rarely read instructions first, I always jump right into a project and then when I am stuck, I go back & read instructions. I was very happy when I was able to pull videos saved on my phone since and even happier when it allowed me to add the flicker background noise to my video.
One thing that I think would really make this app great is to add some additional audio tracks reminiscent to earlier times, such as a 1920's flapper vibe, or 1940's noir theme.
  

Reviewer: Christa Larsen 
November 15, 2012
Working so hard to convert old 8mm film to a digital format, I found it ironic to be so fond of an app that is counteractive. With 8mm Vintage Camera, the ability is given to add an old feel to video being shot straight from your phone. You also have the opportunity to take videos that have been recorded in the past, and add fun effects to them. There are several themes to choose from including a 1920 black and white effect, and a 70s faded look. The app also contains options to have the frames "jitter" giving it a old school feeling, and it also gives you the choice to have the audio recorded or not, or even if you want a vintage movie film noise instead of sound, giving it an authentic feel. 8mm Vintage Camera can upload your finished products to Facebook and Youtube, and also allows you to save the videos to your camera roll, or email them to friends and family. This app is extremely fun for a unique touch to your memories, and as long as you read the info under the "I" button within the app, it is very user friendly.
  

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What Photos Are Hiding in Your Closet?

We all have photos from important moments in our lives.  What memories are hiding in your closet?  Are they:

Tradtions

Just Plain Cute

Goofy

Adventurous

Posed

Touristy

Or a family heirloom?

Don't let any of your memories like these fade away.  Send them in to Larsen Digital to be scanned to digital form so they can stick around for generations to come.  They may not be an heirloom now, but they have the potential to be!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Photo Calendar Review: TinyPrints

We are on a journey to find you the best photo products to show off your digital images.  The latest:  a photo calendar created through Tiny Prints by Shutterfly.

There were a lot of things I loved about this calendar, and some things I didn't so much like.  Overall creating and ordering this photo calendar through Tiny Prints was a good experience, and I would probably rate the product I received a 7 out of 10.

One things that I particularly liked was the sturdiness of the calendar and the thickness of the pages.  When you schedule something on the calendar it does not indent onto the next page, which is a plus.  The print quality was also great.  The colors were vibrant and the contrast was just right.

I liked that you can customize the calendar with birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events.  I also find  their design choices and styles right up my alley.  They had great modern simplistic designs, as well as templates that are aimed for the crafty and traditional.  The website was great to work with, and the upload speeds were fast.



The only negative I had after receiving the final product was that the pages got dirty really easily.  Unfortunately I have this issue because I opened the calendar in front of my kids, who were eating a snack, and wanted to oogle all over the photos of themselves.  I admit some fault, but I wish that at least SOME of the remnants left on the pages would have cleaned off.  Instead, it is stuck there for good unless I want to ruin the cuteness.

I would definitely order from TinyPrints again, and I would recommend them to a friend.  Their prices are fantastic, and I can always find a coupon to work with.  The shipping speed was optimal, and the website was very user friendly.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Studio 5 Sneak Peek


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hope Your Day Is Full of Love!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Photo Calendar Review: Snapfish


We are on a journey to find you the best photo products to show off your digital images.  The latest:  a photo calendar created through Snapfish.


Using digitized images to make this calendar, it truly was a blast from the past!  The top reason we loved this product from Snapfish:  The pages were so thick and sturdy.  It would be really hard to rip or damage the pages.  Next reason the calendar was a great buy: The print quality was fantastic.  I liked the slight sheen of the photos, but not too glossy that every speck of light shines off of it, hiding the imagery. 



Another reason Snapfish was a great vendor: Turnaround time was super fast.  We also liked their design options.  You could choose a theme to fit your personality whether it has a scrapbook feel, modern flair, or traditional touch- the options were great.  With Snapfish, you have the ability to personalize your calendar not just with the main photo for the month, but for holidays and birthdays.  Insert your favorite photos onto important dates to make this product complete.


We would recommend Snapfish for your next photo calendar.  The quality was superb and the look truly captured the feel we were going for.  It made old family photos shine, and was “awed” by all who saw it.







Friday, February 8, 2013

What Type of Film Do you Have?

What Type of Film Do You Have?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Capturing the Moment: iPhone vs Digital Camera


With so much new technology occurring in the convenience of your phone, it’s no wonder why some might ask, “Is it better to capture the moment through a digital camera or my smartphone?”  Well, as with most things, to each their own, but let’s go over some of the pros and cons to help those that are undecided.  For this article we are comparing the iPhone 5 with one of the best point and shoot digital cameras on the market, the Canon Powershot SX260 HS.


Digital Camera:
Pros
Cons
Higher Megapixels on the market
Over Twice as Heavy
20x Lens
Lower Frames Per Second
Depending on the iPhone you choose, the digital camera can be less expensive
Smaller LCD Screen Size
Unlimited Continuous Shot Mode

Image Stabilization

Predefined Shooting Options


iPhone
Pros
Cons
Much lighter than a digital camera
Lower Megapixels Offered
Easier to take traveling
Lens’ must be purchased separately
Same HD Video Quality as a Digital Camera

Higher Frames Per Second

Bigger LCD Screen Size


It may seem that there are many more pros for the Digital Camera, but the iPhone is definitely a competitive option.  With so many of their specs being similar to that of a Point and Shoot, and considering the convenience of the camera being a part of your phone (which most take everywhere with them no matter what), the iPhone is a great candidate to become your new digital camera.  It is there to capture the moment at all times and in all places that you carry your phone with you

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

How to Copy Digital Images From a Disc to Your Computer


Getting files from a disc to your computer is easy!

Step 1

First, you want to put the disc in your computer. Once your computer has loaded the disc you should see a pop up asking what you want to do with the disc. Scroll down to "Open Folder View Files". This will allow you to see all the data files on your disc.

Step 2

You will want to select all the files on your disc. To do this, click once on the first file while holding down the SHIFT key and then click on the last file while still holding the shift key. Now all your files should be highlighted.
Right click with your mouse & select "COPY"

Step 3

Now you just need to locate where you will be saving your files.
Open Windows Explorer or go to "My Computer" you will want to select a spot on your hard drive to save your files. See below for instructions to create a new folder
To paste your files onto your computer you right click & select "PASTE".
Your files will start to copy to your computer. This may take some time depending on the size of the files & the speed of your computer.

Creating a Folder to save your files

You don't want to just "dump" your files onto your hard drive. You will want to have them saved in a folder with a title.

Step 1

Inside Windows Explorer or "My Computer" you will want to select a drive where you want the files saved. Once you have selected your drive, you will right click & select "NEW" & then select "FOLDER"

Step 2

Next you will want to name your folder - use a name that applies, don't leave the default title of "New Folder (1)". If you accidentally set the folder name and want to change it, click once on the folder & right click & select "RENAME". This will allow you to rename your folder.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Photo Book Review: Mixbook

We are on a journey to find you the best photo products to show off your digital images.  The latest:  a photo book done through Mixbook.

We really didn't have any cons working with this company.  They had great templates, as well as fun designs and embellishments.  The print quality was awesome, and the pages were nice and sturdy.  The binding on this photo book was the best we've seen.  You couldn't even see the strings for the binding in the front and back of the book, but it had a seamless, professional look.  We were able to find a coupon as well, making this deal even sweeter.



If you are looking to create a photo book of your memories, we highly recommend Mixbook because of it's overall high quality, template and design choices, and their website's ease of use.  We are extremely happy with this product and look forward to doing more business with Mixbook.