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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.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Digitize Before This Happens To Your Slides!

Are your slides still sitting in carousels?  Convert them to digital and never worry about Fading, Discoloration and Children every again!  It's convenient and priceless.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Oh, and PS- don't forget to send your film into Larsen Digital for Conversion!  Best Prices.  Best Quality.  Best Results.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mother's Day is Creeping In- Convert Her Film to Digital!

Mother's Day will be here before you know it, so it's important to start planning what you are going to do now!

What better way to tell your beloved mom how much you care about her than by showing how proud you are of your past, of the way you grew up and were raised, and how fond you are of the memories you've shared with her?  How do you do this?  By converting her film to digital of course!

The moment you sit down with your mom to reminisce over your family's favorite moments will bring laughter, smiles, and probably even some tears.

When you convert all her film to digital, not only will she feel the love you have for her, but since the digital images can last forever, you will always have a piece of your mom to hold on to, through thick and thin.

Your mother is important to you, so give her a gift that truly matter.  Give her the gift of memories!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I Value My Old Home Movies and Video Tapes!

We all know about the boxes full of old VHS tapes and Super 8 movie film hiding in our storage- but what’s the value in it?  You might be amazed once you take a closer look…

In 1977 I was so ecstatic when I bought my first “movie” camera.  It was a ‘sound only’ Super 8 camera which I paid $400 for ($1495 in 2012 dollars).  In order to capture anything I needed to purchase a single film cartridge which cost $11.00 ($41.00 in 2012 dollars) - and it only held about 3 minutes of film!  At this time my wife and I were raising two kids both under age 2.  There was no way I could shoot everything that the little kids did every day (like we tend to do today with the modern digital technology).  Heck, I couldn't even afford a projector to watch the film on!   In order to watch our recorded footage we would take our film to the local camera bar where it was developed, and then we would head to my parents’ home to watch the 3 minutes of our movies.  That’s what makes this old film so valuable beyond the enormous cost associated with shooting those memories in the first place.  Every roll of film contained a very special event.  Whether it was capturing Christmas, a birthday, or those precious first steps it was always something really special.

In 1986 I bought my first VHS camcorder.  It was about the size of a modern computer monitor and required that it be shoulder mounted to shoot the video.  It was terrible in low light situations, but compared to the cost and limited filming length of Super 8 it was all the rage for the home movie buff.  I paid $1400 for this behemoth ($2885 in 2012 dollars) and I would readily plop down another $24.95 ($51.42 in 2012 dollars) for a blank VHS tape because “Hey- it costs far less per minute than Super 8 film!”

I love today’s digital video technology.  In this digital age I shoot more video in one year than I shot in the 20 years of the old analog world combined. Sometimes I think that the younger generation who only knows the digital age fails to appreciate the value, cost, and effort that went into capturing all of those old memories that your parents and grandparents have tucked away in a corner of the basement.  While I make my business of bringing those old videos and home movies into this new age, I will always have a special place in my heart for the good old methods of capturing the moment.

Here’s my personal estimate of my investment:
Super 8 Movie Film including camera:     ~$3600 in 2012 dollars
VHS & Hi8 tapes including cameras:         ~$2450 in 2012 dollars.

-Brent Larsen, President of Larsen Digital Services

How much investment do you have in your old vintage films?

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Photo Calendar Review: Picaboo

After my first failed attempt at making a calendar I was a little wary at trying again.  I tried because it was referred to me by a friend.  I was able to quickly and easily upload my photos and loved the fact that it would hide photos in my gallery after I had added them to my calendar, it was simple to know which photos I still needed to add.  This really helped me keep my head on straight and stay organized.  The software was very user friendly and intuitive (but a little slow at times).  I really liked that I could have preset designs because I didn't have a lot of spare time to create a calendar. I really liked that I could zoom into my picture and then adjust it left, right, up or down.  This allowed me to focus on the exact spot of my photo.  

The only downside is that it lacked decorative accents and I really wish it had offered some. I am not creative, I can't come up with fun catch phrases on my own and I would have appreciated some help.  If it hadn't been midnight I would have called my sister-in-law, she can always come up with something creative.

When I received my calendar I was really impressed with how fast it arrived & that it was such great quality.  Each page is on thick card stock instead of flimsy paper. The pictures on the pages look great, the printing was very high quality.  It also passed the kid test.  Both my 4 year old & my 1 year old have taken it from me to look at their pictures and the calendar survived!  My 1 year old loves to rip pages out of books and thankfully the card stock was so thick he wasn't able to destroy my new calendar. 

I was very happy with my experience with Picaboo and will definitely use them again. 

4/5 stars