From my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary celebration, to various trips around the Philippines and beyond, to simple but very happy office and family moments, I was taken down a long, and wonderful, trip down memory lane after I have received this package.
The package contained the scanned copies of the negatives, more than a thousand frames, that I had sent to a photo shop that offers this service. It was something I have been meaning to do for years, since I have learned that technology has made it possible to do so.
While these negatives have print copies, some of them were either lost, or ruined in the photo albums (the old-fashioned ones!) through the passage of time. I did manage to scan a lot of print copies using my Canon printer with scanner. But some were already difficult to remove from the photo albums.
This is how I did it, just in case you are interested in doing the same:
- I sent the negatives to Digiprint (whom I have discovered a long time ago, offers this service) through LBC after I have inquired at the number listed in their website and got instructions on how to do it. I paid Php 215.00 for the package.
- Digiprint informed me several days after how much I needed to pay for the scanning. The fee was computed as such: Php 400.00 for every 200 frames (squares) of negatives. I deposited the total payment at a BDO branch, in the account number I was given. I e-mailed Digiprint a scanned copy of the deposit slip.
- They informed me that it would take around three weeks to do the scanning as there were a lot of them. However, much to my delight, it took less than that. The whole process – from the mailing the negatives to them, scanning and saving them to CDs, to sending everything back to me, only took two weeks, including the weekends in between.
Since I have transferred the files from the nine CDs they have sent me to my computer, I have shared my grandparents golden wedding anniversary photos, which was in the 1990s, through our Facebook group page, with my aunts, uncles and cousins, who were very happy to go down memory lane with me.
Here are some other vacation photos from the negatives I have had scanned. Still looking pretty good, di ba, after all these years! The photos were from 1995 to 2001. Oh, and the photos above were from Batad, Ifugao in 2001.
Hundred Islands, Pangasinan
Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Sagada, Mountain Province
Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte
Now, I want to see these places again! One of these days, I will!