The Taper – First Advertisement!

This is another post looking at the journey I am making with The Taper. At this stage I’ve been going for nearly a month. The interest I have received has been fantastic. I believe it is a good idea to reflect on how I am progressing.

When starting any business it goes without saying that reaching out to people is essential. Building this website was the first step in achieving this. If you’re reading this then that is working! It is, however, important to reach out in a more direct way.

In a recent post I showed off some flyers I had printed. They are fantastic, and I was delighted with the end result. To follow this up I decided to look into magazine advertising.

The Taper now and then magazine advert

Now & Then magazine is always wonderful reading. It was particularly exciting when the latest edition arrived, however, as it featured the first ever magazine advert for The Taper!

As was the case with the company I used for my flyers, I would like to thank the publishers and staff of Now & Then magazine. They were fantastic in helping me out with the advert design. It was wonderful to work with people so supportive of a new local business starting up.

The Taper magazine advert

If you have visited my site because you saw the above in Now & Then magazine then I am delighted to see that I could reach you!

I am looking forward to my services being used by you for bringing back your memories. Please contact me – it will be a pleasure to talk to you and wonderful to be of assistance!

Scanning Photographs – Bringing Back Your Memories

Scanning photographs is something which has many benefits. This service lets you keep digital copies of your precious memories safe from harm. You can also share the digital images of your photographs with ease.

Another key advantage is that you can edit and enhance the pictures. In the overwhelming majority of cases scanned photographs can be edited with software to improve their appearance.

scanning photographs

A very valued customer recently sent me a large volume of photographs to scan. Many of them were decades old. My customer was so impressed with the quality of my work that he insisted I show off some of the photographs here. I greatly appreciate him giving me permission to do this.

scanning photographs

As you can see in the above picture, I was working with quite an old photo album. Time had not been kind to the album itself. Due to this the photographs inside had not been as well protected as they could have been.

Thankfully there was no physical damage to the photographs. This made it possible for me to scan them in at a high resolution and then use various picture editing software packages to restore them.

vintage picture of dog scanning photographs

One of the most rewarding experiences for me is scanning photographs of pets. For many of us pets become an important part of our families. It is always wonderful to look back at images of these beautiful creatures who enriched our lives so much.

photograph of relative restored

On seeing the images from the photographs I scanned and edited my customer said “it’s like you’ve brought all these relatives back to life”. This was a wonderful compliment to get. It really is a pleasure to be able to do this for my customers.

If you would like me to do the same for your photographs I will be delighted to be of service. Please contact me and let me help you in bringing back your memories!


The Taper – First Flyers!

Here at The Taper I know what the “internet gurus” all say. This blog section should only be filled with keywords related to the services I do, all in the hope of a higher Google ranking. That’s certainly important, and I hope many of you find me that way! I do, however, believe the journey of this business I have started is important to report on.

With The Taper barely a month old I’ve taken the decision to do some advertising. After some research it seemed that flyers were the best first step to take.

It’s quite possible, if this is somewhat optimistic of me to say, that you are here on this site because you saw my flyer. If that’s true for you, great! Thank you for visiting!

The Taper flyer front

I looked at the many options available here in the UK for having flyers printed. The best overall value came from Hello Print, so I used their services. I am very glad that I did. They were incredibly helpful and supportive throughout the whole process. My thanks again to them – they are very understanding of new businesses and keen to assist in any way possible.

The Taper flyer back

Hopefully people looking to bring back their memories will see these flyers and get in touch!

If you are visiting this site looking to get your videos, photographs, negatives and slides converted to digital please get in touch. You can reach me by any of the details on the flyer. Alternatively, there is a contact form on this site.

Thank you for coming by and reading this part of my journey. I promise that the next blog post will, however, focus on what I can do for you with my services!


Converting VHS to DVD – Quality Questions

Converting VHS to DVD lets you enjoy many wonderful moments again. It’s quite likely that you have videos which you’ve not played for several years. With this in mind, many people have questions about what quality their videos will now be in.

With the amazing quality of DVD, Blu Ray and digital video it’s easy to think that VHS was very poor. This is not the case. Whilst not offering the remarkable sound and vision of today’s technology, the majority of VHS recordings are of a very good quality.

converting VHS to DVD

This image is from one of my family home videos. The footage is from ten years ago. The VHS-C tape used dates back to the early 1990s. As you can see, the picture quality is perfectly acceptable considering the technology used.

In order to give a better idea of how the quality of converting VHS to DVD comes out I’ve set up a You Tube channel. Please click here to visit The Taper profile on that website.  I will add videos from my own collection on a regular basis.

Checking the Quality of VHS Tapes

Some key factors to bear in mind when converting VHS to DVD include  –

  • The quality of the video tape
  • The quality of the equipment used for recording
  • How many times the tape had been used before
  • How the video tape has been stored

Videos stored in their boxes and kept away from extreme heat are normally in very good quality. VHS tapes are quite robust.

converting VHS to DVD

This image is from a mid-1980s home wedding video. As you can see, even in low-light circumstances the quality of a VHS image remains very good.

Playing your video tapes is the best way to see what the quality will be when converted to DVD. I am happy to help with this. On the pricing page you can see a testing service I offer. It’s important that you know the quality to expect when arranging for me to convert your VHS tapes to DVD.

Great results are possible when converting VHS to DVD. If you have tapes and you’re ready to be bringing back your memories, please contact me. I’m looking forward to being of service!


Converting Negatives To Digital Images

Every now and then converting negatives to digital images poses a bit of a challenge . This usually happens when the original negative has been changed or altered for a specific use or purpose. An example of this is the trimmed negatives used in holiday photo viewers.

Butlins holiday photo viewer

The above is a Butlins holiday photo viewer keyring. These were very popular item amongst guests at the famous Butlins holiday resorts. I am uncertain of the complete history, but I believe they were available from the mid 1960s right through to the early 1980s.

In respect of what it actually is this is a case of something really “doing what it says on the box”. A Butlins Red Coat would take your picture – usually in the dining area – with a 110 film camera.

Whilst these are very nice mementos from holidays they do make it so that only one person at a time can see the photo. The plastic casing is quite sturdy, but the viewing lens was prone to cracking or falling out. That last point is the problem with this one.

opened holiday photo viewer

In most cases it’s usually quite easy to pop open the negative housing section of the photo viewer. The majority of photo viewers are quite easy to open and close, meaning that the casing remains in good condition. This is important as it allows for continued use.

converting negatives to digital images

The above is a comparison of a standard 35mm slide to the negative from the holiday photo viewer. It is quite a lot smaller as you can see, but you can still create an excellent digital image from it.

Sadly the holiday photo viewer had been stored in a way that didn’t keep it in perfect condition. This was easy to address, however, as I was able to clean up the negative before converting it.

With a little bit of time, skill and patience I was able to create a digital image from this smaller than usual negative.

To help with easy browsing I’ve reduced the size and quality of the image created. Despite this I hope you agree that the image comes out very clearly. It’s wonderful to see it in such a clearer and larger format!

In respect of who you are looking at, that’s my late Granddad Stanley. I can assure you he was always smiling, just like in the picture. He loved spending time with his family, just as we loved the time with him.

If you’re looking to get someone to carry out converting negatives to digital images for you please get in touch. I can help with all forms of negatives. I’m looking forward to being of service to you!


Thanks for stopping by!

I think the most exciting thing I can say about this first blog post is that it is indeed my first blog post on this site!

In future posts I’m hoping to give you some interesting stories about all things related to videos, tapes, photographs and slides. Nothing related to any of what my clients give me, of course!

For now, though, I’d like to thank you very much once again for coming to visit The Taper website. I am looking forward to being of service to you, bringing back those memories you have stored away on media you can’t view any more!