An opportunity to bring up to 25 damaged photos* per individual or immediate family to be scanned** on-premise for FREE for future digital restoration.
YES. Click here to download our digital, type-fill registration form. E-mail your form once complete, and let us know which event you plan to attend. Be sure to add your Last/Mi./First name to the file name so that we know who it belongs to. John F. Kennedy's form would be named as follows: CFS_DigiReg_KennedyJohnF.pdf. (We can accept pre-registration forms up to 48 hours before an event.)
They are scanned on-premise while you wait. You will be able to take your originals home with you!
Yes. Online vendors such as Fotobridge, DigmyPics and ScanMyPhotos offer similar en masse services. The New York Times posted this great article on bulk scanning services. Bulk scanning is surprisingly affordable! Though note that archival companies do NOT provide digital restoration services, simply archival services. Note that in order to best help many, many families, CARE for Sandy cannot accept more than 25 scans/photos per individual or immediate family, regardless of where these scans come from.
Realize that severely damaged photos would normally cost hundreds of dollars to repair. You may find low-cost restoration alternatives online, but as the saying goes, "If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is." i.e. results will likely be amateurish. (Whereas we focus on quality, rather than quality.) Most families will not have the means to pay for additional restorations, but we can certainly extend recommendations if wished, especially if images are lightly vs heavily damaged.
If you would be willing to buy a small, light-weight, inexpensive portable usb flash drive (like this one or this one or this one), bring it with you to our event. Drives needn't be larger than 2 gigs. You should be able to buy one for $4-$8 dollars. We can place your digital files on your drive for you to take home and enjoy. Please inform us when registering that you have brought a flash drive with you. You may also request a mailing address for snail mailing CARE for Sandy's founder a flash drive (with a SASE for its return), if you have already attended one of our events.
Neither CARE for Sandy nor it's current roster of friends nor sponsors are equipped to repair your damaged tapes, but you'll find a great set of how-to-save tips right here.
Unfortunately not at this time.
YES. Photos must be loose (no clumped stacks), reasonably clean (no caked debris), removed from albums/sleeves/frames* and completely dry. Wet photos cannot be scanned. Visit our Salvaging Tips page or contact our "How to Save Your Floodwater Damaged Photos" pro.
*You MAY bring framed images and those still in albums if seeking salvaging advice, only. Extreme cases may be expertly photographed before further decay sets in.
While not required it would also be helpful to sort your photos by size before submitting them to help fill scanning beds more efficiently. Make stacks — small wallets, 3x5s and 3x6s, 8x10s and larger. Set aside the most grievously damaged as well. And more importantly, nominate your one "Most Cherished" plus Top 2, 3, 4, 5 so that our Restoration Volunteers know which images to get started on first.
CARE for Sandy hopes to organize community visits in as many affected New York and New Jersey pastures as possible. We're always scouting new event locations. Don't forget that CARE for Sandy is also offering to digitally restore existing scans. To learn how to submit existing high-resolution scans, visit our How to Submit Photos page.
Visit our How to Submit Photos page for several alternate solutions. If none of our suggested solutions work for you, please send us an e-mail. CARE for Sandy aims to find ways to help everyone. Of additional importance? CARE for Sandy plans on offering FREE digital restoration services for at least one year. So do not worry if unable to attend our latest events!
Maybe, but not necessarily. We're looking to avoid situations like this, which is why we will make sure we have plenty of volunteers on hand to get you in and out as swiftly as possible. Do, however, realize that scanning takes time. Depending on the size and condition of your photos, it can take 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to scan 25 images, depending on their size and condition.
Yes. But we cannot be held responsible for photos that have been left behind beyond the advertised end time of a given event. So please make sure you arrive at least 45 minutes before your chosen event is scheduled to end.
If willing to coordinate yourself, this may be possible.
No ID necessary, but if you intend to wait while your photos are scanned we suggest toting a book or magazine. And if bringing small children, appropriate activities for them as well. (We always bring coloring supplies for kids.) We will also need an e-mail address to send your finished restorations to. We cannot mail restorations, as we do not provide prints.
To leave unscanned photos would make us very sad. If you've registered and patiently waited in line for a significant amount of time, but due to high volume have not had the opportunity to get your photos scanned on-premise at one of our events, let's talk. We might be able to take them home with us/arrange for scanning off-premise. No promises. But we'll gladly try!
If you arrive more than an hour later before an event's advertised end time, there's a good chance your images may not be accepted due to the time it takes to scan. (e.g. Please do not arrive at 5:50pm for an event that has an advertised end time of 6:00pm.) Most families show up at our events well after noon. Early birds are processed much more swiftly!
We've dedicated an entire page to this question. Visit Post-Submission FAQ.