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Our blog has had a few authors over the years, all of whom had different roles to play while they worked for us. Here's a bit about them.

Jane Coward

Jane worked for PiciScan as an administrator from September 2013 until July 2015. She proved herself to be incredibly adaptable and open to furthering her skills by undertaking night classes in web design and furthering her knowledge of other programs. Nearly every one of her posts are illustrated by her own photos. Thanks to her creativity and in part a photography course, she became a prolific blogger for us, every time writing an engaging article.

Mark Syred

Mark founded the business in 2010, and sold it to Web By Numbers in 2015, for whom he now works as a web developer. He trains any new scanning technicians that start at PiciScan and is still very much the technical expert on all things scanning. As well as writing for this blog, he wrote a web design blog, the content of which is going to be the basis of a new aspect of one of Web By Numbers' other websites: https://www.sypo.uk.

Callum Leach

Callum was PiciScan's first full-time scanning technician after the business was sold to Web By Numbers. He worked for PiciScan for nearly two years and becasme very popular with our customers. It was a shame to lose him, when he departed to go travelling and start a new job in Chester. Despite only having written three of our posts, he demonstrated in them a flair for writing engaging content.

  1. Helping Celebrate 50 Years of Lowe Alpine

    Helping Celebrate 50 Years of Lowe Alpine
    Back in 1967, in a shed in Colorado, a young climber, Greg Lowe, developed a new kind of backpack. It was one that would help him carry only the essentials ...
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  2. Christmas 2015

    Christmas 2015
    It’s nearly the time of year to be going up into the loft and bringing down all the Christmas decorations, locating the tree and seeing if those lights from last ...
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  3. Remembrance Day 2015

    Remembrance Day 2015
    November is a particularly poignant time for remembering those lost in war; we tend to think of remembrance as focussing on both World Wars, but in reality, conflict has never ...
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  4. World Heritage Status For The Lake District

    World Heritage Status For The Lake District
    It has been great to work with the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) to help them in their bid to have the Lake District inscribed as World Heritage Status. Organisations ...
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  5. Sepia

    Sepia
    Nowadays it is easy to transform any photograph you take on a digital device from coloured into black and white, add unusual tones or transform it to look like an ...
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  6. Pearl Anniversary

    Pearl Anniversary
    Next year will be my husband's and my 30th Wedding Anniversary. Surprisingly he looked it up on the computer and informed me that it will be our Pearl! He then ...
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  7. What Floats Your Boat?

    What Floats Your Boat?
    Taking a picture is a bit like the proverbial "chicken & egg" question, are you taking a picture because photography is your passion or is the subject matter the apple ...
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  8. Personal Picture

    Personal Picture
    Since I got a new camera and did the night class on how to use it plus the good feedback I have received regarding my photographs I had this idea ...
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  9. Our Customers

    Our Customers
    The most important person that PiciScan cares about is you! After all, if it were not for you we would not exist so we would like to take this opportunity ...
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  10. Disc Negatives

    Disc Negatives
    Do you have any of these kind of negatives at home? To find the ones I have in the photo I had to do quite a bit of rummaging around ...
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  11. RSPB 111th Anniversary

    RSPB 111th Anniversary
    Just like Bilbo Baggins who celebrated his "Eleventy first" birthday the RSPB has its 111th anniversary this year of when it was granted its Royal Charter, given 15 years after ...
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  12. VHS Tapes But No Player

    VHS Tapes But No Player
    We all have them don't we? Old VHS tapes that we took with those huge cameras back in the day, probably recording onto mini tapes too. We then laboriously edited ...
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  13. Black And White Photos

    Black And White Photos
    Colour photos certainly have a vibrancy to them and we are so used to seeing them that when we come across black and white photos it can stop us in ...
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  14. Cutting Down To Size

    Cutting Down To Size
    Recently the good weather allowed my husband to drive over a friendly farmer's field with his trailer to this stack of tree trunks. The trees had been blown down during ...
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  15. Black Sheep of the Family

    Black Sheep of the Family
    Have you been doing some research into your family tree and have come across a relative who was the black sheep of the family? No doubt that your interest has ...
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  16. Close Up

    Close Up
    On the photography course I did recently we all wanted to learn more about our cameras and how to use them but our choice of subject matter differed greatly. One ...
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  17. Holiday Memories

    Holiday Memories
    Seeing a picture of a Scrabble board reminds me of a wonderful caravan holiday during my childhood with my parents and older sister. It was down in St. Ives and ...
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  18. Slide Cleaning

    Slide Cleaning
    You have decided to have your precious slides digitally scanned and you have looked at the different scanning packages that are on offer. Some include cleaning and you think that ...
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  19. Spring Cleaning

    Spring Cleaning
    Spring has arrived as even here in the north of England I have seen snowdrops, daffodils and crocus growing. There are even a few lambs in the fields although the ...
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  20. A Walk In The Woods

    A Walk In The Woods
    Perhaps the crisp weather drove you outside to enjoy a walk in the woods recently and you took your camera or phone with you. There must have been many opportunities ...
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  21. 1657 Chocolate House

    1657 Chocolate House
    PiciScan is proud to be located in Kendal, a town which has a long history. Part of the historical record is in the buildings that we can see today. On ...
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  22. Planning A Wedding

    Planning A Wedding
    Valentine's Day is approaching and it is that time of year when Wedding Fayres pop up at hotels. Are you planning your wedding for later this year or sometime next ...
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  23. Family Tree

    Family Tree
    Researching into your family tree is generally something that people get interested in as they mature. Perhaps the spark ignited after the loss of an older relative by hearing at ...
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  24. Medium Format - Going The Way Of The Dodo

    Medium Format - Going The Way Of The Dodo
    Everything has its time in the limelight and may then go onto being improved upon or left by the wayside. But, like this DeLorean, there are people who enjoy the ...
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  25. The Box Brownie Camera

    The Box Brownie Camera
    In 1885 George Eastman invented roll film which was to replace the glass plates that had previously been used in big cumbersome cameras. Roll film or "cartridge" film due to ...
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  26. Torn Negatives

    Torn Negatives
    Do you have any negatives that are in this state? Can you see what is on them? Are they precious? Negatives are such flimsy things which, if not cared for can ...
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  27. Remembering Grandad

    Remembering Grandad
    Recently my daughter said to me that she had always been a bit afraid of my father when she was a small child and regrets not being able to know ...
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  28. Remembrance Day

    Remembrance Day
    It is at this time every year that we think about the valiant soldiers, sailors and airmen that have given their lives in the service of their country. While there ...
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  29. Christmas Present Dilemma

    Christmas Present Dilemma
    It's that time again - Christmas present shopping and you are stuck for ideas. There are some people who seem to have everything so just what do you get them? ...
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  30. Dealing With The Loss Of A Loved One

    Dealing With The Loss Of A Loved One
    We all have to deal with the loss of a loved one at times during our life whether it be a near relative or good friend but there are some ...
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  31. Kendal Site History

    Kendal Site History
    PiciScan is very proud to be based in Kendal which has a history of many trades conducting their business here. Some firms which are still trading can trace their origins ...
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  32. Water Damage in the Home

    Water Damage in the Home
    For the first time in my life, and hopefully the last, the washing machine flooded my kitchen last week. No soap suds but lots of water to remove with quick ...
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  33. Calling all keen gardeners & their partners out there!

    Calling all keen gardeners & their partners out there!
    I’m lucky in that my husband is “The Gardener” in our household. He’s the one who mows the lawn, trims the shrubbery when it gets out of control and we ...
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  34. Was your child sporty as a youngster?

    Was your child sporty as a youngster?
    If you have then you will know the support that a parent has to provide. My daughter’s sport before A levels & university was archery. We will draw a veil ...
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  35. In a hole – don’t know what to do with all your photographs?

    In a hole – don’t know what to do with all your photographs?
    Do you have a big box for your old photographs, maybe in tatty paper sleeves that you got back from the chemist, with or without the negatives or even loose ...
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  36. Quirky photo

    Quirky photo
    We have all taken that quirky photo but just what do you do with it? It may be like this one – the family pet all dressed up for the wedding ...
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  37. Planning to Emigrate?

    Planning to Emigrate?
    Maybe you are thinking of joining your children who have already emigrated and have young family of their own or you are moving abroad to start a wonderful new job ...
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  38. A Memory DVD celebrating a couple getting married

    A Memory DVD celebrating a couple getting married
    Memory DVD’s can celebrate so many different occasions by bringing together memories of times gone by. Photographs of a couple’s life together to be shown at a Silver or Golden ...
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  39. Mystery negatives

    Mystery negatives
    It is a sad occasion when you have to clear out a loved one’s house whether they have gone into a home or died. You will pick up an object ...
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  40. Reasons to have your photos scanned, 5 of 5 – Space Saving

     Reasons to have your photos scanned, 5 of 5 – Space Saving
    Your photographic hobby over the years may now have created a storage problem that we at PiciScan can solve for you. Just think of all the photograph albums, envelopes of negatives ...
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  41. The Ideal Present as a memento ….. a Stretched Canvas Print!

    The Ideal Present as a memento ….. a Stretched Canvas Print!
    Did someone in your family, or a friend get married last year with all the family coming together from far and near for the wedding and their 1 year anniversary ...
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  42. Sometimes you don’t get what you pay for

    Sometimes you don’t get what you pay for
    It's true the saying “You get what you pay for”. Probably you will have someone in your family who has always said this and, no doubt, you will have had ...
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  43. Why order a photobook from PiciScan

    Why order a photobook from PiciScan
    Do you remember those awful photograph albums that Mum & Dad used to get out, particularly when you brought your boy/girlfriend home to meet The Parents for the first time? ...
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  44. Tifs, jpegs, auto corrections and bothersome dust particles

    Tifs, jpegs, auto corrections and bothersome dust particles
    Why do we scan your precious memories as .tifs and then, only at the end, change them into .jpegs? Well, its all about quality, care and the end result. By initially ...
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  45. Old style images and Digital

    Old style images and Digital
    Despite the advent of digital photography there are still people, whether amateur or professional, who still prefer their photography using film and either turn them into slides or print off ...
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  46. Having a celebration soon?

    Having a celebration soon?
    Maybe a member of your family is going to have a significant birthday soon or perhaps you are having a family get-together with relatives visiting from overseas. Surprise them with a ...
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  47. Reasons to have your photos scanned, 4 of 5 – Save from mould, water damage

    Reasons to have your photos scanned, 4 of 5 – Save from mould, water damage
    Most people will have a collection of family photographs of their relatives from years gone by. Regrettably the ink and paper can deteriorate over time or become damaged due to ...
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  48. Working Woofer to Wallpaper

    Working Woofer to Wallpaper
    If you have a pet then you will have lots of pictures of your pal but if you only have photographs, slides or the negatives then you cannot do much ...
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  49. Reasons to have your photos scanned, 3 of 5 – Researching your Family History

    Reasons to have your photos scanned, 3 of 5 – Researching your Family History
    Looking back into the past to find your antecedents needs a wealth of research material and, while records exist in numerous places they rarely show a face to bring that ...
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  50. Be right on target with your Mother’s Day gift

    Be right on target with your Mother’s Day gift
    A bouquet of flowers is a lovely gift but is not forever. Give your Mother a wonderful lasting gift of a Photo Book containing pictures of you and your family ...
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  51. Spot the Difference

    Spot the Difference
    The “before” and “after” photographs above illustrate our Photo Restoration Service which can give life back to damaged treasured memories. Photographs can become faded through time or accidentally damaged, perhaps through ...
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  52. Reasons to have your photos scanned, 2 of 5 – Share with family and friends

    Reasons to have your photos scanned, 2 of 5 – Share with family and friends
    A photograph, negative or slide, unless duplicated, is such a solitary thing, not easily shared with anyone in this digital age. Here at PiciScan we digitally copy photographs, slides and negatives ...
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  53. Not socks AGAIN for Grandad!

    Not socks AGAIN for Grandad!
    Grandparents or older parents can be difficult to buy presents for so surprise them with an unusual present that will be very personal to them. We suggest that you send us ...
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  54. Reasons to have your photos scanned, 1 of 5 – They Are Never Seen

    Reasons to have your photos scanned, 1 of 5 – They Are Never Seen
    You enjoyed the moment so took a picture to remind you of that wonderful time, place or people. You got the photographs and negatives back or had them made into slides. ...
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  55. Got a hobby?

    Got a hobby?
    Are you into taking photographs of steam trains, classic cars or commercial aircraft? If any of these float your boat then you will have an archive of pictures that are ...
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  56. New Digital Photo Frame for Christmas? Fill it with old memories with PiciScan.

    New Digital Photo Frame for Christmas? Fill it with old memories with PiciScan.
    Did you get a new digital photo frame for Christmas? Short of ideas of what to include? What about your pre-digital memories that you would love to see displayed? Your wedding ...
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  57. PiciScan in the news…

    PiciScan in the news…
    Below is the full text of an article published yesterday in The Westmorland Gazette “AN ENTREPRENEUR is celebrating a bumper set of contracts for his fledgling slide scanning business. Kendal boss Mark ...
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  58. Christmas is a time for giving, for looking back and rescuing what you thought was lost.

    Christmas is a time for giving, for looking back and rescuing what you thought was lost.
    It’s nearly the time of year to be going up into the loft and bringing down all the Christmas decorations, locating the tree and seeing if those lights from last ...
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  59. All slides are equal. But some slides are more equal than others.

    All slides are equal. But some slides are more equal than others.
    Hopefully George Orwell will forgive me for borrowing from his seminal masterpiece for the title of this post. We love slide scanning at PiciScan. It is, at present, one of our ...
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