It's great to receive photographs from people wishing to share their memories. All my life I have been taking photos and later videos, when the technology came along. It's fantastic to look back at our young days. And, of course, many Mancunians have travelled the four corners of the world. So, for them, looking at old school and area photos of Manchester is even more poignant. To make thing easier when sending these photos I have listed some points to help anyone new to computers. Because,sending large files can clog-up your E-mails.

Most of the scanned photos I receive need work done to them before I can use them on the website. Common problems are.

1.Very small photos.

Photos that are too small at normal view (100%) can be difficult to use because you can't really see the faces and when you try to enlarge them you lose the definition.

2. Very Large Photos.

most scanned photos I receive are too Large i.e. if you view them on screen at 'normal view' 100% you will see less than a quarter of the photo, maybe see a leg or a head! Remember, large files are costly to send and can 'Lock-up' your E-mail.

3. Blurred Photos

scanning blurred photos results in another blurred photo in digital form.

Having said all the above, I still want receive your photos, no matter what condition they are in, and will do my best to sort them out.

To help and improve your skills here are some tips on scanning.

All scanner and photo packages are different but general

1. Scan photos using a resolution of 300 and choose the correct mode, i.e., colour grey etc.

2. Once scanned view your photo at normal mode ie, 100% Most scanned photos will be very large.

3. Resize the image to a decent size, again check it at 100% you may have to do it several times until you are happy? next save it as a jpg.

5. If you have any white borders or cracks near the edges you could cut these out using the crop function. You could also use this function to take a section from the photo that you want to send, rather than the whole picture.

6. by reducing the size of the photo and saving it as a jpg, makes it much easier to send by E-mail.

After a change, use the 'save as' function on the drop down file to save it as pic1, 2 etc. and then if you make a mistake you won't have to back to the start, but just the last one saved. When you have finally got the desired photo you can then delete the others, as you wish. In most of the new scanning software you can change the brightness, contrast and colour to make a better picture. So, if it does not turn out like you want, you can try again. Remember, practise makes perfect.......As long as you have saved the original? But don't forget to make the file size no larger than 200Kb., lower is even better. Large files will jam up your E-mail and will cost more to down load.

All photos on this website are under 100Kb