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Frequently Asked Questions

Equipment & Tools

Do you have any advice on what to look for when buying a good flatbed scanner?

There aren't as many scanner choices as there use to be. The majority of scanners you will see currently for sale are either from Epson or Canon. Here at Scan Your Entire Life, we are very partial to the Epson Perfection line of photo scanners. They are designed to scan and archive old paper prints, as well as film — slides and negatives.

If you haven't checked it out yet, at the top of my website, I have a link called "Tools" that will take you to my "Resources" page where I list my top favorite scanners in the Perfection line of flatbed scanners. The V550 or V600 is the sweet spot for price and features. The V600 is what I demonstrate using in my membership course videos.

And, if you decide to join the membership, one of the first lessons I go over the Epson Perfection scanners similar to how I do it on the Tools page, but I also have a really detailed comparison chart that's really easy to read that shows you ALL of the features of each model — the specifications — so you can compare each model more if you are having problems deciding which model to buy. But, if you get any Epson model anywhere from the V550 up, you'll be happy. They're all good.

What equipment and tools will I need to learn from the course?

The course teaches you how to scan your photos and documents using a flatbed photo scanner and a desktop computer.

I teach the course using the mid-level Epson V600 Photo from their Perfection line of scanners. And I demonstrate using the “Epson Scan” scanning software that is included with all Epson Perfection scanners.

You don't need to have this same model of scanner or even an Epson branded scanner. Of course, understand it will be easier for you if you do have any one of the Epson Perfection models and the “Epson Scan” software because what I'm showing you in the lessons will directly relate to what you are seeing on your computer screen.

For those using scanners made by another manufacturer — such as Canon — you'll find most of the settings in their scanning software is very close to that of Epson's. So, you will still have a very similar learning experience. 

In the course, I'll also show you which scanning tools and cleaning products I recommend and will be using throughout the lessons. And in the course area, I'll also give you links to where you can buy them if you aren't able to find them or similar items in your local stores.

Do I need to own a scanner and various tools before becoming a member?

Not at all! The Course Library contains lessons on my recommendations for everything you will need to complete your scanning project. This includes not only what scanner I recommend you use, but also my recommendations for scanning software, scanning tools and cleaning supplies, and computer storage drives.

It's alright if you already have everything you would like to use. But if you don't, you will find it most helpful to begin learning from the lessons inside the membership first before buying anything so you will be confident in any purchases you decide to make.

Membership Account

Why should I become a member today instead of waiting?

It's time for you to take action. Simple as that. If you really want to have a scanned and organized photo collection, then you need somewhere to get training and the answers to all of your questions — especially the ones you don’t know you have yet. You need support, community, and most of all... accountability!

Additionally, if the price is important to you, the earlier you join the more you are rewarded by having a lower membership price. Membership prices will continue to increase incrementally over time as more and more content is added to the course library, and the membership becomes even more valuable.

The Scan Your Entire Life Membership is the place. If you really want to make a difference, the time is now.

Can I upgrade to an annual membership later?

Absolutely! You can upgrade to an annual membership at any time.

Not only does an annual membership save you money off the monthly price of being a member, if you live outside of the United States, it's also a great way to save on exchange rate fees. Annual memberships only create a single yearly transaction for you instead of twelve separate ones.

We're proud to offer the annual plan anytime you would like to take advantage of its savings to you.

What happens if I decide to cancel my membership later?

Obviously, we'd love to have all of our members stay in the community forever. So, It will undoubtedly make us very sad if you decide to cancel. But, if you are intent on leaving then you will be able to do so with just 2 clicks of your mouse or trackpad from your membership Account page. You won't be billed for any future payments.

Will my membership ever go up in price?

The price you pay for your membership will never be increased. Whatever price you join with is the price you will continue to pay as long as you maintain your membership.

Even when the price for membership plans increase later for new members, you will always be “grandfathered-in” or “locked-in” to the lower price you joined with.

What if I am unhappy with the Membership after joining?

Oh no! We certainly don't want to have that!

We offer a 30-day money back guarantee. If you are unhappy with your membership for any reason within 30 days of joining, let us know and we will refund your payment.

For more details, check out the “Refund Policy” section of our Membership Program Terms & Conditions page.

Membership Features

Are all of the lessons video?

The course lesson content is primarily made using the video format. I believe many of the topics we will be covering is easier to learn when you can see and hear me demonstrate using edited video with audio.

However, some of the lessons are in the “text and image” format when it's more appropriate — such as learning about what hardware, software, and products you may want to use. A lesson like this is better in text form because I can provide images with text links to show you where you can download or purchase them.

Is the training content complete or will more be added later?

When you come across complete courses for sale with a one-time price, they are almost always sold “as-is.” This usually means additional lessons are never added, and previous lessons aren't even updated as the technology they teach changes. And most come with a high price, often between $400-$700 when in-depth video lessons are involved.

The beauty of the Scan Your Entire Life Membership is it's always evolving and growing over time!

The SYEL Membership opened for new members in early 2018 with a course library containing 11 lessons (4-hours of video) as well as several text-only lessons, covering the “core essentials” of scanning. Then, each month, at least one lesson is added — sometimes more — to expand the scope of your learning.

The objective is to keep adding more and more content until the entire workflow of scanning and organizing your original and digital photographs iscovered.

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If you can't find your answer in the Frequently Asked Questions above, Ask your question below

General Questions

Are you a member with a question about your own personal photo collection — such as one related to scanning, organizing or labeling your photographs — please ask it in the "General Discussion" forum in the membership Community.

How to Ask Your Question in the Community
  1. Make sure you are logged in to your membership account.
  2. Click on "Community" in the blue membership menu bar.
  3. Click on the Add topic button near the top of the page.
  4. Choose "General Discussion" from the forum selector.
  5. Fill in the fields to create your post.
  6. When you're finished, click the other Add topic button at the bottom and your message will be posted.

The Community is the best place to ask and receive an answer your general "photo-related" questions because other members with the same question will be able to find, read and learn from them as well. Additionally, other members will also be able to leave their own answers for you!

Only Members have access to the Community — not the general public.

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