Numerous books and articles are available on the subject of digital photography and imaging. A trip to the local bookstore or camera shop, a visit to amazon.com, or an Internet search for something like "take good digital photographs" or "scanning slides" should turn up plenty of information sources.
We've found that Digital Photography: An Introduction by Tom Ang is a helpful guide to the basics of the medium. Chapters 3 and 4 are especially helpful for turning your existing images into digital files. It retails for about $15.
Probably the most widespread and one-stop option, these stores have computers with
Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Word, can scan your slides or photographs and burn
CDs. Visit www.fedex.com to find the location nearest you.
Springboard for the Arts has a great site to locate local professionals to document and digitize your work. Visit it online at their Art Service Directory.
Digital Imaging Software:
There is a variety of products that can help you format your images successfully. Packaged software is available to purchase as well as free downloadable software. Recently various websites are offering online image editing tools as well.
Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) currently provides two photo editing products--Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Elements--that are very popular among today's designers and artists. Adobe Elements, the less-expensive option, provides a free 30-day trial if you would like to try the program before purchasing.
Get Paint (http://www.getpaint.net), a free open-source program for Windows-based computers, can also help to format images successfully. If you are a Mac user, download Gimp (http://www.gimp.org), a userful image editing program.
Sumo (http://www.sumopaint.com/web/), Aviary (http://aviary.com/home), and Pixlr (http://www.pixlr.com/) are some of the few websites out there that offer image editing right in the browser.
Arts Advocacy Organizations:
MNartists.org offers some "how-to" help with digitizing images. Their website has a list of technology resources and Arts Advocacy organizations. They periodically run workshops on digitizing images and uploading them to the Internet.
Film North provides free scanner access for mnartists.org artists. They also rent film, photo and editing equipment to members. Call for an appointment.
550 Vandalia St #120, St Paul, MN 55114
Springboard for the Arts
Springboard is a Twin-Cities based arts-advocacy organization that offers workshops, professional consultations and some technology services to working artists. Some services are free; you will have to pay for others.
308 Prince Street, Suite 270, St. Paul, MN 55101
VSA Minnesota works with arts organizations throughout the state to assist them in making their programs and services accessible to people with disabilities.
The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite # 305, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Regional Arts Boards:
These organizations are affiliated with the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. They may be able to offer you computer access and assistance or direct you to someone near you who can.
Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau counties:
Northwest Minnesota Arts Council
109 S. Minnesota St., Warren, MN 56762
Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties:
Region 2 Arts Council
303 Railroad St. SW, Bemidji, MN 56601
Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and Saint Louis counties:
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
424 W. Superior St. Suite 104, Duluth, MN 55811
Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin counties:
Lake Region Arts Council
133 South Mill Street, Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties:
Five Wings Arts Council
122 3rd St. NE, Staples, MN 56479
Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lac qui Parle, Lyon,
McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and
Yellow Medicine Counties:
Southwest Minnesota Arts & Humanities Council
114 N. 3rd St., Marshall, MN 56258
Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine counties:
East Central Arts Council
112 Main St. S Braham, MN 55006
320-679-4065 ext. 30
Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright counties:
Central Minnesota Arts Board
220 4th Ave N, Foley, MN 56329
Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan counties:
Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council
22nd Ave NE, Waseca, MN 56093
Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Olmsted, Mower, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona counties:
Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council
12778 Commerce Dr. NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties:
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
2324 University Avenue West, Suite 114, St. Paul, MN 55114
For software help:
Adobe.com has tutorials and troubleshooting advice for Photoshop users.
If you're having trouble with Microsoft Word, perhaps Microsoft Support can help.