Process Your Own Negatives

K640_negativToPicIf you are of Pre-Digital vintage you may have a lot of old negatives floating around with no idea what they are.
If you don’t know what a negative is then you can comfortably ignore this post.

For the rest of us the cost of having them developed just to see if they are of any value is hugely cost prohibitive but the good news is that you can not only purchase negative scanners from most electrical outlets but you can download an app for Android or iPhone to do the same.

While going through boxes of old photos I came across several packets of old negatives, so I downloaded an app called “Helmut” for my Android phone.
It is quite a simple process for either Black and White or Colour negatives.

To be successful you nee to back-light the negative and the simplest way to do that is with your computer or tablet screen.
For this example below I simply held the negative over a white space on my laptop, and took a picture on my phone using the Helmut app. Presto! I now have a digital image.

The quality may not be great, there are a number of settings to be played with and there are other apps out there but this at least gives you a good idea what the picture is so you can decide if you want to go to the expense of a professional reproduction.



Maroochy Sands

Phone: 07 5443 1637maroochysands
Fax: 07 5443 9387
Cnr Aerodrome Rd and Sixth Ave
Maroochydore Qld 4558

A long time customer, Maroochy Sands has been one of the original premier accommodation destinations on the Queensland Sunshine Coast.

There site is simple and informative and is easily self managed by the current resident managers, Gary and Lulu.

WOW Hair

Toombul shopping centrewow
(07) 3266 5655

Taigum Square shopping centre
07 3633 0037

(07) 3881 1331

With 3 Locations, Damian and Letitia DeCandia have a successful and growing business that needed a successful web site to match.

Wow Hair has been a customer of ours for a long time now and we are in the process of upgrading the site again with a new look, shopping cart and a marketing and newsletter program.


Stay tuned for progress!

Rise QLD

Rise Qld – Support & Advocacy Network IncRiseQld

Phone: 0478 050 013

Rise contacted us about putting together an affordable site and service for their non profit organisation.

We reviewed their service and requirements and decided that they fit our criteria for or FREE Not for Profit service,

We allocate a section of resources specifically for Not for profit organisations to provide either free or or subsidised services that benefit the community.

If you have a organisation that needs help you can make a request here…


RRR Trucks

Keith DevlinrrrTrucks
RRR Trucks
32 – 38 Heinemann Rd Charlton Qld 4350
Ph: 0497 300 509


The Brief

Keith runs a growing truck repair business in Charlton, just west of Toowoomba and needed to showcase his services as well as attracting more business.

Keiths brief was

  • create a website to showcase his services.
  • create a marketing program to keep the sales funnel filled.


The End Result

We create a simple site that showcases the main areas of Keith’s business.

At this point we are waiting on some hi-res images to complete the services gallery and to modify the main page.
We also created a list of over 1500 businesses within a 200 klm radius of Keith’s business and once we have the site totally finished will be contacting these on Keith’s behalf.

Keep tuned for the results.

Ayrline Motel – Ayr North Queensland


A very ordinary web site with bad coding.


Our latest accommodation customer.

Ayrline Motel
Ray Dukamp

Ph: (07) 47831100
Fax: (07) 47834224
29 Edwards St. Ayr, QLD 4807

The Brief

Ray is competing with a number of other motels in Ayr along with the usual assortment of B&B’s, van parks etc. His motel is also off the main thorough fair so passing trade may not know he is there.

Rays brief was…

  • revamp the web site that would wow his customers.
  • make sure he could easily be found in the search engines.
  • ensure the booking form worked as it should.
  • get on board with Trivago,, hotels combined, wotif, Quickbeds and the plethora of other hotel aggregation sites.

The Original Web Site

The original Ayrline Motel site was pretty ordinary with a lot of poor design.

The home page had an uninviting picture of the building facade and the booking form had no




At only 2 pages it was very hard for our customer to
promote his web site effectively.

validation so you could hit the submit button without entering any information and the form would be sent … empty. Also, there was no “captcha” or other facility to stop spammers sending countless automated inquiries pushing everything from RayBan Sunglasses to Viagra.

There was no contact information displayed on the home page.

The domain was where Ray had stipulated it should have been

You can get by with a .com domain but you should always strive for the if its available or even etc. Especially in this case as Ayr in Scotland was being returned in the search engines, customers could get confused.

At only 2 pages and no way for Ray to upgrade the site himself a total revamp was in order.


The End Result

Stand by for progress and updates!!!





Should You Have A Facebook Page Instead of a Website? | Creative Instinct Blog – Branding & Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

Here are 5 reasons why having a standalone website
is better than a standalone Facebook page…

Some businesses have gone the route of forgoing a business website in favor of a Facebook business page. You can generate traffic to your Facebook page through their ad system, as well as circulating it to friends and business partners. A Facebook page is affordable and quick, it’s easy to make simple information updates, and it can be a good tool to work in tandem with your business website. But, this does not mean that a Facebook page is a replacement for a website. It is merely a good compliment to your already established website.

1. Branding

By using a Facebook page, you cannot fully brand your page as your own. Your page still has the Facebook logo and colors all over it. Of course, you can do your best to brand it as your own, but the amount of time and heavy customization that would need to go into this process could be used to build out your own branded website with your company domain name and your company colors. Your domain name will read as instead of Also, if you are looking for brand and logo recognition, you will never get it on a Facebook page. Your website can have its own brandable logo so your customers recognize it right away rather than the Facebook logo being the first thing they see. Never underestimate the power of having your own .com domain address and logo.

2. Search Engine Optimization

If a company is looking to be found in search engines, it won’t happen with a Facebook page. You cannot apply SEO to a Facebook page and Google and the other search engines cannot index or find your page. Organic SEO traffic is eliminated right off the bat. On the other hand, with a real domain and website, SEO techniques can be applied properly and your website can be found in the search engines. We should know, we do it every day.

3. Lack of Page Customization Options

A Facebook page does allow you to create images and insert all of your relevant information about your company’s products and services. You can do specialized programming with it such as HTML and FBML (Facebook markup language, similar to HTML). But overall, you must still work within the confines of the page and are not allowed full 100% customization control over the look of the page.

4. Exposure

In theory, your business Facebook page and your posts get exposure to anyone who is a “likes” it. Unfortunately, there is a hole in this theory. With the huge popularity of Facebook for both businesses and individuals, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep your posts from getting lost in the shuffle. Your Facebook friends likely have “liked” many, many, many other people and/or businesses and have hundreds of posts to read every day. Who has the time? Unfortunately, your posts can easily be missed by even the most loyal of Facebook friends.

5. In conclusion

Of course, this is not to say that Facebook pages are useless. In fact, they can be very useful as a compliment to your company website. By linking to your Facebook page from your website, you can drive users to your page and you can communicate with them through the social networking features which Facebook provides. It is highly recommended to have a Facebook page in conjuction with your website.

Need a new business website?

In today’s business climate, websites have to be more than pretty or functional, they must be BOTH. Your website needs to offer cutting edge design, layout, content, graphics and search engine optimization (SEO). When combined, all of these attributes contribute to the success of your website. This is why we offer the best in design, layout, content, and graphics, as well as optimizing your site for strong search engine rankings during the development process, not after your site is deployed.

Curated From…

Welcome to the WPAA Website!

The Wedding Planning Association is managed by an advisory board to uphold and maintain the standard of all Wedding Planners in Australia and across the globe.

The WPAA was established in May 2008 by Paula Barham owner of WeddingInc. Paula currently trains wedding and event planners in Australia and across the globe. Paula has an incredible passion to see this industry grow and be supported by professionals who are equipped to teach and coach upcoming planners to fulfill their dream.

THe WPAA web site is essential reading if your in the wedding planning business.

How To Start A Wedding Planner Business

Weddings represent a $4 billion industry in Australia, which isn’t that surprising once you consider the expense of the rings, gown, flowers, photography, ceremony, reception and so on.

According to market research agency IBISWorld, the wedding industry is tipped to grow by 6.6%, or $256.6 million, this year alone.

Cashing in on this trend by starting up a wedding planning business could, if done correctly, prove fruitful.

This post is from a business start up blog in Australia. Very informative content.

How Can I Get Leads When I’m New to the Wedding Business?

If you’ve got a new wedding business and don’t know where to start getting leads, here’s what to do:

Make friends in the wedding business. Lots of them!

Identify the local wedding associations in your area and join them.

Make it your goal to meet three new people at each networking meeting. Find a way you can help them and you’ll be come fast friends. It’s a quick way to get your first referrals.

More American flavoure information but it still has some pretty good advice if you’re wondering where to start with getting more business.