For the family genealogy work I've been doing the past few years, I've had to reach out to experts for certain needs. Besides a very good photo lab that can do restoration work of scans and pictures, I needed one that could scan and restore old slide negatives. Luckily, I found one that could do all of that. I also needed a video business that could convert VHS movies to DVDs, and movies (VHS, DVD formats) to MPEG files (for Internet use). For very large scans (bigger than 8 x10), I've needed the FedEx store (formerly Kinko's), where they have larger, flat-bed and roller scanners. Finally, in cases where there's something too large or brittle (e.g. very old newspapers) for FedEx, I take these items to a high-resolution digital photographer. I will give you an example of the digital photography work in my next post.
80% - or more - of what I do is at home. It simply involves my laptop, the various software programs that came installed on it (e.g. Windows Live Movie Maker and Photo Gallery), a reliable, high-resolution scanner, a few portable hard drives (for backup and file organization) and a free blog program that you can find online.