Photo Scanning and the DPI Myth

When discussing the resolution of digital images, far too often people get hung up focusing on DPI (or PPI) as a way to measure the size and quality of a digital image. This may sound completely wrong to you, but the DPI of an image has nothing to do with digital image quality. The reason? A digital image’s resolution is expressed as it’s pixel dimensions, either as pixels by pixels or the often heard keyword, megapixels. So why do people get hung up on DPI? The simple reason is that when it comes to printing, DPI actually IS the measure of quality. Confusing, right?

 

10 DPI vs 1,000 DPI

 

Click on each image below. Can you tell the difference?
 

1,000 DPI image

1,000 DPI

10 DPI image

10 DPI image

 
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Four Ways You Can Help Support Military Families Including Digitizing Photos

ScanMyPhotos has always supported our country’s military families. We recognize that they face hardships on a daily basis that most of us will never know. Imagine not seeing your spouse or children for months and missing events such as the birth of a child, a first word spoken or something as simple as that first goal scored in pee-wee soccer.
Back in 2004, ScanMyPhotos partnered with Operation Homefront, Kodak, Sony and Canon to collect new and used digital cameras for military families, a campaign we called “Operation Photo”. We believed that through sharing photos, families could share both the special and the day-to-day moments that make being separated so hard. We also understood that not every family could afford a digital camera to do this. It’s hard to imagine now, but back then, even a 3MP camera would cost someone $250-$400, not a price tag suitable for those on fixed income like a military family. (If you wish to donate your working, used digital camera today, please contact Operation Homefront directly)

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Why You Should Reconsider Geotagging Digital Photos

Are the photos you are posting to Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites giving viewers too much information? If you have geo-tagging turned on for your digital photos, you may be broadcasting more than you know and in this age of cyber-stalking, you may want to strongly consider turning off geo-tagging permanently on your mobile devices and cameras.
 

As a parent of two small children, the thought of inadvertently posting where my kids live, where their favorite park is and where they go to school definitely made me rethink the whole idea of geotagging my photos. (Thankfully I turned this off a while ago when I upgraded to the iPhone5) Geo-location can certainly be helpful for keeping a digital footprint of where you have been for traveling and organizing your photos, but it also raises privacy concerns, especially if you ever lose your phone or someone decides to start tracking you or your kids based on photos posted online.
 
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10 Tips for Making Your #ThrowbackThursday A Viral Hit

Throwback Thursday example

My mom with me when I was about the same age as my son is now.

Recently, here at ScanMyPhotos.com, we polled a population of our customers to find out what their key motivators were for digitizing their analogue snapshots. We expected to hear that people were looking to preserve family history, or salvage crumbling photo albums from Father Time. We figured social media would play into their plans, but boy were we surprised when we found out that 45 percent of our new customers traced their motivation back to the viral hit #ThrowbackThursday!

 

If you are a social media fan, especially if you love Instagram where the #ThrowbackThursday (#tbt) phenomenon started back in 2011, then you are already familiar with the raucous laughter that this trend brings to the end of a work week. After spending way too much office time surfing #tbt pictures, we realized that folks might like a little creative suggestions to help them make the most of their Thursday photo fun. So, here we have our top 10 considerations for getting the most out of your #ThrowbackThursday.

 

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