Using AppleTV to Reconnect with Long Lost Relatives

Family viewing photos on TVMy father, like many people, is a transplant. He was born in the small mining village of Bellaire, Ohio and he hadn’t been back to visit in well over 20 years. This past summer he decided to take a few weeks to go back, visit and catch them up on what he has been up to since the last time he visited in the 80s. Much of our Ohio family is older and not computer literate so they haven’t been kept up to date with family photos, news and stories via email and Facebook. So much family history has happened to our clan since the last time he visited, he decided he wanted to take a bunch of photos to show everyone my sister and I growing up and all that went along with it.
 

There was one big problem: how do you choose which photos to take? How do you summarize 20 years of family history into a handful of photos? Even if you can narrow it down, what is the best way to transport all of those photos? Luckily, he has a son that works for a company that scans photos and had the perfect solution.
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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

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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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Cool things to do with your Instagram photos

b53a1dca488e11e180c9123138016265_7By now, everyone is familiar with, if not addicted to, Instagram, that plucky little app that launched in 2010, has grown to over 100 million users and was purchased by Facebook for $1 billion.
Sure it is fun to take the photos, add some filters and share them but don’t you wish you could do a little more with the photos? Thankfully, there are now numerous other fun things you can do with your Instagram photos instead of just posting them to Facebook.
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