Attention Photo Lovers: Google Cloud Vision API Enters Beta Testing

google cloud visionIf you’re overwhelmed with digital photo clutter, then Google has some good news for you. Google Cloud Vision API is now entering into the beta testing phase, which means anyone can now have access to this incredible technology.


What is Google Cloud Vision?


We now have the capability to take hundreds of pictures in the matter of mere moments. These photos are stored on a SIM card, hard or flash drive, or in the cloud and we swear that one day we’ll go through them one-by-one and categorize each photo. For most people, that day never rolls around—yet, inevitably, the time will come when you need to find one particular photo, asap. You’ll sift through thousands of pictures looking for that “nice one the whole family took together on the beach three summers ago,” and waste precious time trying to do so.  


This is where the development of Google Cloud Vision can help.


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10 Tips to Make #ThrowbackThursday a Viral #TBT Hit

At, 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.



Nothing beats 80’s hair – It was the era of the hair band for a reason, 80’s hair dos were totally tubular! Whether you were moussing a teen-angst Mohawk or straightening a mid-life mullet, share the hair man!
Throwback FAILS – Often our most belly-laughing and nostalgic pictures we have are of life’s less-than-stellar moments, and they make the best #tbt fodder out there, so share the wipeouts and dumb ideas that made for lasting memories.
It’s not all self-deprecating fun – While the low-lights make us laugh, life’s the highlights can make us cry which makes graduations, birthdays and first steps some of the most sighed over #tbt posts every week.
Hit the kids where it will hurt – Whether sharing #tbt on Instagram, Facebook or any other social media site, your kids (and more importantly, their friends) will be watching; so take this weekly opportunity to embarrass the heck out of them with sailor outfits, cute hugging siblings or, for advanced users, the kids with their own hairpocalypse.


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5 Famous Photographers and What We Can Learn From Their Perspective

Famous PhotographersPhotography truly is an art form. We can learn it, study it, and dissect it, but sometimes art is just art. Yet, there are many photographers out there who have dedicated their life to this art form and they have so much to teach us.


Let’s go behind the lens of our favorite photographers to see what we can learn when we view life from their perspective.



Ansel Adams


The work of Ansel Adams is iconic. His black and white landscapes of natural scenes, typically taken in the American West, can be found on posters, book covers, wall art and calendars.


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Celebrating our National History

Scan My Photo - Celebrating 25 years of

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Celebrating Our History with Presidents’ Day

George Washington PaintingWhat started out as a way to celebrate George Washington’s birthday turned into a holiday where we honor the memory of all U.S. presidents past and present.

For us here at ScanMyPhotos, this is a time to once again remember how precious it is to preserve our Nation’s history. Imagine what we could have learned about George Washington if photography or videos had been around—and carefully preserved—since 1776!

While this is only a pipe dream, we can make sure our current photos and videos stay safe for future generations to enjoy. You can start by transforming your analog photos, videos, and/or slides into digital formats today!

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A glimpse into the personal life of President Lincoln

A glimpse into the personal life of President Lincoln

A photo of President Lincoln and his son Tad Lincoln; part of a series of photos by Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes.

Have a great vintage shot you’d like to see featured here? Share it with us on Facebook!

Photography Tips
Photography Tip

Vibrant colors add a lot to the photo. Even a little bit of blue sky does wonders as it brings in some elements of natural lighting. If you’re taking a picture of something with bright red in it, the red adds a layer to the photo you won’t get otherwise.

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How to use your scanned
How to use your scanned photos

Think outside the frame!

Use your scanned photos to create a unique work of art with these personalized photo canvas prints.

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“It is great to have all my photo’s scanned in of our girls when they were younger. I put all my photos in a photo box and no longer have the bulky photo albums taking up space.”

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From the Blog
Got the Winter Blues? Here are 4 Ways Photography Can Help

Got the Winter Blues

It’s February. The days—while slowly getting longer—are still quite short and we’re all spending far too much time stuck indoors. For those of us who are counting down the days until the sun is shining high in the sky, there’s some hope.

According to this Today article, doing things you enjoy can help pass the time in a positive way.

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Tips from ScanMyPhotos

6 Must-Read Articles to Help You Keep Photos in Top Shape
6 Must-Read Articles to Help You Keep Photos in Top Shape

Six articles will provide tips, tricks, and services that will help keep photos in top shape.

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Downsizing The Family
8 Unique Products to Try for Decorating Your Home with Photos

Surround yourself with happy memories using unique products and ways to decorate.

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Disintegrating Family Photo Albums Transform into Touching Gifts

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Lee’s family sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner 1958.

Years ago, photo albums were meant to organize our photos and keep them safe for future generations. However, unless archival-quality albums were used to store your treasured pictures, the acidic paper of a photo album can deteriorate printed photos over time.


This is the dilemma that ScanMyPhotos customer Lee Jackto is currently facing with her parents’ photo albums.


“My mom has about 25+ albums that are decaying rapidly—the pictures are turning yellow and are stuck in that acid-type folder paper. These albums contain pictures of me growing up, starting with my baby photos, and pictures of my parent’s wedding—overall there are about 50 years worth of photos in them.”


Lee did some online research to find a company that could scan her photos and restore some of the quality. She discovered ScanMyPhotos from a CNET recommendation and decided to move forward.


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