The Truth About High-Speed Professional Bulk Photo Scanning

ScanMyPhotos.com Corporate Headquarters in Irvine, CAWhen it comes to finding a scanning company online, your options could be endless. Once you find those companies, then comes the task of choosing the right one for you. How many have this amount of media profiles over 28-years?  Raving customer stories, reviews, and a Tales From The Pictures We Saved Podcast series?


“A weekend project to scan and safeguard hundreds of photos from the era of film was more than just an emotional journey, it showed how technology shapes our memories,” began this CNET review on ScanMyPhotos


“For affordable bulk scans, ScanMyPhotos.com is an old standby,” said The New York Times.


The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern said: If you’re not a do-it-yourselfer, you can always box up your memories and send them out to a photo-scanning service. This option can be efficient and even fairly inexpensive, but you have to be OK with handing over your most cherished memories to complete strangers for a few days.

 


 

I gave it a shot. I organized a group of 100 shots by year, labeled them with Post-its and sent them off via FedEx to ScanMyPhotos.com, based in Irvine, Calif. Within a few days, my prints had been uploaded and the originals were back safely in my possession. A nice woman named Shannon kept me updated on the process throughout the week.


  • Do you go with the lowest price? 
  • Do you go with the fastest return? 
  • Do you go with the company that ships your photos in container ships overseas to produce those low cost scans with non-U.S. labor, or 
  • Do you stick with a company that keeps the work in-house?
  • Do you try those DIY phone scanning apps?

In your research for professional scanning companies, you may have seen debates about the use of flatbed scanners versus high-speed professional scanners. We want to set the record straight about high-speed bulk photo scanning.


 

 



In the beginning, the differences were more pronounced between the two scanning options. Originally, high-speed photo scanning could only produce 300 dpi images at the highest setting and the scanners were optimized for scanning documents. By way of comparison, flatbed scanners could produce 1200+ dpi images, but the truth is, 1200+ dpi images is a huge waste of space unless your photo is either A) really, really small or B) you plan on printing that photo on a massive canvas. The photo scanning industry seems to have settled on 600 dpi as the ideal resolution for scanning photos.


F
Now, high-speed scanner manufacturers have “seen the light” with the potential for photo scanning with their equipment and have vastly improved scanning resolutions and the quality of scanning for items other than documents. Due to this epiphany, lead by ScanMyPhotos.com, which pioneered this entire industry–bulk scanners caught up to flatbed scanners and now all high-end, high-speed scanners can easily produce clear, crisp 600 dpi resolution scans. Think you could tell the difference between a flatbed scan and a high-speed scan? Take a look at the images below. Both were scanned at 600 dpi. One was scanned using our ~$80,000 high-speed scanners, and one was scanned on a $3,800 flatbed scanner (Epson(R) Expression 10000XL), both completely unaltered from the initial scan.


The KRON4 TV news story explains why digitizing your pictures is trending and a vital family project to undertake.


KRON4 LINK

Continue reading

“The Challenges Of Preserving Your Digital Legacy”

Forbes contributor, Tony Bradley, published an in-depth article about how to access your “digital legacy” so future generations can keep your memories and archived pictures alive.

 



resolution

This is a trending topic, as TIM HERRERA, in The New York Times, shares more insights on the urgency to have a plan and preserve your entire digital profile after death. From Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google, what happens to your archives after you die? Read more.



 

Excerpt:

 

“There will always be software and tools for accessing and converting files which over time may become obsolete,” says Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of ScanMyPhotos. “This is a big part of ScanMyPhotos.com‘s service, as a digital legacy provider. The worst thing is to not digitize pictures now as they will fade due to the ravages of time. Or get mistakenly discarded. We always urge people to have many backups in off site locations for all their pictures.”


A recent press release from ScanMyPhotos.com explains that the average household has about 5,500 analog snapshots. That means generations of photos are quickly fading away from the ravages of time. People post billions of new images from mobile devices every day, but the powerful social media storytelling platforms are mostly devoid of the history of treasured nostalgic memories.


Read the entire Forbes story here


Continue reading

8 Trending Articles for Getting Organized in 2017

getting organized in 2017Welcome to 2017! This year is our oyster and the possibilities for fresh starts and new beginnings are seemingly endless. So, in the spirit of staring things off on the right foot, we thought it would be a good time to address a popular resolution: Getting organized in 2017.

 

If this happens to be your resolution, you’ll want to check out the following articles and take lots of notes.

 

  1. Apple’s New Hidden Gem: iOS 10 Automatically Organizes Photos

 

Why it’s a must read: For those who can’t even begin to fathom how long it will take to organize digital photos, this article shows how this new app will do most of the heavy lifting for you.

 

Continue reading

How Many Backups Should You Have? Ensure the Safety of Your Digital Photos

how many backupsThe annual National Preparedness Month is a time where we encourage everyone to create a plan for when disaster might strike. For us here at ScanMyPhotos, disaster comes in many forms—whether it’s an act of nature (fire, flood, earthquake, etc.), a divorce, separation or death, or a computer or electronic device crashing. That last one is something we want to create a plan for this September—particularly when it comes to determining how many backups you should have for your digital photos.

 

We’ve heard it before—in the blink of an eye thousands of digital photos can get wiped out when a hard drive gets corrupted or a computer starts blinking the blue screen of death. This is especially true for digital photos that were taken in the early days of digital photography. Some of these photos were taken before the cloud and are living on laptops or SM cards that are tucked away in storage.

 

Having backups created is essential, but many people believe it stops with simply backing up photos to the cloud. The truth is: your photos are only as safe as the number of backups you have.

 

Continue reading