#GetItDone: 5 Photo Projects to Finally Finish

photo projectsThere’s nothing like crossing items off your to-do list. The sweet feeling of accomplishment that comes when all the boxes are checked is incredibly liberating.

 

To help you get there, the editors at Real Simple have dedicated this June to getting things done, challenging readers to share their completed projects on social with #GetItDone. They even mentioned ScanMyPhotos on page 127 in the June issue and offered some great photo organizing tips. 

 

The gang here at ScanMyPhotos is also eager to help you cross those photo projects off your list! So, if you’re ready to enjoy the summer by getting those lingering tasks completed, check out these five photo projects that you’ll want to take care of this June.

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ScanMyPhotos CEO Interview at the Internet Retailer Conference #IRCE17

Each year, 10,000 e-commerce businesses attend the Internet Retailer Conference (IRCE) in Chicago. ScanMyPhotos.com CEO, Mitch Goldstone presented and addressed IRCE with this topic in June. During the conference, Mr. Goldstone was interviewed and shared insights on marketing and customer service experiences.

 

 

HOW TO EFFECTIVELY PROMOTE YOUR ECOMMERCE BUSINESS WITHOUT SPENDING MONEY (via Marketing Shepra)

 

 

 

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Turning 2,300 Framed Pictures Into Lasting Memories

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Nora, about age 11, coming down the stairs

Old print photos usually end up in an unorganized pile inside a box or plastic bin. While this storing method is not recommended, it can certainly be easier to prep these photos for a scanning project than pulling apart framed pictures and praying the original copy doesn’t stick to the glass.

 

ScanMyPhotos customer, Christine Cowart, found herself faced with such a challenge and ended up removing over 2,000 pictures from their frames—and several from photo albums—to get them scanned and digitized for her niece.

 

“My older sister, Nora, passed away suddenly last year. She was 70 at the time and had lost her husband in an auto accident years before. They left behind their only child, my niece who’s now 48. After her mother passed, my neice decided to move back to her childhood home, but the walls were covered with framed photos. A good portion of the photos were poorly framed pictures that were taped to the glass, but the memories were important to preserve.”

 

So Christine offered to help her grieving niece by collecting all those framed pictures, removing them from each frame, organizing and identifying every photo, and then sending them to ScanMyPhotos to digitize.

 

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Surprising Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Print Photos

print photosIf you’re like most people, you have a lifetime worth of photos stored in your home. While you may be in the process of digitizing print photos taken before the Digital Age, it’s still essential to preserve your photos.


While you may think you’re doing everything to ensure analog pictures last for generations to come, you may be surprised to learn about the following three factors that can damage your favorite shots.


Underestimating the effect of indirect light


Most of us are aware that direct sunlight contributes to a photograph fading over time, but indirect light can be a factor as well. Even a bright lamp can cause similar negative effects. To preserve the vibrancy of your photos, keep framed shots under UV blocking glass. While this may add to the cost of framing, you’ll be glad you made the investment. If the photo is special enough to be framed, it’s worth preserving. And of course, always make a digital copy of framed photos.


Like to keep snapshots on the fridge? Keep in mind these will fade and curl fast. And remember, if you need help restoring an old photo that’s showing signs of damage, we can help!


Storing precious memories in the basement or attic


The ideal environment for extending the life of your photos is one that’s dark, cool and dry. While attics and basements may be the perfect place to store old clothing or toys, it’s not good for photographs. Depending on where you live, basements can get too humid and are subject to flooding, while attics get hot in the summer if they don’t have climate control.


Instead, store your keepsakes on a bookshelf in your home. When it comes to print photos, the cooler and dryer, the better.


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Use a Negative Scanning Service to Protect Against Negative Deterioration

Negative scanningMuch like photos, your 35mm negatives will not last forever. Do you know how long negatives last? What will you do when they deteriorate? Negative scanning is the quickest and easiest way to preserve those memories for today and tomorrow.

Why is Negative Scanning Important?

 

The long and short of it, your negatives are your originals. There is no further backup whereas if a photo gets destroyed, you may still have a negative to fall back on for a reprint, assuming you can find it, but if your negatives are damaged or destroyed, that is it, game over.

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