HuffPost: Preserve Your Precious Photos Before Disaster Strikes

One billion pictures were destroyed just from the flooding due to the ravages of Hurricane Harvey last August. Now, more family memories were ruined from the recent wildfires. While this past Weather Channel explains why there is an urgency to protect your pictures, the Huffington Post shares these new insights and three solutions. Reported by Andrea Smith,  the award-winning technology reporter, producer, consultant, and speaker, shares smart tips to digitize your pictures.


Three Ways to Preserve Your Precious Photos Before Disaster Strikes


Excerpt:


You hear it in each heartbreaking interview with a suddenly-homeless person. “We lost everything, our family photos, our wedding pictures, it’s all gone.”


With the ongoing fires in California, as well as the recent floods and hurricanes that ravaged several states and Puerto Rico, destroying an untold number of homes, it’s time to think about digitizing your precious memories. Losing everything you own in a flood or fire is an unimaginable thought. The good news is clothing, furniture, and even entire houses can be replaced, but charred photos are lost forever.


Yeah, I know, it’s the holidays and you’re busy, but before you move onto the next thing and completely forget about those shoe boxes of old photos tucked away in the attic, or the dusty albums your grandparents left behind, convert them to digital because no one ever counts on a disaster happening.


Scanning Service


We recently talked to Mitch Goldstone, President and CEO of ScanMyPhotos.com on my Parenting Bytes podcast.

You can listen to the interview to understand both how important and how easy it is to do, but he said the most popular option is the fill-the-box photo scanning service. Here’s how it works:


For $145, you order a pre-paid box, which you fill to the brim with photos. It holds up to 1800 (I sent in 1300) and the cost includes three-way shipping; a box to you, box to them, box back to you. Organizing the photos can be tricky because most people want to group them chronologically, but they ask you to group by size. You can top each group or select photos with an index card noting the subject, and that will get scanned as well.


ScanMyPhotos handles photos from 3”x 3” up to 8”x 10” and they also offer a photograph restoration service, as well as slide and negative scanning. Processing takes about 5-10 days and is done at their lab in California. There’s an option for expedited processing at an additional cost.


The pictures are scanned at 150 dpi resolution, which is great for sharing on social media and adding to a family slideshow. Higher resolutions (300 and 600 dpi) are available at an additional cost. When you receive your box back, you’ll get all your original pictures, along with a DVD with all the scanned images on it. You can order an extra copy, or have them burned to a flash drive, all for an extra cost. From there, you can upload them to your computer, organize them however you want and easily share them with your friends and family.


Now comes the important part. Make copies of that DVD or flash drive and put them in locations outside of your home. Whether you give them to a relative, send them to your kids, or store them in your safe deposit box at the bank, make sure you have a copy outside of your home, just in case.


In addition to storing a disc with my sister, I also uploaded all the images to Google Photos which uses its image recognition software to help me organize them into albums. And I have the extra security of knowing they’re stored safely in the cloud.



 

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Updated News Revealed From the World of Photo Scanning

Among the hundreds of news profiles over the past 28-years are these recent podcast stories where ScanMyPhotos discusses the world of photography, tech innovations and the art of digitizing 500 million pictures.


TechCrunch: ScanMyPhoto’s Mitch Goldstone Talks About the Ephemerality of Media


TechCrunchExcerpt: In this episode of Technotopia I talk with Mitch Goldstone, the founder of ScanMyPhotos. Mitch started his company with a mission to scan the millions of photos that clog our dresser drawers and closets and he is now scanning hundreds of thousands of photos a day. During the recent California wildfires, Goldstone and his team worked tirelessly to help homeowners who lost their photos and needed access to their old backups. In this podcast, I talk to Mitch about the future of photography, the miracle of digitization, and how many weird photos he’s seen flow by during the scanning process. He’s offering you all a discount if you use the checkout code TECHCRUNCH, which should get you a few dollars off your next scan.



Parenting Bytes Podcast: Preserving Photos From Disasters


Excerpt: Amy Oztan and Andrea Smith hosts the widely popular Parenting Bytes, talk about how to preserve your photos in case of a disaster, including a conversation with ScanMyPhotos.com’s CEO Mitch Goldstone. CLICK TO LISTEN



This Organized Life — simply B organized’s Podcast: ScanMyPhotos!

Excerpt: On today’s simplyBOrganzed episode, we are joined by Mitch Goldstone, Founder of Scan My Photos. If you are overwhelmed with photos, especially ones from years past, this is one episode you won’t want to miss! 



The Dead Pixel’s Society: ScanMyPhotos’ Mitch Goldstone Interviewed on TechCrunch Podcast


The Dead Pixels SocietyExcerpt: Photo-industry PR master Mitch Goldstone of ScanMyPhotos scored another high-profile win with a lengthy interview on TechCrunch’s Technotopia podcast. Host John Biggs described the episode this way: “In this podcast, I talk to Mitch about the future of photography, the miracle of digitization, and how many weird photos he’s seen flow by during the scanning process


 

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Parenting Bytes Podcast: Preserving Photos From Disasters

Amy Oztan and Andrea Smith hosts the widely popular Parenting Bytes, talk about how to preserve your photos in case of a disaster, including a conversation with ScanMyPhotos.com’s CEO Mitch Goldstone.

CLICK TO LISTEN


 

The popular Parenting Bytes is featured on the CBS play.it network as a weekly podcast all about raising the digital generation. From apps and gadgets to screen time, and other digital dilemmas, they tackle all the issues that parents are facing while raising Generation Z. Each weekly episode is available on their website, Facebook page, and on iTunes.



Background: From digital dilemmas like managing screen time to new apps and devices that can make parenting easier (or at least more fun) family tech expert and host Rebecca Levey, along with tech reporter Andrea Smith, mom blogger Amy Oztan and guest parenting bloggers, explore the ups and downs of parenting in the digital age. Join them every week on Parenting Bytes where they will discuss the latest tech, gadgets, apps and issues around raising the digital generation – and maybe even learn something even your digital kid didn’t know!


Click here to listen and learn “How To Preserve Your Photos In Case Of Disaster”


Andrea, Amy and Rebecca at Parenting Bytes

 

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