Give a Mother’s Day Gift that’s Truly Touching

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. If you’ve been searching for the perfect gift, you can find inspiration from AARP The Magazine’s Gift Guide. ScanMyPhotos.com is on this list (read by 37 million subscribers) and among the latest tech gadgets to “convert old photos to digital files.”  Now, ScanMyPhotos Egift certificates are also easily ordered online to give to all the mom’s in your life.  It’s an easy way to help mom preserve precious memories and a lifetime of love.


Flowers have always been a great accompaniment to Mother’s Day gifts. 

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Mother’s Day Flower Sale, Carrick neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA along Brownsville Rd. ca 1993


Photography Tip


The best way to photograph flat artwork is to use natural light. If possible, bring the piece outside and find an open but slightly shady area. The shade helps protects the artwork from sun damage or curling. Read more…


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Have a picture that lights up mom’s life? Your scanned photos can be used to make a glowingly beautiful candle votive that will light up with fond memories.  Learn more…


 

“Very quick service. Easy instructions to follow as far as sending the photos in. Received notification of receiving my photos, then when being processed, then when shipped out with tracking. Great job.”  Read more…

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The Truth About High-Speed Professional Bulk Photo Scanning

When 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 27-years?  Raving customer stories, reviews, and a Tales From The Pictures We Saved Podcast series?


“For affordable bulk scans, ScanMyPhotos.com is an old standby,” said the 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.


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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.


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The Best New Ways to Scan Your Old Photos (WSJ)

The following article was written by WSJ Personal Tech columnist, Joanna Stern, who has spent the better part of the past decade on the gadget beat, knows phones, tablets and laptops inside and out. In her weekly columns and lively videos she helps people make smarter tech decisions.

 

Posted with permission; published online and in the Dec 21, 2016 (D-4) print edition of The Wall Street Journal
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TECH  |  PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY
 

The Best New Ways to Scan Your Old Photos
 

With Google’s PhotoScan app, Epson’s (r) FastFoto ™ scanner or a mail-in service, it’s easier to rescue and digitize family memories, Joanna Stern says 

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By JOANNA STERN
Updated Dec. 20, 2016 1:12 p.m. ET

New rules for the holidays: When the family is over, turn off the TV, tell Alexa to pipe down and ground your drone. Now go find those dusty shoeboxes full of old photographs.

 

Explain to those under 20 that these were taken on film—sort of like Snapchat, only the photos take a very long time to disappear.

Laugh at that Polaroid of Aunt Sally with a Bob Ross perm. Appreciate the dog-eared shot from your great-grandparents’ wedding. Ask the tough questions about Dad’s handlebar ’stache.
 

Then do not—I repeat, do not—put the photos back in the coffer. Instead, make a plan to bring them into the digital world.
 

  With the Photomyne app for iOS and Android, you can set the photo's original date.
 

With the Photomyne app for iOS and Android, you can set the photo’s original date. PHOTO: DREW EVANS/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Most of us have thousands of digital photos covering the past two decades backed up on hard drives, maybe even up in the cloud. But the trove of one-of-a-kind shots from earlier days? You’ve dumped them in the attic to feed the mice and the moths.
 

There are no more excuses. With new photo-scanning apps and a dedicated photo scanner like Epson’s FastFoto, it’s easier than ever to digitally organize your entire timeworn collection yourself. They can even automatically enhance the quality and sort by date—even by people in the shot, thanks to facial recognition.
 

I took my own advice. I scanned hundreds of photos to find the best method, while learning about near and dear family members—and even some I never met. Here are three options so you can do the same.
 

Cheap, Tedious Option: An App
 

The best photo scanner is the one in your pocket—sort of. It’s certainly the least expensive. With the right app, your smartphone can capture decent-quality photos. But if you’ve got a stack the size of a Jenga tower, it’s the most tedious option.
 

Don’t just point your smartphone camera at a photograph and hope for the best. Google’s new free PhotoScan app for iOS and Android couldn’t be any simpler to use. Clear off a well-lit space and lay down the photo. The app prompts you to move the phone over each edge so it can take four separate images. Then it combines them into one shot without glare or bright spots.
 

The same photo scanned two times, using Google's PhotoScan (at left, without automatic color adjustment), and Photomyne (right, with color adjustment).
The same photo scanned two times, using Google’s PhotoScan (at left, without automatic color adjustment), and Photomyne (right, with color adjustment). PHOTO: COURTESY OF JOANNA STERN

You can save the scans to your phone or to Google Photos, where Google makes each shot searchable by person or object. The scans aren’t as high-resolution as the ones you’d get with a dedicated scanner, but they are adequate for reprints and social media posts. They are also ideal for capturing all those framed photos Grandma keeps on her piano.
 

Now for the major shortcomings: The app can scan only one photo at a time, and there’s no built-in way to color-correct or set the photo’s original date. Photomyne, a free-to-try app for iOS and Android, solves all three of those problems.
 

When I held the app over a page in my mom’s 1975 photo album, it separated four photos into their own files. Then I set the date to May 1975 and hit the Restore setting to bring the orange washed-out prints back to their full-color glory. Snapping multiple prints at the same time, however, did decrease the quality and cause some glare. (Who’s that at my mom’s college graduation? Uncle Jim, or Patrick Swayze in “Ghost”? Hard to say.)
 

For unlimited photo saves, though, you’ll need to buy the paid version of the Photomyne app.
 

Expensive, Efficient Option: A Scanner
 

  Epson's FastFoto slurps up old photos and scans them, one a second.
 

Epson’s FastFoto slurps up old photos and scans them, one a second. PHOTO: DREW EVANS/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

When you consider that time is money, the $650 Epson FastFoto FF-640 scanner shouldn’t scare you away. This isn’t an annoying flatbed scanner: It’s a photo-slurping robot. Connect it to your PC or Mac, put a stack of up to 30 photos in the feeder and watch it scan them, one a second. Who knew you could have so much fun with something that resembles a fax machine?
 

Quality and resolution are much better than the shots captured via one of the smartphone apps. You can choose 300 dots per inch (best for reprints and slideshows) or 600 dpi (best for poster printing or cropping).
 

The real greatness is in the software. Before you start, the software asks what year or date the batch was taken. There’s even a setting to tell the scanner to look for writing on the backside of the photo. It can’t read it, but it will save it for you.
 


Turn Back Time
 

Epson’s FastFoto scanner and software can digitize then color-correct old photos that have begun to fade.
 

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Photos courtesy of Joanna Stern

My favorite part: Epson’s software can automatically save the original photo and a color-corrected copy. Dozens of faded, orange-ish photos instantly looked better. Even glossy photos taken in the ’90s of my sister and me looked better. What can’t be corrected? My terribly frizzy hair.
 

The photos are stored on your computer’s drive when scanned, but you can upload them to a cloud service, like Google Photos or Apple Photos.
 

The FastFoto isn’t perfect, though. The scanner jammed repeatedly when trying to scan older, smaller square prints. To fix the issue, I had to go one by one. (Epson recommends using the included carrier sheet for scanning smaller or fragile shots.)
 

Instant Polaroid pictures also aren’t currently supported. Since my parents took the bulk of my toddler shots with an instant cam, I kept trying anyway—and managed to scan some individually. (And FastFoto doesn’t scan negatives; that’s a whole other project.)
 

  Before you send your photos to a mail-in service, organize them by date.
 

Before you send your photos to a mail-in service, organize them by date. PHOTO: DREW EVANS/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
 

ScanMyPhotos.com will scan all the photos you can fit in this 11-by-8.5-by-5.5-inch box.
ScanMyPhotos.com will scan all the photos you can fit in this 11-by-8.5-by-5.5-inch box. PHOTO: DREW EVANS/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
 

Outsourced Option:
A Mail-in Service
 

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. Like other services including Memories Renewed and DigMyPics, ScanMyPhotos offers photo editing.
 

With the $145 prepaid service, the company sends you an 11-by-8.5-by- 5.5-inch box and asks you to stuff it full—that’s around 1,800 snapshots, according to company Chief Executive Mitch Goldstone. The company makes 300-dpi scans of the photos, at a price that comes out to about 8 cents each; for $250, or almost 14 cents each, you can double the resolution.
 

My biggest disappointment? ScanMyPhotos sends you a DVD with your digital copies. I haven’t owned a computer with a DVD drive in years. For an extra $20 you can have the photos uploaded to the cloud as soon as they are scanned, or to an 8GB USB drive for an extra $16. The service also offers options to scan negatives and slides.
 

When it came to my family project, I liked the Epson the best. I now have more than 600 old photos scanned and organized on a hard drive and in Google Photos. Of course, $650 is a lot of money to pay for a scanner, but you could split the cost with family members. I mean, can you really put a price on sharing Mom’s mullet on Facebook?
 


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Photo-Sharing App’s, Cloud Storages’ Biggest Problem Solved

Since launch of Google Photos® in May, 2015, they have amassed more than 200 million active monthly users. Its image recognition and editing tools provide easy organizing of all your pictures in separate categories. This is ideal once your pictures, 35mm slides and film negatives are scanned.

 

Along with Flickr, Instagram, Facebook Moments, Snapchat and all the other photo-sharing apps, this is leading to a spike in the amount of pictures we see shared across social media platforms.

 

“As the powerhouse of intuitive functions, Google Photos wins! Never before in my 25-years of experience in the photo imaging industry has there been such an immediate, firestorm of raving reviews for a comprehensive way to enjoy a simple and smart answer for searching, organizing, editing and sharing pictures,” explains Mitch Goldstone, President & CEO of ScanMyPhotos.com.

 

But even with the increase of photos shared online, something will be missing.

 

There are two kinds of photos in this world: digital and analog. The photos you can easily organize and add to the popular photo-sharing and cloud storage services will mostly consist of recent digital pictures from mobile devices—but what about all those analog and print photos? Are they so easily left out?

ScanMyPhotos.com Irvine, CA Corporate Headquarters

According to ScanMyPhotos.com, the average household has about 5,500 analog snapshots—which means generations of photos are quickly fading away from the ravages of time. The powerful social media storytelling platforms will be mostly devoid from this entire history of treasured nostalgic memories.

 

“Google Photo’s high performance and powerful way of storing pictures in the cloud is partly overshadowed by the 3.5 trillion analog snapshots that need to be digitized. This challenge for the photo-sharing and cloud storage services is being solved; ScanMyPhotos.com, the e-commerce photo digitization business has already scanned 300 million photos,” says Goldstone.

 

Here is the ultimate Google Photos rave from USA Today’s longtime and much respected, in-the-know, Technology Columnist Jefferson Graham.

 

 

Google Photos may be best app for photo shares.

 

I’d like to offer Google Photos as the easiest way to share videos and photos on a one-to-one basis–Google Photos.  Google recently announced a user base of 100 million folks since launching Google Photos in May. That’s one of the quickest mega-success stories for the search giant in years.  And why not? Google Photos is free and has no storage limits. It automatically backs up all your smartphone images, and with a software download, will do the same on your computer as well.

 

 

The time has come to make digital copies of our analog photos, and upload them to the photo-sharing and cloud storage service of our choice. This will not only ensure these photos are preserved, but it will add a complex layer to the influx of photos we’ll see shared across social platforms.

 

About ScanMyPhotos.com

 

ScanMyPhotos.com has professionally preserved 300 million happy memories, milestones, and special events for its customers since 1990. They specialize in photo, 35mm slide, negative film scanning and photo restoration. All photo digitization fulfillment is professionally performed on-site in days at the ScanMyPhotos.com corporate headquarters. ScanMyPhotos.com is just a big fan of Google Photos, and are not in any way associated with them, nor is this an implied endorsement by Google Photos.

 

How ScanMyPhotos.com digitizes pictures, via KTLA-TV News

 

http://ktla.com/2015/09/21/digitize-your-old-photos/#ooid=QwMnJtdzrBz3nYZKnxrSNIPXz8UZ7wKq

 

ScanMyPhotos.com  Pictures Are Everything. We Make Yours Last A Lifetime And More

ScanMyPhotos.com Pictures Are Everything. We Make Yours Last A Lifetime And More

 

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Early Access: New Year 50% Off Photo Scanning

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Happy New Years from the entire ScanMyPhotos Family

 

Save 50% Off Online Photo Scanning And Add On Features*

 

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Your rave reviews and enthusiasm for sharing our work with your friends and family are the reason we have grown by leaps and bounds – and all without advertising. That’s right – we do no advertising our services. So, thank YOU for everything – you are truly the best.

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