Why NBC’s “This Is Us’ hit TV show is an urgent reminder to scan your photos

If you are a fan of “This Is Us,” the season two premiere of NBC’s hit series’ heartbreaking episode — as the patriarchal character Jack Pearson rushed back to save family nostalgia — it was also another wake-up call. Always be prepared and safeguard your lifetime of family photos.


Why NBC’s “This Is Us’ hit TV show is an urgent reminder to scan your photos


One outcome of the program was we experienced more new photo scanning order at ScanMyPhotos.com than ever before. The TV show was a powerful call to action to be prepared and digitize family photo memorabilia.


As Time Magazine just reported, “don’t go back into a burning house for anything.” Think of your irreplaceable possessions and the one billion family photos destroyed last year from the Texas flooding and California wildfires. Today, The New York Times also reported on how to preserve your family memories and explained why to scan your photos. Another story we recommend is this “How to Prepare Your Community for a Disaster,” as a helpful primer with smart tips to be prepared.


If you already had your pictures digitally preserved, please join us and share this message to remind others to be prepared, have a plan and finally take on this project. Our passion is to protect the 3 1/2 trillion still-analog photos, and no project is more important than yours.


Our elite concierge team of photo scanning experts is here to provide added TLC.


 

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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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The New Apple Memories Slideshow App is a Hit

Movies Made For You On iPhone 7 Missing 3 1/2 Trillion Nostalgic Pictures Not Yet Digitized


The latest Apple innovation is it’s Memories app to share your pictures. The problem is what’s missing? decades of photo snapshots, 35mm slides and film negatives representing all those delightful past memories, not yet stored on your phone. Those pictures are tucked away in photo albums, scattered in shoe boxes, and worse, cluttered draws and dusty cabinets — fading away from the ravages of time.


The Memories tab in the iPhotos app automatically creates beautiful movies out of the photos and videos in your camera roll in a matter of seconds. The revamped Photos app in iOS 10 app includes a new Memories tab, which groups photos into events automatically but creates customized slideshow movies.


How Apple Memories works: On your Mac, open an Album and click Show as Memory in the header. If you’re in the Photos tab, click the title of a group of photos to open them as a Memory. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap on the header of any Moment, Collection, Year, or Album. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap Add to Memories.


Rediscover favorite and forgotten moments from deep in your photo library and from all your analog snapshots – once scanned. Memories automatically creates curated collections of your most meaningful photos and, 35mm slides and film negatives.


When creating Memories, go to the Albums Tab. Tap on the plus button to create a new album and then name the album. Select the photos you would like to add to the memory. And, that’s where the problem is quickly noticed.  Mostly all photos on your smartphones are recent pictures — if you’re like us, of the food you ate last evening.  To share wondrous past nostalgic pictures, it’s this easy to get everything digitized at ScanMyPhotos.com. As you can see, we are huge fans of these photo-sharing apps because it incentivises all app users to first digitize.


iPhone 7 – The Archives – Apple

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Holiday Photo Tip: Ask Guests to Share Decades-Past Scanned Pictures

How to make your next holiday party a hit!

At ScanMyPhotos.com, we often hear how customers around the globe enjoy the pictures we scanned for them. One popular and always trending reason is as an icebreaker at holiday parties and family reunions.  Are you planning on hosting an upcoming holiday party, or family reunion?  Well, we have a fun idea that will get all your guests mixing, mingling, and having a grand old time.

 

Set up a scrolling slideshow featuring decades-past photos of the guests who plan to attend. Ask each guest to submit scanned photo memories from their decades-past childhood and special pictures that share a story.  Great icebreaker tip.

 

You’ll want to set this up on a large TV or monitor in a location where everyone can easily gather around to watch and chat.

 

Not only will people love to see themselves on the big screen, but this is also a fantastic way to hear tons of stories as photos always trigger a trip or two down Memory Lane. If you have any old print photos, now’s the time to get them scanned, digitized, and ready to scroll!

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10 Most Popular Travel Destinations According to Your Photo Albums

EVERYONE has travel photos. But, what are the most popular subjects?  In a 3 month study announced today by ScanMyPhotos.com for #TBT (Throwback Thursday–the popular social media hashtag for sharing pictures)–of the 14,450,000 analog photo snapshots digitized over the past quarter, we know exactly what the most popular travel destinations are.

 

Of the 14,450,241 analog photo images submitted to ScanMyPhotos.com for digitization during Sept 1, – Dec 31, 2015, 68.2% (9,855,064) were travel related.

 

Ever wonder where the most popular travel destinations are?  The top of Mt. Fuji? The Sydney Opera House? Or maybe the Sear’s Tower in Chicago? While these are all good guesses, the real answer to this question might be hiding in your family’s photo albums.

 

Old family photo albums are something nearly everyone in America has in common. Each Thursday, millions of people share decades-past pictures using the trending social media hashtag #TBT (Throwback Thursday).  You, a relative, or a loved one is most likely in possession of decades-old analog photo snapshots and 35mm slides that are fading away—pictures of far-flung places in long-forgotten times that are subjected to the ravages of time. This is where ScanMyPhotos.com comes in.

 

Since 1990, the e-commerce photo digitization service has scanned and preserved more than 300 million pictures—and we noticed a major trend in theses snapshots along the way.

 

According to Mitch Goldstone, president & CEO of ScanMyPhotos.com, “travel pictures represent the largest category of photos we’ve preserved—which is even greater than the number of traditional family, holiday and special occasion photos we’ve scanned. In fact, nearly 70% of all pictures digitized by ScanMyPhotos.com are travel related.  We discovered this fact in a survey conducted on the most popular travel destinations that are spotted in the print photos.”

 

The ScanMyPhotos.com most popular travel pictures survey analyzed subject data from 14,450,000 analog photographs, 35mm slides and film negatives from September 1 to December 31, 2015—and the results were fascinating.

 

Based on the frequency of each picture submitted for digitization, the ranking of the top travel destinations according to your photo albums includes:

 

1) Walt Disney Resorts (28.40%, 1,074,754 images scanned)
It comes as no surprise to us that the magical worlds of Walt Disney tops our lists. We’ve seen countless photos featuring everything from Disneyland in 1955 to its newer theme parks today. The Magic Castle was the most popular picture from photo albums across the U.S. and internationally. Other Disney attractions and the Mickey Mouse character were close runner ups.

2) Las Vegas (27.90%, 1,055,832)
The bright lights of Vegas are the second-most photographed destination in scanned photos. We’ve seen Vegas grow and change over time including neon signs, long-gone hotels, the Vegas Strip, the Fountains of Bellagio, and food buffets.

3) New York City (12.20%, 461,690)
The most-popular NYC scene is of families gathered for a pose in front of the former World Trade Center. This is followed by Broadway theater marquees, Rockefeller Center, and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

4) U.S. National Parks (7.40%, 280,042)
Of course, America’s amazing National Parks break into the top five of this list, as we’ve seen plenty of smiling faces at Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Statue of Liberty, and the Grand Canyon.

5) Washington D.C (6.70%, 253,551)
Our Nation’s capital also makes it into the top five with landmarks like the Capitol, the White House, and other museums and monuments.

6) Rome and The Vatican (5.83%, 220,627)
These two popular Italian destinations have had many, many photos taken of them over the years. So, remember, when in Rome, take lots of photos!

7) London (2.80%, 105,962)
The top spots photographed in London include Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and those iconic red telephone boxes.

8) Paris (2.37%, 89,689)
The city of love is another popular spot spotted in family albums. The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre are two particular favorites.

9) Beach scenes (0.90%, 34,059)
Warm sands and the bright blue oceans of tropical islands and resorts in Tahiti, Hawaii and Caribbean make plenty of appearances.

10) The actual Berlin Wall and photos after it was removed (0.80%, 30,275)
In addition to the Berlin Wall, we’ve scanned many other military pictures from WWII, Vietnam and Iraq wars, combat scenes, and more.

Honorable Mentions

The following honorable mention locations are also often spotted in scanned photos:

• Olympics and sporting events
• Amsterdam canals
• On-board cruise ships
• The Great Wall of China
• Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo
• Abbey Road in London
• Machu Picchu
• Leaning Tower of Pisa
• African villages, safari’s and wildlife
• Interior of airport terminals

 

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