Demystifying The World of Photo Scanning

The “war” on photo scanning became a battle of words. Since pioneering innovations in the photo imaging industry — beginning way back in 1990 — ScanMyPhotos.com has become known as a top photo imaging industry leader by demystifying photography.


The History of Photo Scanning  


Recently, some photo-scanning apps have entered the world of digitizing analog snapshots. And, with 3.5 trillion analog photos, plus 35mm slides, Polaroids, and those old film negatives, the ocean of opportunity to help digitize the world’s photos is deep.


Whether it’s competitors vying to try duplicating our game-changing way to digitize 1,800 photos in minutes, with free 3-way shipping for $145, or the new apps, and costly DIY scanner options, all help raise the tide. Now, the but.


We helped solve the biggest challenge in photography; how to upload all your nostalgic snapshots to the popular photo-sharing apps.  Think of it, most pictures shared on Instagram, Facebook and Google Photos are recent digital pictures from your smartphone–if you’re like us, mostly of the food you ate last evening. Right?


 

ScanMyPhotos.com CEO with his Dad at Disneyland in 1967

Our Passion is Photography.


It always has been.  For some emotional background, company CEO, Mitch Goldstone was with his Dad hugging him at Disneyland in 1967.  This photo became his only tangible memory, as his father passed away two years later.  At that young age, he understand better than most, how powerful a single photo is. We all have that similar, special picture. Right?

 


But, What are Others Saying About Why THEY are Digitizing Pictures?


Follow the conversation as our team of professional copywriters engage and interview people who shared these heartwarming tales:


Tales From The Photos We Saved Podcast


ScanMyPhotos.com Customer Stories



The “War” of Words


We’ve heard it all. Companies taking more than two months to scan some orders with only a few dozen pictures, others are using container ships to send your family pictures abroad. Really?  And many charging 40-75 cents and more to scan a single picture. How about paying about 8-cents and getting free 3-way delivery to have ScanMyPhotos.com professionally digitize everything at it’s Irvine, CA corporate headquarters and fulfillment facility?

 


USA Today just reported on the “Top 3 New Year’s Tech Resolutions You Must Keep,” and included ScanMyPhotos.


Stephanie Rosenbloom, Getaway New York Times Travel columnist wrote:


For affordable bulk scans, ScanMyPhotos.com is an old standby (you can read David Pogue’s review on nytimes.com). The company will scan about 1,800 photos at 300 dpi for $145 at its headquarters in Irvine, Calif.; the cost of sending the photo box to you, as well as the shipping of the box to ScanMyPhotos and back to you again is included in the price. That’s one of the least costly and most uncomplicated deals around.

 


And, as for the “fastest” way to digitize pictures, a new, DIY scanner will set you back $650 before digitizing even your first photo–at slow-mo rates compared to us. They added a fine print disclaimer. And, it appears they even updated the misstatement from “fastest” to “high-speed.”  But, the official corporate press release headline still has what looks like a walloping, misleading lie: “Epson Debuts World’s Fastest Photo Scanner….” We can only guess they are also raging from PC Magazine’s prominent reviewer and senior analyst, Tony Hoffman, who adding this at the end of his review:


Another option would be to send your prints to a photo scanning service, which may be a more economical choice if you have no more than a few thousand prints to scan. For example, you can order a box from ScanMyPhotos International that fits about 1,800 prints; fill it and send it in, and the company will scan your photos to JPEGs at 300dpi for $145 or at 600dpi for $259 (including shipping) and then return them to you with a DVD containing the scanned files.


Epilogue


This Weather Channel story explains why pictures must be digitized [spoiler alert: it’s emotional]. It’s all about helping to digitize the world’s photo memories. Many choices, but for the ultimate “mic drop” moment…ready for it? This is the only way to professionally digitize about 300,000 high resolution pictures every day:


How’s This For Speedy High Resolution Professional Photo Scanning?

 
 

 

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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.
 

Photo Photo
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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How to Save on Scanning Photos

Welcome to ScanMyPhotos.com, the photo digitization experts. Since 1990 we have safely digitized one-quarter billion photos and are now offering a super 78% discount for you to revisit, share and preserve your nostalgic photo snapshot memories.

 

How to save and get a discount for scanning photos; pay just $49.95 to digitize up to 1,000 4×6″ photos for $49.95 from ScanMyPhotos.com with free return S/H

 


 

The Deal:
$49.95 to digitize up to 1,000 standard 4×6” photo snapshots to 300-dpi JPEG images on a standard DVD within 5–10 days. This order also includes free USPS return shipping and handling for the original photos and data DVDs (a $19.95 value). Instantly also save 10% on all add-on featured services when you order at the time of purchase.

 

 

YOU MAIL PHOTOS IN YOUR BOX AND PAY FOR DELIVERY TO US VIA THE CARRIER OF YOUR CHOOSING, THIS DEAL ONLY INCLUDES SCANNING AND RETURN OF YOUR PHOTOS AND DVD DISC (OTHER SERVICES/PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE) AND FREE RETURN S/H ONLY. WE DO NOT MAIL YOU A BOX TO SEND US YOUR PHOTOS AND ALL SALES ARE FINAL.


 

 

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How to Redeem Your 1,000 4″x”6 Scan Voucher
Purchase this deal online and print your invoice to include with your order. Your completed order form must be included in the box along with your photos and order form. Your original photos will be returned along with your DVD data disc. Additional Add-on products are available, including USB flash drives. Must view Photo Preparation Procedure before shipping your order.

 

 

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