“3 Best Ways to Scan Your Old Photos (And Why You Should)”

makeuseof 300x300 - "3 Best Ways to Scan Your Old Photos (And Why You Should)"With 177 thousand followers on Twitter and a web ranking under 1,000 as the most popular sites, MakeUseOf a top tech site for trending articles, tutorials, and reviews.just published the ultimate primer on how and why to digitize your photos.


Are you staring down at boxes in your attic filled with old photos? The memories are priceless, but the practical aspects of keeping, maintaining, and sorting through old photo albums can be daunting.


Thankfully there are a number of great solutions out there for digitizing prints. But what’s the best way to scan old photos? Well that depends on the number of old photos you have, your budget, what you intend to do with the photos, and how much free time you have.



Among the recommendations are at home and using an app to help digitize your pictures. With one billion photos ruined just from last year’s hurricanes and wildfires, this preparedness advisory is extra timely. As the average household has 5,500 pictures to scan, the arduous DIY project can become nightmarish. The article also profiles bulk photo scanning services, including ScanMyPhotos.


Option 3: Photo-Scanning Services: Of course, the easiest way to tackle this project is to simply hire a photo-scanning service. While this is an amazing way to decrease the amount of time involved in this project, it does come with some downsides.

 


ScanMyPhotos

Cost per photo: 16 cents per photo, but additional services (e.g. image rotation, higher dpi, color correction) are extra.

Formats Supported: Printed photos, film, negatives.

Additional Services: Option to pay $145 for a prepaid photo scanning box, international shipping, rush services.


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How to Find a Reliable Photo Scanning Service

reliable photo scanningResearch Before Starting Your Photo Preservation Project


It’s a nightmare scenario: you finally decide to save time and money by packing up and shipping your precious print photos to a scanning service to digitize but the photos disappear in transit. In fact, this actually happened to one of our customers, Irene S.



“In the process of scanning all my photos, I decided to try another photo scanning company. I live in Prescott and they’re in Phoenix (less than 100 miles away). I boxed up an order and sent it to the company, but three months later, I found myself at the point of filing a theft report. I called the company several times for updates but my calls and emails went answered. It was as if the company fell off the face of the planet and took all my photos with them! Then, months later, I opened my front door and the box of photos was back—it looked the same as when I sent it with no further information provided.”


Irene shared this story with us after the positive experience she had at ScanMyPhotos. She was exceedingly lucky to get those photos back.

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Tales From The Pictures We Saved – Episode 13: Scanning 50,000 Photos

print photosWelcome to this week’s episode of Tales From the Pictures We Saved. 


 

We’ve spent the past 28 years helping our customers preserve tens of millions of happy memories, milestones, achievements, and events—all of which have incredible stories behind each and every photo.


And now we’re eager to share these stories with you.



In this week’s episode, ScanMyPhotos customer Margaret Hoybach shares the details on her incredible life as illustrated by over 50,000 print photos.



Preview:

You might think you have a lot of print photos sitting in your attic or closet, but how many do you really have? We often hear customers say they are working on scanning 1,000, 3,000 and sometimes even up to 10,000 print photos they have laying around, but this is the first time, in a long time, where one customer shared with us that she has over 50,000 print photos in her possession that she needs to have scanned.


Do you have a photo story to share?

Contact us today and your tale could be featured in an upcoming episode!


This episode features music by Bensound.com. Margaret was voiced by voice-over actress Norma Jean Gradsky.   

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How This Gift Can Help a Loved One Re-live All the Good Times

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Lois and her mom

In the daily course of our lives, it’s easy to get caught up in the present and focus on the negativity. Job stresses, personal life issues, bills to pay—the list goes on. But in the back of our mind exists millions of moments that when we recall, will bring an instant smile to our face. This is the magic of what pictures can do, and it’s why ScanMyPhotos customer Lois Thar decided to give the gift of the past to her mother for her 85th birthday.

 

“Mom’s birthday was coming up and we wanted to digitize her old print photos and create a slideshow for her birthday. We got the idea while we were cleaning up her apartment and found this big box of photos and I was like ‘Oookay, what can I do with these?’”

 

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Tales From The Pictures We Saved – Episode 11: Who’s Been Framed?

framedWelcome to this week’s episode of Tales From the Pictures We Saved. 


 

We’ve spent the past 26 years helping our customers preserve tens of millions of happy memories, milestones, achievements, and events—all of which have incredible stories behind each and every photo.


And now we’re eager to share these stories with you.


In this week’s episode, one ScanMyPhotos customer faced a daunting task so she could honor her late sister’s legacy.


Preview: 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.

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