Why You Need to Digitize Photos and Preserve Them for Future Generations

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As technology continues to advance, the way in which we preserve our history is also changing. From cave drawings to oil paintings and from print photos to Snapchat selfies, it’s important for us to now digitize photos in order to keep them safe for future generations.

 

But if you need a few reasons why it’s important to digitize photos before it’s too late, then consider the following:



Print photos will eventually succumb to the elements

 

Unless you have your print photos stored in acid-free, archival-quality storage containers and kept in a temperature-controlled room away from sunlight, then your photos are at risk of getting destroyed by the elements. Of course, we definitely recommend doing everything you can to keep your print photos safe, but digitizing them is the only way to truly protect them from the elements.

 


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Why There Was No Weeping After the Storm Destroyed Generations of Photos

iStock_000017770225XSmallFran P., a grandmother from Chicago, was emotionless after a storm damaged her family’s photo memories. Decades of pictures turned into a brick-like mass of paper; plastered together after the water damage flooded her shoeboxes of photos that had been sealed and ‘protected’ for years.


Does her method of storing photos sound familiar to you? The sight of all those lost family memories did not distraught Fran; she simply pressed the retrieve button on her computer and the photo restoration was complete with lightning-fast speed. It was more like waving a magic wand to set back the time to fix a potential daunting problem. There was no weeping after the storm turned very personal memories into a stack of useless paper.



Whether, you have film negatives, 35mm slides or photo snapshots, you too can be spared from the next flood or natural disaster if you digitize your images.


ScanMyPhotos.com, a leading photo digitization company, based in California, provides a smart way to remedy the anxiety Fran faced when she realized all of her photos were damaged.


Prepaid fill-the-box photo scanning service with free shipping and handling, along with individual photo scanning are the recommended solution to protect photos, and how to share pictures on Facebook, Instragram, smartphones and other photo sharing platforms.


In the case of Fran, she had ordered the ScanMyPhotos.com prepaid box that holds upwards of 2,000 standard photos, which was mailed to her home and included all return shipping information. It was easy to mail off those photos, and in her case, just in time to have it scanned to DVDs. Along with traditional photo scanning service, we feature rotating pictures, photo enhancement, instant uploading, hard cover bound custom photo index albums; scanning each picture in the order provided with extra DVDs, or thumb drives — as backup.


Once scanned, it is essential to store the Thumb Drives and DVDs of your digitized photos offsite. ScanMyPhotos.com provides very cost-effective volume ordering of extra archival media and recommends you store copies with relatives, in your office, and locked away in safety deposit box vaults. Prepare for the worst and have your preparedness plan in place now.


Related News

videoScreenShotIn a related story, check out USA Today tech reporter, Jefferson Graham’s story on preserving your memories in which he recommends using ScanMyPhotos as a first step in protecting your photos from natural disasters and organizing past photos.


http://www.scanmyphotos.com/blog/2015/01/jefferson-graham-usa-today-scan-old-photos.html


ScanMyPhotos.com has made a business from the popular trending social media hashtag #TBT (ThrowbackThursday), as everyone wants to share decades past pictures, but can’t unless each is digitized

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Top 4 Ways to Share Your Pictures After Scanning

Top 4 Ways to Share Your Pictures


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If you stack up every photograph ever taken, how many times would it circle the earth if all lined up side-by-side

If you stack up every photograph ever printed it would wrap around the earth too many times to calculate, yet we know there are 3 1/2 trillion still-analog pictures. So the number is far-reaching and nearly limitless. But, what about your scanned pictures? That number is a much more manageable at 5,500–based on the average number of pictures scanned per household by ScanMyPhotos.


The more practical question is what next? Once your pictures are digitally preserved, how can you share those memories? This list of top ways to share your scanned pictures is based on our reviews and feedback shared by our customers across the nation.



  • Mimeo Photos is a powerful extension that allows you to create stunning photobooks, calendars, and cards all within your photos app for your MacOS. As an extension to the Photos App on the Mac, you can start creating your photobook right from your existing photo library. Twitter Address – MimeoPhotos

  • Aura Frames.  Imagine if you could share that moment with someone halfway across the world? Now you can with Live Photos on Aura, created to bring families closer by making it easy to share photos with the people you care about. Twitter Address – Aura_Frames 

  • Instagram photo-sharing app is the popular way to upload photos and videos and edit with filters, organized with tags and location information. You can share those nostalgic pictures once digitized publicly or with pre-approved followers. Users can browse other users’ content by tags and locations, and view trending content. Users can “like” photos, and follow other users. Twitter Address – Instagram

  • PrintMates creates modern print products quickly and easily using your smartphone and social media photos. After your pictures are digitized, this is the next step to memorialize those memories and turn photographs into works of art you will cherish. Order high-quality reproductions of your photos in a wide array of mediums, including prints in all shapes and size on quality photo paper, metal, wood, and canvas. Hang them in your home or give as meaningful gifts to your family and friends. Twitter Address – PrintMates


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Your Photo Scanning FLASH SALE

It is simply devastating!  After each natural disaster, from wildfires to hurricanes we experience an exponential increase in requests to scan pictures. Sadly, we also hear from people who lost everything. The time to prepare is before. We hope this added discount is the carrot to inspire you to never risk your lifetime of irreplaceable pictures.

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We only have a few standard limitations on this flash sale. When ordering, please enter “FLASHSALE20” at checkout for your next online photo scanning order to save 20% on many services. Cannot be applied to prior orders, other discounts, applicable sales tax applies, void where prohibited, the offer may expire within minutes. Reach us for details and what is included.Free shipping includes your returned digital media. If you want your pictures returned too, it’s $19.95 extra per box.scanning.


Whether your heirlooms are tucked away in a drawer, musty garage cabinet, or never-visited photo albums packed away within obscurely piled-high sealed boxes in the attic, you need to have a plan.


To enhance your order, we recommend you also choose from these popular add-on services to boost your photo scanning experience:


Elite Concierge Expert Service
See your photos as soon as it’s scanned with instant uploading
8GB custom USB thumb drives
Need your photos scanned in a specific order?
Photo Soap to enhance and help restore color and contrast to your photos
Order additional DVDs to give to family and friends
Express same day scanning

Order hardcover Photo Index Books of all your photos
Rotate all images upright so they appear in the correct orientation
Return Signature Confirmation


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How to Build an Outdoor Movie Theater for Your Backyard

outdoor movieWhether you’re chillin’ at the drive-in or sprawled out on a picnic blanket at a local park, there’s something truly magical about watching an outdoor movie. So why not bring that experience a bit closer to home—say, right in your own backyard?

 

With just a few key purchases and a little prep work, you can cozy up at home and watch an outdoor movie with your loved ones.

 

To help you build an excellent outdoor movie theater for your backyard here’s our list of some of the things you’ll need.

 

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