4 Tips for Wow-Worthy Travel Photos

travel photosNow that summer has unofficially started, we’re dreaming of vacation. Exciting trips are one of life’s sweetest pleasures, and an album chock full of great pictures will make those memories last a lifetime. But if you think you need to invest in fancy photography equipment or a new camera to get incredible travel photos, think again. While it certainly doesn’t hurt to have the latest gear, the camera on your smartphone is perfect for traveling.

 

So, whether your summer plans include camping, weekend getaways, a serious trip abroad, or all three, we want to help you capture the experience with great pictures. Check out the tips below for suggestions on how to take the best travel photos!

 

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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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Scanning My Travel Photos: The New York Times

From Stephanie RosenbloomTHE GETAWAY, The New York Times Travel section (Dec 19, 2016). Tips for everything to do with your decades-past travel photos includes a profile on ScanMyPhotos.com

 

Before joining Travel, Stephanie was a New York Times staff reporter for many sections including Business Day, Real Estate, and Styles. She was part of the team that helped create Thursday Styles; the lead reporter for the Metro desk’s Neediest Cases series; and a member of the Continuous News Desk, which provides breaking news content to NYTimes.com



Excerpt:

 

Scanning Services

 

Once you’ve turned the best of your travel photos into art, it’s time to store the rest. If boxes of prints are taking up closet (and psychic) space, there are plenty of sites online that will scan your old photos (as well as negatives, slides and videos) so you can store them digitally. But there are several things to keep in mind.

In general, these sites are a pain to navigate. They’re cluttered with too much text and fine print, and they offer so many options — Do you want your photos scanned in order? Do you want both sides of the photo scanned? — that if you don’t have a goal in mind before you go in, you can quickly be overwhelmed. Decide ahead of time what exactly you want to scan, how many photos you have and how you might use whatever you scan. Also, note that some of these companies by default send DVDs or CDs of your digital files. Not everyone has a CD or DVD player. If you want a thumb drive instead, be sure to select that option (if it’s offered) or call the company and see if it will provide one. Be aware, too, that it’s not unusual for these companies to have long lead times. A number of them digitize your photos in other countries, so it can take weeks to get your images back.

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. Other companies charge for shipping photo boxes. I asked a photo editor at The Times if 300 dpi is sufficient for scanning and she said that to print photos at larger sizes, a higher dpi is preferable. ScanMyPhotos has such an option: a prepaid box for $259 for the same number of scans at 600 dpi instead of 300 dpi. A thumb drive is an additional $15.95 a box.

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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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