10 Tips to Make #TBT a Viral Hit

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10 tips to better enjoy Throwback Thursday by ScanMyPhotos.com. History of #TBT

At ScanMyPhotos.com, we polled 740 customers to find out what their key motivators were for digitizing analog snapshots. We expected to hear many were looking to preserve family history or salvage crumbling photo albums from ‘father time.’


We figured social media would play into their plans, but boy were we surprised. Nearly 45 percent of our new customers traced their motivation back to the viral hit #ThrowbackThursday!


Even pop-star Katy Perry’s family has trusted ScanMyPhotos, as reported in this Forbes article.


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10 tips to better enjoy Throwback Thursday. History of #TBT

If you are a social media fan, especially if you love Instagram where the #ThrowbackThursday (#TBT) phenomenon started back in 2011, then you are already familiar with the raucous laughter that this trend brings to the end of a work week. After spending way too much office time surfing #TBT pictures, we realized that folks might like a little creative suggestion to help them make the most of their Thursday photo fun. We are sharing our top 10 considerations for making the most out of  #ThrowbackThursday.


Nothing Beats 80’s Hair – It was the era of the hair band for a reason, 80’s hairdos were totally tubular! Whether you were moussing a teen-angst Mohawk or straightening a mid-life mullet, share the hair man!


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10 tips to better enjoy Throwback Thursday. History of #TBT

Throwback FAILS – Often the most belly-laughing and nostalgic pictures we have are of life’s less-than-stellar moments, and they make the best #tbt fodder out there, so share the wipeouts and dumb ideas that made for lasting memories.


Never throwback to a picture where other people in the photo wouldn’t want the image reproduced without their consent.


Only share #TBT pictures, nothing off-topic. This is all about your past photos.


Revisit those past 35mm slides, film, and snapshots after all are digitized.


It’s not all self-deprecating fun – While the low-lights make us laugh, life’s the highlights can make us cry which makes graduations, birthdays and first steps some of the most sighed over #tbt posts every week.


Hit the kids where it will hurt – Whether sharing #tbt on Instagram, Facebook or any other social media site, your kids (and more importantly, their friends) will be watching; so take this weekly opportunity to embarrass the heck out of them with sailor outfits, cute hugging siblings or, for advanced users, the kids with their own hairpocalypse.


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Why AMAZON PHOTOS Is The Best Photo Storage Service

Q: What is the best photo storage, sharing and printing service?

A: Amazon Photos®


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Let us begin with the only (sort of) negative with “Amazon Photos.” A more descriptive name should have been “Amazin’ Photos.” It is the best-kept secret in the photo industry. Fantastic free storage, great prints and loads of easy-to-use features.


As photo industry leaders for 30-years, we know a thing or two about photography. Actually, 600 million — that is his many pictures have been safely digitized at ScanMyPhotos.com. Our advocacy and authority leadership have led to news profiles like these.



The number one question we hear is ”what next after my pictures are digitized? What is the best place to store pictures? The simple answer is the company which is the world’s largest cloud storage provider, and it is their Amazon Photos featured service for photography.


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In today’s all-digital world, every pre-digital picture must be treated just like those on your smartphone. The latter has auto uploading and snapshots can be too, once digitized.


Once your pictures are digitized, all must get backed up to the cloud, alongside every image on your laptop and smartphone.


The Amazon Photo app lets you share, group and move pictures across the web. It provides added privacy controls. Unlike Facebook and other photo-sharing apps, where your pictures may be at risk and you must ask what are they doing with every picture uploaded?


Find Your Photos with Alexa Voice Command


Amazon’s Alexa is more than a wireless light switch or voice-activated tool for turning on the robotic vacuum. Now it can instantly sort and locate any picture in your album. Easily view your stored pictures on Amazon Echo Show (Echo Show 8 – HD 8″ smart display with Alexa), and Amazon Fire TV Stick (Fire TV Stick streaming media player with Alexa built-in, includes Alexa Voice HD Remote).


Unlimited Photos with Amazon Prime Membership


IMG 2170 200x300 - Why AMAZON PHOTOS Is The Best Photo Storage ServiceWhile the average household has 5,500 still-analog photos and thousands more of pictures stored on their smartphone, few have one hundred thousand pictures. But, no problem as Prime Membership awards you unlimited photo uploads. It also includes 5GB of Video Storage. If you are not a Prime member, the monthly fee is $11.99 for 100 GB and $59.99 for 1 TB.


Photo Tagging to Find Pictures


Facial recognition is another perk to identify the people, places, and objects (pets too) in on your camera roll library.  Simply tagging features to identify and naming the pictures is included.


Simple Way to Upload Pictures


The best way to save pictures is to set the auto-upload feature. Or select folders to transfer entire catalogs of images to Amazon Photo. You can automatically save photos and videos that you take on your phone to the web. This service is only for personal use and cannot be used by professional photography businesses or commercial services.




Order Photo Snapshots and Photo Gifting Items


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Amazon Photo does not provide customization, photo retouching, optimization, filters, or effects.


The photo storage app is a secure cloud storage service for photos and videos.
Upload, download, view, edit, and create albums or share photos and videos.
Amazon Photos app is a photo gallery, which displays images or videos from your compatible devices.


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Principal Features: Photo and video storage, Photo and video gallery, photo editor, Photo and video sharing, Family Vault, Photo sharing groups, Search photos by people, places, and things.
File Types: The Most common photos and video file types are JPEG, PNG, and MP4.


Which is the best photo storage service?


Is it Photo Bucket, Microsoft OneDrive, ImageShack , Google Photos, Pixpa, Flickr, 500px, DropBox, iCloud, Adobe Portfolio, Imgur, or Amazon Photos? Based on our 30-years of experience and observing too many of the latest technology breakthrough innovations wave good-bye, trust matters most.


Your privacy and the knowledge of what you uploaded will always be available. We are recommending Amazon Photos as the best storage service to safeguard your entire history of nostalgic photographs. Amazon Photos wins!


Why Amazon Photos Is the Best Photo Storage Service, And So Much More


Photo printing services include Custom Canvas Wall Décor, Custom Metal Tabletop Photos, Professionally printed photograph reprints, and enlargements, Albums and photo cards.



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The Dangers From Climate Change Also Affect Your Photographs

How to digitize and restore damaged pictures


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Climate change and the resulting property damage is real. While insurance may cover most items destroyed, pictures are in trouble. Water damage, smoke, and other conditions will ruin a lifetime of family nostalgia.


Sadly, this keeps happening.


It is painful fielding photo calls asking how to repair water damaged photos and all the other issues after disasters like from hurricanes and wildfires strike.


Digitizing pictures is now as low as one-cent each. Professional restoration services are also available for $45.50 at ScanMyPhotos.com. Details.





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How to Restore Damaged Photographs; What you don’t know can hurt your photos

What you don’t know can hurt your photos


Photography Tip: How to protect your photographs from the ravages of time


IMG 1057 300x225 - What you don't know can hurt your photosA photographic image looks like something that will last forever, but even the most modern prints are not designed to last for more than a few decades.

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Black-and-white photographs made up of light-sensitive silver salts known as silver halides, last longer.


But color photographs and slides, which are made up of dyes and plastics, are more fragile. Still, any photograph will eventually succumb to the effects of a hostile environment and a host of natural enemies. Photo restoration services are the pound of cure, which can be avoided by preserving intact photos today.

 

THE BAD GUYS

 

  • High temperature and relative humidity: The emulsion layer of a photograph, the light-sensitive component that actually captures the image, is made up of organic materials, including gelatin. That makes the emulsion susceptible to mold and fungi, especially when subject to the combination of heat and moisture. Photographs should be stored in a cool, dry place, below about 68° Fahrenheit and under 50% relative humidity.

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  • Ultraviolet Light: Go ahead. Tempt the fates. Hang a color photograph on a wall in your house where the sun hits it every day, and you can start watching it fade within just a few years. To prevent fading, keep your photographs out of direct exposure to sunlight. If you absolutely must display that picture in that perfect spot, you buy special filters to protect the photo. Another good idea is to make one copy for long-term storage and a second for display. Take intact photos into a photo professional to be scanned and archived to disk. If you’ve recently had a photo restoration done, make sure to have a digital copy on file.

 

  • Wood and Paper Products: What could be more natural than a tree. That may be true, but many wood and paper products contain harmful acids, bleaches and other chemicals that can damage the emulsion of your photograph over time. Use only acid-free paper products. When shopping for “archival” products, make sure you are getting what you pay for – there is no accepted “archival” labeling standard.

 

  • Adhesives & Rubber: Remember those easy-to-use sticky-back photo albums. Bad news and we all know it. But most adhesives, including the rubber cement often used in so-called “magnetic” photo albums, contain harmful chemicals such as PVC that will eventually destroy your photographs. Rubber bands can have the same effect. That makes them both a big no-no.

 

  • Air pollutants: It may come as a surprise, but even the fumes from household cleaning products and fresh paint can damage photos. You probably won’t notice the effects right away, but in time they will become painfully obvious.

 

  • Metallic Objects: On a more practical level, metallic objects such as keys and paper clips can scratch the surfaces of your prints and negatives. Don’t clip your photos together, and try not to store them in the same box as your screwdrivers.

 

A WORD OF HOPE

 

Preserving photographs, which are organic and temporary by their very nature, may seem like an uphill battle. But with smart decisions about storing and displaying your photos, it doesn’t have to be. Follow the tips in our next article and you’ll be that much closer to making your photo collection last a lifetime. Photo restoration and photo retouching is our business, but preserving precious family photos is our mission.

 

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The Primer on Everything That Was at #CES2020

What Was New at CES 2020?


ces5 300x225 - The Primer on Everything That Was at #CES2020Each January, the global tech community makes its annual pilgrimage to CES in Las Vegas.


This year boasts many new breakthrough innovations. Products you didn’t know you needed, but soon won’t be able to live without.


Follow along as we share the best of CES 2020.



From CES: “At CES 2020, companies built their brands, launched products and formed partnerships. Exhibitors large and small showed how CES transcends the traditional tech industry. CES showed that technology is changing our lives for the better.”


 

Samsung Keynote

Samsung’s CES 2020 keynote presented the company’s vision for revolutionizing the consumer lifestyle, impacting the way people work, play and connect with each other.


Quibi Keynote. Quibi CEO Meg Whitman and Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg will showcase how Quibi is uniquely bringing together Hollywood and Silicon Valley.


C Space Storyteller: Edelman. Do consumers today trust brands to do what is right with their products, their customers and their societal impact? Join a discussion with leading marketers about how brands can earn trust with an increasingly skeptical consumer base.


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