Tales From The Pictures We Saved – Episode 4: Ain’t Tech Grand?

tales from the pictures we savedWelcome 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 we explore a ScanMyPhotos customer whose book, The New Grandparents Guide to Technology, helps grandparents create stronger connections and relationships with their grandkids through technology.

Preview: These days, it seems like the only people who understand technology are those born with an iPad in their hands. For the rest of us, the rapidly advancing tech can be a challenge to get a handle on. This is why ScanMyPhoto’s customer and proud grandfather Peter Farnsworth has made it his personal mission to use technology to connect with younger generations—specifically, the grandkids.

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5 Must-Try Photo Services You’ve Never Heard Of

photo servicesIn 2012, it was estimated that 3.8 trillion photos had been taken to date (we think it’s safe to assume that amount has at least doubled by now).


So, what is the world doing with all of those pictures? Most of them—especially the print photos—are tucked away somewhere, collecting dust and being exposed to the ravages of time. But they don’t have to be!


In this day and age, there are so many interesting and fun things you can do with your pictures and some incredible photos services out there that will help you honor your memories. Here are a few of the latest services we’ve uncovered:


Maureen Taylor – The Photo Detective


Not sure where that old photo of your great aunt Selma was taken? Well, this is where Maureen Taylor can help you solve the case. Featured on platforms like Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and The Wall Street Journal, Maureen can give you details on that old photo that will help you uncover more about your past and family history.


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How to Take Photos in the Rain

photos in the rainFor most people, a rainy day is an excuse to snuggle up with hot cocoa and a good Netflix series. But if you’re a photography nut eager to capture some amazing shots, you should put down that remote and head out into the downpour!


Here are some tips on how to take incredible photos in the rain and make the most of your rainy-day shoot:


Protect your gear


Whether you’re shooting with a state-of-the-art camera or a smartphone lens, protecting your equipment is priority #1. For serious hobbyists there are plenty of products on the market to keep your camera dry, but in a pinch you can get by with a gallon-sized plastic bag. Rain gear for the photographer is optional.


Umbrellas are everything


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Did you know August is Romance Awareness Month?

Six months after Valentine’s Day, romance blooms once again! August is Romance Awareness Month and it’s time to let that special someone know how much you care.
Whether it’s by helping with chores around the house, planning a surprise night out, making a special dinner, or giving a thoughtful and sentimental gift, there are so many ways to show your loved ones how much they mean to you!
Of course, we’re partial to giving gifts that celebrate all the romantic moments we’ve shared with our partners in the past—especially the moments captured in old print photos. But in order to make a romantic photo gift (see below for a truly unique idea), you need to scan those photos in first!
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Check out this fashionable vintage wedding
A handsome young couple pose for a photo on their wedding day
at the turn of the 20th Century.
Have a great vintage shot you’d like to see featured here? Share it with us on Facebook!
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Photography Tip
For underwater photography, closer is always better. It may feel uncomfortable, but if you can safely get within 12 inches of your subject, you’ll be able to capture intricate detail that will make it worth the extra effort.
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How To Use Your Scanned Photos
If you’re looking to give a romantic gift to your significant other, but can’t decide between chocolates or a sentimental photo, you can now do both! Chocolate Telegram
can print your photo on their delicious Belgium chocolate
for a one-of-a-kind gift.
Learn More
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ScanMyPhotos.com Testimonial
“Super easy to use and they do a wonderful job. I have had them scan at least 10,000 photos over the past year with no problems. They update you with emails along the process—would highly recommend and will continue to use!”
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From the ScanMyPhotos.com Blog
How 3D Printing is Bringing Photography to Whole New Depths
Move over, picture frames—there’s a new game in town.

Companies all over the world are capitalizing on advances in 3D-printing technology to change the way we interact with our photos. Flat images are transformed into 3D creations you can touch, and this is just the beginning!

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4 Summer Photography Project Ideas To Do With The Family

For those who are searching for some arts and crafts projects to keep everyone cool and entertained in the summer heat, why not take this time to delve into some memories, too?
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Photo-Sharing App’s, Cloud Storages’ Biggest Problem Solved

Since launch of Google Photos® in May, 2015, they have amassed more than 200 million active monthly users. Its image recognition and editing tools provide easy organizing of all your pictures in separate categories. This is ideal once your pictures, 35mm slides and film negatives are scanned.


Along with Flickr, Instagram, Facebook Moments, Snapchat and all the other photo-sharing apps, this is leading to a spike in the amount of pictures we see shared across social media platforms.


“As the powerhouse of intuitive functions, Google Photos wins! Never before in my 25-years of experience in the photo imaging industry has there been such an immediate, firestorm of raving reviews for a comprehensive way to enjoy a simple and smart answer for searching, organizing, editing and sharing pictures,” explains Mitch Goldstone, President & CEO of ScanMyPhotos.com.


But even with the increase of photos shared online, something will be missing.


There are two kinds of photos in this world: digital and analog. The photos you can easily organize and add to the popular photo-sharing and cloud storage services will mostly consist of recent digital pictures from mobile devices—but what about all those analog and print photos? Are they so easily left out?

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According to ScanMyPhotos.com, the average household has about 5,500 analog snapshots—which means generations of photos are quickly fading away from the ravages of time. The powerful social media storytelling platforms will be mostly devoid from this entire history of treasured nostalgic memories.


“Google Photo’s high performance and powerful way of storing pictures in the cloud is partly overshadowed by the 3.5 trillion analog snapshots that need to be digitized. This challenge for the photo-sharing and cloud storage services is being solved; ScanMyPhotos.com, the e-commerce photo digitization business has already scanned 300 million photos,” says Goldstone.


Here is the ultimate Google Photos rave from USA Today’s longtime and much respected, in-the-know, Technology Columnist Jefferson Graham.



Google Photos may be best app for photo shares.


I’d like to offer Google Photos as the easiest way to share videos and photos on a one-to-one basis–Google Photos.  Google recently announced a user base of 100 million folks since launching Google Photos in May. That’s one of the quickest mega-success stories for the search giant in years.  And why not? Google Photos is free and has no storage limits. It automatically backs up all your smartphone images, and with a software download, will do the same on your computer as well.



The time has come to make digital copies of our analog photos, and upload them to the photo-sharing and cloud storage service of our choice. This will not only ensure these photos are preserved, but it will add a complex layer to the influx of photos we’ll see shared across social platforms.


About ScanMyPhotos.com


ScanMyPhotos.com has professionally preserved 300 million happy memories, milestones, and special events for its customers since 1990. They specialize in photo, 35mm slide, negative film scanning and photo restoration. All photo digitization fulfillment is professionally performed on-site in days at the ScanMyPhotos.com corporate headquarters. ScanMyPhotos.com is just a big fan of Google Photos, and are not in any way associated with them, nor is this an implied endorsement by Google Photos.


How ScanMyPhotos.com digitizes pictures, via KTLA-TV News




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Why Businesses Are Repudiating Donald Trump’s Economic Plan and Return to Coal Mining

As a 26-year CEO, I can share very special insights to repudiate Mr. Trump’s call for limiting regulations,challenging global warming and a return to coal mining.


Mr. Trump is calling for a moratorium on coal-mining permits, rescinding the Climate Action Plan and the Paris climate agreement.


How the Failure of Film Photography Can Predict Trump’s Futility to Save the Coal Industry



For decades, Kodak’s film business was going strong—yet the industry was headed toward disaster. It was only a matter of time before digital photography would take over, and investing in digital was not a strategy Kodak wanted to develop. Instead, they poured money into other avenues—investing in the technology for taking pictures on mobile phones—but shied away from mass-market digital cameras. Kodak’s refusal to adapt to progress—to understand where the market was headed—is what eventually drove the company into bankruptcy. Through new innovations, the company is now solidly recovering.


There is a fundamental business lesson to be learned here, and it’s one that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump needs to remember as he promises the recovery of jobs for coal miners.


The U.S. coal industry is to cheap natural gas what antiquated photographic film is to digital photography.


The disruption the photo industry experienced as it refused to progress and adapt is a penetrating lesson for coal miners and others to learn from. As film shifted to digital, the companies that succeeded were those that reinvented their businesses and hatched new jobs and opportunities to grow in an otherwise unsustainable future. From this change we also saw many other business opportunities emerge—think Facebook, Google Photos, and Instagram.


So as Trump continues to make unrealistic promises in terms of job recovery for coal miners, he’s demonstrating a refusal to see where the industry is headed. This gives false hope to tens of thousands of despondent Americans who are only being used as pawns in a political attempt to tell them what they want to hear. By denying the laws of modernization and new clean-burning energy opportunities, Trump is setting up this industry for failure.


Just as film photography forever ceded to digital, so too has the decades of decline for the once dominant coal energy source and the industry’s ability to produce jobs.


Facing the facts

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that natural gas will surpass coal in mix of fuel used for U.S. power generation by the end of this year. While coal is on the decline, natural gas is on the rise and the two will meet on their paths moving forward. Further, the EIA states, “Environmental regulations affecting power plants have played a secondary role in driving coal’s declining generation share over the past decade, although plant owners in some states have made investments to shift generation toward natural gas at least partly for environmental reasons. Looking forward, environmental regulations may play a larger role in conjunction with market forces.”


You can’t stop progress, yet that seems to be exactly what Mr. Trump is trying to do. Just as Mr. Trump is also challenging 97% of the world’s top scientists by disparaging global warming as a myth, he’s doing a similar disservice by promising coal will make a comeback. It will not, as the data shows, but there is a lesson for those brave enough to think outside the box.


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How 3D Printing is Bringing Photography to Whole New Depths

3D printingMove over, picture frames – there’s a new game in town. Companies all over the world are capitalizing on advances in 3D-printing technology to change the way we interact with our photos. Flat images are transformed into 3D creations you can touch, and this is just the beginning!


If you’re ready to take your pics to the next level, you have some options. Companies like Bumpy Photo will take your existing photo and convert it into a “popped” relief/ sculpture using depth map software. Think of the resulting effect as bumpy terrain on a map – the people and objects will “pop” out of a flat background, adding depth to the hard resin replica. Bumpy Photo won’t scan your photos for you, so they recommend you use a scanning service to get them ready.


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