Is Google Photos Phone Scanning App Worth the Headache?

The Test: Photo Scanning Apps vs Professional Photo Scanning Services


Are Photo Scanning Apps Worth the Headache?


New photo scanning apps put the power of preservation into consumers’ hands, but at what cost? We decided to test out the new app and made a startling discovery.


The average family has 5,500 analog photo snapshots fading away from the ravages of time. Watch to see which is the most effective, simple and practical way to solve this problem.. What is the best way to digitize your entire lifetime of photo snapshots?


This YouTube shares a fun comparison between DIY scanning from your phone at sub-par, low resolution vs. professional high resolution photo digitization from the company which scanned more than 300 million photos. If you scan your pictures yourself on your ‘smart’ phone, 5,500 pictures will take 100+ hours of non-stop, non interrupted work.


[Video credit: Nichols Images – Video Production Services]


Founded in 1990, ScanMyPhotos.com, pioneered a smart and economical way to scan your family photos where we do all the work

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NYT: How Small Firms Can Defuse a Political Threat

ScanMyPhotos.com was profiled in The New York Times “Entrepreneur” column written by Constance Gustke.  Click here to read the February 22, 2017 article.  We were inspired by the story shared by Nicole Morgenthau, owner of Finch Knitting and Sewing Studio in Leesburg, VA.


EXCERPT: Outspoken on Issues


ScanMyPhotos.com has professionally digitized more than 300 million photos

Some online businesses have been fully prepared to court controversy, regardless of the effect on sales.  Mitch Goldstone, co-founder of ScanMyPhotos, an e-commerce company that digitizes family photos, has always taken strong political stances, unafraid of how it could affect his 26-year-old business based in Irvine, Calif.  He even appeared on CNN in 2015, after Mr. Trump declared his candidacy, to explain why he was opposed to him. These actions resulted in hundreds of angry phone calls for a few days, he said.  Still, Mr. Goldstone did not back down from his outspokenness. He offered to scan photos free for all customers for one month if Mr. Trump won the general election.  Mr. Goldstone kept his word. And ScanMyPhotos has now scanned thousands of photos, he said, and won over some Trump supporters as paying customers.  “You have to speak up and have a voice,” said Mr. Goldstone, whose business employs 20 people. “I’m trying to demonstrate the value of integrity. And I need to keep my word.”  Mr. Goldstone also benefits from a huge market. His company has digitized 300 million photos so far, he figures, but 3.5 trillion photos in the country are still in paper form.


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What You Need to Know About Restoring Ripped Photos

Restoring Ripped PhotosTips for restoring damaged photos


It’s one of the worst feelings in the world: that moment when you hear an old print photo rip or tear in your hands. This commonly happens during a photo-scanning project when trying to remove old pictures from an ancient adhesive-lined photo album.


Hindsight is 20/20 and we now know to only store print photos in archival quality albums—however, the damage has been done and now you need to know how to go about restoring ripped photos. This link provides an easy fix for restoring damaged photos


So, what do you do when you try to remove a photo from a sticky situation only to have the thing fall to pieces? Here’s what we suggest:


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How a Mom Honors the Memories of Her Lost Son

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Jackie’s late son Danny posing with Minnie and Mickey at Disney in the fall of 1989.

We snap pictures at the drop of a hat these days. Interesting dinner? Take a picture. Dog in a funny pose? Take a picture. Family snuggled together watching a movie? Take several pictures from every angle imaginable.


But while we’re busy taking these pictures, we rarely stop to think about the importance of each one—or how significant and powerful these photos might one day become.


ScanMyPhotos customer Jackie, however, knows all too well the incredible value photos can have.


“My son Danny passed away in 1990—he was only 12. After I sent my pictures to ScanMyPhotos, I gave two other family members the extra sets so that if anything ever happened, the pictures of Danny would always be around. That’s what I wanted to do the most by scanning my print photos—I needed to preserve his memory.”

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Astrophotography 101: How to Take Pictures of Stars

pictures of starsThe night sky is truly awe-inspiring. We look up to see the vastness of our universe and are greeted by an infinite amount of dim twinkling lights. On a crystal clear night, when the sky is in perfect focus, the first thing many of us want to do is take pictures of stars—aka, astrophotography.


The only downside, however, is the night sky is notoriously difficult to film.


But with the right gear, spot, and settings, anyone can take star pictures so they can show them off on Instagram or keep as a memento for years to come.


Here’s what you’ll need to do:


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