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

digitize photosWhy and How to Digitize Photos For Future Generations. It’s This Easy


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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How to Prepare for #CES2019

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ScanMyPhotos CEO, Mitch Goldstone at CES

Take it from us, as this will be our 28th time visiting Las Vegas in early January for the annual CES – The Global Stage for Innovation.


Formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, the annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is home to the top gadgets and technologies that will become commonplace in your homes and lives.


The keynote presentations and gathering of nearly 200,000 techies is pure inspiration and magic.



CES.tech features scheduling tools, exhibitor directories and important show information and discounts that will help you make the most out of your time in Las Vegas. Now is the time to book your hotel, sign up for a curated show tour, order discounted Monorail tickets and more.



Make the most of every moment of your time at CES by taking a tour of the show floor guided by one of our subject matter experts. Choose from a variety of options presented by our official tour contractor, StoryTech™, whose team of industry insiders will help you navigate your way through the latest technology trends that will have the most impact on your business goals.



Each year, ScanMyPhotos.com attends for engaging with other tech executives, the media and to walk the cavernous trade show halls, especially Eureka Park to be inspired by the next new-new entrepreneurial marvels.



Not to be missed are the corporate keynotes showcasing the top global industry leaders, offering insider insights into the technologies changing our industry and our lives.


CES 2019 Speakers


The CES conference program spotlights technology’s most influential leaders as partners and speakers, sharing insights on premiere technologies and what will continue to redefine the industry in the future



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DJI Osmo Pocket: The Most Innovative, Smartest Camera EVER Invented!

OK. Here is the thing. As avid photo and camera experts, we have never seen anything more innovative than the new brand extension to the top-selling drones by DJI. They repurposed their gimbal and camera technology for the smartest teeny-tiny vertical ever seen.




This is the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera DJI has ever designed, the compact and intelligent Osmo Pocket turns any moment into a cinematic memory. Measuring in at just under five inches long, this tiny stabilized vlogging camera is certainly an impressive piece of kit, boasting the smallest three-axis gimbal in DJI history.

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[Photos courtesy of DJI


The DJI Osmo Pocket is so compact it fits inside your pocket. At 4.8″ tall and weighing 0.25 lb, the Pocket is the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera from DJI.  It may also be the smallest mechanical gimbal available on the market. Can you imagine if back in the 1800s George Eastman saw it, or even Steve Jobs in the 1970s? Despite its pocket portability and small stature, the Pocket packs innovations the likes of which nobody has ever seen before. Not even James Bond (his crazy-cool back-in-the-day camera was a Minox).


The Osmo Pocket has a 3-axis gimbal atop a tiny little rectangular piece – the whole unit is about the size of a large fork or one-third the size of a smartphone. It’s crazy small.



DJI Osmo Pocket Product Highlights


  • Gimbal Camera with 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor
  • Compact 4.1 oz, 4.8″ High Design
  • Up to 4K Video at 60 fps, up to100 Mb/s
  • 12MP JPEG or DNG RAW Still Photos
  • Handle with Retractable Extension
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Monitoring & Control
  • POV, ActiveTrack & FaceTrack Modes
  • Standard Time-Lapse & Motion-lapse
  • NightShot & 3 x 3 Panorama Modes

Prior to the DJI Osmo Pocket Camera, and next to smartphone camera technology, we have to look way back to the Minox A/IIIs camera–was used by George Lazenby in the movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969).


The original Minox subminiature camera was invented by Walter Zapp in 1936. He wanted to create a portable camera that would fit easily into the palm of the hand and yet take high quality, spontaneous pictures. The Minox subminiature camera, in its various models, was for years the world’s most widely used spy camera. The ultralight aluminum shell Minox A/IIIs was produced from 1955 until 1969. Because of its small size (82 x 28 x 16 mm!), it was easy to conceal and operate in one hand. It could take excellent photographs of documents at close range and was a natural for clandestine photography. [Source: http://www.jamesbondlifestyle.com]



 

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Digtal Imaging Reporter: The Last Word: It Is Not a Pretty Picture

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Digital Imaging Reporter: The Last Word: It Is Not a Pretty Picture

Digital Imaging Reporter is the ONLY print trade magazine in the imaging industry, reaching over 15,000 retailers, mass merchants, Internet buyers, distributors and key executives at every major manufacturer, and it truly remains “Focused on the Business of Imaging.”


This “Last Word” commentary by ScanMyPhotos.com CEO, Mitch Goldstone discusses the state of photo scanning and some challenges to be on the lookout for.



IMG 3450 300x105 - Digtal Imaging Reporter: The Last Word: It Is Not a Pretty PictureExcerpt: We all went through a typhoon-like ordeal when film transitioned to digital. Creativity and reinvention revitalized the photography industry and spared many. Every photographer and everyone with decades of still-analog snapshots understands the effects from today’s all-digital world. It is not a pretty picture.


The race to digitize is on. Yet, along the way there were missteps. Navigating the learning curve was a long road with many obstacles. The good news is the business of photography boasts so many new players, products and services. Just look each January at Las Vegas. CES – The Global Stage for Innovation bustles with beyond-imaginative new ways to celebrate photography. Thanks also to online photo-sharing sites and social media platforms, the luster of the golden age of pictures never sparkled brighter.

Read the full article here


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Don’t Let Politics Ruin the Holidays (Again)

thanksgivingtable 300x200 - Don’t Let Politics Ruin the Holidays (Again)In the age of Trump, how to create healthy discourse during the holidays by sharing nostalgic family photos, rather than waging a political minefield of bellicose bickering


A family is thicker than water – except in this post-2016 election era. How many of you walked away from nine punishing rounds of political “discourse” during Christmas last year, vowing never to speak to your once-favorite cousin or idiotic brother-in-law ever again?



If the data is any indication, a lot of us cut visits short or avoided Christmas, Hannukah and the holidays altogether. In a paper, M. Keith Chen of UCLA and Ryne Rohla of Washington State University, politically divided families avoided each since the election. Using smartphone data, the researchers determined where people live versus where they spent Christmas – and how long they stayed. Then they collected 2016 presidential voting data at the precinct level to approximate political leanings.



pic6 300x199 - Don’t Let Politics Ruin the Holidays (Again)The results were startling. Compared to 2015, Democratic voters were about 5 percent less likely than Republicans to travel for Thanksgiving in 2016. Those who did travel did not significantly shorten their visits to Republican hosts. Republicans were more likely to travel to a distant for Christmas and holiday dinners, but they shortened their visits by over 40 minutes. Visits were also shortened proportionally to the number of political ads aired in the traveler’s home media market. For every thousand political ads, visits were shortened by 1.5 minutes. In Florida, that resulted in a 1.2-hour reduction in holiday time for politically divided families.



Given the divisive political climate, we continue to live in, things might not be much different this year. So, the big question is, how do we cross that divide? How do we enjoy a calm and (mostly) Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and holiday season dinners? How do we get through Christmas without resorting to sword fights with rolls of wrapping paper? How do we survive – and maybe even heal – our broken families?


The effect of partisanship and political advertising on close family ties


Agree ahead of time to focus the conversation on what binds you together: your shared family history. Revisit photos and home movies from yesteryear. Put together a slideshow of digitized photos and display it on your TV. Ask everyone to bring their favorite family memories to share over dinner. If you have a family historian, request that they tote along the big photo album that contains images going back generations. (And let them know that they don’t have to bring along great-grandma’s fruit cake recipe this year.)


Our photo scanning company has digitized more than 600 million family photos, and we often hear from customers about how much these photos mean to them, how many memories they conjured, how many new stories they got to hear from great-grandma because the photos jogged her memory.


  • Pull out the photos
  • Share the stories from the past, but not politics
  • Maybe instead of shrieking and whooping at each other, reminisce
  • Instead of lunging at each other, laugh
  • Instead of screaming at each other, cry together
  • How far would you travel for that kind of togetherness?

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Published by, Mitch Goldstone, President & CEO, ScanMyPhotos.com

 

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