Why PictureKeeper® Scored Our Top Tech Gadget

TOP TECH PHOTO GADGET IS PICTURE KEEPER


As part of our month-long series of top tech gadgets to inspire many to revisit decades-past photos, ScanMyPhotos scoured many tech products to provide the best of the best. Our favorite is Picture Keeper to protect all your data and free up vital storage space on your devices. And, it’s super affordable and simple to use. The best part is we think you’ll enjoy how fun it is to use. And follow them on Twitter for updates and deals.


Update: No internet required! There’s nothing like being on vacation and needing to clear space off of your phone, right? Picture Keeper Connect for iPhone lets you skip internet access by allowing you to backup anywhere and everywhere.


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pw1 300x169 - Why PictureKeeper® Scored Our Top Tech GadgetPicture Keeper isn’t the cloud, it isn’t a hard drive, it isn’t just a flash drive. Picture Keeper is a solution. They embed intuitively brilliant and easy to navigate software onto their custom flash drives. Picture Keeper gets you started protecting your photo files quickly and offers a wide variety of drive sizes to fit whatever your photo needs may be.


 


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Here’s what makes Picture Keeper great:

    • Initial backup finds all of your pictures. Just click “Start Backup”.
    • Future backups only save newly added pictures.
    • When one Picture Keeper fills up, the next one picks up where the last left off.
    • Free software updates included.
  • SKIPS DUPLICATES! Free Print out of every duplicate photo file location.

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Here are several helpful tips from Picture Keeper:

    • 5 iPhone photo Shortcut Tools


With the Picture Keeper Connect App, you can back up your photos videos and contacts. Download your password-protected backup onto your computer at your convenience. Perfect for backing up those photos from your weekend getaway, or simply creating a backup of your device just in case!

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Photo Scanning and the 300 vs 600 DPI Myth

In Most Cases, Why 150 DPI Image Resolution Is All You Need


Before delving into the 300 vs 600 DPI photo resolution myth, from the 600 million pictures digitized at ScanMyPhotos. We have an important insight. Most people scanning pictures are primarily just uploading to social media photo-sharing apps, where 150 DPI is ideal. That is what we launched ONE CENT PHOTO SCANNING.



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When discussing the resolution of digital images, far too often people get hung up focusing on DPI (or PPI) as a way to measure the size and quality of a digital image. This may sound completely wrong to you, but the DPI of an image has nothing to do with digital image quality. The reason? A digital image’s resolution is expressed as it’s pixel dimensions, either as pixels by pixels or the often heard keyword, megapixels. So why do people get hung up on DPI? The simple reason is that when it comes to printing, DPI actually IS the measure of quality. Confusing, right?



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Click on each image below. Can you tell the difference?


1,000 DPI image

1,000 DPI

10 DPI image

10 DPI image


You should be saying to yourself, “They look exactly the same.” Both are 600 x 900 pixels, both saved at the exact same 20% compression rate but they have vastly different DPI values. So why isn’t there a visual difference? As noted above, digital image quality is measured by the number of pixels in an image, either by the pixel dimensions or the megapixel value. In this case, they are both 0.5-megapixel images since they have the exact same pixels dimensions (600 x 900 pixels).



For standard uploading to social media photo-sharing sites, standard 150 DPI is ideal.


Now, if you want to discuss the DPI of a digital image, YOU MUST ALSO assign a physical size to it. You can’t simply say, “This image is 200 dpi.” You have to say something like “This image is 200 dpi at 4 inches by 6 inches.” It is important to remember that a digital image has no absolute size or resolution. Think about this, when do you typically discuss DPI? The answer you should be thinking about is “When I want to print the image.” This is where DPI comes into play because a printer may output at 150 dpi, 200 dpi or 300 dpi and each would require a different file size to print the optimum print. You may also be thinking that you discuss DPI when you scan a photo, but we will get to that later. For uploading to social media, 150 dpi is adequate.


The issue that causes all this confusion is that many users interpret a photo editing program’s reference to DPI as a measure of “resolution” but this is actually the displaying the OUTPUT or printing resolution, not the resolution of the digital image. Has this happened to you: You had your photos scanned by ScanMyPhotos but when you open the file in Photoshop, it says that it is 72 dpi and you clearly paid for 600 dpi? Before you start writing a strongly worded letter to ScanMyPhotos, look at the width and height? Does it show that the photo is 50″ by 33″? We all know you did not send a 3 foot by 4-foot photo for scanning so what happened? Nearly all monitors can only display 72 dpi so most programs default to showing 72 dpi.



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So, when working in Photoshop, for example, the first thing you want to do when looking at File->Image Size is to TURN RESAMPLE IMAGE OFF. If you then turn your attention to the rest of the dialog box, you can see it connects Resolution, Height, and Width together while Pixel Dimensions is separate and uneditable from the Document Size. As long as you have Resample Image turned off if you change any one of the values for Width, Height or Resolution you simultaneously change the other two, but the Pixel Dimensions will always remain the same. As the resolution goes up, the width and height go down, and vice versa, because a digital image has no absolute size or resolution. All it has is a certain number of pixels in each dimension that will be displayed on a monitor or screen. Click on the image below for a detailed look at the relationship between size and DPI and how it doesn’t affect the actual pixels in the image.

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Oprah Magazine Spring Cleaning Tip on Photo Scanning

Did you ever hear the term “The Oprah Effect?”

According to a Google search, it is “a phenomenon resulting from the extensive power and influence of the television personality, Oprah Winfrey, in which products and celebrities that receive her endorsement achieve the greatest heights of popularity and success. For example, books mentioned in connection with her book club have become immediate best sellers.”

We can confirm the power of being profiled by Oprah and Oprah Magazine is real. This article on Spring cleaning just happened, and the orders for digitizing pictures were immediate. We actually noticed the article due to orders flying in. We ask customers how they heard about us? The answer: “O Mag.”

Excerpt: Camera roll. While you’ve got your phone out, take a trip down memory lane to organize your photos and free up some memory space. While you’re at it, you can even use a service like scanmyphotos.com to digitize any old family pics or special mementos, like the kids’ best art projects.

20 Spring Cleaning Tips for People Who Hate Chores. Here’s the secret to getting it all done.

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Digitize pictures to preserve your memories and unclutter your home as a fun and emotional Spring Cleaning project
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Excerpt from Oprah Magazine, February 2019

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Photo Organizing with ScanMyPhotos, the Review

Photo Scanning Review

Amy Slenker-Smith, the organizer and unclutter expert who publishes Simply Enough, shares here project to digitize pictures and details how she handled it by using ScanMyPhotos.com.

Excerpt: Perhaps you have a pile that looks like this? Fear not, you can turn this into organized digital photo albums to share with friends and family.

Several years ago, I owned 12+ photo boxes. By sorting and purging, the very best photos went to a few archival quality albums. Thousands of pictures were thrown away….yes, in the trash. Even baby pictures and wedding photos!

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Do you have a box of black and white family photos tucked away somewhere? Are you unsure of the people in them? Unfortunately, passed down photographs rarely include important details.

My Grandma Alice was a rare exception. She detailed information on photos and sorted them into envelopes for her kids. My cousins and I spent hours looking through them. What a gift she left us years later. Inspired by her efforts, I scanned the photos including this info and her handwriting as well.

If you prefer, use a Scanning Service such as ScanMyPhotos. I love this service. With my box of 1,800 photos, I had a great experience! I opted for “Scan in Order” which was well worth the additional cost to maintain the labels I created.

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In The News: Top ScanMyPhotos Profiles and Reviews

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Archives for a sampling of news profiles and reviews. What people, photography and tech experts are saying about the innovations and history of ScanMyPhotos.com


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ABC NEWS TECH TIME SCANMYPHOTOS REVIEW

Don’t lose your old photos to death, divorce, or disaster.  How to digitize your photos, negatives and slides.

“Weekly ABC News Tech” host, Francie Black who is one of the most sought after experts at CES, just filed this report on the urgency to digitize your pictures. As host of the popular “Tech Time” TV series — sharing the latest gadgets and helpful tech innovations — Francie’s work had been featured in Nasdaq commercials, LA Times Newspaper, Detroit News, Information Week, eCommerce Business Daily, Fox 2 Working Women segment, Crain’s, Investors Business Daily…. She is also the author of iPadWisdom (subscribe here).

 
Francie Black: Don’t lose precious photographs to disasters. Some of our most precious memories are stored in shoeboxes and with the recent fires in California and hurricanes and floods in North Carolina, millions of precious family photo memories were lost forever. If you have hundreds of old photos, slides and negatives you can easily digitize them using the ScanMyPhoto service.
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“Don’t lose precious photographs to disasters. Some of our most precious memories are stored in shoeboxes and with the recent fires in California and hurricanes and floods in North Carolina, millions of precious family photo memories were lost forever. If you have hundreds of old photos, slides, and negatives you can easily digitize them using the ScanMyPhotos.com service.”

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“I spoke with Mitch Goldstone, co-founder, and CEO of ScanMyPhotos.com He said that the average person has over 5000 photos stored in their home and that the greatest time for copying photos is when there is a death of a grandparent, parent or family member or when there is a divorce in the family. And, if a disaster happens then it is too late. So, think about preserving your photos as you do your spring cleaning. This is an easy and affordable solution for digitizing and preserving priceless memories.”

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WashPost: Marie Kondo Says Throw Away Pictures, We Agree, AFTER Scanning

Geoffrey Fowler (Washington Post): “What happened when I told Marie Kondo I have a better, higher-tech method of tidying up”

Sparking Controversy Rather than “Joy”

Technology columnist, Geoffrey A. Fowler at The Washington Post reports in his consumer tech column about disagreeing with the unclutter and ‘tiding up” superstar, Marie Kondo. While it is OK to discard clothing and other household items that do not ‘spark joy’ when it comes to your decades of nostalgic photos, there is the first step. Digitize your pictures. “Precious memories don’t need to go into dusty photo albums or the trash. They should go online.”

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“Marie Kondo argues you should only keep what sparks joy, but The Post’s Geoffrey A. Fowler says that using the cloud to keep all your things is life-changing.”

Excerpt:

But in a world where a smartphone rarely leaves your side, getting rid of material possessions doesn’t have to mean getting rid of memories. The digital camera is as powerful a cleaning tool as a Hefty 30-gallon trash bag.

Souvenirs: Snap, toss. Recipes: Snap, toss. I’ve even said goodbye to old clothes this way, such as my first concert T-shirt. (It was En Vogue, who surely would support freeing your mind of the clutter.)

The problem the cloud can most help solve is piles of photos and papers. You can buy a scanner, or Google has a free and simple Photo Scan app for phones. Easier yet: Try mail-away services that digitize photos for as little as 8 cents per photo, such as ScanMyPhotos.com and ScanCafe.com. Side benefit: Turning old photos digital keeps them safe from fire, floods and further yellowing.

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The ScanMyPhotos.com corporate headquarters in Irvine, California digitizes upwards of 300,000 each day, each one of these professional photo digitizers scans 12,000 each hour.
The prepaid fill-the-box photo scanning service holds about 1,800 photos.
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600,000,000 pictures have been professionally digitized in this building to help unclutter your lifetime of pictures. The average households has 5,500 pre-digital pictures and there are 3 1/2 trillion still analog photos to preserve before discarding, after saving on the cloud.
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