Comparing photo scanning apps to professional digitizing

Are scanning photos at 72 dpi good enough?

Let’s start by saying we celebrate the competition. With trillions of pre-digital photos to scan and all our shared passion to help many preserve their nostalgic photo memories, there is room for all.  But, when it comes to using those photo scanning apps, there is a capacious challenge. the resolution in which pictures are scanned. Is 72 dpi enough? No.

From a recent Lifewire profile explaining how Google PhotoScan works, Jerri Ledford shared this advisory and that according to her, Google Photos’ PhotoScan app digitizes mages at just 72 dpi (pixels per inch):

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ScanMyPhotos launched one cent photo (social media) scanning at 150 dpi, (archival) 300 dpi, and (professional 600 dpi scanning for pictures. 35mm slide scanning and film negative scanning are also popular services.

Photo Scanning and the 300 vs 600 DPI Myth — Why In Most Cases 150 DPI Image Resolution Is All You Need.

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What’s New at the Samsung AI Lab? Animated Videos From a Picture

How to transform still photos into moving images?  

You know we are always on the hunt for crazy-smart innovations from the world of photography. This tops our list. Thanks to the Samsung AI Labs, they have created a fun way to turn a single photograph into a moving video.

First, you could “puppet” or morph anyone’s face using “Deepfakes” technology onto another person’s body–using a single photo for reference. Now you can create motion from a photograph. Learn and study a photo to learn movement. One shot learning from a single frame is possible, but if you have a series of similar pictures, the results are enhanced.

Excerpt from Devin Coldewey, writer & photographer at Fast Company:

Machine learning researchers have produced a system that can recreate lifelike motion from just a single frame of a person’s face, opening up the possibility of animating not just photos but also paintings. It’s not perfect, but when it works, it is — like much AI work these days — eerie and fascinating.



The model is documented in a paper published by Samsung AI Center, which you can read here on Arxiv. It’s a new method of applying facial landmarks on a source face — any talking head will do — to the facial data of a target face, making the target face do what the source face does.

Thanks to Samsung Electronics for this smart Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovative developed from its C-Lab (Creative Lab). Imaging from the 600 million pictures digitized at — for people around the world — what they can now do to make their nostalgic memories pop and transform back to life?

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Because Family Photos Are Priceless, How to Make ‘Em Last Forever

Tips for preserving your pre-digital photo snapshots

Like a memory, a photograph is a frozen moment, stolen from the grasp of time. A collection of photos is a visual history of your family, your friends, and your life.

photostack2 219x300 - Because Family Photos Are Priceless, How to Make 'Em Last ForeverMost of us cherish our photos. That’s why we keep them safely stored in the attic, the basement, under our beds or in a drawer. If we’re really ambitious, we put our favorites on display, either on the wall or in photo albums or scrapbooks. But are they really safe?

As a photo restoration and photo retouching company, we deal with thousands of important photos that have been damaged due to a wide variety of unforeseen problems. Photo restoration is something to remedy problems that we’d all be better preventing.

If you read the previous article, “What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt Your Photos,” you know some of a photograph’s natural enemies. Read on to find out where and how to store your photos.


Uninsulated attics and basements are the wrong answer. The extreme temperature and humidity swings in an attic will make your photographic paper crack, and the moisture of a basement is often off the relative humidity scale. In case of disaster, the basement is the first place that gets flooded, and the attic is bound to go up in smoke.

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photostack1 300x225 - Because Family Photos Are Priceless, How to Make 'Em Last ForeverThe key is to find a cool, dry area of your home that is protected from violent changes of temperature. The ideal climate for photos is below about 68° Fahrenheit and under 50% relative humidity.

If that sounds a bit like a safe-deposit box at your bank, you may be right. Especially for one-of-a-kind photos, there is no safer place. But it’s not a practical choice. Your photos will be safe if you store them in a cool, dry area of your home.


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Before you hang that photo on the wall, make sure it’s safe from the sun. Direct exposure to sunlight can cause your photographs to fade in just a few years. If there’s no other option, you can either buy a special filter to protect the image or just hang a copy on the wall and keep the original safely stored.

If you’re into scrapbooking, be highly selective. Most photo albums should be avoided like the plague. Even some materials marketed as ‘archival’ contain acids, adhesives, rubbers or other materials that will eventually destroy your photos.

If preservation is more important than presentation, consider storing your photographs in special envelopes, safe plastic sleeves or an enameled-steel storage cabinet. Those treasures are worth the effort and the expense.


The best way to save your valuable photos maybe by eliminating the paper altogether. Consider making digital images of all your photos. Unlike emulsion-based prints, digital images don’t fade, erode or crack. In theory, they’ll last forever – or at least as long as we have access to the right technology. If you choose this route, you should consider storing a backup copy off-site. Several options are available on the web. Your local photo restoration experts can likely burn your photo restoration or intact photos to CD for a small charge.

It’s a lot easier to wipe off a CD or download your backup than it is to repair a pile of images damaged in a flood or fire.

Family Reunion Tips:   

From The Photo Detective Podcast

8 Ways to Fix Water Damaged Photos – Don’t Panic!


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What Is The Best Way To Clean 35mm Slides and Film Negatives?

Before scanning your slides and film negatives, here’s an easy DIY tip to clean it first

While Kodak’s Digital ICE, which is used for slide and negative scanning at, does help remove unwanted dust and scratches, it is only designed to remove a moderate amount. If your film and slides are very dirty or dusty, it is in your best interest to clean them prior to sending them in to be scanned. Here are some recommended easy to achieveslide scanner tips:

  • Purchase a soft, anti-static cleaning cloth or microfiber cloth, like those used for cleaning lenses and gently clean each slide and negative.

  • Gently wipe the film negative and slides from one side to the other.

  • Careful. Watch for abrasive material, like sand, which should be gently blown off the negative before wiping with the dust cloth.

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  • Canned air is preferred. For 35mm mounted slides, remove the film from its plastic or cardboard casing before wiping to avoid just brushing dust to the edges of the slide.

  • FOR ADVANCED USERS: Find an alcohol-based film cleaner and compressed photographic gas at a photography store or online.

  • The film cleaner should have a neutral pH and not contain any water.

  • Cotton pads can be purchased at any drugstore. Pour the film cleaner on a cotton pad and spread it on the negative. A light touch and a steady hand will help preserve your film and prevent scratching.

  • Use the compressed gas to blow off cotton fibers and dry the film cleaner. The negative should now be free from non-water-based stains.

More Frequently Asked Slide Scanning Questions

More Frequently Asked Film / Negative Scanning Questions

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8 Ways to Fix Water Damaged Photos – Don’t Panic!

Water damage from Hurricanes” Don’t panic!

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One of the most common photo restoration requests we get is to fix one form or another of water damage.

Whether it’s from a natural disaster, humidity, or more severe contact with water, water damage brings us a lot of photo restoration business. We’d prefer to keep your family photos intact in the first place. Details on how to repair your damaged photos.

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Whether your house was flooded or caught fire, your prized photos have probably suffered from water damage. The first rule of handling water-damaged photos? Don’t Panic! You may be able to salvage many or all of your pictures. You might want to contact a photo conservation professional or consult a book on the subject, but here are a few tips:

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8 tips for restoring water damaged photos

  • Don’t let the photos dry out! As your photographs dry, they will stick to each other and any other materials they may be in contact with. You’ll find it impossible to pull them apart without causing potentially irreparable damage.

  • Get to work as soon as possible. Your photographs shouldn’t stay wet for more than two or three days. Now is a good time to recommend having a friend (or photo restoration expert) scan the images before you try pulling anything apart or before doing anything that will further damage the photos.

  • While you’re working on your photos, store them in a container full of cold, clean tap water; the colder the better. Don’t add chlorine to the water, but change the water every day. The chlorine in tap water is enough to prevent the growth of fungi and other biological threats.

  • Rinse your photos in a container of cold, clear running water. Don’t run the water directly onto the photos, because that could damage the chemical emulsion, causing permanent damage. Keep rinsing them until the run-off water is clear.

  • Carefully remove your photographs or negatives from the water, taking the smallest quantity possible. Pull them out of their wrappers and gently separate them. DO NOT FORCE THEM APART. Separate as many as possible before returning them to the cold water and starting on another batch. Repeat the separate-soak cycle as many times as necessary. However, sometimes you may not be able to separate materials without forcing the issue. In those cases, you will probably have to just accept the corresponding damage.

  • Once your materials are separated, store them in water until you can wash them individually, using cold, clean running water. Use cotton balls, a soft cotton cloth or a soft foam rubber brush to remove foreign objects if needed. Rinse your photographs or negatives one more time after cleaning is complete.

The Time To Digitize Photos is Before a Wildfire or Hurricane

  • Hang-dry prints and negatives from a clothesline. Make sure they will not be exposed to dust. As an option, special solutions are available that facilitate uniform, spot-free drying when applied to negatives and slides.

  • If your prints curl while drying, wet the paper side (NOT the emulsion!) with a moist sponge and place each one between two pieces of acid-free paper or photo blotters, and leave them under a flat, heavy object for a day or two.

You can also learn more about modern photo restoration in our next article, “When Disaster Strikes.”

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Best Way To Market and Promote Your Business

The #1 Top Marketing Technique to Grow Your Company

IMG 7233 300x106 - Best Way To Market and Promote Your BusinessThis is the age-old question for every business. Way back when we began in 1990, it was all about buying the biggest ad in the local Yellow Pages. Years later it was crafting an elevator pitch, collaborating, networking, creating buzz and of course asking for referrals.

Then came newspaper and radio advertising. Followed by buying top postings on Google, investing in Google Adwords and with Facebook paid placement.

All that has been eclipsed by a single strategy that is the cornerstone of our company. Stop. Pause. Evaluate and identify your story to package it in a very brief narrative. What is your sizzle, the secret sauce that sparks a reaction and gets emotional? It is all about having a unique selling proposition to make you stand out. Your story?

Our story is just four words in length: ONE CENT PHOTO SCANNING.

At we explore this question every day.  The answer and fuel to promote your business is all about reaching the media with something so brief and compelling that they instantly start typing and then publish.

After years of toil and testing, worked to innovate with a new way to digitize pictures that sparks immediate attention. This is how One Cent Photo Scanning was pioneered.

But whatever you decide is your unique selling proposition, make sure that it is not just ten times, but a hundred times better than anything else. And keep it as simple as this for having pictures digitized for a penny each. Make sure whatever you are promoting is a click away from placing the order and checking out.

If this was a cooking show, as the host reaches into the oven to pull out the finished entree, this is what they would show. The ScanMyPhotos story as revealed by the media.

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Smartest Innovation in Celebrating Family and Photography is Confetti

Why we are raving on Confetti — the most innovative way to share stories and create unique photo albums.

Here’s the thing. Beyond scanning pictures, one of the top questions we receive is “what next? How to share and use the newly digitized pictures?  One of our smartest answers is a company we are raving on.

Confetti, is a milestone company that is the catalyst for storytelling and connecting multigenerational families together to share pictures and create very unique photo books. It is a natural next step after pictures are scanned. This digital tool helps compile photos, text and other content to celebrate moments in people’s lives.

It begins here as you upload photos, messages, and memories to create affordable photo books and digital slideshows. Photo books begin at $15. You can invite as many people as you want and there is no limit on contributors.

  • Create — Set up your project for the person you’re celebrating by giving it a title and cover photo.
  • Invite — Invite their friends and family to contribute photos and messages into the Confetti platform.
  • Give — Confetti automatically creates a beautiful photo book and a digital slideshow of their memories to share.
  • Collaboration — Quickly and easily gather content from a whole community of people in one place.
  • Shareability — With the digital slideshow, you can easily share the final product with all your collaborators.
  • Simplicity — As soon as you accept content, it’s added into your bookmaker.

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Click to order and create your Confetti today

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Deseret News: “Why it’s a good idea to digitize your old family photos and how to do it”

More news on digitizing photos was just published by Utah’s Deseret News.

Excerpt reported by Trent Toone:

SALT LAKE CITY — Countless irreplaceable family memories were lost last year due to natural disasters around the world.

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Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of, believes the loss of old family photos is preventable.

“The need to digitize pictures is more relevant than ever due to the hurricanes and natural disasters,” he said in an email to the Deseret News. “This is 100 percent preventable if pictures are scanned and uploaded to the cloud.”

Goldstone’s company has digitized more than 600 million pictures since it started in 1990 and was recently mentioned in the The Washington Post and on as a recommended source for scanning photos.

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