Top 10 Reasons Pictures Are Digitized

A new poll asking why people have their snapshots digitized was just released by ScanMyPhotos.com. Divorce topped the list.


It turns out the only thing easy and inexpensive about divorce is who gets the pictures. At one cent each, scanning all means that everyone can claim it.


photostack1 300x225 - Top 10 Reasons Pictures Are DigitizedWhy people digitize their analog photos is not always a pretty picture. According to a revised study released today by ScanMyPhotos.com, lamentable events in people’s life tops the list of ten leading reasons why people are choosing to have their decades of family memories scanned.


“After an earlier poll of customers, we just asked again. The new results maintained and mirrored those earlier ranking. The poll was motivated by wondering why people digitally archive their generations of family pictures that were previously stored in shoeboxes,” explained Mitch Goldstone, CEO at ScanMyPhotos.



According to ScanMyPhotos, topping the list of ten primary reasons why people want to scan pictures was divorce. “It turns out that the most common reason for scanning pictures is due to divorce and seeking to easily split up photos,” explained Goldstone. ScanMyPhotos digitally “marries” pictures to digital media before a divorce takes it away. And, according to Goldstone, “the only thing easy and inexpensive about divorce is deciding who gets the photos; especially at the new way to have photos preserved for one cent each.”


Divorce, followed by funerals and anxieties over fading photos topped the list, according to Goldstone. 125 people who had their pictures digitized were interviewed in June 2019 and asking why they had their pictures digitally preserved.


TOP TEN REASON WHY PICTURES ARE DIGITIZED



1) Divorce

2) Storing, uploading and sharing on a photo-sharing app

3) Anniversary gift/multi-media presentation

4) Family reunion


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5) Birthday/wedding gift

6) Genealogy/family history project

7) Concern about losing or fading away

8) Funeral/memorial service

9) Preservation from Natural Disaster

10) Other



[Methodology. According to 125 consumers who were polled by ScanMyPhotos in June 2019, the top reason why they chose to have their entire shoeboxes of archived pictures commercially scanned was due to a family divorce].



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WARNING: What’s Wrong with Facebook’s Cryptocurrency? EVERYTHING

Why the most distrusted name in social media running a “currency” will be a regulatory nightmare… and worse. Now Mastercard, Visa, AND Paypal are out!


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ScanMyPhotos Report — Facebook’s new cryptocurrency, Libra, explained

As a top expert on the payment card networks (sued and settled with them in the largest antitrust case in U.S. history) and on Facebook, this report by ScanMYPhotos explains why the ‘trust factor’ may halt Facebook from ever launching Libra Cryptocurrency.


While ScanMyPhotos has digitized 600 million pictures, we were among the first national brands to urge its customers not to upload any of their scanned photos to the photo-sharing platform. This was a tough decision as they indirectly built the demand for our business, as we are content providers. Most of the pictures we have digitized are uploaded by their users.


Facebook Didn’t Fix It’s Data Breaches, So We Are

Why Not Upload Pictures to Facebook


The new Libra Coin is heading towards the same disaster as Facebook’s past odious reputation for privacy breaches and chaos on its social media and photo-sharing platform.



June 25, 2019, NYT excerpt from journalists Nathaniel Popper who covers finance and technology for The New York Times:


“One of the biggest selling points of Facebook’s ambitious plans for its new cryptocurrency, Libra, was that the social media company had 27 partners, including prominent outfits like Visa, Mastercard, and Uber, helping out on the project.”


“But some of those partners are approaching Libra warily. They signed nonbinding agreements to join the effort partly because they knew they weren’t obliged to use or promote the digital token and could easily back out if they didn’t like where it was going, said executives at seven of those companies, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.”



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1) Facebook wants this to happen to get more data to be used for ad targeting


2) Even because Facebook won’t be directly running the wallet app, there will be intense volatility as it is not regulated by currencies and even the U.S. will not permit it to operate in the states



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3) The volatility and lack of trust are why the cryptocurrency is under such fire by government’s worldwide — with Facebook’s reputation it can only get worse. Think of an alcoholic running a liqueur store.


Excerpt by Paul Vigna at The Wall Street Journal:


Lawmakers Push for New Bitcoin Rules. Some legislators see a competitive advantage in fostering cryptocurrencies, the blockchain sector. Read More.


fbcoin2 300x228 - WARNING: What's Wrong with Facebook's Cryptocurrency? EVERYTHINGKey points why Facebook’s digital currency must never happen:


  • If Facebook did with photos what they are planning to do with cryptocurrency, WATCH OUT!;
  • Why Not Upload Pictures to Facebook;
  • While Facebook won’t directly;
  • run its wallet app, the cryptocurrency is without oversight and regulatory compliance that stabilizes regular currencies like the U.S. dollar;
  • This is like a casino, where chips replace money, but real currency needs to be converted into “Facebook money” which their subordinates manage;
  • The burden for LibraCoin is keeping it safe, and nobody has a worse record of keeping data safe than Facebook;
  • The Libra Blockchain is prone to hacking on a level that eclipses every past Facebook breach;
  • Congress has not reviewed the plan and there are no regulations as there are with currencies;
  • It is the wild-wild west where anything can go wrong;
  • While central banks create a market and stability for currencies, cryptocurrencies have a history of alarming price swings;
  • Just like with the credit card associations (MasterCard and Visa)  the Libra Association will face even bigger trust issues, it can use the data collected in any way it desires;
  • Just as Facebook is a threat to protecting its user’s privacy, its proposed Libra Coin is a clear and present threat to the global financial system;
  • While Libra’s value is tied to government-issued currency, the fact that it will not operate in the U.S. speaks volumes about its viability.


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Photo Scanning Reviews: What People Are Saying About ScanMyPhotos

Reviews: What People Are Saying About ScanMyPhotos.com


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Running and navigating a business is tough. But, the best way to identify how you are doing is to ask. At ScanMyPhotos, feedback is critical.


We want to hear the good and bad. A principal reason for our 30-years in business is to constantly seek out input and find out how we are helping people across the world digitize their pictures. Below is a sampling of real customers sharing their feedback. Thank you for all who replied and shared yScanMyPhotos.comLogo 300x100 - Photo Scanning Reviews: What People Are Saying About ScanMyPhotosour comments. We listen, learn and constantly modernize our business based on your feedback. We are so fortunate to have you as part of the ScanMyPhoto’s experience and family.



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Jessica Taylor, March 29, 2020 — Dear ScanMyPhotos team. Thank you again so much for scanning my box of photos at a time of all this crisis. A heartfelt thank you to the person who worked on it and did such a wonderful job. We had a death in the family yesterday. My great-uncle was 94 and lived in England. He’d been in the hospital since November and because of the usual flu season, we weren’t able to travel over and visit him. Now with the coronavirus, we won’t be able to have a funeral in person. The bright spot is because you got the photos scanned we’ll be able to celebrate his life virtually, reliving some of the most precious moments of our visits back and forth over the years. Like the one attached – they came over for a visit to us in Colorado in the early 80s. You can see there are spots on it – if it wasn’t scanned, we might have lost this photo forever. Thank you!!! On behalf of me and my family, we appreciate what you did last week so much. I hope you are all well and staying safe and healthy. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Kind regards, Jessica


Stephen C, Santa Monica, CA, March 3, 2020 — I am a repeat customer, I did a whole bunch of photos about 10 years ago and I figure the technology must’ve gotten better so I want to do them again. You did such a good job last time!


Maggy D, Scottsdale, AZ, February 11, 2020 — I just wanted to say that this was not the first time I used ScanMyPhotos. I looked around at all the options to see if I could find a better quality/price point.

After checking out several companies in a well-researched Top Five (yours was included), I ended up back with you again. I didn’t need fast service, I didn’t need to keep the photos in any order, and I had several sizes that were close in size but not the same size. With your service, I can bundle those that match together and they don’t all have to be exactly the same.

When I took the box to the postal service, I mentioned to the woman waiting on me that I had JUST found out that Costco offers this service and I didn’t even check them out as an option. I told her I probably could have saved some money and her reply was, “Oh well, you’re doing it this way. Just let it go.”

BUT…BEST PART EVER…coming back home, I investigated what Costco offers and found that their price-per-photo was significantly higher than yours, AND for that, they were offering no “Soap” color restoration service, AND they were only accepting a select number of sizes that needed to be exact.

Bottom line: I think your service is THE BEST and I am one happy customer. For quality and price, I wouldn’t think of using any other service. Feel free to use this testimonial any way you wish.


John C. October 29, 2019 — This was a great email. I used ScanMyPhotos a couple of years ago to digitize all the family photos, shoe boxes and albums included, and old 8mm movies and VHS home movies after my parents died. My parents lived in central Florida and I was always worried a hurricane or lightning strike would wipe out the history in their house, but Mom would not let me send the pictures away while she was alive. When I did scan them through ScanMyPhotos and got the DVD drives back, I distributed copies of everything on large 256-GB USB drives to all family members of my generation (four brothers and sisters, plus a few cousins, nephews and nieces). That extra step is critical and worth mentioning. To preserve digital photos for generations to come, you have to scan them, AND THEN scatter them around the country and the family. You can’t just scan them and then put the DVDs back on the shelf next to the photo albums!


Margie N, January 10, 2020 — “I took the scanned photos and turned them into hardbound coffee table books for each family member. It saved me hours of scanning. They make great gifts, keepsake, and family albums.”


Heidi Kay Carson, Jan 20, 2020 — Thank you so much! I received the DVD and am very happy to have all my old photos digitized! Thank you for your great service that was recommended to me by a friend and which I will recommend to a friend too.


Christine Aboudiab, January 19, 2020 — I appreciate ScanMyPhotos. I recently moved from our very large family home to my retirement condo which is very tiny. I unloaded piles and boxes of unneeded things. I kept all the photos and slides and with the intention of copying them myself. I sorted and sorted and looked upon about 20 large packing boxes…I knew I was defeated. I ran across a timely ad for ScanMyPhotos and thought what a deal. I separated my brother’s photos from mine and our family photos, boxed them up and sent them away. Before long I got my photos returned and multiple DVDs. I was a hero with my brothers who received them for Christmas. Great memories…saved forever and with great detail. I am VERY pleased. I am going to weed through more of my boxes and send a few thousand more…I think I could keep them in business by myself!


Shawn M, Greer, SC, January 9, 2020 — “The Scanmyphotos service is great! Lots of options and packages. Pictures in your closet do no one any good if they can’t see them. And who wants to move and store all the pictures; scan them so all your friends and family can see them. Scanmyphotos did a great job; very timely, worked with me and high-quality scanning.”


J. Brown, September 23, 2018 — “You guys are SO awesome! I have three more coming, more after that and tell everyone I know about your company! Thank you!”


David Pogue, November 28, 2019 –“I like ScanMyPhotos.com, which is dirt-cheap and really fast.”


Robert P, June 24, 2019 — Wow, what a great service! Our scanned photos looked great and the turn-around time was quicker than expected. I was nervous about sending my photos out for scanning but everything went great. Thanks for your professional service.


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Scott Kramer, December 13, 2019 — Forbes Magazine: This Photo Scanning Service More Than Delivers. Another pleasant surprise: The excellent quality of the scans. Every photo was vibrant, clear, and color-corrected. We were beyond impressed with the entire service, speed, and quality, and have already recommended it to several friends. It makes a fantastic and affordable holiday gift for a loved one — and helps clean up the house while preserving memories permanently before they fade away.


Corinne, San Diego, July 11, 2018 — With the big fire that just raced through the community of Alpine where I have worked at the elementary school for 30 years, my heart is broken for my friends who had no time to gather any belongings before they evacuated to safer ground. For those that were lucky enough to come out of the hellish inferno with their homes still intact, many of them had major smoke damage to everything including photos and camera equipment and computers. I will do my best with the pack of your business cards I have to spread the ScanMyPhotos word so everyone becomes as prepared as I now am when they have to face wildfire, water or smoke damage to photo memories they had no time to save. I can’t tell you how many tearful families in Alpine are now without years of precious memories of their kids, families and loved ones. I am thankful every day that I found ScanMyPhotos after the devastating Cedar Fire in 2003. It took me a while to complete my digitizing project, but the peace of mind I have now is priceless. Thank you so much for your amazing and companionate service and employees. I’ll spread the word.


Melanie @ Plan For Awesome. Sept 21, 2018 — Convert and Digitize Memories – Movies, Pictures…All of It!


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Charlotte A. Sept 21, 2018 — Speedy service! I did not get them rotated for the extra cost but I recommend that you pay to have them all rotated right side up because I am finding it difficult to rotate them in my program on my computer. Actually, I can rotate them quite easily, but if I close them and open them again, they are back to the original.



June 18, 2019 — Easy to follow directions



Jun 12, 2019 — Used several times, never disappointed



Jun 6, 2019 — Excellent, fast service.



May 30, 2019 –Great service


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May 25, 2019 – I had a few questions and contacted them. They responded quickly and made the order very simple. Fairly quick turn-around time.



May 16, 2019 — Pictures came out great on disk. They did a great job.



May 15, 2019 — They have a great system of communication and keep you up to date at each step. The Customer Service rep I dealt with was friendly.



May 14, 2019 — They have done a great job on the orders I have sent and they are terrific about keeping you informed about the progress of your order.


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The Top 5 Benefits Of Manual Exposure In Photography

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Automatic exposure settings certainly make the photography experience easier, but for those looking to take more creative control, manual exposure is the way to go. Manual settings can be beneficial in a number of photography environments and situations where the goal is to create an image greater than the average assigned in auto. Continue reading

Bring Your Vintage Photos to Life with Vivid-Pix Restore

We’re always on the hunt for awesome photo technology—whether it’s the latest iPhone app or Instagram feature. This week, we had the chance to review Vivid-Pix’s RESTORE software and were amazed at how this easy-to-use program can bring your vintage photos to life.


Who is Vivid-Pix?


The idea for Vivid-Pix started five years ago after the founders came back from a vacation and were dissatisfied with the pictures captured during a scuba diving trip. Every photo looked dull in shades of gray and blue—nothing like the vibrant underwater adventure that was witnessed firsthand. To help bring these photos—and eventually others like them—to life, Vivid-Pix was born.


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There are three products the company offers:



While all three products have their merits, RESTORE is the one that enhances old photos so this review is centered on that particular software.


To test the product, I decided to use my recently scanned family photos as a guinea pig.


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Photo Industry Responds to Apollo Global Management’s Shutterfly, Snapfish Acquisition

Why is Apollo Global Management LLC acquiring Shutterfly Inc. and Snapfish LLC?


During these past years, the photo imaging and gifting industry have been jounced by a tsunami-like wave of disruptive technologies that have affected every category — from how pictures are captured, saved and shared.



How we used to share pictures is unraveling.  Think back to the days of developing film to how photographs are now instantly taken and shared.


WTOP: Apollo will pay $1.7 billion for Shutterfly, plus assume $900 million in Shutterfly debt. It will pay a reported $300 million for Snapfish.


Making photo albums and other gifting products from pictures needs a disrupter. Apollo’s capital is that vehicle to fuel innovation and reinvent the industry. The concern is that the two companies were not acquired by a photo industry executive insider. A person passionate or knowledgable in this space. What does Apollo know about e-commerce, photo imaging, online fulfillment and most importantly … CUSTOMER SERVICE?

 

PetaPixel: Apollo Global Management LLC (AGM), an American private equity firm, has agreed to acquire online photo hosting and printing platforms  Shutterfly and Snapfish in a multi-billion dollar deal. Read more


Today, the aggregate of new ways to share pictures has eclipsed the prior business models. While Shutterfly was the captain of innovation, with its acquisition by Apollo and merging with Snapfish, a renewed opportunity is at hand.


InfoTrends: Two Online Photo Giants to Become One with Shutterfly/Snapfish Acquisitions. InfoTrends has been predicting for years that the photo output market would continue to consolidate, as some online vendors have shut down or been absorbed by competitors and retailers have scaled down in-store photo operations. The latest announcement is possibly the most dramatic yet, as longtime competitors Shutterfly and Snapfish have both been acquired and will be combined into one company.


The agreement to acquire both companies lends confidence to the entire photo imaging industry. The real opportunity is that Shutterfly and Snapfish will become private companies to better and more quickly inspire real innovation.


Funds Managed by Affiliates of Apollo Global Management Announce the Acquisition of Shutterfly, Inc. in an All-Cash Transaction Valued at $2.7 Billion


At ScanMyPhotos.com, as content providers for all photo-sharing apps and photo product businesses, this is a golden opportunity for added growth. Their challenge is our solution. Most historical pre-digital family photos are still archived and hidden away in shoeboxes. 35mm slides and film negatives are also fading away from the ravages of time.


ScanMyPhotos is excited for this new opportunity to help and provide billions of pre-digital content to Shutterfly and Snapfish. These years of news profiles showcase how ScanMyPhotos can help by digitizing every pre-digital photo to help grow and excites the market for consumers.


WSJ: Apollo Global Management LLC is buying Shutterfly Inc. and Snapfish LLC, which the private-equity giant plans to combine to create a bigger player in online-photo services.


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Picturing Major Life Events – Part 6: Managing Memories through Separation or Divorce

divorceLife is hard to plan for. Seasons change, things happen, and time wears on. But when a major life event occurs, you need to make sure you’re able to see the big picture.


This is why we’re creating a series of posts on the tips and tricks to help manage major life events. These events range from something as simple as spring cleaning (and how it can affect your entire life) to as complicated as divorce or separation. And, of course, we’ll help you determine what to do with those old print photos at every step of the way.


Part 1: Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks
Part 2: Moving and Packing Tips and Tricks
Part 3: Getting Married and Combining Families 
Part 4: Starting and Growing a Family
Part 5: Ancestry Research and Genealogy


Part 6: Managing Memories through Separation or Divorce


In a recent poll, we asked our customers what was the #1 reason for having their photos scanned and digitized. As it turns out, the need to evenly divide memories due to a separation or divorce was the major motivating factor.


For us here at ScanMyPhotos, we often get questions regarding managing memories during a separation or divorce. We do our best to provide professional and helpful customer service for anyone who is going through tough times—and we stick to our policies during the most delicate of situations. However, in order to make the process a much smoother experience for everyone involved, we pulled together the following tips.


Remember that everyone can receive (and replicate) digital copies


It is far easier to split photos down the middle than it is to divide up any other physical assets. The reason being is that you can easily scan, digitize, and even reprint the photos you’ve accumulated together throughout the years. This way, no one has to walk away with only half of the memories—both parties can have digital access to the photos and keep them for years to come.  Continue reading

Poll: Divorce #1 Reason People Digitize Family Photos

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Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond wrote this in the New York Times Style Section about: “I’ve Shed the Emotional Baggage of Divorce. But What About All This Stuff? When a bonfire is not an option.” Read more.


For us at ScanMyPhotos, the business of supporting people during a divorce is emotional, highly delicate and sensitive. When it comes to who keeps the family pictures, we share how you can observe civility and evenly share those memories from happier times?



The only thing inexpensive and amiable about a marital split is who gets to keep the memories pictured in photographs. The in-laws, “outlaws” and everyone in the family can easily get archived digital copies from all their photos.


All too often, we hear about friends, relatives, and celebrities calling it quits to their marriage, which evokes a very common question, who gets the family pictures?


In today’s all-digital world, the answer is as simple as a press of the button to easily share everything electronically. But, what about those decades-past analog photos, 35mm slides, and film negatives? That task is much more arduous, and often enters a caustic battle over who gets to retain the family pictures.



During the past two months, ScanMyPhotos.com has conducted an outreach campaign asking people why they digitize pictures? The answers from 940 respondents were across the board– from the expected family reunions, anniversaries, and even memorial services. The second most popular reason why people digitize pictures is due to all the popular photo-sharing apps, like Google Photos, Instagram, and Twitter.


However, in a heavy-hearted reaction, the most common reason people digitize pictures is due to a separation, where a couple needs to divide their possessions. This is often followed by combative discussions, which occasionally end up costing thousands in legal fees. And, that is before a single picture is digitized. It is highly emotional. Reexamining pictures from yesteryear and happier times is a particularly sensitive undertaking.


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