Martha Stewart Recommends ScanMyPhotos For Digitizing Pictures

The popular “Ask Martha” column in Martha Stewart Living (page 48, May 2021), with a readership of about 7 million, has a profile on the top recommendations for scanning your pictures.


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Three Instant Ways to Digitize All of Your Photographs


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Chances are you’ve thought about bringing your old paper photos into the digital age—and that would be a good idea. If your spring cleaning surfaced a trove of precious pictures, digitize them for safekeeping and single-click sharing. Once digitized, these photographs will no longer fade over time in scrapbook albums, boxes, or dusty frames. Instead, they can be organized and easily searched for on a device or in an online cloud, and you can share them with friends and family over social media. They can even be downloaded for memory-keeping projects and personalized handmade gifts. It’s not as laborious as it sounds—and you have options. Here’s a snap-shot from Living photo director Ryan Mesina.


 

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Send a batch to ScanMyPhotos.com in a prepaid box. Use this service and you’ll get a download link within a couple of days, and the originals back within three weeks (from $170 for up to about 1,800 photos, scanmyphotos.com).


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How to Share Pictures at Family Reunions

Photography: Family Reunion Tip. Best ideas for celebrating family reunions with pictures.


When extended families safely gather together again this summer–from grandparents to siblings and first cousins–the convergence of multi-generational ancestors is made extra memorable when everyone shares pictures. Not just those recent activities stored on mobile devices, but also generations of analog photo snapshots, 35mm slides, and negatives from yesteryear. This helps build a legacy of storytelling to unite families on a genealogical tour to recall ancestors and the whole family’s history.


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Photo Tip: Ask Guests to Share Decades-Past Scanned Pictures


FAMILY REUNION PHOTO TIP


1) SCAN. Start by asking each family member to gather all their photographs and have each one digitized. There are several easy ways to affordably digitize pictures, from the ScanMyPhotos.com pay-per-scan option to its popular fill-the-box services to scan about 1,800 pictures, and the much larger Family Generations Collection, where more than 10,000 photos are digitized with free shipping and completed in days.


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2) NARRATE AND RECORD. At the reunion, gather together in front of a large television and sync to the photo files. Set up a camcorder in the rear of the room to record the narratives, as each person shares the stories behind the picture. This is always emotional, and filled with laughter and even weeping chronicles of past events and remembrances from deceased relatives. Provide all the attendees with a copy of the recorded walk down the genealogical path to preserve your family’s timeline.



Family Reunion Tips:

From The Photo Detective Podcast


We saw these wonderful questions by RootsTech to engage and help identify your family history. Provided by Maegan Kasteler:


This list of RootsTech questions should be thought provoking and open-ended. Be cautious, however, that you don’t get too attached to your questions. Let the conversation ebb and flow as naturally as possible.

 


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To give you a jumpstart compiling your own list of questions, here is our curated list of suggested questions:


  1. What do you know about the day you were born?
  2. What was it like living where you grew up?
  3. What weekly rituals or traditions did your family have?
  4. What chores, if any, did you have around the home growing up?
  5. What was your schooling like?
  6. What would you and your friends do to have fun?
  7. What was dating like when you were young?
  8. What was it like living (where your relative lived) during (historic events, such as war, 9/11/2001, a specific political event, a natural disaster, and so on)?
  9. How did your family resolve familial conflicts?
  10. Were you ever involved in any accidents? What happened?
  11. Where was your first job, and what did you do?
  12. What were your hobbies? Is there anything you picked up when you were young that you still enjoy today?
  13. Did your family have any pets? What kind? How many? What were their names?
  14. How and when did you meet your significant other?
  15. What was your wedding day like?
  16. Do you remember any weird or crazy or wonderful gifts you received at your wedding?
  17. When did you know you wanted to have kids?
  18. How did you find out from or tell your significant other that you were going to be parents?
  19. What was early married life like? What struggles did you face?
  20. Have you been on any memorable vacations? Where did you go? What made them so memorable?

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DIY Photo Scanning Apps vs Professional Picture Digitization

The Test: Photo Scanning Apps vs Professional Photo Scanning Services


Are Photo Scanning Apps Worth the Headache?


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, noninterrupted work.


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#WorldBackupDay—Pledge to Keep Your Photos Safe

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“The most expensive part of any computer is its data—are you backing up?”


FOR WORLD BACKUP DAY, SCANMYPHOTOS IS PROVIDING 50% OFF PHOTO SCANNING. Click for details and promo code.


The image and quote featured front and center in the recent TechRepublic article, World Backup Day: Best practices to backup your data, sends a message that shouldn’t be taken lightly. As you know, the gang here at ScanMyPhotos takes digital storage and backing up best practices very seriously—especially when it comes to the irreplaceable sentimental value of our photos and film.



That’s why we were very excited to see the hashtag #WorldBackupDay trending today.

 

The official #WorldBackupDay website clearly (and cleverly) explains the premise for the observance by stating, “Don’t be an April Fool. Be prepared. Back up your files on March 31st.” This makes for an easy day for us to remember each year.

 

So, if you don’t want to lose any memories, data, important files, etc., take the #WorldBackupDay pledge and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Digital Photography: What’s News. SiriusXM #TheFeed Interview

From the world of digital imaging, tune into this SiriusXM THE FEED Amber Mac and Michael Bancroft interview with ScanMyPhotos.com


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The pandemic’s year-long winter of anguish is transitioning to solace and springtime resurgence toward routineness.



This is definitive proof that things are gradually hobbling back to normalcy. Before the pandemic, the top reasons for scanning photos were celebrating anniversaries, creating genealogy family history projects, posting to all the photo-sharing apps, and protecting photographs from natural disasters like this.


This is an encouraging indicator from our studying why people are digitizing their lifetime of family pictures. Today’s finding demonstrates a significant shift in the pandemic.


During the past year, 40% of all photo scanning orders were placed by grieving families preparing for online Zoom memorial services. This led to an urgent pivot and shift in how we operated.


Now the number one reason to digitally preserve photographs is preparing for summertime family reunion presentations. The big change in why people are revisiting their archives of family nostalgia accelerated after President Biden outlined his goal for July 4th family celebrations and path towards post-Covid normalcy. Over 70% of all new orders are from families preparing for summertime reunions.



Each week on The Feed @AmberMac & Michael B showcase the latest in the world of technology and social media with their SiriusXM CanadaTalks 167 audience across North America. Download from iTunesPodbeanSpotifyStitcherTuneIn, or Google Play Podcasts.


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How to save 50% on digitizing photo snapshots

ScanMyPhotos designed this 50% discount for bulk photo scanning with you in mind as a Spring cleaning project. How to save 50% on digitizing photo snapshots. Pay as little as $85 to have about 1,800 pictures digitized with free delivery*



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Do you have loads of snapshots?  Here is how to pay as little as $85 to get about 1,800 pictures digitized.


Save 50% on photo scanning[UPDATE] FortuneCNET, Oprah MagazineThe Mercury News, and Forbes Magazine are raving on ScanMyPhotos. The Associated Press mentioned our photo scanning service as a project to keep you busy while at home. Next Avenue published another mention.


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Orders include digitizing. Your digital media is automatically returned for an added fee via instant uploading to your email address. Can also choose from all three digital media formats–from INSTANT UPLOADING (stored from five days – one year), DVD DATA DISCS, and 8GB CUSTOM THUMB DRIVES. The recommended default is our popular two-month instant upload archival service. Quantity discounts apply and you can select all three formats.


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Order now. No rush. You have nine months [extended from six months] to return your pictures for scanning. Click for how to prepare your photos for scanning. Orders include digitizing. Your digital media is automatically returned for an added fee via instant uploading to your email address. Can also choose from all three digital media formats–from INSTANT UPLOADING (stored from five days – one year), DVD DATA DISCS, and 8GB CUSTOM THUMB DRIVES. The recommended default is our popular two-month instant upload archival service. Quantity discounts apply and you can select all three formats.


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Tom’s Guide: “How to digitize photos, negatives and film slides”

What is the best way to digitize photos, negatives, and film slides?


The best ways to digitize and preserve your old photos, negatives, and film slides.” By Jeanette D. Moses, Freelance Photographer, and Videographer



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If you are looking to digitize big boxes of negatives or slides, a mail-in photo scanning service might be the way to go.

 



Although its website is a little difficult to navigate, Scan My Photos is one of the oldest and fastest scanning services around. It’s been in business since 1990, offers its services internationally and scans are delivered within 10-20 days of the company receiving your negatives.

 


This company also offers the option of Express Scanning; this costs $150 per box, but ensures that your scans are completed in one business day. Scans for 35mm negatives start at 47 cents per frame for 2000 DPI files and 89 cents per frame for 4000 DPI files. Digital files are delivered via DVD or USB, and for an extra charge they can upload to the cloud. Scan My Photos offers scanning services for 35mm film, 120 film, APS film, and slide film.



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How to Declutter Your Space & Memories by Digitizing Family Nostalgia

Welcome to the ScanMyPhotos Journal. Today we share “How to Declutter Your Space & Memories by Digitizing Family Nostalgia.”


If you’ve discovered this article, you probably don’t need much encouragement to declutter your home. But in case you do, consider this:


  • Less clutter makes your home more spacious and liveable.
  • Less clutter makes your home look expensive because it’s easier to stay organized.
  • Disorganization costs money.
  • Less clutter makes your home more beautiful because you can use the space for decoration instead of storage.
  • Less clutter makes your home safer because there are fewer things to trip over and wider spaces to move in.

ScanMyPhotos DealBottom line: It’s good to declutter. The trouble is dealing with nostalgic items, like photos, term papers, graduation certificates, and Christmas cards. You don’t need these things in your daily life, but you don’t want them entirely out of your life, either.


Digitizing your nostalgic keepsakes is one of the best modern solutions to this dilemma. Let’s talk about how to do it.



Digitizing Nostalgia & Uncluttering Your Space 101


The first step in digitizing your nostalgia is to triage your stuff. Find a place to put all the things you want to keep but don’t have space for, and divide it into three piles:


  • Easy Items: Flat objects no larger than a piece of letter paper, for which you don’t need the original if you can be confident of a safe digital solution.
  • Harder Items: Flat objects for which you need the original; larger flat objects whether or not you need the original; anything bound in a book.
  • Odds and Ends: Objects you would like to digitize but don’t know how because they aren’t flat or are inappropriate for storage.

You can do this for all the keepsakes in your home at once or go room by room. Once you have your initial batch of triaged items, deal with each pile one by one.


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