Q&A: Mitch Goldstone at ScanMyPhotos on how to unclutter old photos
I was lucky to purchase not only my wedding photos (30 years married!) but all of the negatives (35mm film) I’d love to digitize but no one seems to handle 35mm film? Can you refer to me? THANKS!
Good morning ... WOW 30 years that is GREAT. It's also great that your photographer allowed you to purchase both your photos (make sure you do have a copyright release from your photographer for your photos) and your negatives (35mm). While it is quicker, easier and more economical to digitize photos you will get a better quality scan from negatives and we do scan 35mm as well as 120mm negatives. You can follow this link for information on 35mm film scanning: https://www.scanmyphotos.com/negative-scanning/35mm-negative-scanning.html
What a timely topic! I have a zillion slides that I’d love to have digital versions of instead of physically storing them all. That would be prohibitively expensive to have done. Is there a DIY alternative? It needs to be one that is faster than loading one at a time into a manual scanner unless it has an auto-feed mechanism.
Slide scanning is very tedious, while there have been some auto-feed solutions we have found them not to be very reliable and can damage some of the slides.
The simplest way to digitize loads of 35mm slides is at this link for ordering fill the box service. We do all the work:
I have a TON of photos (both prints inboxes and digital). I could kick myself for not doing a better job managing negatives (like, labeling!), tossing duplicates (whether prints or digital), and categorizing so I can find what I’m looking for Where do I start?? THANKS for the topic of this chat!
Knowing how to start a project like this is probably the most difficult part of the process.
Best is to take a deep breath and start by sorting through and separating your negatives from your photos and then trying to categorize them my year/event etc.
After that, you will then have a better idea of what your next steps should be.
Here is the link to our site:
I have thousands of digital images from trips and family functions. What should I do with labeling and storing these? My printed photos are in scrapbooks with captions, but these are all labeled with a number.
That’s the magic number, the average order size we get are for about 5,000 photos.
Our favorite app for sharing and letting your family view, narrate and comment on all those pictures is https://keepy.me the Keepy App
Also, you can store your photos on sites such as Google Photos
I have a large collection (think boxes and boxes) of family slides. Is there any simple, cost-efficient way to put them in a digital form? I would like to save the images but I can’t imagine that in their present form that they will last longer than I do! Thank you.
Where get this question a lot as well as with negatives and 8mm movie film.
For slides you can start here at our Slide Scanning landing page:
This should answer most of your questions.
Shouldn’t you keep the originals of really old photos – like back from the 1920s?
Many older photos have family history handwritten notes on the back. We always suggest keeping those in an acid-free archival box.
When having those older pictures digitized select front and back scanning so that the historical accounts written on the back are digitally captured too.
Remember those old cameras that developed photos that popped out in seconds? Do those scan well?
Yes, we do remember those as that was a fun way to see your “instant” memories … just like our smartphone pictures today.
We do scan them (as long as they have not been mounted on cardboard).
I took a quick look at your web page, but I am wondering: I have maybe two dozen photo albums, the kind where all the photos are attached to pages in the album. Would we have to remove all the photos before sending them to you for scanning?
Yes. Always remove the photos from albums. And you can use index cards to write categories and subjects them bundle those attached by rubber bands.
I have a non-photo question I hope Jura can help with. I had a sofa and chair reupholstered a few years ago, and the stuffing in the cushions is compressing so much that I need to put throw pillows on the seats and backs. Is this something that can be remedied w/out total reupholstering again? The pieces are old (40+ yrs) but in very good shape.
It’s a shame that whoever reupholstered these for you didn’t offer to plump up the cushions. Forty-year-old stuffing isn’t too buoyant. I’m afraid there is nothing you can do besides get large decorative pillows to layer on top.
If you do put photos in albums, what are the best kind? And what kind should you avoid?
Look for albums that pass the P.A.T. (Photographic Activity Test).
Make sure it’s archival rated and acid-free. Look for Photo safe
Acid-free, Lignin free, and PVC free.
I may not have made myself clear – the stuffing was new with the reupholstery ( about 4-5 yrs ago). It’s not the original fill material. ( and I’d had the pieces redone before, with all new stuffing, and never had this issue).
Complain to the upholsterer.
This is such a great topic! My question is can you share some ways to present digital photos to family members? For example, I never really made photo albums for my two sons. Should I just give them all the photos on a thumb drive or is there a nicer way to present without having to make several photo albums?
Great idea. By distributing digital copies of all the photos to everyone in your family also helps to safeguard everyone g by having off-site backups. Provided DVDs or thumb drives.
During thanksgiving, we recommend showing all the family photos on your TV and ask everyone to share their favorite music to get everyone involved. As the photos are displayed the music is included too.
“Also you can store your photos on sites such as Google Photos” My question is who owns the photos once I upload them to Dropbox or Google Photos or other sites? I don’t want to give a company the right to distribute them.
Great follow up question. One really needs to read the terms and conditions of each site before they use/subscribe to one, most but not all are just sites where you store your photos for your use and only your use unless you explicitly give permission for others to have access to your files.