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What is National Parent’s Day? How To Celebrate #NationalParentsDay

Honoring Everyone’s Parents on Sunday, July 28


mom2 300x200 - What is National Parent's Day? How To Celebrate #NationalParentsDayThis upcoming Parent’s Day, which falls on the fourth Sunday in July, is a wonderful day to honor the special people in our lives. The idea is to add an extra day, beyond Mother’s and Father’s Day to celebrate parents.



Let’s take this holiday to look back on our lineage and roots, and to ask our parents about their lives and memories from growing up. 8 Ways to Celebrate National Parents’ Day.


mom3 300x200 - What is National Parent's Day? How To Celebrate #NationalParentsDayMany ScanMyPhotos customers do this after they’ve sent their old photos to us. They’ll then walk their parents through the digital copies and ask them questions about the past. Find those boxes of old photos in the attic to do the same this Parent’s Day. Together, we can ensure our parent’s lives and history are preserved for generations to come. Follow our Tales From the Pictures We Saved podcast for emotional, real stories from families who shared stories about their parents.



We encourage everyone to share #NationalParentsDay on social media.


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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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Why Maureen Taylor and The Photo Detective® Is Our Top Genealogy Expert

We have a big tip for you that spans decades and generations. If you are into genealogy, history and an archivist, you must have heard about Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective®. As an internationally renowned expert in historic photo identification, preservation, and genealogical research, Maureen has long been our go-to source.


Before sharing one of our favorite tips by Maureen, you will quickly understand who we are raving fans. She is regularly featured in print media and on national TV programs like The Today Show, The View, the Boston Globe, and MSNBC. As the author of 11 books and active blogger, she also is a contributing editor to Family Tree Magazine.




 

Maureen interviews our dear friend, Gary Pageau, who knows the photo imaging industry better and longer than anyone. Bonus. Find out how The Dead Pixel Society got its name.



Credit: excerpt reprinted with permission by Maureen Taylor

The Big Reveal: What Will YOU Discover?


Friday is a big day in my life. It’s a special day set aside for photo consults with clients. I get to peek into your incredible collections and solve mysteries.


Each session starts with a question: “How did you hear of me?”


Some folks have been hanging on to one of my business cards for years waiting for the right moment to reach out. Others find me by searching the web. In other cases, it’s word of mouth.


It doesn’t really matter how they found me, only that they did.


I love a mystery. I’m not particularly fond of mystery books, but put a picture in front of me and it’s an entirely different matter. It borders on obsession.


So you may be wondering why people seek me out for a consult. The answer is…it varies.


It could be a completely unidentified image that is driving someone crazy because it eludes his or her family history connection. For instance, Dorothy knew everyone in her pictures except one. I gave her a research outline to follow. Bingo! Case solved.


It might be an image with a curious prop. One of my clients had a picture of an ancestor with a strange looking musical instrument in the background. A bit of research and a connection with a music historian revealed it was a melodeon. That piece of family history wasn’t written in a census record or a vital record. The picture clues told the story of one man’s fascination with music.


Our ancestors leave us odd packets of images that defied their attempts to identify them. They knew the family name from which those pictures descended but not the names to go with the faces. For one client matching up the images with information in the census finally put names with an envelope of photos, his grandfather left him.


Every consult is a bit different because each of your family stories is unique. While each consult is as unique as your family history, they all share one thing– suggestions on where to look for additional answers. Don’t be surprised if I assign homework too. <smile> Your family history doesn’t stop once the photo is identified or dated, for me the most interesting stories get revealed through putting the pieces together through documentation, research, and image clues.


Let me help you discover a “lost” piece of your family history by looking at your pictures.


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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 ScanMyPhotos.com — 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.


KEEP THESE VALUABLES IN A COOL, DRY PLACE


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.



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.


SHOWING THEM OFF


hands 300x200 - Because Family Photos Are Priceless, How to Make 'Em Last ForeverMost of us love to share our photos. We use them to decorate our homes, offices, and cars, or we put them in scrapbooks and photo albums that are easy to show off. But we need to be careful.


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.


SAVE IT FOREVER WITH DIGITAL


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.


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

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