How to Make Your Photos Last a Lifetime and More by Digitizing All

Prepare Now For Wildfires and Hurricanes Before Natural Disasters Wipeout Your Family History

Family photos are priceless. 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.

Most 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.

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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.

The 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.


Most 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 expense.

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What is the best photo scanning service?

The ScanMyPhotos Review

scanguy4 300x94 - What is the best photo scanning service?Each day we receive messages of appreciation for digitizing customers’ photos. Many are listed here, yet, it is unusual to have someone take so much time to personalize their entire experience.

Earning raves like this one below is the foundation for why we love what we have been doing for three decades.

I just wanted to say that this was not the first time I used ScanMyPhotos, but 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.

Maggy D, Scottsdale, AZ

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Valentine’s Day Flash Sale: SAVE 50%* TO SCAN YOUR PHOTOS

Save 50% on photo scanning for Valentine's Day
It’s time for our annual Valentine’s Day deal to digitize all your loved one’s lifetime of cherished photo memories.

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[UPDATE] Fortune AND Forbes Magazine are both raving on ScanMyPhotos. For loads of other news and review profiles, click hereNext Avenue just wrote this article and another ScanMyPhotos mention “8 Digital Resolutions for the New Year.”

50% Off + FREE Shipping + Express same-day photo scanning included — Today Only. ORDER HERE. Remember to type “Same Day” under special instructions at the checkout and use this promo code: “50OffScan”

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CLICK HERE to save 50% on our most popular fill-the-box photo scanning service (excluding “Family Generation Collection” and “VIP Photo Scanning Package”), cannot be applied to prior orders, applicable sales tax applies. 50% off includes most add-on extras and free S/H*. It cannot be applied to prior orders. Discount not valid towards applicable sales tax, other Limit 12 boxes.  How to prepare your photos. Ends TODAY. No rush, you have up to 6 months to return your photos for scanning. Full details are posted on the order pageUSE PROMO CODE: “50OffScan”

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We recommend selecting from this menu of other popular add-ons and you also save 50%:

  • UPGRADING to our very popular, industry-leading 600 DPI scanning offers an even more precise and finer-detailed scan; 
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Top Ranked Super Bowl® 54 TV Commercials by

As companies invest millions to be seen during the biggest sporting event of the year, had an early viewing party and asked everyone to rate their favorite Super Bowll® TV spots for Sunday’s game.

We looked at participating, but as this article in “TheStreet” explains, we took a hard pass: How Much Do Super Bowl Commercials Cost?

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Amazon: What did we do #BeforeAlexa?

WeatherTech: A new 30-second commercial, titled “Lucky Dog,” will air during the second quarter of Super Bowl LIV. Paid for by WeatherTech, manufacturer of automotive accessories and home and pet care products.

Avocados From Mexico Teasers Super Bowl Commercials 2020

Microsoft Super Bowl 2020 Commercial: Be The One / Katie Sowers

Facebook Super Bowl Commercials 2020 

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What You Need to Know About Restoring Ripped Photos

Restoring Ripped PhotosTips for restoring damaged photos

It’s one of the worst feelings in the world: that moment when you hear an old print photo rip or tear in your hands. This commonly happens during a photo-scanning project when trying to remove old pictures from an ancient adhesive-lined photo album.

Hindsight is 20/20 and we now know to only store print photos in archival quality albums—however, the damage has been done and now you need to know how to go about restoring ripped photos. This link provides an easy fix for restoring damaged photos

So, what do you do when you try to remove a photo from a sticky situation only to have the thing fall to pieces? Here’s what we suggest:

How To Restore and Fix Old, Damaged Photos

How to restore damaged pictures

Keep all the pieces together

Don’t even think about tossing those shreds of a memory and losing all hope. With the miracle of modern photo-editing software, it’s possible to start restoring ripped photos by simply keeping all the pieces together as if it were a puzzle you need to solve.

Get the glue ready

Yphotorestoration 300x300 - What You Need to Know About Restoring Ripped Photosup, that’s right, you’ll want to start gluing or taping all those pieces back together now. But before you do, it’s important to make sure you’re using adhesive products that won’t continue to damage the photo.

There are several photo-safe types of glue and tape available to choose from, like Pioneer’s Photo Glue Stick Square Dual Edge.

Make a digital copy

Once the pieces are in place (as best as they can be), you’ll need to scan the damaged photo. You can do this by sending the photo to our team here at ScanMyPhotos, where we can help you skip the next step by restoring ripped photos to their former glory. Or, you can try to scan the cobbled photo on your home scanner. While this second option will functionally work, remember the resolution and quality of the digital file will be very poor quality.

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