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




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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Photo Scanning Makes Oprah Magazine’s List For Top Spring Cleaning Tips

Thanks to Oprah Magazine for “33 Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Easier.”

Among the best decluttering tips, written by Brigitt Earley, for your Spring cleaning projects is to digitize pictures.

Excerpt: Declutter the Camera Roll. While you’ve got your phone out, take a trip down memory lane to organize your photos and free up some memory space. While you’re at it, you can even use a service like to digitize any old family pics or special mementos, like the kids’ best art projects.


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David Pogue Wrote Everything You Need to Know About Preparing For Climate Change

Everything You Need to Know About Preparing For Climate Change

David Pogue, the New York Times bestselling author and “CBS Sunday Morning”  correspondent has published the primer on “How to Prepare for Climate Change.”

This segment on “CBS Sunday Morning” shares more tips on where to live to protect you from climate disasters like wildfires and hurricane stormsurges.

CBS Sunday Morning: People who are driven from their homes by wildfires, floods and hurricanes are seeking areas less ravaged by our worsening climate and rising sea levels. Correspondent David Pogue examines how those with the means are relocating to “climate haven cities,” and visits one city whose mayor boosts its lack of hurricanes and wildfires.

H This 610 page practical guide has loads of tips to plan ahead.

Amazon: In How to Prepare for Climate Change, bestselling self-help author David Pogue offers sensible, deeply researched advice for how the rest of us should start to ready ourselves for the years ahead. Pogue walks readers through what to grow, what to eat, how to build, how to insure, where to invest, how to prepare your children and pets, and even where to consider relocating when the time comes.


(Two areas of the country, in particular, have the requisite cool temperatures, good hospitals, reliable access to water, and resilient infrastructure to serve as climate havens in the years ahead.)


He also provides wise tips for managing your anxiety, as well as action plans for riding out every climate catastrophe, from superstorms and wildfires to ticks and epidemics. is mentioned on page 280, yet this prior Weather Channel story also helps showcase the urgency to gather your archives of photo snapshots, digitize and safeguard off-site. “Getting photos scanned and returned to you in digital form is fast and relatively cheap. charges about 16 cents per photo.”

The mention:

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ORDER TODAY: “Timely and enlightening, How to Prepare for Climate Change is an indispensable guide for anyone who read The Uninhabitable Earth or The Sixth Extinction and wants to know how to make smart choices for the upheaval ahead.”

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#TheMinimalists Podcast: Hidden Clutter and How To Scan Your Photos

Joshua and Ryan at The Minimalists share how to unclutter old photo snapshots. “You can send your photos off somewhere… The one I have gotten feedback on, I have never used it myself is  I reviewed their website and Forbes also did a writeup on them as well. They have really good customer service, They are California-based. You can send your photo to them and they will send it all back to you.”

Link to the Forbes stories profiling

This Photo Scanning Service More Than Delivers

Preserve Your Irreplaceable Memories With ScanMyPhotos

The Challenge of Preserving Your Digital Legacy

Watch: How do we appropriately curate scanned photos so we’re not trading physical clutter for digital clutter? 

Watch the full episode ( mention starts at minute 17).

Excerpt: In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about the mental, emotional, digital, and other clutter that reveals itself after we minimize our stuff, and they answer the following questions:


  • When are how-to’s helpful?

  • How do we appropriately curate scanned photos so we’re not trading physical clutter for digital clutter?

  • What advice do you have for young people who are embarking on their minimalist journeys so they have solid practices in place to prevent clutter?

  • What one piece of advice would you give your younger self?

  • How do we appropriately curate our many digital subscriptions and still satisfy ourselves since each service has programs exclusive to its platform?

[Just how quickly are pictures professionally digitized at This fast — 1,000 pictures digitized in under 5 minutes.]

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ScanMyPhotos $25,000 Emergency Grant to Digitize Photos For Virtual Memorial Services announced today a new campaign to help families affected by the pandemic by establishing a $25,000 emergency grant program to help subsidize the cost of preparing pictures for Zoom funerals.

$25,000 Photo Scanning GrantThe pandemic has accelerated the push toward digitizing photos to preserve the memories of those lost to Covid-19.

We had to do something. Forty percent of all photo scanning orders are now from grieving families preparing for Zoom funerals and memorial services for those lost to the pandemic. To help, we established a $25,000 grant which covers free photo scanning for those impacted by Covid-19. When placing an order for social media 72 dpi photo scanning, consumers can type “FreeScanning” as the promo code during checkout. They save $170. All add-on featured services are available at regular cost and include same-day scanning, instant uploading, extra 8GB custom thumb drives, color enhanced pictures, 600 dpi scanning, and more.

LINK TO ORDER. PLEASE TYPE “Free Scanning” at checkout under promo code.

While closely flowing the unprecedented tragedy–as more than 450,000 Americans have died due to the pandemic– we were moved by President Biden’s call for a national plan. Everyone must help, not just the government. Each company with the resources and those providing vital services must get involved. has established a $25,000 emergency grant to help cover the costs of digitizing photos for Zoom funerals. Families affected by the pandemic.

One of the heartbreaking and unexpected results as the coronavirus spread across the nation was how memorial services were conducted. Everything changed. Families began rushing to prepare online Zoom funerals for those lost to the pandemic.

There has been a rapid acceleration towards the digital transformation of family photos. A lifetime of memories needed to be discovered, collected and digitized to honor the lives lost.

At, where we have digitized 600 million pictures, everything changed. Early on, as the pandemic affected many, we encountered a rush for preserving photographs. Today, 40% of all photo preservation scanning projects are due to memorial services.

After assessing the demand to digitize photos for memorials, we learned something new. We had to scale our workflow to include same-day scanning and instant uploading of the completed work.


We created free scanning to help families affected by the pandemic. 40% of all orders are from grieving families preparing for Zoom memorial services. Start off with FREE* photo scanning today — Save $170. Order our most popular service, fill-the-box photo scanning. Each box holds about 1,800 pictures with free delivery.

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More than 10,000 Photos Scanned to DVD $1395 Includes Free Delivery*

Family Generation Collection Discounted Photo Scanning

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Most Popular Promotion at–Pay just $1395 for 300dpi, $1598 for professional 600dpi


Key Features:

•Best Value – 10,000 photos scanned to DVD. Flash drives and instant uploading are available for an added fee. (Total estimated, results vary with packing and size of photos.)
•Box dimensions: 11″ x 8.5″ x 5.5″, includes six prepaid boxes.
•*Free delivery and returned digital media. Pay $149.70 for returned photos, or $119.70 for us to discard pictures after scanning.
•Includes 1 DVD data disc per box with your scanned images. (300dpi, True Color 24-bit JPEG)
•U.S. domestic only.
Sorry, no international orders.
•For more answers view our Frequently Asked Questions

Important Notes Before Ordering:
•Packaging Restrictions: Contents must reasonably fit within the Priority Mail packaging.

Watch how to prepare your photos for scanning

The box cannot be reshaped or deformed when closed. When sealing a flat-rate box, the container flaps must be able to close within the normal folds. Tape may be applied to the flaps and seams to reinforce the container; provided the design of the container is not enlarged by opening the sides and the container is not reconstructed in any way. If you do not comply with these USPS requirements, the post office will return your box unprocessed and you will be liable for the cost to repack and resend to

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Here is a full transcript of Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem:

Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem

Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old poet, read an original work at President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. After Biden was sworn in as the nation’s 46th president, Gorman read “The Hill We Climb,” building on a tradition of poets — including Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, and Richard Blanco — who have read for incoming Democratic presidents. Gorman is the youngest of these inaugural poets to offer her verse.

When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry,
a sea we must wade
We’ve braved the belly of the beast
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace
And the norms and notions
of what just is
Isn’t always just-ice
And yet the dawn is ours
before we knew it
Somehow we do it
Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken
but simply unfinished
We the successors of a country and a time
Where a skinny Black girl
descended from slaves and raised by a single mother
can dream of becoming president
only to find herself reciting for one
And yes we are far from polished
far from pristine

but that doesn’t mean we are
striving to form a union that is perfect
We are striving to forge a union with purpose
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and
conditions of man
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us
but what stands before us
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,
we must first put our differences aside
We lay down our arms
so we can reach out our arms
to one another
We seek harm to none and harmony for all
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew
That even as we hurt, we hoped
That even as we tired, we tried
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious
Not because we will never again know defeat
but because we will never again sow division
Scripture tells us to envision
that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
And no one shall make them afraid
If we’re to live up to our own time
Then victory won’t lie in the blade
But in all the bridges we’ve made
That is the promised glade
The hill we climb
If only we dare
It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit,
it’s the past we step into
and how we repair it
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation
rather than share it
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy
And this effort very nearly succeeded
But while democracy can be periodically delayed
it can never be permanently defeated
In this truth
in this faith we trust
For while we have our eyes on the future
history has its eyes on us
This is the era of just redemption
We feared at its inception
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs
of such a terrifying hour
but within it we found the power
to author a new chapter
To offer hope and laughter to ourselves
So while once we asked,
how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?
Now we assert
How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
We will not march back to what was
but move to what shall be
A country that is bruised but whole,
benevolent but bold,
fierce and free
We will not be turned around
or interrupted by intimidation
because we know our inaction and inertia
will be the inheritance of the next generation
Our blunders become their burdens
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might,
and might with right,
then love becomes our legacy
and change our children’s birthright
So let us leave behind a country
better than the one we were left with
Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest,
we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one
We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west,
we will rise from the windswept northeast
where our forefathers first realized revolution
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states,
we will rise from the sunbaked south
We will rebuild, reconcile and recover
and every known nook of our nation and
every corner called our country,
our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,
battered and beautiful
When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it

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