Gifts to Help Senior’s Downsize and Unclutter their Homes

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This article shares smart tips for helping seniors who are in the process of uncluttering and downsizing. What to get them to help is the subject of this syndicated Creators “Senior Life” feature profile. Pictures store a vault of history that must be preserved.

For decades of photographs, how to help digitize all those nostalgic memories included a ScanMyPhotos mention.

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How to Create a Video or Photo Slideshow — AARP

The top question we get at after pictures are digitized is what next, how to create video and photo slideshows from the scanned pictures?

Thanks to tech journalist, Marc Saltzman, he shares all the best solutions in this AARP primer.


These apps make it easy to make keepsake mini-movies

Unlike physical slides clunking through carousels of old, these digital shows can play almost like mini-movies, with images that segue smoothly from one to the next and options to add music, narration and visual effects. They can make for magical viewing that evokes emotions and tells a story, too — say, showing your grandchildren growing from babies to kids to young adults.

Making a slideshow is a great way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other milestone events, and to honor relatives and friends at funerals and memorials, whether in-person or virtual. A host of apps available for Windows, Apple and Android devices makes it easier than you might think — a couple even create the slideshow for you!

Before you begin

Paper photos

Digital images

Choosing a slideshow app

From AARP:

Steps to creating the slideshow

Unless the app does all the work for you, the process for creating a slideshow is generally similar across most programs.

1. Start a new project and import your photos or video clips.

2. Drag and drop to arrange them in the desired order across a visible timeline.

3. Edit your media. If you need to, say, crop or rotate photos or trim video clips, tap them in the timeline to launch editing tools.

4. Add special effects or filters, if you like. For example, you could turn photos into vintage-looking black-and-white or sepia-tone images, or go for a “Ken Burns effect” (a slow camera pan across a static image).

5. Select how long each photo will be displayed in the slideshow and how each will transition to the next, for example, a dissolve or swipe to the right.

6. Choose music to play during the slideshow. If the app doesn’t do it already, select to fade in and fade out the song (or songs) at the desired points.

7. Add on-screen titles or captions, if desired. You might want viewers to know the names of people in images, for example, or where and when they were captured. Some apps also let you add narration, using the microphone in your device.

8. Save your finished slideshow and follow the app’s instructions to “export” (convert) it to a common video format like .mp4 or .mov. That makes it sharable and playable on most devices.

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ScanMyPhotos Scores With Penny-Photo Scanning

Here is the latest news profile on one cent photo scanning. Click here to view online.

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Excerpt reposted from the original article written by Gary Pageau, Dead Pixel Society:

onecentNEW 300x200 - ScanMyPhotos Scores With Penny-Photo ScanningLongtime photo industry entrepreneur Mitch Goldstone knows the value of PR and publicity. Whether it was starting out as a one-hour processing lab and boutique photo store in Irvine, Calif., and later pivoting to bulk photo digitization services, Goldstone has been able to gain national attention from influencers like David Pogue, Jefferson Graham, and even OprahThe New York Times, USA Today, Huffington Post, and many other national media profiles have reported on ScanMyPhotos. Martha Stewart just profiled us in “Martha Stewart Living.”

In fact, it was a mention on the Oprah Magazine website that kicked off the concept. Citing the “Oprah Effect” – where enormous attention is paid to small businesses mentioned by the superstar – Goldstone decided to try the one-penny per scan offer after more than 3,700 people took tried the initial 1-cent promo. Of course, there are caveats: The scans are “72-dpi “social media” quality, with higher-quality scans available for an upcharge. Other add-on services include same-day scanning and instant uploading. “Same-day scanning and instant uploading” means the same day the order is received, it is scanned and uploaded.

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All New: Photo Scanning For One Cent From ScanMyPhotos. CLICK for Instant Ordering

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“We beta tested this to refine the process,” says Goldstone. “It took five or six weeks. The average order now is 4,800 photos, whereas before, the number was a fraction of that. That means, with pricing that low, people can finally digitize all of their photos.

IMG 9652 300x187 - ScanMyPhotos Scores With Penny-Photo Scanning “The number one question we get is, ‘what’s the catch?’” he adds. “We have gotten nothing but positive responses. We have people sending 4,000, 5,000, 7,000 photos (7,000 photos cost as low as $70). The hope is they engage and share. The lesson for everyone is to cut prices and use the goodwill you get from it as advertising.

ScanMyPhotos does no advertising. I’ve had people ask about an affiliate program, and I respond, ‘How do you do an affiliate program when you charge a penny?’”

As a promotional opportunity, Goldstone says this is the most significant promotion since David Pogue featured ScanMyPhotos in the New York Times. “That put us on the map,” he says.

“The whole point of business today is to dazzle customers so they tell the world,” explains Goldstone. “I did Facebook and Google ads years ago, and it was like a drain. No matter what budget I put into it, the money just disappeared.”


Goldstone says he was inspired to try the promo based on what he saw Google Photos doing (offering free low-resolution storage and paid high-resolution storage) and through customer feedback. Eighty percent of customers are using their scanned images on social media sites, like Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook, where high resolution is not necessary.

The next innovation popular with customers is the same-day scanning service. “There is no reason for people to wait months to get their photos back, with today’s technology and efficiency,” says Goldstone, noting return shipping can be done on a budget, too. If the customer’s photos are scanned and uploaded right away, they aren’t in a hurry to get their prints back.”

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Best Way To Share Pictures: Expectations vs. Reality

The Next Big Thing in What’s The Best Photo Sharing Apps. After Digitizing Pictures, Then What?

The first challenge is to digitize your library of nostalgic photos. Afterward, the top question we get at ScanMyPhotos, is what next? How to share and post online to connect with others?

Why this matters. Social media apps are an important way to connect with everyone and are fun. This list of the most popular photo-sharing apps is the answer to make photography special, especially for sharing your archive of decades-past pictures.

Instagram and the other apps for sharing photos

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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.


Three Instant Ways to Digitize All of Your Photographs


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.


The Easy Outsource


Send a batch to 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,

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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


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 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.

Family viewing photos on TV


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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Same-Day* Photo Scanning Package at 300 dpi Now $162


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One of the most common questions asked is how quickly can you digitize my pictures? Often this is for a memorial service, last-minute anniversary gift or to rush and protect pictures from natural disasters. The answer is as quick as the same day.

Special Photo Scanning Package


Express FASTScan Photo Scanning Package – Pay Just $162. INSTANT ORDERING

  • This deal costs just $162 to professionally digitize up to 1,000 standard 4×6” photo snapshots to 300 dpi JPEG images on a standard DVD data disc.

  • See below for details on express same-day scanning. This order includes instant same-day uploading of your files to you. Free USPS Priority Mail return shipping and handling and return tracking for the original photos. Add data disc DVDs and more. Many popular add-ons featured services are available including other-size photos, flash drives, color-correction, return delivery tracking, and more when you order at the time of purchase. *See below details for same-day 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.

  • You are responsible for paying to mail your pictures to us and we recommend using the U.S. Postal Service’s Priority Mail Flat-Rate box. We cover the return S/H cost to you.

How to Redeem Your 1,000 4″x”6 Scan Voucher

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IMG 4552 300x182 - Same-Day* Photo Scanning Package at 300 dpi Now $162On the order form, you will find a bevy of additional options to enhance your final scans. Order the additional options at the time of purchasing this deal. During checkout, you will have the option to select all additional services.

IMPORTANT: LIMIT 8 Express Photo-Scanning Packages Per Address. This service is exclusively for online, mail-in only, and positively cannot be used for any walk-in services, for any reason, or applied to prior orders. Photo scanning only.  


*BONUS: Get Same Day Scanning Included With Your Order. Just type “Same day scanning” under special instructions. If received by 10 AM (PT) weekdays, your order will be scanned the same business day it is received. If received afterward, please add one more business day. Some conditions apply including delays due to holidays, weather, and other issues. While we cannot warrantee same-day scanning, we do make every effort to scan the same day your order is received.  

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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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