Digital Files After Death, What Happens to Your Digital Legacy?

digital files after deathIt’s a morbid subject, but one that begs to be considered in today’s Digital Age: do you have a plan for what happens to your digital files after death?


A will often dictates what happens to physical assets—furniture, money, property, precious family heirlooms, etc.—but what about our online lives?


These days we spend (at least) half of our lives online between work, social media, and using technology to store and access our precious photos and files. In the event of the inevitable, it helps to have a plan in place so your loved ones know precisely what to do with your estate—online and off.


What to do with digital files


For many ScanMyPhotos customers, their laptops, hard drives, and cloud storage systems contain thousands of print photos they’ve sent to us to scan. Oftentimes, these digital files can include generations of photos that date back to the turn of the 19th century. These simply cannot be lost in the recesses of the interwebs or on a dusty old laptop from 2010.

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How New iPhone App The Roll is Raising the Bar for Photos

the rollHold onto your boots—you are about to be as excited as we are about The Roll, a brand-new iPhone app that is changing how people interact with their photos in a big way! Using an impressive technology called EyeEm Vision, this app solves problems you didn’t even know you had—until now.


Here are three ways The Roll will change your life:




Before: You spend hours culling through the photos from your trip to Italy, trying to choose which Tuscan hillside scenes and pasta pics are worth sharing with your family.


After: The app gives each picture a score from 0-100 based on its artistic quality—the higher the score, the better the photo. Your best trip photos have already been chosen!


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Attention Photo Lovers: Google Cloud Vision API Enters Beta Testing

google cloud visionIf you’re overwhelmed with digital photo clutter, then Google has some good news for you. Google Cloud Vision API is now entering into the beta testing phase, which means anyone can now have access to this incredible technology.


What is Google Cloud Vision?


We now have the capability to take hundreds of pictures in the matter of mere moments. These photos are stored on a SIM card, hard or flash drive, or in the cloud and we swear that one day we’ll go through them one-by-one and categorize each photo. For most people, that day never rolls around—yet, inevitably, the time will come when you need to find one particular photo, asap. You’ll sift through thousands of pictures looking for that “nice one the whole family took together on the beach three summers ago,” and waste precious time trying to do so.  


This is where the development of Google Cloud Vision can help.


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WashPost Photo Organizing Tips

Thanks to Jamie Davis Smith for her extensive Washington Post “On Parenting” tips for organizing photos. These tips are an important way to better organize, unclutter and enjoy decades of analog photos.




Tackling the back-log. Most parents have tons of unorganized photos going back (at least0 until their child’s birth. While this system is relatively easy to implement, it may seem daunting to go back and organize six or 10 years worth of photos. The good news is that you can organize your older photos gradually. Set a goal of finishing a year’s worth of photos over a month or two or even six. Looking through your old photos will be a fun trip down memory lane and you will probably enjoy the process. As you are going through your old photos remember to delete the ones that aren’t keepers. If you are unable to determine in which month old photos were taken or find it too time consuming to do so, concentrate just on organizing the photos by year and pay attention to creating folders for special events like “Johnny’s First Day of Kindergarten” or Halloween so that you can easily find them later.



If you have printed photos you may want to scan them yourself or use a service like to do it for you.


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One Customer’s Tale of Lost Photos, Photobooks, and Reconnections

Lost Photos

One of the recovered print pictures sent to ScanMyPhotos

When digital photos first blazed into the photography world, ScanMyPhotos customer Erin Stockford jumped right on the trend.


In the early years of digital, Erin developed a process for her photography: she would create printed duplicates of her photos and then would store the digital copies on the computer. Her massive digital photo collection featured smiling pictures of her three kids and family, and the fun times and heartwarming memories they shared together.


But the collection of analog and digital photos started to pile up, and, eventually, Erin stopped creating the printed copies.


Not too long after, disaster struck.

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