How to Keep Old Photos

Posted by Jennifer Hoskins on June 27, 2010 under Internet, photography | Be the First to Comment

Ok , you have a range of photos and even negatives stored at home. Millions of people lose their treasured moments in photos due to wear and tear. Fortunately, there is a very solution to the problem in the form of photo scanning service which will digitize your photos so that you can save it on your computer.

Scanning and converting your old photos into digital versions is very beneficial in many ways as opposed to storing them in the attic. Digital photos, by their nature, cannot get old. They don’t suffer the degradation that normal film does. They can be stored for many, many years and they will be still as fresh as ever.

Another big advantage of digitizing photos and films is that you can easily create multiple copies of your photos and back them up to an external hard disk. This ensures that that a computer crash does not ruin the photos. Moreover, you can also back digital photos onto the internet so that you can open them from anywhere in the world.

Photos in the digital format can be uploaded very easily using many services such as Picasa or Flickr and share those photos with anyone you want to. Also, once uploaded on to the internet, you can organize them into slides and even make virtual scrap books. You can also change the look of photos and remove artifacts by using software such as Photoshop.

You could of course scan all your photos at home, but the problem is that high resolution digital images require expensive scanners. Moreover, scanning a lot of pictures on your own is quite time consuming. Using a photo scanning service nearby, you will be able to reduce the cost and at the same time, get the job done quickly.

Before you decide on a photo scanning service, you need to consider a few things. My first advice is not to choose the cheapest. They might be using old equipment and the end result might not be what you want. Choose a service who can convert your photos into high quality digital photos by using high resolution scanning.

Which format you old photos will be converted to, is another important aspect to be considered. Some services may store your photos in formats which cannot be opened in all computers. Open formats such as JPG, PNG, and GIF can be easily opened in both PCs and Macs.

Small photo scanning services may not have the required equipment to convert very old types of films into digital formats. You need to check out with the service if they can convert all the films that you have into a digital format.

A photo scanning service can help you save years of your hard work of collecting photos, and thus preserve whatever memories you treasure from your old days. Just remember to organize your collection in the way that you would like it to be arranged. This makes it easier for the service to get the photos in proper order and organize them digitally as such.