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Where's the Best Place to Get Old Photos Digitized?


Over the holidays my grandmother whipped out her albums and shoe boxes filled with gorgeous (and some fuzzy) memories from the 1930s onward. The entire family was flabbergasted because we'd seen most of them before, but never all at once. How quickly we all forgot — in this age of digital cameras — that photographs take up a lot of space. And of course, they can't be shared between 12 people who all want a copy. My mother and I have been tasked with finding a way to digitize the photos, but we just don't know where to start. Do you have any suggestions for online or in-store services that can do the job for us? I'd love to do it myself, but I don't have a scanner and can't spend the time at Kinkos.

cherryblossom cherryblossom 4 years 37 weeks
I can tell you what my mom does, she takes all her old pictures, and takes her digital camera that she has now, and i think she either uses super macro, or macro settings but you could experiment with it, or even just use regular settings and experiment, but my mom just takes pictures of old pictures, and they come out looking exactly the same as they do when you look at them in real life, so it saves money thats for sure! and it works great
4 years 37 weeks
I mailed my photos (and a few assorted negatives) off to ScanCafe. Exactly as promised, they mailed back the originals and 2 DVDs a few weeks later. Yes, they send your photos to India and back, so maybe you'll worry about that, but on the other hand, the warehouse of a scanning company based in the US burned down. So no matter what you do with them, there's some risk.
runningesq runningesq 4 years 37 weeks
Any photo store (Ritz camera) will do it. Careful, though -- they won't make digital images of copyrighted photos ... I brought in a photo of my mom, circa 1950 (she was 2) at a portrait stuio, and Ritz refused to copy it.
dexaholic dexaholic 4 years 37 weeks
There are some good scanners out there that work well. I've started to digitize my families collection (though I've been slacking on it for quite a while...) and the photos look really good.