From do-it yourself to farming it out we’ve got 4 great options for you to scan your photos.
We already know about the boxes of photos you have collecting dust in your closet, under the bed, and even the attic (yikes - it’s hot up there). How do we know? Because everyone has them. There's several problems with this.
#1 Pictures that are stored in the attic are rarely seen.
This is sad considering that photographs are an easy and enjoyable way to trigger great memories. Walking down memory lane by flipping through old photographs is a great way to remember your past and revisit your incredible life.
#2 Old photos on film just keep getting older.
Photographs on film paper are deteriorating and fading a little bit more with each passing year. This too is sad knowing that your wonderful past, your memories stored in photos might be unrecognizable one day.
#3 Your hogging all of these great memories!
If you have a life of photos stored in the attic in albums or in shoeboxes, you are the only one that has access to them. Why not break them out, dust them off and share them with the rest of the world. Believe it or not, your family would love to learn more about your past and see pictures of the life they have only heard about.
Today is the day to do something about digitizing the photographic evidence of the time grandma actually got everyone to stand still long enough for a family photo. It's never been easier to use a photo scanning service or to take care of it yourself.
At Lastly.com, we believe preserving the past is important and we believe these four options are worth the investment of your time and/or money.
Option 1 - Buy a Scanner
Here is an example of one of the thousands of scanners available for purchase:
Canon CanoScan LiDE220 Photo and Document Scanner
Link to Scanner: Cannon CanoScan
Pros: You’re in full control & your privacy is secure.
Cons: It’s time consuming and you have to deal with any technical flare ups.
Investment: Varied price points and lots of man hours
If you would like to compare some photo scanners, pc mag has a great comparison chart.
Option 2 - There's an App for That
If your phone has a great camera, this might be a great option for you:
PhotoScan App by Google Photos (available in iTunes and Google Play).
Watch this video to find out how easy it is to use: PhotoScan App Video
Pros: Photos are saved in your Google/Gmail account (up to 15 GB free - you can purchase more storage if you need it). The App makes it super easy as long as you have a nice camera (make sure the lens is clean).
Cons: You might run out of space and people can get confused if they have multiple Google/Gmail accounts. In some reviews, people mention the quality of the scan might not be as high of a resolution as you would like.
Investment: Even though it’s faster than a scanner, it’s still time consuming. The app and 15 GB of storage are free, but then you may have to upgrade to a monthly contract with Google to increase your storage.
Option 3 - Use a Professional Photo Scanning Service
If you don't have the time to scan a lot of photos yourself, or you simply don't want to, this is certainly the easiest route for you. Plus, your photos are in the hands of professionals who do this day-in and day-out. They know what they're doing and use the equipment that is best for your needs. One of our favorites is highlighted below.
Scanning Service: FotoBridge.com
Pros: Merely collect your photos, mail them in and viola! You’ll receive a disc with your photos and they can also upload them directly to your Dropbox/Google Drive/Flickr account. There are add on services you can choose from to make your memories even more special.
They can also digitize all of your physical media...not just photos!
Cons: This option costs more than the app, but you are paying for a special service. You have to mail your photos away for a short time for the scanning before they are mailed back to you.
Investment: The price depends on how many photos you send in to be scanned.
But don't take our word for it, check them out for yourself using one of the links above.
Option 4 - That's What Family is For
We’re willing to bet there is a young whipper snapper in your family who might like to make an extra buck: Enlist the help of one of your family members. Have you seen these kids on electronic devices today? It looks like they were born with them in their hands. They'll certainly be able to help you out, or at least guide you in the right direction. Don't hesitate to ask.
Pros: You can save time and overcome your technology fears by getting someone to help you.
Cons: Depending on the family member, they may not take the time to ‘get it right’ and the quality of the scans may be poor.
Investment: Depends on your agreement with your family member.
So what do I do with my scanned photos once they are digitized?
We’re glad you asked!
You can add them to your Lastly.com account for your friends and family to view. This will make your Lastly.com timeline rich with detail and transport the viewer to that place and time. Adding the significant photos of your past will enhance your Life Story and help secure your legacy for the future.
Lastly.com enables you to easily capture the stories and special moments throughout your life (or that of a loved one) so that you will be remembered and cherished by future generations.
Which of the four options is right for you? We’d love to hear your experiences. Leave a comment below with your advice for future readers.