01-04-2015, 03:22 PM
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80s child here, so a lot of my older photos were on film. heck, even photos I took from my senior prom in 2004 were on film.

has anyone had their film photos converted to digital formats? this company seems to have the best prices I've found: http://www.scanmyphotos.com/

being that I work in IT, I'm a bit paranoid about losing data, and old photos seem to certainly be very vulnerable to this..

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 01-04-2015, 03:38 PM
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(01-04-2015, 03:22 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: 80s child here, so a lot of my older photos were on film. heck, even photos I took from my senior prom in 2004 were on film.

has anyone had their film photos converted to digital formats? this company seems to have the best prices I've found: http://www.scanmyphotos.com/

being that I work in IT, I'm a bit paranoid about losing data, and old photos seem to certainly be very vulnerable to this..

Are we talking just the photos themselves or the negatives?

If they're photos you can scan them yourself and save into a JPG file after a bit of photoshop work.

Negatives are just as easy, but you'll need to make a small box for the scanner. Instructions here.

Either way, DIY is the way to go.

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 01-04-2015, 03:45 PM
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cool, a clever method for scanning negatives Smile

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 01-04-2015, 03:53 PM
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(01-04-2015, 03:38 PM)KnurledNut Wrote:
(01-04-2015, 03:22 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: 80s child here, so a lot of my older photos were on film. heck, even photos I took from my senior prom in 2004 were on film.

has anyone had their film photos converted to digital formats? this company seems to have the best prices I've found: http://www.scanmyphotos.com/

being that I work in IT, I'm a bit paranoid about losing data, and old photos seem to certainly be very vulnerable to this..

Are we talking just the photos themselves or the negatives?

If they're photos you can scan them yourself and save into a JPG file after a bit of photoshop work.

Negatives are just as easy, but you'll need to make a small box for the scanner. Instructions here.

Either way, DIY is the way to go.

the photos them self...I'm not sure if I have any negatives laying around. doing it myself is way too laborious, imho.

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 01-04-2015, 03:54 PM
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(01-04-2015, 03:53 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: the photos them self...I'm not sure if I have any negatives laying around. doing it myself is way too laborious, imho.

I don't trust anyone with my old photos. If they get lost or mishandled you're screwed.

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 01-04-2015, 03:59 PM
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(01-04-2015, 03:54 PM)KnurledNut Wrote:
(01-04-2015, 03:53 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: the photos them self...I'm not sure if I have any negatives laying around. doing it myself is way too laborious, imho.

I don't trust anyone with my old photos. If they get lost or mishandled you're screwed.

true, and that certainly concerns me as well...but damn, scanning thousands of photos in a computer and then cropping them could take weeks or months, depending on how much time you devote to it.

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 01-04-2015, 04:02 PM
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(01-04-2015, 03:59 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote:
(01-04-2015, 03:54 PM)KnurledNut Wrote:
(01-04-2015, 03:53 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: the photos them self...I'm not sure if I have any negatives laying around. doing it myself is way too laborious, imho.

I don't trust anyone with my old photos. If they get lost or mishandled you're screwed.

true, and that certainly concerns me as well...but damn, scanning thousands of photos in a computer and then cropping them could take weeks or months, depending on how much time you devote to it.

Photos, themselves, if properly stored, should last a lifetime. I only scan the ones that I want to be able to upload and share online.

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 01-04-2015, 04:02 PM
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I have always been concerned about mailing mine away, Negatives or Prints. I purchased an Epson Flatbed Photo scanner and if I need a print or negative digitized its pretty quick.

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 01-04-2015, 04:06 PM
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(01-04-2015, 04:02 PM)KnurledNut Wrote:
(01-04-2015, 03:59 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote:
(01-04-2015, 03:54 PM)KnurledNut Wrote: I don't trust anyone with my old photos. If they get lost or mishandled you're screwed.

true, and that certainly concerns me as well...but damn, scanning thousands of photos in a computer and then cropping them could take weeks or months, depending on how much time you devote to it.

Photos, themselves, if properly stored, should last a lifetime. I only scan the ones that I want to be able to upload and share online.

not if your house gets robbed/flooded/burned down...

this is why I want to get them digitized: I have backup systems in place that keep local backups and then replicate those backups to an offsite location.

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 01-04-2015, 04:31 PM
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I've been meaning to find a way to not only digitize but save a family photograph that's over 100 years old. No negative, but the photo is on what appears to be a cardboard-type backing, and the edges have been flaking for a long while. I've kept it sealed in an air-tight bag, and don't like to handle it too much, but I know eventually it will be lost to atmosphere and time. I won't be shipping it anywhere, but I need to find a reputable walk-in establishment here in L.A. that can both stabilize the photo as well as transfer the image to digital.

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 01-04-2015, 04:42 PM
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I had my negatives scanned. It was scary, especially since I knew they were getting shipped to India eventually! However, doing it myself would have taken forever... to do decent negative scans you need a good scanner, you need to clean the film and get rid of dust, scan, fix colors. It's a long process.

I used ScanCafe, which was the cheapest I found at the time once I factored in coupons and the scanning resolution I wanted. In the end the results were very good and everything went and came back safely. It saved me probably months of work.

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 01-04-2015, 04:47 PM
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(01-04-2015, 04:31 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: I've been meaning to find a way to not only digitize but save a family photograph that's over 100 years old. No negative, but the photo is on what appears to be a cardboard-type backing, and the edges have been flaking for a long while. I've kept it sealed in an air-tight bag, and don't like to handle it too much, but I know eventually it will be lost to atmosphere and time. I won't be shipping it anywhere, but I need to find a reputable walk-in establishment here in L.A. that can both stabilize the photo as well as transfer the image to digital.

this company is in LA and reputable: http://www.scandigital.com/

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 01-04-2015, 05:22 PM
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(01-04-2015, 04:02 PM)eengler Wrote: I have always been concerned about mailing mine away, Negatives or Prints. I purchased an Epson Flatbed Photo scanner and if I need a print or negative digitized its pretty quick.

I also have an Epson flatbed photo scanner that works great. However, I didn't scan "thousands of photos," only the ones that have a particular meaning to me. I also don't crop and photoshop each one. I only want them stored in a safe place, and will do the work on them only when I want to print or share them.

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 01-04-2015, 05:53 PM
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(01-04-2015, 04:47 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: this company is in LA and reputable: http://www.scandigital.com/

Much obliged.

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 01-04-2015, 08:15 PM
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Best of luck, Andrew, but aren't the photos already stored in the best place there is... your memory! Thumbup

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 01-05-2015, 12:06 PM
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Many of my photos from the 70's are color prints and the color has faded significantly. I haven't gone looking for the negatives to see how the color in them has fared.

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 01-05-2015, 02:06 PM
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(01-04-2015, 03:59 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: true, and that certainly concerns me as well...but damn, scanning thousands of photos in a computer and then cropping them could take weeks or months, depending on how much time you devote to it.

You can spread the risk out by sending in multiple packages of smaller groups of photos. Your chance for something happening to some of your pictures goes up, but the risk to all your pictures goes way down. This is what I do to transfer our old videos...I only do a couple at a time.

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 01-05-2015, 04:11 PM
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(01-05-2015, 02:06 PM)5Savages Wrote:
(01-04-2015, 03:59 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: true, and that certainly concerns me as well...but damn, scanning thousands of photos in a computer and then cropping them could take weeks or months, depending on how much time you devote to it.

You can spread the risk out by sending in multiple packages of smaller groups of photos. Your chance for something happening to some of your pictures goes up, but the risk to all your pictures goes way down. This is what I do to transfer our old videos...I only do a couple at a time.

yeah...I'm also looking into a place that'll convert the photos at a decent price and one that's within driving distance.

we'll see what happens.

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 01-10-2015, 07:01 AM
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80'S guy here too. If you said film to youngsters they would say whats that? How did you get the pics into your smartphone. Hahaha

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