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Why you should scan your paper photos

October 10th, 2016

Everyone has paper photos. Many of us have stored our older paper photographs in photo albums or shoeboxes. And while we may think that they are protected, the truth is…older photo albums and non-acidic boxes which hold our treasured memories, often damage the images they are meant to protect.

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They turn brown

You heard it right. Based off of the type of ink that was used for printing the photo and how it’s stored, our photos fade. Some turn a brown, yellow or reddish shade of color. Paper photos are also susceptible to mold damage, so you should always store your photos in a place within the home that has the most consistently median heat (50 to 70 F) and low humidity.

They are inaccessible

Who wants to dig through the attic or a scary basement to look for those long lost memories? Albums and shoeboxes are so clunky and dusty – no wonder they never receive any visitors. Make it easier by scanning those paper photos and making digital photo albums on sites like Shutterfly or Mixbook. Better yet, contact Storyteller to design one for you!

Fire or Flood Loss Prevention

Fires and floods do happen, and they have the power to swallow up those memories forever. But if you digitize your photos, they’ll not only be in a safe place (ie: an external hard drive or cloud), but your other family members may enjoy them as well.

 

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Scanning photos might seem easy, but like everything with technology, there are a few things that can go wrong.

  • People forget to crop the images
  • Scanners might have default settings turned on, which should be turned off
  • People don’t scan the right resolution
  • The photos are saved in the wrong format
  • The scanner used is not optimum for archiving purposes

When preserving your memories, why not hire the a professional who can save you the time and stress? Contact us for finding ways on how we can help you get started on scanning your photo collection!

If you’re a DIY’er, we recommend educating yourself before taking on the huge task of scanning your own photo collection if you have no prior experience. Proceed with caution, and scan in small batches to ensure everything has been properly archived!

You wouldn’t want to scan 1500 paper photos, only then to find out that a setting was wrong. We urge you to either contact a professional like Storyteller, or seriously educate yourself on scanning your own materials.

Happy Memory Preserving!

 

Photo Organizing Post-Event (Holiday, Birthdays, Travel)

December 14th, 2015

The average number of pictures taken per year with smart phones for the typical individual can be any where from 500-2000! Because we acquire so much media, it’s important to be efficient so that in the years to come, we don’t accidentally delete something. We also don’t want to overwhelm the next generation with gobs of disorganized media, creating more work for them!

How do I get started?

Clients have asked us, how do I get started on organizing my collection? The most important step is creating a Core Folder and File Structure which is non-software based. What does non-software based mean?

It means organizing your photo collection without using such photo softwares like iPhoto, Photos, Picassa and Adobe Lightroom. A non-software based photo collection can be seen on any platform (Mac or PC), and free from future problems if the software company changes direction (ie: Apple’s iPhoto software now becoming unavailable and changing to Photos).

Core Folder Structure Sample:

An organized photo collection should have one folder for each month of the year, labeled numerically as shown below. The number for each month is better than the name of each month because you can sort folders chronologically within any platform when labeled this way. IE: January of 2015 would be labeled numerically ‘2015-01’ (the ‘-01’ standing for January), and so forth.

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Core File Naming Sample:

We all know the familiar default photo names like ‘IMG_7832’ or ‘DCM_0542’. But when you’re trying to find a certain photo from a particular date, it can cause a challenge! Even if your photos are divided in to named folders, files can accidentally be switched from folder to folder. This leads to the photo organizers greatest secret: the file naming system of the who-what-where.

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I don’t have time to organize myself!!

If you don’t have time, that’s what we’re here for! Call us for discussing your project needs, and we can discuss our packages which will yield a priceless (and peaceful) result.