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Top 7 Reasons to Scan Your Old Photos

While most of us have switched to digital cameras we all have boxes and photo albums lingering in our closet and under our bed. It can be daunting to even consider scanning all your pictures, but it's certainly worth it. Why you wonder?

  • Protection - Scanning your photos will allow you to protect your precious memories from fire, flood and forgetfulness. For many of us, pictures of the baby’s first steps, your parents’ wedding, or that fun-filled trip you took to Maui as a child, are so irreplaceable that they’re the first things we think of taking when faced with the threat of natural disaster.
  • Save them from the abyss - Preserve old photos that have withstood the test of time before they crumble or become discolored.
  • Sharing is caring - Sharing your photos with family and friends is much easier when they're digital. You can share photo albums though services like KODAK “EasyShare’ gallery, Flickr or even your TeamSugar album.

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  • You don't have to do-it-yourself - If you are worried about the amount of time it will take to scan all your photos you can always get outside help. You can get up to 200 photos professionally scanned in minutes with KODAK Gallery’s Scan Van or at a local photo studio.
  • Get organized! - Once you’ve scanned in the photos, you can organize your pictures chronologically, by event, or by family member—with just a couple of clicks.
  • Easily edit your photos - You can take pictures with spontaneity and fix the details online by using all my photography tips.
  • Photo books make great gifts - Once your photos are uploaded, you can make a beautiful leather-bound legacy photo book to mark your mother’s birthday, or put your new baby’s face on a mouse pad or coffee mug, so Grandma will always have him close by.


Join The Conversation
areasontohope areasontohope 9 years
I love old photos ;) Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Me as a little girl.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
I know it all seems so daunting to everyone, but it is really really important. I kept bugging my mom to do it, and she kept saying that she would get around to it. She finally started on all of the really old pictures that she had from my great grandmother. well - in June she was the victim of an arsonist and her whole house burned down, and so did a lot of her pictures. A lot of the precious pictures that were old. And - like shini is afraid of - her computer hard drive was actually melted. So - I would suggest getting those pics onto CDs or DVDs and getting them in a fireproof and waterproof safe - they don't take up much room. They are way too precious to lose and you'll kick yourself if you don't.
AbSugar AbSugar 9 years
I've been planning on scanning my photos for a while. The whole task just seems so daunting though, do I keep putting it off.
catstarr catstarr 9 years
I need to get a good quality scanner and start scanning some of my old images. And some of my newer ones that were taken in photobooths or with polaroid cameras.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i should do this to my mom's pics so that i can have a copy. thanks for the reminder!
jill12 jill12 9 years
this is on my list of things to finish before I die! lol
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I did this for my grandma not too long ago. She has some amazing old family pictures.
millarci millarci 9 years
I love old school photos. I have a film camera that I love to death and wouldn't trade it for the best digital camera! I took a photography class and I learned how to print my own photos. There's no feeling like the joy of taking pics with a film camera, developing the film yourself, and printing them in a darkroom. I have a whole bunch of negatives that I will be scanning. But I still prefer to print my photos. 24 hour photo places just don't print them right.
shini shini 9 years
good point but if there's a floor or fire I'm afraid my HD might burn as well :'( is paranoid/
lvgrooves lvgrooves 9 years
true true. It is worth your while to scan and preserve your old photos and have them saved onto a cd, even if its time consuming (do it Little by little ^_^). If you dont have a scanner, I would suggest going to Wal-mart. When I was a photo specialist at the photo lab people always came in to drop off loads of ancient photos. For people who are computer/scanner illiterate, the ppl there will help/teach you or you can drop them off and they'll determine when it will be done and call you. Better than nothing! ^_^
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
:D i miss old school photos :(
mellafe mellafe 9 years
We just did this with my grandparents' pictures, when they went to Italy in 1959. Scanned and then took them to Kodak and printed them out. They're so pretty now.
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
good points.
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