Wow! What an honor! Memories Renewed was chosen by The Wirecutter as the best option for most people looking to get their collection scanned. It truly is an honor because there is a sea of options available when choosing a service.
Your photos and videos are important! We strive to do our best to provide you with an affordable yet personalized service. We’ve found that a one size fits all package deal does not jive with the variety of projects and does not meet the specific needs for most people. We don’t require payment upfront; every project is different! We will give you an initial quote, digitize your materials and charge you for only the work done. Simple!
Thanks again to The Wirecutter and to all our customers over the years!
Scrapbooks are One of a Kind
If you have ever created a scrapbook on your own or looked through one made by someone else, you can appreciate the amount of love and effort that goes into making one. The unique nature of such an album makes it one of a kind and irreplaceable if lost or destroyed by natural disaster.
Digitally Preserve for the Future
The best way to ensure a scrapbook is around for the future is by digitally scanning all the pages. Not only is the scrapbook backed up, but also available to view with a computer and magnified on a screen to easily read and view photos.
Family Members Each Have a Copy
The problem with a scrapbook is there is only one copy that one person is in possession of. Once digital, the images can be easily shared with family members so everyone has their own copy. We can create multiple data discs or can load the images on a USB flash drive to be copied. We can also compile the pages into a PDF document for easy viewing.
The most common size of scrapbook pages are 12″ x 12″. We have the equipment to large enough to scan each page as one image at high resolution for archival quality digital images.
Digital Image Megapixels
We are all familiar with the term ‘megapixels’ in describing the image size and clarity of pictures taken with digital cameras and smartphones. A large megapixel image contains a high density of image pixels that make up the image. This is great for enlargement and cropping with maximum detail.
Scanning print photos and film to digital uses the same concept as a digital camera, only the image is produced during the scanning process. The term scanning resolution refers to the size of the digital image produced from scanning. A higher resolution allows for flexibility of enlargement for cropping or printing. It is important to understand this concept before pursuing any scanning project.
Choosing a Resolution Setting
The scanning resolution to choose is first determined by the size of the original media. The smaller the original, the higher the resolution setting needs to be to produce a large scan. The output digital image can be calculated by multiplying the dimensions of the original source by the resolution setting, giving you the image pixel size.
Here is an example illustration based on scanning a 4×6 photo to digital.
Scan a 4×6 photo at 96dpi = 384×576
Scan a 4×6 photo at 300dpi = 1200×1800
Scan a 4×6 photo at 600dpi = 2400×3600
You can then calculate the image dimensions for the megapixel size in relation to digital camera photos.
96dpi = 384×576 = 0.22 Megapixels
300dpi = 1200×1800 = 2.16 Megapixels
600dpi = 2400×3600 = 8.64 Megapixels
As a general rule it is best to scan at high resolution for increased flexibility for cropping, enlarging, or printing. A high resolution image can always be downsized for multimedia uses like email and slide shows, but a low resolution cannot be enlarged to produce a quality image due to lack of image pixels. If a low resolution photo is enlarged, this results in a pixelated image lacking in detail.
Climate Change and Increased Chance of Flooding
Each year seems to be a record setting year with extreme temperatures and huge amounts moisture. All that extra moisture has to go somewhere when it evaporates or falls as snow or rain, hopefully it’s not your basement or attic! Most people store away their old boxes of photos, slides, or films in a basement closet or their attic and when they are out of sight, they are out of mind… until it’s too late. Each year you see the news stories of someone’s treasured memories ruined forever because of moisture. Don’t let that happen to you!
Digitize and Preserve Them
Not only does digitizing your old film and photos protect them from the elements, you’ll be able to enjoy them again and share with friends and family. With every scanning order, Memories Renewed offers a private gallery for you and your family to log into and enter in titles and descriptions of each photo. That information is stored directly in the meta data of each digital image. This eliminates the need to write on the back of the photo, risking ink bleeding from the back of one photograph and onto the front of another.
Plastic is your Friend
Once they are digital, make sure you store them away properly for safe keeping. If you have loose photos, group them up and store them in zip storage bags to protect them from moisture. If you have old photo albums or photos in frames, buy some large plastic storage bins with a good tight seal to protect them from humidity. Store them all in a cool dry place. This is especially important for old negatives and film where mold can ruin your originals.
Salvaging Wet Photos
If it’s already too late and your cherished photos have gotten wet, act fast. The longer you wait the more damage, such as mold can occur. First, gently separate photos from one another and be very careful not to rub the photos. Secondly, clean any mud or residue from them by rinsing them in clean water. Thirdly, lay them out individually to dry on paper towels. Do not use newspaper or brown paper bags, as the ink can transfer to the photos and cause additional damage. Periodically change the paper towels until they are completely dry.
Restore Damaged Photos
Do you have some photos that have already suffered some water damage or mold? Memories Renewed’s photo restoration service can help. We’ve worked with many clients to scan and digitally restore damaged photos to bring them back to life. We can even reprint them in a variety of sizes.
Bad Pictures of Photos
We’ve all seen it, bad Throwback Thursday pics. No, I’m not talking about bad hair or outfits. I’m talking about uncropped, glarey, speckled, or skewed photos of photos taken with a cellphone camera.
Let’s face it, we live in a digital world, but all our best Throwback Thursday material is physical. Most people don’t have the time or the means to get a good digital image from their old physical media, so they snap a picture with their cellphone and share. Sure you may get likes and comments but could that photo have looked better? Absolutely! Don’t tarnish those memories with glares and speckles.
Scan Your Old Photos
First, get yourself a flatbed scanner (if you don’t already have one) and make sure you know how to use it properly. I recommend scanning your images at least 600 dpi in case you ever want to print a copy larger than the original, but for posting online 300 dpi is adequate.
Then go through your photo collection and pick out photos that are worth digitizing and toss all those photos of your shoe or thumb. Try to group your photos in piles that are sorted by subject or date as it will help you organize the photos digitally once you scan them all.
Now that you have your photos collected and sorted, start up the scanner and go to work! Make sure you have some time to dedicate to scanning your photos as it can take a lot longer than you think, but it’s much easier to do them all at once instead of scanning them individually as you need them. If you don’t have the time to scan all those photos, or you don’t have the patience you can hire a professional that is setup do them all at a much faster pace.
Touch up the Scans
Once you have the photos scanned, it’s best to make sure they are rotated properly, cropped, and all dust specks and red eyes are removed. There are various software packages out there that you can download for free, but be prepared to spend a little time learning your way around if you’ve never used a photo editing package before. Again, if this is something that intimidates you, I recommend hiring someone that can make the necessary corrections quickly.
You’ve got all your photos scanned, edited, and you now have a collection of good looking Throwback Thursday material! Of course you want to pick out photos that will generate a good chuckle or aww and you probably ran across some gems while sorting all your photos.
Share your Scans
Now you’re ready to upload your photo(s) to Facebook and generate a lot of likes and comments without having to worry about others cringing at or sharing the bad looking photo!
Do you know the differences between a JPEG or TIFF format digital image? Each format has its benefits and drawbacks and it is important to understand and consider the difference.
This format is highly compatible and common for general purposes. It is the standard file format in modern digital cameras and uses a lossy compression to keep files at a reasonable size. The trade-off is that some image data is lost each time the file is opened and saved, depending on the compression level used. Therefore it is not the best format for extensive editing but great for sharing.
This format is uncompressed meaning 100% of image data is retained even when edited and saved. It is the standard format for most commercial and professional printing needs. The trade-off with TIFF format is the larger file sizes which may be more cumbersome and take up more hard drive space.
Not Sure Which to Choose?
This depends mostly on how the images will be used. We recommend TIFF for your most important archival photos or JPEG for general snapshots that require little or no editing. We offer either format, or both, based on your needs.
Alzheimer’s and other dementia related diseases of the brain have devastating effects on memory loss in those who progress through the illness. The ability to learn new information and develop new relationships diminishes. However, often times memories from the past can be more clear and enjoyable to focus on.
Family members can help to keep those memories alive by making photos or video easy to enjoy after converting to digital. Here are some suggestions:
Digital Photo Frames
Load family photos on an SD card to view on a digital photo frame. It can be turned on in a room where the person spends the most time and the cycling of the pictures keeps the mind active and making connections with faces and events. It is an enjoyable way to keep photo memories alive.
Choose pictures from throughout the person’s life and design a Photo Book online to print. This offers a more tangible and creative way of looking through pictures all in one book. You may also print names, places, and dates by pictures to help remember the details. It becomes a great coffee table addition.
Make a video slideshow out of pictures to view on a TV. With this option you can add music that the person loves the most to mix with the pictures. The combination of pictures and music from the time can really evoke memory and emotion and is more enjoyable than most programs there are to watch on TV.
If you have 8mm reel films or videotapes with camcorder footage, transfer to DVD for easy viewing on TV. Gather the family around and take a trip down memory lane. The person suffering from memory loss will enjoy hearing everyone laugh and tell stories while the video plays.
You know that box in the closet, the one that contains irreplaceable and priceless memories. It’s time to crack open that box and rediscover hidden memories by converting to digital media! There a number of reasons to do so, and here are the main two.
Preserve Memories for the Future
Protect irreplaceable memories from unforeseen natural disaster by backing up to digital and creating multiple copies for family members. This greatly reduces the risk of loss or damage to the original media. Digitizing also stops the aging process of media and with various software techniques greatly improve the existing quality. The future is digital and bringing the past into the present is essential for preserving family history that may otherwise be lost in time.
Enjoy the Memories Now
There are far more ways today to enjoy viewing pictures and video of days gone by than ever before. If everyone has their own copy of photos and video then they can enjoy them in their own way. Share images and video online with social media, create photo books, load images on a digital photo frame, or view anytime on your mobile device or tablet. You can’t do any of that when your old media is sitting in a box in the basement or attic.