– Ben Martens

Scanning Photos

I finally finished up a project that has been on my mind for years. I scanned in most of the photo prints that I have collected in my life. Here are a few things I realized through the project:

  • Keeping photos in print form is extremely unreliable. Any number of things could damage the pictures. Now they are safe in digital form and stored on multiple hard drives.
  • I skipped a lot of photos of animals and places. The photos that I really considered valuable were of people.
  • I’ll never recommend this project to anyone. There are many companies on the internet that will scan in bulk qualities of photos for pennies per pictures. Pay for the highest resolution possible. You don’t want to do this twice.
  • Digital cameras have completely changed our lives. Looking through all these pictures brought back floods of memories about how careful I used to be with each picture. I ended up with a higher percentage of quality pictures, but I missed a LOT of moments.

All in all, I scanned in over 600 pictures. It’s done! I will still keep the shoeboxes with pictures, but now I’m not so nervous about them being damaged. Someday I’ll probably toss them.