3 Lessons You Can Learn From Scanning Photos

Posted by Julie Morris on Sat, Feb 16, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

3-lessons-you-can-learn-from-scanning-photosFor some of us school may have been over a long time ago (but who’s keeping track?). Regardless of when the last time you were in a classroom, I bet you can recall the subjects you covered and the lessons you learned. Now that you’re older (and much wiser) I bet you will also agree that much of life is like school - you do one task and end up taking away skills that can transfer into other parts of your life.

Scanning photos can be included in this category. When you scan photos, a lot more goes into this process besides simply grabbing a stack and making digital copies. There is a large preparation process, the actual task of getting your photos digitized and then the digital storage. Wouldn’t your teachers be proud of you now!

We think these three lessons are valuable takeaways after scanning your photos.

How To Organize

Okay, so we admit it - we can’t honestly say we’re the most organized people either but we can recognize the importance of a good methodology of organization for before, during and after scanning photos. Before you take on the task, a good option would be to identify how you want to organize your photos. Choose a year, type of event, individual person - whatever makes the most sense for you and your archives. During digitizing you want to make sure you are using a file naming system so that afterwards you can easily identify pictures and where they are from. Consider using the year and date or some other coding you can easily recognize. After you have digital copies of your photos, be mindful to keep all DVDs in one area or all files in one place on your computer. This whole process can be translated into other areas of your life - work, planning vacation for your family, even something as simple as grocery shopping. As far as we’re concerned, you can never be too organized.

Hardware/Software Experience

The world is constantly evolving. Technology is especially something that changes on a daily basis. In the process you’ll most likely be using devices such as flatbed scanners, slide scanner, Photoshop or perhaps you enlisted a photo scanning service. Now having worked with different kinds of scanners and services, you’ll be able to use your new found knowledge to scan other material or give the foundation to using more complicated machinery. This also relates to the software aspect. Photoshop and other similar programs can be used for an abundance of things - not just editing photos. Finding the right photo scanning service also leads you to have gone through a complete buying process which you may use a version of again to buy a car, a house or something else which requires your careful consideration and money.

Importance of Storage

If you’ve ever owned a computer, you probably know the importance of backing up your files. Technology is great but some times it does fail us (though we don't like to admit it). After you have spent your own time scanning photos or paying a photo scanning service to do it for you, the last thing you want to do is not properly store or back up your now digital archives. Be sure to save the files in more than one area and store the DVD’s in a safe place. This can be said for receipts, legal documents, etc. - better safe than sorry! Consider using Carbonite - for a small fee, Carbonite will continuously back up your files for you automatically.

So the learning didn't stop in school, it actually continued througout your entire life. Who knew? When scanning photos pay close attention to how you're organizing, what software and hardware you are learning to use and what kinds of storage mediums you're utilizing.

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