Don't Digitize Your Photos Before Doing This

Posted by Julie Morris on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 @ 06:00 AM

Don't Digitize Your Photos Before Doing ThisNow that summer is here, you finally have time to work on your goal of digitizing photos. Before you start emptying boxes and packing up photos, some prep work is necessary.

While it’s easiest to dump your photos into a UPS or FedEx box, your result may include an undesirable photo selection. Spend some time developing a process before you digitize photos and see the results of your effort later.

Here are a few suggestions that will make it easier for you to digitize photos.

Choose Powerful Images

Photo collections can range from tiny to extra-large; a couple hundred pictures to tens of thousands. Digitizing each and every single photo isn’t necessary. Every collection has a few pictures that may not make the final cut. Professional organizer Darla DeMorrow offered a great tip to those interested in digitizing photos: “Share the good stuff before the details are gone.”

Only incorporate meaningful images. Twenty years from now, would you rather have 8 random pictures of New York City buildings or the one image of your grandparents in Central Park?

Get Organized

It may be tempting to put this off until you digitize photos, but starting early is critical. Don’t try to organize everything in one sweep. Take it one step at a time and develop a system that works for you.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Having a sorting partner will help you be objective in your selection.

Organizing experts recommend organizing photos into events. If you have a few pictures that you need digitized but don’t fit into an event category, try dividing photos into years. This is the most time consuming part of digitizing photos, but once you’re finished, you’re one step closer to accomplishing your goal!

Plan a Surprise

One of the main reasons digitizing photos is so popular is because you can now share photos with family and friends. Instead of just emailing out your new digitized photos, plan an event around the big reveal. When you work with FotoBridge, you’ll know you’ll receive your digitized photos in days not weeks so you can set up a surprise. We’ve come up with a few fun ideas thanks to Pinterest, but the possibilities are endless.

The next time a holiday or birthday rolls around, you’ll be prepared to showcase your memories. Don’t be afraid to get creative! You’ve always got a digital backup that will retain the same quality.

Digitizing photos can be a detailed process but in the long run, it’s well worth the time and effort. Before you start scanning, develop a plan and stick to it.


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