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Let’s back up…

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Our friends over at Mosaic Archive, a digital asset archive system for serious photographers, wrote this post about his great-grandmother's trip to Asia. It was such a great post (with some amazing old photography) that we had to share!


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Last fall, I wrote a post showing some photos that my great-grandmother took on her trips to Asia in the late 1950s: Digital Asset Management In Action With Mama's Photos

This post seemed to grab a lot of people. The photos were pretty darn good. But personally, I think it was something greater that made fellow photographers remember this post.

As serious photographers, we cherish our photos the minute we make them. We have backup systems, add metadata, catalog the images using Lightroom or Aperture, and use online photo storage services so that we can find, use and protect our images.

We do this for immediate benefit (find them now to share on Facebook) and for long term benefits (so I can find my photos 1 month, 1 year or 100 years from now). This is what Digital Asset Management is all about.

A woman ahead of her time, my great-grandmother decided to travel the world. As a widowed school teacher, she wasn't one to sit still. She didn’t just go to Yellowstone and Yosemite, she visited Thailand, Tibet, China, Iran, Greece, Napal, Cambodia, and Japan.

Mama India 1959

The photos were passed down to my mother. My mother used a great service called Go Photo for slide scanning. Our family has also used GoPhoto for video to dvd conversion. These images have now been shared on Facebook for the entire family to enjoy.

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Scanning How To

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

When folks start thinking about taking on a photo scanning project, one of the first things they look into is a scanning how to.

As we get geared up for Spring Cleaning, remember that you are mightier than the dusty pile of old photos, slides, negatives and VHS tapes taking up space at the back of the entry hall closet. Even slide scanning is possible with the use of the right equipment, and a good allotment of extra time.

(Of course, the easiest way to get your negatives, slides and photos to digital is to send them to a good picture scanning service like GoPhoto, but some people just really like to do things themselves. Hey, we understand.)

Here are some tips if you're a DIYer who's going to get those old memories safely digitized this spring:

1. Cleanliness is next to all things goodliness. Be sure to clean the glass (no streaks!) and remove dust, lint, hair and any other noise that might transfer onto the image. The same goes for the asset itself - make sure those slides and such are dust-free! Rubber gloves for you and compressed air can to blow off your assets will be a great help in this project.

2. Even if you're scanning black-and-white photos, you should choose the color setting on your scanner. Somehow, the scans seem to turn out better.

3. Resolution settings are what determine the quality of your scan. For archival scans, you'll want to use a 600dpi setting. In general, you probably don't want to scan photos at less than 300 dpi.

4. Your hi-res scans will take up a fair amount of space, so you'll want to back them up on an external drive, a cloud-based storage system, or even an old-school DVD. Make backups of your backups, and store one set somewhere that's not in your home - a safety deposit box is a good spot for your external drive.

Happy scanning!

Slide scanning – risk free

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Circa 1978, flipping into the pool

Photo scanning is a pretty easy undertaking (with GoPhoto, of course) in that you know exactly what you're digitizing.

Slide scanning and negative scanning, on the other hand - well, it can be a great mystery. When you unearth an old slide carousel or find that shoebox full of negatives, it's pretty tough to tell what's on them.

And this is why we started the company with the GoPhoto Risk-Free Promise: send everything you have without worry. We'll scan it all and set the images up into online albums for review, and you can delete the scans you don't want with no deletion cap.

What this means is that you only pay for the scans you keep! We're the only scanning service that makes this promise, and we do it because we want to help lower the barriers for folks to recapture their pasts.

We scan in the United States, too, so you can feel good about the fact that recapturing your past is helping contribute toward a better tomorrow for the GoPhoto scanning crew.

So come on, what are you waiting for? Just box up your images and send them off to us. Yep, it's really that easy.

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