Perhaps you have an old photo album inherited from grandmother or Aunt Sue. Or perhaps your historic photo collection is huge and housed in boxes. Whatever the case may be, these photos are irreplaceable and prints do fade over time. You surely don't want the history in those photographs to be lost.
If you can invest some time in the project, you can scan and archive these pictures yourself and save the very large fees that a professional service would charge for doing this for you.
This site will step you through the process, telling you what you will need, what to do, and how to do it. It will also give you some background information on the basics of digital imaging.
If you are using Windows 8.x, do yourself a favor and click the Desktop charm. Stay in Desktop mode while working with your pictures.
Getting StartedPlease click the image to the right to see the panels contained in a pdf file. These will give you an overview of what you will need to complete the project. If you miss it, that's ok, as we'll go through the whole process with more details included and we move along. This is a Portable Document File (pdf) which requires Adobe Reader. If you don't have Adobe Reader, a free download, please follow this link.
Things to ConsiderHere's a quick list of the things that need to be considered before you dive in and links to the pages on those topics:
- The Hardware (computer equipment)
- The Software (programs)
- How will you distribute your collection to family & friends?
- How will you display your collection?
- Plan your file organization before you start.
First, we will look at at the equipment and software you will need to accomplish this project, and some purchase suggestions for items that are not in your arsenal. Then we will begin with the instructions along with some technical information to help with some understanding of digital imaging. You will end up with more information than you expected to know, but hopefully, not more than you ever wanted to know.