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Easy ways to digitize and preserve your old photos

Easy ways to digitize and preserve your old photos
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Name three places where I could find your old photos right now. I bet at least one of your answers will be photo albums, frames or shoeboxes. Unfortunately, years take a toll our precious photos.

It's time to get them into your computer. I know, it's a huge job that sounds as daunting as climbing Machu Picchu. Having done both, at least you won’t get altitude sickness working with photos.

Digitize the photos

The first step is getting your photos into a computer. Purchase a scanner, either an all-purpose flatbed model (starting at $100) or one made specifically for scanning photos, like this popular scanner on my site. Enter promo code SCAN14 when you buy to save $30, but hurry this offer expires 11:59 p.m. December 10.

You can also take photos of photos using your camera, smartphone or tablet. But if you are going to do that, download the Heirloom app that was created for scanning photos.

Heirloom automatically adjusts lighting, tweaks perspectives and crops edges so you don't have to do so much work. Plus, you can keep your pictures in albums and frames as you scan, so you don't have to spend time getting them out and potentially damaging them.

If you have tons of photos, consider sending them to a photo-scanning service like FotoBridge, PhotoBin, or ScanCafe. The average price is typically $75 for 250 photos.

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