Dear Geek Girlfriend,
I have a question that I assume others have as well. I’m older than the “fully digital era” of kid photos and am jealous of my young friends whose kid photos are all digital. They are able to make lovely photo books from their photos. They don’t have huge plastic tubs full of prints cluttering up the house. All my photos are prints. Do I have to scan each one and submit upload the scan to one of those these online photo storage places? Tell me there is an easier way?
Of course there is an easier way! In fact, I’m in the same boat you are in. When my kids were all adorable and pink, I used a film camera. So I have boxes of prints and an embarrassing quantity of undeveloped film. Even my home movies are on old formats I can no longer play.
Oddly enough, there is an easy solution for the undeveloped film. Sites that invite you to upload digital photos, will often also develop film for you, store digital photos on their site, and send the negatives back to you. (This is also great if you buy one of those disposable cameras on vacation.) I used these services back when digital cameras were a luxury when my kids were young. But Shutterfly.com, for one, still does this.
Prints are a bit more trouble because someone will have to scan those. Some scanners are better than others, though. Big professional scanners can do a pile of photos at once. Some will scan negatives. Those are both easier options than doing each print by hand. But I’m assuming you don’t have one of those scanners. There may be a photo service in your area that will do this for you but who wants to leave the house? (Okay, that might be just me.)
Check out Scan Digital. This place is exactly what you have in mind. From the Web site, generate a shipping label and slap it on a box. Then drop your photos in that box and ship it off. When your photos (or videos) arrive at Scan Digital they will be professionally spiffed up (yes, that’s the technical term), scanned, and uploaded to the Web. Then your prints will come back to you with a digital copy—you decide if you want them on DVD or hard drive. The service is not cheap. But I guess memories aren’t cheap either — especially when they are memories of kids. It will cost you $.48 minimum per print. Bulk packages start at $89.95. (Use this coupon code — 2029196172 – so they know I sent you.)
Since most of us probably have some photos lying around that we would like to bring into the digital age, I contacted Scan Digital to arrange a giveaway. And they were happy to do it! So I have $50 of Scan Digital service to give away! Thanks Pamela!
Post in the comments to enter. Maybe you can digitize you photos and keep your money, too?
This contest closed on January 31, 2009. Congratulations Maureen!