questionshave you digitized all your old photos?

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No, it's too much of a pain. If I need something digital, I'll scan it then. Could be interesting to get them scanned through a service or something. esp if you still have the negatives.

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Funny you should ask, I just started scanning mine last month. I set aside about an hour a week to do it, and I do it like this: place as many pictures on your scanner as possible, and scan the group once. Copy the scan as many times as you need and go on and crop and make your adjustments to each picture in the group scan. I then rename the file of each finished picture to help keep track of it. It actually goes pretty fast for me, and the editing tools actually help improve the quality of some of my older and poorly cropped photos....

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All of my photos were taken on digital cameras and then printed, with the exception of underwater snorkeling pictures which I had put onto a CD when I got them developed. Prior to digital cameras, I didn't take any photos.

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@tarasadies: That's not bad, I suppose. Just set aside an hour a week for it. Would take a while, but better than nothing.

@mrmucox: I've considered just sending out the negatives somewhere. But, I don't have all the negatives.. I do have all the photos :-)

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@kmeltzer & @tarasadies: If you are mostly scanning 4x6's and smaller, there are automatic feeders you can buy for flatbed scanners that replace the cover and feed them through. Would certainly make it faster to do home scanning. They are in the $100 - $200 range.

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I've been cleaning up and sorting through crap, not necessarily throwing it away (some of it is useful crap) but organizing and inventorying it. (I don't want to follow in my parents' footsteps, leaving a ton of old junk around for my kids to have to deal with when I fall off this coil.)

Last weekend, I realized I have two paper boxes (ie. the boxes from ten reams of 8-1/2"x11" cut sheet paper) with photos dating back to the early 1980s that need to be sorted and dealt with.

While I know it will bring back many memories (some bad, most good), I also know that it will likely take me months to do (I tend to be too nostalgic). Regardless, I am not looking forward to it.

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Keep an eye out on Groupon and similar sites for deals on mass scanning. I found one for $29 for 1,000 photos and bought two for my mother-in-law who has boxes and boxes of unsorted photos. So we all spent a day separating them into good and crap and mailed them off to be scanned. She was thrilled with the results and the time vs. cost of scanning it all myself was absolutely worth it, plus the quality was far better than I'd have gotten on my scanner.

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It's much easier if you have the negatives. You can use an adapter and do a strip at a time, or like my daughter - a Cannon copier with digitizer attachment does a whole roll at a time. Doing over 200 rolls of film negatives takes a while (10-15 minutes a roll to digitize, half an hour each to load up and remove). Doing 25 years of photos as I have, is a lifetime of work. So far, I have about 10 DVDs of converted photos, about a thousand photos to the DVD, about 2 years work. Probably need to do this for 2 more years to finish. Then work on about 1000 slides. Fortunately, I switched to digital cameras early on, or I'd have so much more to do.