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What's a Fast Way to Digitize Physical Photos?

Epson FastFoto FF-680W

Episode 1603

Nate from Tustin, CA

Nate is looking for a fast way to digitize his Mom's physical photos. Leo says that you can go to a service bureau like Scancafe where you can ship them your photos in a box that they send you, and they will send you back CD's of your digitized photos. However, since Nate has tons of photos to be digitized, Leo recommends buying a scanner and doing it himself. Leo recommends the brand, Epson, on scanning your photos because they have a type of scanners called FastFoto that has a feed that is great for scanning photos quickly.

How can I digitize a large quantity of photos?

Google Photos

Episode 1497

Richard from Tuckahoe, NY

Richard has tons of photographs and he has to digitize all of them. He's thinking of using his iPhone to take pictures of them and then put them on Google Photos. Leo says the only issue here will be time. Essentially taking a photo of the physical photos is all a scanner is doing anyway. The advantage of using an actual scanner, however, is that there will be perfect lighting and the picture is exactly flat to the camera. The scanner can get a high resolution photo by being able to slowly scan across the image.

What's the best way to digitize old family photos? (Part 2)

Episode 898

Steve from Miami, FL

Leo recommends ScanCafe.com as opposed to doing this all manually himself. It's about 22 cents an image, but will be much better than investing the time and equipment into scanning in the images and cleaning them up himself. ScanCafe also has a shoebox where he could fill up a shoebox for a flat fee.

Costco and Walmart also offer similar services.