Photos

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 backup photos from my mobile phone?

iPhone XS

Episode 1596

David from Riverside, CA

David takes a lot of pictures with his smartphone and he is having issues transferring his pictures to his computer. He plugs in the iPhone to his Windows PC and drags and drops. But it stops. Leo says that Windows is awful doing that. It's not fault tolerant and it can time out really easily. Microsoft has a command line option called ROBO COPY that'll handle it without error. But in the long run, that's a difficult way to do it. Leo recommends using Google Photos. And the photos are just as good.

How Can I Get my Photos Off of a Photo CD?

photo CDs

Episode 1572

Don from San Juan Capistrano, CA

Don has some Kodak photo CDs that he'd like to retrieve images from. He heard that Contenta is a good option, but it's pricey and Leo says he shouldn't have to spend any money on it. Unfortunately, photo CDs from the 90s were stored by Kodak in a proprietary PCD format. Leo recommends IrfanView since it can read PCD files. Don should be able to see them, open the files in IrfanView, and get them off into a more palpable format like JPG. But if he can't see them, TedFelix.com says PCD to JPG converter can do it as well.

How can I create a shared photo album for a small group of people to access?

Google Photos

Episode 1558

Roger from Chula Vista, CA

Roger needs to be able to post and share photos with an exclusive group of people. What's a good option for that online? Leo says a shared album is ideal. Google Photos is a great option for that. Facebook works if everyone is a Facebook member, but not everyone is or wants to be. Most people have Gmail, which means they have a Google Photos account by default. For pay, SmugMug is a good option.

How can I tag pictures and search them?

Google Photos

Episode 1541

Kathleen from Huntington Beach, CA

Kathleen has an iPhone and the sound is muffled. Leo says that it's easy to muffle the sound because of where the mic is. As Steve Jobs once said "people hold the iPhone wrong" all the time. Kathleen also wants to know how to tag her mobile pictures to sort and find them in Photos. Leo says that she can use tags in both Google Photos (Windows/Mac) and Apple Photos (Mac). Google Photos will also use face recognition. And if she presses the three dot icon, she can add descriptions in the metadata, which is searchable.

Can I download higher quality photos and videos by connecting over USB?

Google Pixel 3

Episode 1538

Garett from Chico, CA

Leo says yes, all Android phones can do this. He just needs to get a USB cable, either USB Type A or Type C depending on what his computer has. A Windows PC should be able to mount the phone as a drive, but he may need to get software for it if he's on Mac. He can look for "Android File Transfer Manager" which is a free program that allows the Mac to see the Android device.