Cody recently bought an Epson FastFoto to capture his old family photos. But how can he add metadata to it? Leo says that the EFF does scan the back of the photo as well, and can add that to metadata. But other than that, Cody will need to add that in software manually. One way around this is to upload all those photos to Google Photos and it will use both facial recognition and background data to determine who and where is in the picture. Irfanview is another good option for WIndows.
Linda is looking for a good scanner for scanning her photos. Leo says the best is the Epson FastFoto Scanner. It's a high-speed photo scanner that will also scan the back of a photo and do it with a sheet feeder. But it's not cheap at $500. Another option is to use your digital camera. She can even use a smartphone.
Michael is buying an all in one printer, and he's not going to do a lot of printing. He's doing more scanning of photographs. He's looking at sending the negatives and slides to a service. But it seems there are just too many models to choose from. What should he get? Leo recommends to check out Amazon reviews. They are always your friend. The Wirecutter is very good for recommendations, as is PC Magazine. The Epson Fast Photo (Epson is a sponsor of the TWiT Network) is expensive at $600, but if you have thousands of photos to scan, it's a good one to go with.
Steve wants to know a way to convert photos and videos into a DVD. Leo says that ScanCafe is a site that will send you a box and you fill it and then they will scan it all and return them with a DVD of your memories. It's not that cheap, but they will clean up your negatives and give you the best possible image. But you also have to be OK with mailing your photos and videos, trusting you'll get them back. If you're not, you can always just use a camera and an easel and take pictures of each image.
Gary has reconnected with an old friend, but he has no digital access. He wants to be able to create a slide show of pictures and burn it to a DVD so he can watch it with his TV. Leo says that while it hasn't been popular for awhile, it's still doable. Roxio makes great DVD burning software that will do it. Another option is Corel DVD MovieFactory Pro 7.
Peter has been spring cleaning and he's got thousands of photos that he'd like to scan and digitize. Leo says that's a great project. But he'll have to be sure he has several backups. Print photos are tough and time consuming. He can get a scanner and do it, but after factoring in his time, it's better to just use a service like Scan CafeEpson Perfection Series. It may actually be faster and better to use a good still camera to shoot the photos.