Why to Digitize Your Photos This Holiday Season

It’s a project we all hope to get to some day; just not right away. We dream of a utopia in which our life’s photos are perfectly organized and digitally backed up on external hard drives and cloud sites. But sorting and scanning photos by the hundreds is not an exciting prospect for most people. Given how busy our lives are, it’s easy to see why this project remains permanently on the back burner.

But the holidays may be a perfect time to get it off that burner. This may sound outlandish if you think your to-do list for the season is already daunting enough. But we are not suggesting you have to tackle this project on your own. Allow a reliable service to take it off your hands and suddenly it will seem a lot more doable. And once you’re off the starting block, you may want to consider also digitizing negatives, VHS and 8mm tapes and all your other analog assets as well. (more…)

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Time Travel With Old Photos

Photos can age over time – becoming dull, faded or strongly tinted. But these old photos from our open archives are different. Post our photo scanning and restoration processes, the colors in these pictures are vibrant and fresh. So, they don’t look like old photos at first glance. But they contain plenty of other elements that point to their vintage. In fact, those who want to play photo sleuth can zoom in on details (car models, for example) to try and figure out when they were taken.

The images capture everyday moments that are steeped in the mystique of the past. We may not know the people in them but we feel a connection to their lives and stories. And we feel drawn to use all the clues in the frame – people, clothing, backdrop, cars – to try and fill in these stories for ourselves. (more…)

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A Few Stunning Examples of Photo Restoration

Time is not always kind to photos. Many of them fade over the years. Others are afflicted by rips, scratches, water spots or mold.

Fortunately, in the right hands, this damage is reversible. Detailed photo repair is not an easy task but a reliable photo restoration service should be able to tackle it. Using the latest scanning and editing software, a specialist can take a damaged image and reconstruct it, pixel by painstaking pixel.

Just look at the examples below to see how skilled photo repair and restoration can perform miracles on time-worn memories.

Fading and color casts: With age and exposure to sunlight, photos (both color and black & whites) either look washed out or acquire strong, unwanted color casts. Color restoration work can help fix this problem.

Fading and Color Casts - Photo Restoration By ScanCafe

Fading and Color Casts - Photo Restoration by ScanCafe

Fading and Color Casts - Photo Restoration by ScanCafe

Fading and Color Casts - Photo Restoration by ScanCafe

Mold damage: Photos stored under humid conditions or that have been exposed to water at some point are prone to mold damage. It even affects framed photos and is also common with slides and negatives. Using some of the photo restoration tools out there, we can bring the shine back in mold damaged images.

Mold Damage - Photo Restoration by ScanCafe

Mold Damage - Photo Restoration by ScanCafe

Tears and rips: We often assume that scratched or ripped photos are beyond repair. But that’s not true. Advanced photo restoration techniques can help return these old images to their original glory.

Tears and Rips Photo Repair by ScanCafe

Tears and Rips Photo Repair by ScanCafe

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Three Photo Collections to Learn About Ourselves and Our World

By itself, a photo is simply a snapshot of a moment, captured and frozen in time. But when it’s part of a thoughtful collection, it takes on layers that tell us something about ourselves and the world around us.

The three collections described here were all compiled in different ways. One was a patient and deeply personal exercise spread out over forty years. Another is a painstakingly curated set of recognizable images, paired with stories of how were taken. The last one is a product of social media – born on Tumblr and bred on Instagram. Regardless of how they were put together, they are all powerful visual diaries that are worth flipping through.

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Snapshots of a Family in the Sixties

After this ScanCafe customer recently converted hundreds of family photographs and 8mm movies to digital, he was moved enough to share some of the pictures, along with a few details.

Here is his story – a simple but engaging account of life in the 1960s by the mountains:

Although the photo digitization project had been on my mind for a long time, it always lagged on the “back burner” as time went on. But when my beautiful mother, the matriarch of our family and our extended families passed away this past April, I felt the need to recapture some of our family history. I am sorry I did not do this sooner so that she could enjoy the results too.

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