Essentially, the process is as follows; your photos are scanned professionally and given to you on a CD or DVD. Because the photos are scanned by the pros, the photos (especially the vintage ones) come out looking better than before. Just because the photos are scanned and given to you on a CD/DVD doesn't mean you throw away the originals—we look at it as insurance for your photos (which are irreplaceable). We also like the fact that you can now share these family photos with the grandparents and aunts and uncles that live in another state (all with just the click of a button). Digitizing your photos is also a great organizing tool—you can categorize the photos online (which makes them much more accessible than flipping through a photo album or a random batch of pics that have lost their paper sleeve). We found a handful of companies online for you to check out. Some companies require you to remove the photos from the albums and others do the work for you. Some companies have a quicker turnaround time (especially if they perform the work on site) instead of shipping your photos out of state. The prices varied quite a bit so it's important for you to choose a company that fits your specific needs.
Have you digitized your photos? Was the process easy and how have you benefitted from digitally archiving your photos?
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(Image: Beth Zeigler)