photo organization, storage, & scanning

With the amount of digital photos we have these days, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by them! Organizing them is key to being able to then preserve them in photo-memory books and pages.  Scroll down for lots of helps!

There are lots of specific tips below about organization, etc., but {the most important thing to know about digital photo storage is right here.}

This tutorial video shows you my own method of digital photo organization (as if you're peeking over my shoulder), and the articles I've listed below will help with BOTH physical (printed) and digital photo organization.  Just click the links and you'll be taken to the articles, which are FULL of ideas and help!

(unless, of course, you're a metadata guru)

If you need some basic help just getting your photos off your phone, here are three helps:
  • How to upload your photos from your phone straight to your Heritage Makers account!  Click here for details.
  • How to get your photos from your phone to your computer.  Click here.  Or if you prefer a video tutorial, click here.
  • How to stop being overwhelmed by your photos.  Click here (includes video tutorial).
  • me -- I work especially with digital photos but can help organize printed photos, too.  Scroll down for strategies and tips on doing it yourself if you prefer.  After organizing, I can help you get your photos out of the cloud and into heirloom-quality books or scrap pages if you like.  You can {DIY by following these steps} or you can {hire me to do your memory-keeping for you}.
  • Caren Osborne of Memory Lane Photo Solutions.  Caren is a certified photo organizer with the Association of Personal Photo Organizers.  She works with printed photos, and her services include scanning and scrapbooking in addition to organizing.  Find more information {at her website}. 
Experts say we should store our photos in two digital methods and one print method.  Click here to learn how you can do ALL THREE in your Heritage Makers account.

Because your photos are saved at full resolution in your Heritage Makers account, you can easily download them back to your computer.  (And unlike other "photobook" companies, you can download your own photos from your Heritage Makers account for free!)  Here's how:

(I only recommend scanning services who do not outsource their work!  Please tell them Jennifer Wise sent you.)
  • West Coast Photo Scanning (CA)  Melodie has a private mailbox so your photos aren't left on her porch.  She has a Kodak high-speed scanner.  She also offers photo organization services and custom photo books and scrapbooks as well as photo gifts.
  • A Page is Turned (CO)  Ed can also enhance photos, restore damaged photos, and provide video-to-digital services, too.  He also offers digitizing of any "old" media such as cassette tapes.
  • I also offer scanning services, but only up to 600dpi.  This is fine for most photos, but it's not great for small photos.  Like Melodie and Ed, I can scan not just photos but also certificates, letters, recipes, awards, etc.  I do not have a high-speed scanner like Melodie does, so my work takes a bit longer.  I also offer photo organization services and custom photo books, scrapbooks, and digital gifts (as shown throughout posts here at this blog).  My rate is $35/hour for scanning, organization, and project creation.
If you'd like to scan your own photos, here are two options:
  • Many photo processing centers (like Walmart) have scanners available.  You sit down at the kiosk and do your own scanning, then save your scanned photos to a CD or thumb drive.  Contact individual photo processing centers for cost information and availability.
  • Most Family History Centers have scanners that are free to use.  Family History Centers are located inside some churches of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world.  {This map} will allow you to find a Family History Center near you with its specific hours of operation.