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Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Dave!Every year for the past decade I've been sending in bunched of old photos to be scanned. I finished with my own photos after a couple years. My mom's photos took an additional four years. After that, I've been going through my grandmother's extensive photo collection, which will keep me paying for photo scanning services for years to come.

It's a lot of money.

But it's well worth it.

Mostly because there's hundreds of gorgeous shots of my mother when she was little that are more artistic than anything you'll find in any museum...

Mom on a Log

And by "artistic" I should say "accidentally artistic" since they were never intended to be art... they were just everyday snapshots that happened to turn out incredible.

Not everything is accidental art though.

Like this photo of me with my hand down my pants...

Little Dave with His Hand Down His Pants

Some things never change.

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  1. ssp says:

    Fantastic photo!

    I had some of my parents’ old slides scanned as well. Would you mind sharing your experiences/hints regarding the techniques/quality/price for this?

    • Daver says:

      I have used two different services… DigMyPics and ScanCafe (pricing can be found at those links). They are pretty much equivalent now in terms of how they work (send in your media, review scans online, reject up to 20%, pay for what you keep, get your media and scans returned). When I switched to ScanCafe, it was because they were much, much cheaper (they outsource their scanning to Bangalore), and was surprised that I actually prefer the scans I got for less money. As time went on, pricing between ScanCafe and DigMyPics wasn’t quite so dramatic, but I stuck with ScanCafe (who also has a facility in Switzerland for European customers, but I’m betting they still forward to Bangalore when you choose the cheapest option). I have to say, I’m quite happy with their service. They will spend up to 4 minutes cleaning up your images and fixing what they can in that time. You can also hire them for full restoration work past 4 minutes that’s pretty darn good… especially for the price! This restorations cost me just $4.99, and they completely painted out all the scratches and such…

      ScanCafe Before

      ScanCafe After

      Pretty hard to beat… and saves me the time of having to do the work myself!

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