Saving Photos

Google Photo Scan

I’ve come across an app that Google has launched.  It was created by a man who wanted to scan in old pictures for his friends and family.  Since I have tried to simply take a picture of an old picture, sometimes they come out fine.  It seems like the biggest strength of the PhotoScan app is that it clearly makes a copy for you and share it with others. There is also a great “how to do” list on a PC Magazine article, “25 Tricks to Master Google Photos”.  This is referring the main Google Photo storage you may use that is linked to the PhotoScan app.

Has anyone tried this yet?  Let me know your feedback!

Preserving Family Photos

My Second Great Grandfather, Benedict Brown. I inadvertently caused the spots at the bottom of the photo!

I came across a short video clip on Smithsonian.com about preserving your photos (see it here).  I know firsthand how important it is to be careful with old photos.

I was once going through some photographs and found one of my second great-grandfather.  When I picked up the picture, I inadvertently placed my thumb on the front directly on his face and poof, my fingerprint was left behind!!  Needless to say, I learned my lesson about handling old photographs very carefully.

Which brings me back to my original premise, preservation of memorabilia.  Personally, I like to scan in any old photos I come across into the computer.  I also backup all my files on an external hard drive, since I have also had a computer go kaput!!

What tips do you have to preserve your photos or any items of interest??