Digitizing Your Old Photos

By: Danielle Wallace
By: Danielle Wallace

Do you have a stack of old photos, films, or slides collecting dust in your home. But are you able to easily view and share theme with family and friends?

"We have a lot of people that come in and they find the films in their grandparent's house, they have the films done and when they get them back nobody knows who the people are in the film. So get it done now while you still have people around that can identify the people in the films," says Jim Britt, Media Transfer Company Owner.

There are professional companies that have the knowledge and equipment to digitize a large amount of items in a short period of time and transfer them onto a dvd or a hard drive.

Britt says,"The main benefit is time for people and expense. If you want to scan it yourself you got to buy a scanner and then the amount of time it takes.And then also the expertise that we have in cleaning up the pictures and fixing them, it's something they are going to have to have to go look up and spend the time to figure out."

Experts suggest asking questions before handing over your photos or videos. If you need the finished project for a special occasion or event, ask about the turnaround time-do they charge additional for a rush order?

"You really want to understand the cost. How do they charge? Do they charge a flat rate? Is it by the photo? Also, are there extra charges for color correction?"says Angie Hicks of Angie's List.

If you find a local company to do the job, you can likely drop off your items or you'll have to pack up and ship the materials. You should also remember to ask what steps the company takes to ensure your item's safekeeping.

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