I have boxes upon boxes of photos (well, 5 boxes to be exact)...most I took when our children were little and "digital" cameras didn't exist, some I've gotten from family or friends, and some are inherited. Some are very old, so old that one isn't even on paper...it's on a piece of metal! Some are little, itty, bitty squares from the 50's & 60's. Many are black and white or sepia. And some look like they were taken with the lens of night-vision goggles (you know, that god-awful alien green glow).
So here's the plan. This year I decided was the year I was going to scan every single photo (with the exception of the metal one). Using a photo editing software I then could repair those that were faded, torn or taking on the dreadful alien-green glow. Once that was complete I would then upload to my online photo gallery. Simple, right?
Problem 1: I have 1000's of photos on my computer from my digital camera. I have to resize every one to make room before scanning anymore.
- Solution: I found a free photo resizer software (Fotosizer) on download.cnet.com that works simply, beatifully AND does the resizing in batches. You can change the size of the picture (WxH) and/or the DPI Resolution. It took a whole weekend but all the the existing photos on my computer have been resized!
- I wanted one that had auto-feeder function for the standard photos (3"x5", 4"x6", etc.). I also wanted high quality resolution for the very old pictures. This proved to be a little more difficult and expensive than I imagined. So I ended up getting 2 and saved over $400.00.