I keep a number of links to articles about digitising photographs, why you should do it and how to store your images once they have been scanned (possibly enhanced) and saved.
This article from the Telegraph breaks down the process into a number of key steps:
- Sort through your photographs properly
- Digitise your archive
- Organise your digital collection
- Preserve the originals
- Share your pictures with others.
The point being that with physical pictures fading and gaining a colour cast or just physically deteriorating, now is the time to review and sort these out. The article is a timely explanation of why you should seriously consider checking your photographs and why digitising them is currently the best way to preserve them for current and future generations to enjoy.
Of course, our competitors are mentioned in here, I’d be very surprised if we got a mention from the Telegraph after all! However, the main thing is to be comfortable with who is digitising your photographs for you. We are still small enough to oversee every scan and to take the appropriate level of care when handling your precious memories.
What is particularly important, once the collection is digitised is what to do with the originals and the digital copies. Sharing amongst the family is a good way of ensuring that the images will be available to many people and in the event of some sort of disaster occurring to one digital copy others will be around to be replaced but there are other ways of off-site storage explained in the article too which will interest anyone wanting to digitise their photographs.