Digitizing old photos - Weekend

Digitizing old photos

Albert PedrosaAlbert Pedrosa
Photo Mania

I’M currently scanning our family’s old photos. These are actually a selection of family pictures way back to the 1950s up to the late 90s. I’ve been planning to do this for so long since some of the photos, especially those during the early 90s, have started to smudge. In fact, there are photo albums that are no longer discernible.

It’s quite ironic that those photos made way back in the 1950s are in better condition than the later ones. I also notice that albums with plastic layers on top of the photos have the most damage. I’m not sure if humidity is the culprit behind the damaged prints, but it seems the older prints are not affected.

My sisters from abroad visited me a few weeks ago and we spent countless hours browsing through the photos and realizing that holding a print in your hand during those days was way better than sharing photos on Facebook. I’m sure that those pictures back then were nothing but a pile of prints. Then 20 years later, the sentimental value becomes priceless.

Cloud Space
Cloud Space

My plan is to make a digital library where I can upload it in cloud space and share it with relatives and family members. I’m also encouraging them to scan what photos they have and upload it for others to see. Part of my objective is to reprint the photos in an archival media and plan a good storage for the prints.

One thing I realized in the middle of doing this project is the value of a photograph, regardless of whether it was shot by an instamatic camera or a professional one. No matter if Photoshop was not available then, it was the memories that came with the picture. I also regret hating those dates embedded on the prints. The printed dates were very annoying those days, but now the practice provides added info and makes the experience even more personal.

You don’t have to spend so much to do this project on your own. I only invested on a scanner I bought from CDR-King. The scanned output was surprisingly good. It was comparable to a P30,000 scanner from 20 years ago. I think I paid around P2,000 for this unit. As to the cloud space, I’m using copy.com. They give you free 15G upon signing up. It’s totally free to join. From there, you can share it to anybody publicly or privately.

By the way, those interested in joining the Sinulog Photo Contest, registration is now P1,500. You can check out their online registration or visit them at their office in Cebu City Sports Center.

Keep on shooting everyone, Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all.

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