by Logan Metcalfe
Organizing and digitizing old boxes of photos is one of those jobs that most of us can do but that we seem never to get around to. Kind of like cleaning out our closets, it’s always something for another day. The key to digitizing your old memories is visualizing the benefits and recognizing that they far outweigh the effort and cost involved.
Here are five big reasons to digitize your family photos:
Better preservation. While nobody likes to think about destructive events such as floods and fires, too many families have had their photos destroyed in disasters. These memories are almost always the things they miss most. Digital files can be easily replicated and stored in different locations, which vastly increases their chances of survival.
Old photos can also be fragile and digitizing them enables you to adjust colors digitally and to fix scratches, fold marks, and other damage. You can then print copies of the restored pictures on better paper, making them more likely to endure through the years.
Flexible organization. Once your pictures are digitized, they can be organized in powerful ways, enabling you to search quickly and find what you’re looking for. You can also add valuable context, including the backstory, information about who was pictured, and where the photo was taken. These details can vastly increase the value of your pictures for generations to come.
Less clutter. For those needing to downsize but not wanting to part with precious memories, digitizing enables you to revisit your memories whenever you want while passing on the boxes of pictures to family members with more storage space.
More sharing. Digital pictures can be shared at the click of a button so all your siblings, children, and other family members can get copies. This sharing means fewer squabbles over who gets what and also makes for some great Throwback Thursdays.
Greater enjoyment. When was the last time you dug out those boxes to look through your old photos? Despite our best intentions, it’s never the right time or place. Digitizing your favorite photos enables you to enjoy them whenever you want, wherever you are. You can also transform them into new products you may enjoy more, such as photo books and wall art. Even better, instead of getting that sinking “I need to get around to that” feeling when you open the closet and see those neat boxes of photos, you’ll feel a sense of pride for achieving something that has priceless value for you and your family.
So now that you’re convinced that digitizing your old pictures is the way to go, what steps should you take to digitize your pictures? Read about six steps to digitizing your family photos.