You have your entire family's LIFE in photos.   SOMEWHERE.

Now lets get them all organized in just

ONE PLACE.

Join us and I'll show you how to get all of your fading prints, slides and negatives into your computer and then combine them with your newer digital camera photographs to make one perfect collection you'll be proud to hand down.

Hi there!  Welcome to  Scan Your Entire Life.

I'm Curtis Bisel — the overly serious looking guy in the photo.

Since August 8th of 2001, I've been working to perfect a workflow to scan and organize my family's 10,000+ analog photo collection made up of prints, slides and various negatives.

From this website and my email list which I encourage you to sign up for, I release insights, tips, and best practices for doing the same with your own photo collection.

Topics Covered Here

Organizing Originals

Organizing Originals

Bringing all of your original photos together in one place. And if desired, creating a suitable order for them before being scanned.

Scanning Photos

Scanning Photos

Scanning your original prints, slides and film negatives with a photo scanner and scanning software suited to your own goals.

Storing Originals

Storing Originals

Best methods how and where to store your original prints, slides and film negatives so they are archival safe.

Organizing Digitals

Organizing Digitals

Learning how to label and organize your digital masters either manually in organized folders, or using the best photo managing software for your needs.

Restoring Digitals

Restoring Digitals

Learning the easiest ways to bring your images back to life, by correcting shifted and faded colors, scratches and dust using your photo editing software of choice.

Backup Digitals

Backup Digitals

Learning the best workflow to backup your digital photo collection in one or more additional locations to insure primary collection isn't your only copy.

Latest Blog Posts

Q&A: How Do I Add Photos Already On My Storage Drives Into Picasa? (Video)

Q&A: How Do I Add Photos Already On My Storage Drives Into Picasa? (Video)

A lot of people have photos stored in folders on their storage drives, so it makes sense that if you’ve never used a photo manager before, they can seem a little daunting as far as understanding how they interact with your photos already being stored on your computer. In this Q&A style tutorial video, I answer a question I received from a reader of Scan Your Entire life on how Picasa fundamentally works to select which photos on your internal or external storage drives are used inside of ...

Q&A: How Can I View My Picasa’s Photos Captions Using Any Windows PC?

Q&A: How Can I View My Picasa’s Photos Captions Using Any Windows PC?

Entering photo captions inside a photo managing application can be a very liberating experience. These programs make it so easy to keep track of your photos' captions — basically the information you or one of your family members may have taken the time to write on the back of your prints that explains if nothing else, what and who is in the photo you're holding. But, once your photos are being viewed outside of your favorite photo manager, how do you then see and possibly even edit this ...

WE DON'T CARE HOW GOOD YOU ARE WITH COMPUTERS,
JUST HOW MUCH YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR PHOTO COLLECTION.

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Seattle, WA

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Janique Petit

“My story is that I’m 57 and most of my life is analog. It’s time to save it all from fading away, else my kids will not know where they come from.”

Santo Spinali

Montreal, Canada

“Glad I found your site and will keep it handy. Not being too computer savvy, I was able to comprehend all I read. Thanks for realizing some of us don’t speak IT.”

Jonathan Johnson

Murfreesboro, TN

“Your site is GENIUS. Your approaches are the most thorough I have seen. Thank you for this invaluable information.”

Huma

Wadood, TX

“I love your blog. You do such a nice job explaining complex topics in a clear conversational tone.

I work at an advertising agency and my last client was working so hard to explain banking topics in this same exact manner. If you were an expert in banking they would have wanted to scoop you right up! (And they’re a big bank!)

I just wanted you to know that you’re nailing this blog.”

Regina

Massachusetts

“I have been wanting to scan all the family photos for my kids but just didn’t have a system. I know I’ve got to categorize or have an archival system before doing the tedious work.

Thanks so much for your useful 3 part [file naming] series, really enjoyed it. Most helpful too!”

Winston

I lost my photos in iPhoto and I was so sad as my sons just left for college and I thought the photos were lost or gone for good. Then I followed your advice step-by-step and fortunately recovered my photos in just a few key strokes.

Honestly, your directions were very easy to follow and it worked! Thank You!

I am so relieved because the photos bring me so much joy. Thank You Again.

Nancy C

“I ran across your site last weekend while searching for some information on best file formats and resolutions to scan photos at.

First I just want to thank you for all of the great information you have compiled into this wonderful website. I am preparing to embark on my own scanning journey after starting / stopping it several times over the past several years.

I’m 52 and in possession of many of our family’s photos. My parents are deceased and most of my aunts and uncles are as well. I have a couple of grandchildren that I hope will enjoy the fruits of my labor as well as a niece and nephew.

Anyway, your website has been answered many of my questions and given me inspiration to start scanning. Thank you again for all of the time, effort, and great information you have provided to the world.”

Roger Hammond

Grand Island, NE

“I am 74, a former Air Force (AF) pilot, and only recently got my first camera, so I never captured most of my life on film.

Consequently, I have begun seeking photos from my past to digitize and I have managed to solicit some images by email from AF friends that document our careers in the Air Force. I recently visited my sister and convinced her to relinquish most of her print albums and loose prints and negatives.

Curtis, I read nearly all your posts at least twice if not three times. I learn more each time I read them. You are doing ground breaking work never done before. Maybe one day there will be a standardized naming convention called the ‘Bisel Standard’.

You give us all the incentive to overcome that inertia that prevents us from ever tackling a complicated task such as this. Thanks.”

Will Rudd

Shalimar, FL

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