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.

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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.

What People Are Saying About...

“You are a truly noble person for all of the people you help without charging them. You help tremendously. Thank you so much!!!”

Janique Petit

“Your website ROCKS!!!”

Rick Ballantyne

Seattle, WA

“Curtis, THANK YOU!! You saved my photos!! So happy!!”

Kaci Pierce

“Thanks for your help and guidance. Now that I know of your site, I will start here when I have such a question.”

Jodi P.

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

Huma

Wadood, TX

“Dear Curtis, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

I thought I had lost all my photos – but with your help, it was really simple to get them back into my iPhoto! Thanks again!”

Marie-Louise

“Thank you for sharing your Top Favorite Tools [Free Guide]! I have already gotten a few based on your recommendations.

And I have found so much helpful information on your website! Thanks again!!!”

Anne D.

“I am so thankful to have come across your website. I considered buying a scanner about 2 years ago but the more I read the more difficult it seemed to be able to scan my old print photos.

I know so much more now thanks to your website and emails. Thank you so much for your time and the energy you put into your blogs etc to help people like me.”

Carolyn Kerridge

Sunshine Coast, Australia

“Thank you so much, what a fun website to read, your articles had me chuckling, as I too have zillions of questions as I start a project.

It’s a joy to see others think the same way. :-)  Perhaps I can consider this day 1 in the scanning process!”

Lorie

“Hello Curtis, I’ve been looking for you without knowing it!

Was thrilled to discover your website and recognize that there is a name for what I have been trying to do. Beyond that, you have seven distinct phases that I can access to name and tame my efforts. I have spent time in each of them without a cohesive plan so I recognize them all.

I’ve been working away hit and miss on my images since I retired in 2010. Luckily for me, my own photos and my inherited ones were never put into albums so scanning is an easier handling task. My first motivation was collection and back-up and then I became obsessed with tagging to create a searchable database, and then I tried consistent naming, and then, and then, and so on.

What’s changed those efforts to compel me to push your I’m Serious button? I’m now a granny and have become motivated to tell the family story in a permanent way as a chronicler.

So I anticipate the next step in the journey with guidance from your experiences.

Kudos for a very well-done site and service.”

Sandra

“You are an absolute lifesaver!!! I cannot thank you enough for posting this solution. I had ‘lost’ ALL of my photos dating back to 2001 until 15 seconds ago!!

I have been searching everywhere (including more ‘iPhoto recovery software packages’ than you can imagine!!) for the last 3 years, basically I had given up finding them until today when I need to transfer my files to my new MacBook.

Everything has been restored and you have saved me from losing the memories from the last 13 years … If I could hug you I would! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!!”

Olivia Tyler

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