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How To Safely Move Your iPhoto Library to Another Hard Drive (Video Tutorial)

How To Safely Move Your iPhoto Library to Another Hard Drive (Video Tutorial)

Sometimes your scanned or digital camera photo collection is just so massive it takes over your entire hard drive. Maybe even to the point where it’s now completely full!

If you don’t want to replace your current hard drive with a larger one, moving your photo collection to an emptier hard drive is always another option.

This 4-minute video tutorial will show you the secret trick how to safely move your iPhoto libary to another hard drive. Do it wrong and you might accidentally ruin your entire collection.

$10 for a Shutterfly 20-Page 8″x8″ Hardcover Photo Book ($30 Value – Two Days Only)

$10 for a Shutterfly 20-Page 8″x8″ Hardcover Photo Book ($30 Value – Two Days Only)

I haven’t ordered a photobook from Shutterly – yet. But, at $10 I can barely see a reason to not give them a try!

Okay, granted – tax and shipping and handling isn’t included. But it’s still a great deal.

I’m gonna have to jump on this one myself.

My Favorite Place to Store My Photographs Forever

My Favorite Place to Store My Photographs Forever

I am really excited to share this information with you. Where I discovered to store all of my paper photographs wasn’t what I had in mind when I went looking for a place. But when I found it, I instantly knew it was going to be my favorite place to store them forever.

Imagine my happiness when I discovered something that was archival quality, better and more functional than standard photo albums. Several companies make these PVC-free plastic photo pages using a safe material called Polypropylene. They’re surprisingly clear and lightweight, and are meant to hold photos on both sides. And they’re actually fairly affordable when you buy them in bulk.

Use 1 of These 4 Photo Managers If You Care About Your Photo Collection

Use 1 of These 4 Photo Managers If You Care About Your Photo Collection

It was seriously a life changing day when I discovered the magic of a “non-destructive” photo managing program.

With “non-destructive” editing, all of the edits (enhancements) you make to your photographs are managed by the program itself. Your original photo remains untouched. It’s like having a guardian angel that protects your master images at all costs. It’s brilliant and is 100% absolutely indispensable to me now.

I’m Giving Away a Free 11×14 Premium Photo Calendar Worth $29.99!

I’m Giving Away a Free 11×14 Premium Photo Calendar Worth $29.99!

I would like to thank all my readers by giving one of you a Picaboo 11×14 Premium Photo Calendar that has a retail value of $29.99. You can personalize it with some of your scanned photos or possibly ones you just took over the Holidays.

Is Organization Preventing You From Starting to Scan Your Photo Collection?

Is Organization Preventing You From Starting to Scan Your Photo Collection?

Are you someone who is just itching to have your entire photo collection converted to digital images on your computer? I mean, you know you want to do it – badly. You know you should be doing it – you can see all of your aging photos over there in a few boxes in the hall closet. But there’s just something holding you back.

I wanna take a guess and say if it’s not a lack of enthusiasm, what you could be experiencing is frustration trying to imagine how you could ever get all of your original prints and negatives chronologically organized and in one place at the same time?

What Everybody Ought to Know When Naming Your Scanned Photos – Part 3

What Everybody Ought to Know When Naming Your Scanned Photos – Part 3

In part 3, we will now be discussing how to add the last part to the filename – a block of easy to create “code” that will reveal to anyone with your “key” the exact scanner settings you used to scan the photo.

Even though I think this will eventually benefit even those with the most basic of goals for their scanned photo collections, I know it might be too much to ask of someone who doesn’t have the time or patience to be this thorough. But I beg you to at least follow me through my process here and see if I can convince you of its benefits.

What Everybody Ought to Know When Naming Your Scanned Photos – Part 2

What Everybody Ought to Know When Naming Your Scanned Photos – Part 2

In many ways, the point of a good filename is double duty. First it gives you the ability to organize and search for your photos on the “folder level.” So without even seeing the image loaded (previewed) on your screen, you are able to sort and find particular files in either Windows Explorer in Microsoft Windows Windows Explorer Iconor Finder windows Apple (Mac) Finder Iconif you are using a Mac.

Additionally, a filename can permanently take the place of much of the handwritten “caption” information you may or may not already have on the back or even front (sometimes) of your photographs.

What Everybody Ought to Know When Naming Your Scanned Photos – Part 1

What Everybody Ought to Know When Naming Your Scanned Photos – Part 1

As my own scanned photo collection grows, it has really become obvious to me how thankful I am for the added attention I have been putting into the filenames I give to all of my scanned images.

When you’re scanning, it’s really easy to get into a “robotic” mindset where you are just trying to scan as many photos as possible in a sitting. So when you get to that blank field each time that asks you to type in a name for the file, it’s tempting to just quickly bang out a few descriptive words with little thought to how useful they will be to anyone later.

The DPI You Should Be Scanning Your Paper Photographs

The DPI You Should Be Scanning Your Paper Photographs

One of the most important decisions you face when scanning anything with your scanner is choosing what dpi (“dots per inch”) to scan with. And specifically for this post, what is the best dpi to use when scanning and archiving your 8×10″ and smaller paper photographic prints – which for most people, make up the majority of our pre-digital collection.

Making this decision was very challenging for me and certainly a huge part of my 8 year delay. The reason for this is that dpi is the critical variable in a fairly simple mathematical equation that will determine several important outcomes for your digital images.

The Top 13 Reasons Why You Should Already Be Scanning Your Photo Collection

The Top 13 Reasons Why You Should Already Be Scanning Your Photo Collection

“I’ll get to it someday.” “Maybe when I get around to buying a decent scanner.” “It’s just too much work.” “I’ll make one of my kids do it. They know that ‘tech’ stuff – I don’t.”

Those are just a few reasons why your irreplaceable paper and film photograph collections are probably in jeopardy of being no more – just a distant memory. You see, there are forces greater than your lack of will power hurting your chances of having an everlasting collection to pass on to future generations.

Why Write a Personal Blog Category on This Website

Posting tips on how to scan, restore and organize photographs seemed straightforward enough to me when I was creating this website until it occurred to me there might be some interesting stories I could share that might not fit into the most obvious of “post categories.” These stories could explore the personal experience I am going through digitizing my own family’s collection.

By placing these posts into a separate category called “My Blog,” I decided I could safely cover more information without boring those just seeking “how-to” information to accomplish a certain task. This idea came to me – I believe – in the strangest of places.

Why It Took Me 8 Years to Scan My 2nd Photograph

Why It Took Me 8 Years to Scan My 2nd Photograph

Here’s the first photo from my family’s collection I scanned. (Yup that’s me apparently on my very first pony ride)

I didn’t scan it for an immediate use such as to print it out for our refrigerator or to send it to my Aunt K. through email (though I am sure she would have appreciated it). I scanned this picture with quality in mind so if properly cared for, this digital master would not only outlive the paper print, but would also be more useful due to the benefits of digital replication. What I am talking about here is archiving.

Well that flash of genius was on August 8, 2001 – about 8 years before I started scanning again.

So why the long delay? Why couldn’t I get my act together?

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