Jeff Needles
Jeff NeedlesData @ Houseparty & Maker of Things

Best service to digitize photo albums?

I'm looking for the best service that I can send in physical photo albums/books and turn them digital for me. Some of these are 70+ years old... and extremely important to me/my family. I need a reputable source that will take care of them, scan them and return them to me with the least hassle possible. Ideally they will also do some kind of organization (like keeping the pics together based on which book they came from). If they could also digitize VHS tapes, that'd be cool too... but that might need to be a different question.
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    PhotoScan by Google

    Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future

    Anshuman Chadda
    Anshuman Chadda3MD MPH; Physician Entrepreneur · Written
    DIY way to digitize old photos. I would recommend you use a really HQ camera and spend a couple of hours getting these photos digitized. Google Photos is Legit if you haven't realized yet. For individual photos, I would recommend using one off services like Upwork or Fiverr.
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    Ash Pearson
    Ash PearsonProduct Manager @ Property4Media · Written
    Really good app. Scans well and doesn't have the flash/glare issue that other apps seems to due to an algorithm that removes it. It's clever, but takes time if you have lots and lots of photos.
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    Austin Sandmeyer
    Austin SandmeyerThinker/Student/Rockstar · Written
    I'd recommend PhotoScan too... Will take you time but you have no worries around losing them along the way.
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    • Alma
      AlmaProject manager

      The app reminded me of the old photo archive I stored over two decades. The scan quality is great.

      It's wearisome to scan over 1k photos. I guess most of the app users ditch it after the firs hundred of scans.

    • Seth Hawkins
      Seth HawkinsContent Marketing Manager, Vivint

      PhotoScan is a phenomenal app for quickly converting printed images into digital images. Forget your scanner. This app is faster and easier to use. Simply hold your phone above a photo and scan at a handful of points and your photo is digitized and uploaded to your Google Photos account. One of the best uses for this app is family history. You can quickly archive all your family history photos from a photo book without lots of extra touching of old or delicate photos.