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#1 cinnamonnutmeg

Posted 17 May 2019 - 04:50 PM

This may be the wrong area to post, if so, sorry.

My dad has finally asked me to salvage the photos in my mums photo albums. Mum passed away nearly 30 years ago and these photos have been sitting on those crap glue and plastic cardboard pages for longer. I begged him to let me start this project 10 years ago but he wouldn't let me. Now he hasrealised just how much they have degenerated he wants me to get on it ASAP (can you feel my bitterness?).

I don't even know where to begin. He wants them removed and saved digitally. The originals he doesn't truly care about.

Most are in great knick it's just removing them from the glue is going to require a scalpel and patience. And my mum cut around people to stick them on.

Can i get any recommendations on the best way to save them? Like, will my crappy $19 scanner even do the job? Has anyone taken on a project like this and do you have tips on doing it without destroying them?

Or is it best to take the lot to a professional?

#2 cvbn

Posted 17 May 2019 - 04:56 PM

Can you cut up the album and scan the photos without removing them?

#3 catasaurus

Posted 17 May 2019 - 05:03 PM

Try this video from the Smithsonian on how to remove the photos using dental floss: https://www.youtube....h?v=fcDlbNi-9D0

The scanner may be fine for your photos, all you can do is try. Scanning does take a long time though, I digitise old photos as part of my job, and scanning can be incredibly time consuming.

#4 nikki_205

Posted 18 May 2019 - 04:13 AM

Can you scan the whole page without removing the photos? Once you've scanned the whole page it's easy to break it up into a separate file for each pic.

My husband's childhood photos were in one of those albums with the plastic film cover, and those were a nightmare. Half the pics were stuck to the backing, the plastic had stuck on to the photos a lot of the time, and for a lot of them we had to scan over the plastic film. Not ideal!

#5 gabbigirl

Posted 18 May 2019 - 05:46 AM

If there are hundreds of photos you could look at a scanning service like The Magic Shoebox. Send photos away and they scan them for you

#6 Nobodyelse

Posted 18 May 2019 - 10:20 AM

I'm a photo restorer. I follow Damiens guide to scanning images. I'd forego trying to remove them from the album and potentially cause damage and scan them directly from the page.

You can also find services that will scan them on professional scanners for you.

Forgot the link.


Edited by Nobodyelse, 18 May 2019 - 10:20 AM.

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