Scanning photos and pictures is a time consuming task. It's totally worth it though. When you digitize family photos, you are choosing to preserve family memories from loss including fire, water, theft, loss, and the simple faxt is. Photos are decaying organic matter. The older the photo the more important the need for scanning.
Scanning is more than a photocopy. By that i mean, you don't just drop the picture on the scanner that came with your PC (2 years ago) and hit scan.
I like to think that you only have to do this once. You are going to create a Digital Master. Scan, Restore, Perfect and Save as the Orgiginal. From there you can distribute copies that are small enough to email while retaining an original that can be printed at 8x10.
Digital Master Files are high density, color corrected, blemmish free images. They contain all of the metadata (who what where, when) and take up at least 30MB (Megabytes) of disc space.
I'm no math Magician but lets say you have 5 photo albums with 150 photos in each album...At 30MB an image you would need 36 Gigabytes of Disc space for these images.
Note that opening and manipulating a 30 Megabyte file efficiently requires signigicant computing power.
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