How to copy old photographs

Written by chris newton
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How to copy old photographs
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Digital photography has taken over the industry these days, but before digital cameras were invented, people had to get their photos the old fashioned way: using a film camera and getting the negatives developed into prints. Many old photos are still around, residing in shoe boxes, frames, or albums. It is always a good idea to make copies of old photos in case something happens to the originals, so that the memories will never be lost.

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Things you need

  • Original photo
  • Scanner

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  1. 1

    Place the original photo on the scanner glass.

  2. 2

    Scan the original photo using the scanner.

  3. 3

    Obtain the digital copy of the scanned photo from the scanner. You can e-mail it to yourself from the scanner (if the scanner has that capability), or save the digital file using a USB drive, media card, or another form of digital media storage.

  4. 4

    Send the digital file to your local photofinisher to print. Bring the digital copy of the photo into the store and print it on a kiosk, or by uploading the digital photo to the photofinisher's website and ordering prints online.

Tips and warnings

  • Always back up all of your digital photos somewhere other than your computer, such as an online back up service, in case your computer crashes or is damaged.
  • If you do not have access to a scanner, call your local photofinisher. Most camera or printing shops have a scanner that you can use to scan your old photos and create digital versions of them.
  • Be careful handling original photos, especially if they are quite old. Once you have the digital version, store the original photos safely to avoid damage.

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