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Is It a Good Idea to Digitize Photos & Home Videos?

If you’re like most people, you and your family members probably have a ton of old photographs and videotapes somewhere in the closet or the attic.

But while you may not spend a lot of time viewing them now, you might find that if they were gone, you’d feel very sorry for not taking care of them when you had them, as these photos contain the most precious memories of the people closest to you.

Unfortunately, that’s what happens to a lot of people – they allow their vast collections of photos and videos to deteriorate, get lost, or even get destroyed in improper storage spaces, losing those memories forever.

Luckily, with the help of digital photo restoration and digitization, you can make sure that never happens.

But is it worth it? And what other benefits does digitizing your collection offer?

Let’s explore some of the main benefits below.

Preserve Memories

Photographs and videos aren’t valuable because of the paper or tapes that they are on, but rather for the precious memories of your family, friends, and special occasions that they contain.

That’s why it’s hard to put a number on the sentimental value that they have, as they allow us to travel back in time to moments that we shared with the people closest to us, sometimes with those who are no longer with us today.

So, it’s especially sad when these memories get destroyed or lost without first being preserved in a digital format, as that means that neither you nor your children or grandchildren will ever be able to see them.

However, when you digitize your photo and home video collection, you are immortalizing those images forever on your computer, in the cloud, and can make as many copies as you want with a click of a button.

Easy Sharing

When you have funny or interesting pictures and videos of your family, you likely want to share them with those closest to you.

Unfortunately, that’s not easy when dealing with physical copies – you’d have to take them to a photocopy shop every time you want to send someone a picture or try to scan it with your home scanner, which doesn’t produce the best results.

However, if you use a professional photo digitizing service, you can access all the pictures and videos through your computer, and share them with your friends, family, or on social media with just a few clicks of a button.

If you want to print them out, that’s also incredibly easy, and when printing from a digital file, the quality will remain the same, or even sharper, as well.

Better Quality

Many people are afraid that when using digital photo restoration, the quality will suffer, and the pictures will not look as good as when looking at an actual image that’s on paper.

However, today’s digitization technology not only allows preserving the quality of the images but can actually enhance it and remove any imperfections that may have evolved from years of exposure to various elements.

In fact, every year you allow your collection of photos of videos to sit in your closet, you are increasing the chances of them deteriorating further, which will only make the restoration process more difficult.

The good news is that once they are digitized, the photographs can usually be restored to their former quality and can stay in top shape for future generations to view them.

Reduce Clutter

We all know how annoying it can get when boxes of old photographs start getting in the way of you trying to organize the house.

These are precious possessions that you don’t want to throw away, but at the same time, they aren’t something that you use every day, so storing them can be a bit of a hassle, especially if you don’t have a large storage space.

But with the help of photo and video digitization, you don’t have to worry about the boxes upon boxes of old photos and videotapes – after you get your photos digitized, you don’t have to keep them in your own home, as all of those memories will be stored on your computer or online, where you can access them at any time and from anywhere. Some people even choose to shred their original photos after they’ve been scanned.

Instead of having to deal with old and dusty boxes that, frankly, can even be a health hazard, you can always have your memories at hand without the hassle of storing them.

It’s Affordable

At this point, you probably have little doubt about the clear benefits that photo and video digitization can offer. However, you might be wondering if this type of service is in your price range and if you can really afford to do it, especially if you have a lot of photographs.

Well, the good news is that digitizing your collection is now more affordable than ever – thanks to advances in technology, the process has become easier, so regular families can now enjoy the security and image quality that digitization provides.

Now, you could take on the task yourself, but without proper equipment and experience, you’d end up wasting a ton of time for results that aren’t always the best.

However, if you find a services provider that offers reasonable pricing and discounts on larger orders, you may find that the cost is much lower than you may have thought.

And when you consider that you’d be preserving the photographs for future generations, gaining access to digital files that are easy to share, reducing the clutter around your house, while at the same time actually improving the image quality, the decision becomes a no-brainer.

You can simply leave your pictures to the professionals, and wait for them to do all the heavy work, enjoying crisp-quality digital images delivered to you in a convenient digital format.


Brandon Harris is the owner of Smooth Photo Scanning Services, one of the leading photo scanning service providers in New Jersey, providing slide scanning services, negative scanning services, conversion of CDs and VHS to digital service, and more. Prior to that, Brandon owned and operated a small bakery. Other than working to grow and improve his business, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and family.