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How to digitize your damn paper photos.

If you're new here and want to know why I'm digitizing these photos learn about my personal photo project here. If you're not then you remember the project my Mom volun-told me to do a decade ago? If you don't remember I'm making a book from old family printed photos for my brother and I. In this post I'm going to show you how I am preparing the photos for the book - which can be done in two ways. You can photograph the photos or you, or a service, can scan your photos. For me the over arching goal is to tell the story but not be precious about it. I want the book to be beautiful but, it's JUST as important to me, that I get it finished quickly. As a result I have chosen not to send my photos away to be digitized and reedited - or do it myself for that matter. Below I'll show you how I do it quicklyand how my friend and fellow photographer, Jess, does it with her scanner. My approach was I photographed the photos on my phone, airdropped them to my computer and then lightly edited them in Lightroom. Jess' approach is - scan the photos, upload them into Lightroom and lightly edit them. You might remember Jess - she took my course Chaos to Keepsake course and created a beautiful book from her families old slides. Find that interview here if you have slides.

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