December 2, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Happy December, folks! This past week, the submissions were off the charts! So many of you submitted helpful answers to Dawn's question on digitizing her 90 years of photos that we had to pick not one but three winning answers. I'm so grateful to each one of you who contributed to Dawn's cause. I know your submissions took plenty of your time, and I'm sure the community members will appreciate them. My suggestion is to pull up a nice comfy chair, bundle up away from the cold, get a nice warm beverage, and read up on all the answers this week--starting with Robert's, Catherine's, and Paul's answers. I'm hoping with all the wonderful advice from our members, Dawn and anyone who is finding themselves in this situation will get the information they need. If any of you members would like add to this week's topic or have other questions, please join us in this week's discussion. The more everyone contributes, the more we'll all learn as a community. Thank you!
Member Question of the Week
Please, I really, really need help. My mom passed away, and I
inherited the family photos. I'm thrilled to say the least
--I love them--but I need to create copies for the family. I
figured, hey, scan them in and print 'em, not a
problem. Wronggggggg! I am a total novice and haven't a clue
about what is best or where to start. What size should I scan
at, what file type should I use, is there a program that lets
me print pages that look like a photo album page (or collage
look), or do I have to print everything lined up like little
soldiers? The questions go on and on and on and I have 90,
yep 90, years of photos. Thank you!
Answer by Robert:
Sounds like you've taken the first step in a journey that has no end. I've been scanning family photos for the past eight or nine years and have probably done about 3,500. Some have been included in the family history books I've published but most have been scanned to share and to archive...
Answer by Catherine:
Here are the initial steps I would take to make it happen: It's all about meaning and feelings: depending on whom in your family you want to reach, the very old will want a few prints (not many, because they've lived a lot of this history already and much older members of a family often have...
Answer by Paul:
Hi, Dawn. First, my deepest sympathy for your loss, and since these pictures seem to mean a lot to you, let's see if we can help you out. I'll start by mentioning things that you may be asking yourself or things we should touch on...
Paul K. of Gladstone, Michigan
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