Tips on scanning and organising large collection of family photos

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Tips on scanning and organising large collection of family photos

Post by kycrosscrew »

I am definitely the most technology challenged person I know. So I need to be hand held through this process and program if anyone can do that. My grandma recently died and everyone wants her pictures. I volunteered to take the pictures, scan them and put them on flash drives for everyone so there is no fighting over who get them. First I'm going to have to find a picture scanner that scans quickly and with good quality as the HP Envy Photo 7855 does a decent job of scanning but it takes a very long time to do so. I have seen a couple on Amazon and Walmart website for the less than $600.00 price point but not sure how well they'll scan and I believe one only offers 4x6 and I have pictures that are of varying sizes and some over 100 yrs old that I would be afraid to put through a feeder although a feeder with ability to do multiple sizes is what I think would be easier for me than loading and lining up on a flat bed scanner. My child with special needs could even help and would enjoy being about to feed pictures through a non flatbed.

So 1st question is do any of you experienced photo folks have a recommendation for scanner to get my pictures on my computer to use this xnview program. I see lots of different xnview products when I search xnview (I heard about xnview from a tech video but it was very generic when I put in search for reviews of those photo stick options that pop up in my feed all the time) I come up with Xnview, xnviewmp, xnviewfix, Nconvert, xnshelf, etc... are all these the same thing? Do I need all of them? What is the best option for tech challenged folks? It is fairly simple to use? It is good to have on phone as well? When I say I'm tech challenged I mean I can do as much as take a picture with my phone, crop it with within the camera and save it. I can scan a picture to my computer from my copier/scanner and if I manage to scan it into the pictures album that comes with Windows 10 I can send it to someone and maybe crop it there too.

It seems I have files of pictures that have names although just what number it scanned I believe and I don't always remember even how to see the pictures in thumbnails (impressed with myself I even know that term) instead of word file name. I'm sure there are probably many multiples of pictures because I just don't know what the heck I'm doing on a computer. I was looking into the photo stick devices because it claims to find pictures regardless of where they are on your computer or phone, not copy duplicates and put them all on the stick and came with software to edit. It sounded idiot proof so perfect for me. Researching I found they weren't good options and was led to this xn system. If this made sense to any of you can you tell me what is best options within this xn system, what I need, how hard this is going to be for me, and all the other questions including how to get the pictures on my computer to begin with.

I know volunteering for the family to do this was crazy considering my ignorance with technology but I think I am the only one that even owns a computer. The rest only use a smart phone. My hubby bought me a nice camera about 6 years ago (which is outdated compared to the ones you can wifi straight to computer of phone) but otherwise is still a good camera. Not worth the added expense of upgrading just to get wifi when I haven't even figured out how to use the one he already got me beyond put on auto mode and shoot. I even got editing software when he bought it for me loaded one on my computer, couldn't figure out how to get a picture to it from my computers picture files so gave up. I didn't even open the other software packages (back when you bought disk for your software and up loaded it). I'd like to learn although at this point not sure picking a camera up and trying would do much for my sanity but if this xn editing and such is user friendly for folks like me maybe I'll try. Anyone out there willing to teach and old dog new tricks? I'm going to be honest, my technology ignorance can be annoying. I'm the kid whose mother pulled her hair when I couldn't understand her homework help. So I must be bad. At least I can't have my hair pulled via the internet. Thanks folks from an old dog.
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Re: Tips on scanning and organising large collection of family photos

Post by cday »

My first tip would be to try to keep your posts as concise as possible, as more people are likely to read them!

While you might get some advice on this forum on scanning or photographing the originals, in general the emphasis is on enhancing and organising photograph collections. And the sad reality is that not many people post other than to ask for help with their own issues.

Another forum you might also post on is DIYBookScanner. That forum in practice is concerned with imaging problems in general, one past project being to image the labels on a collection of vinyl records! Although that forum is currently very quiet, you might possibly get useful some advice there if you are patient.


Another tip might be to think twice before you volunteer, I should try to remember that myself! :wink: