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Home for the Holidays: 7 Tips for Scanning Photos on the Go

With Thanksgiving approaching, you’re probably thinking about recipes or reservations or relatives—maybe all three. All of these are fine traditions, but if your Thanksgiving plans do involve going home for the holidays, you might want to take that opportunity to harvest photos for a family photo book.

Some great tips for scanning with your camera phone from Blurb. You might also want to check out the free Blurb app for iPhones and iPads to quickly and easily make your own photo books.

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Five Steps to Identify a Family Photo

Source: Five Steps to Identify a Family Photo

If you don’t have a strategy to follow, analyzing old family photographs can be a long, tedious, and sometimes frustrating process. However, with a little information and close examination, family photographs can lead to discovering new information about your ancestors. In her presentation at RootsTech 2016, photo historian Maureen Taylor shared five important steps that will help you take a photo from unknown to part of your family story:

Study the clues in the picture.
Unravel the caption.
Connect to cousins using social media.
Research the clues.
Spread the word.

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SD Card Reader for iPad

Are you looking for an easy way to move photos from your digitial camera or scans from your Flip-Pal to your iPad for editing? Slide your SD car into this card reader and plug it into the charging port on your iPad. Turn on your iPad and your Photos app will open – ready for you to import and edit your scanned files.

The SD Card Reader/Adapter sells for $29 and can be purchased at Amazon or your nearest Apple store.

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Why photos are the next battleground in the fight for privacy

Have you read the licensing agreement when uploading photos lately? Here’s why you should.

Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Shutterfly have become the latest in a list of federal lawsuits accusing them of violating a state privacy law that restricts the collection and storage of biometric data, including our photos.

Facial recognition poses a challenge to consumer groups unlike any the world has seen before.

More at TheNextWeb

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Portable, Affordable Photo Studio 

Denise Levenick – The Family Curator – reviews an impressive new system for digitizing family heirlooms . . .

The Shotbox is an all-in-one solution to every family archivist’s challenge: how to efficiently digitize the fascinating assortment of artifacts, papers, books, and photographs in our care. Whether we’re curating a family collection dating back centuries and generations or mindfully preserving the history of our own treasures for our descendants, digitizing photos, documents, and memorabilia can be a difficult task.

Shotbox Inventor and Founder Aaron Johnson faced a familiar challenge when he started to digitize 12 x 12 scrapbook pages. It was tough to get the lighting and position just right, and time consuming to make constant adjustments with each new page. Johnson, co-inventor of the Cricut Cutting Machine popular with scrapbookers and paper crafters knew there had to be an easier way! Archival quality digital images can be captured with most smartphone cameras, but adequate lighting and a sturdy camera mount can be more difficult to arrange. The Shotbox tabletop photo light studio solves these challenges with its innovative features and design.

Read the rest at Shot with Shotbox: Portable, Affordable Photo Studio – SHOTBOX LLC