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If you have a bunch of old family photos to scan in and want to learn what the school of hard knocks has taught me, you've come to the right place. I've developed this website during the process of scanning in my own family photos.

This website is a guide to scanning and restoring old family photos, from old black & white photos to family polaroids to 35mm prints. Photos can be in any condition, no matter if they are dusty, noisy, textured, or faded. This guide also includes terminology and information on digitizing photos, results of extensive scan software tests, and helpful tips for photo scanning and restoration.

Before diving in, I would like to say something about my tests. All of my conclusions and other statements on this website are my opinions of personal experiences and test results. Opinions are subjective and can vary from person to person. Results can vary too, since there is a wide variety of digitizing hardware, computers, OS versions, and types and conditions of media. Also, due to the sheer amount of information on this website, there may be a few errors that have escaped my diligence.

The star icon in the upper right is a link to the quick reference to the steps in this guide. I hope you don't mind the abbreviated tone I used to keep the quick reference short. Please click any smiley icon in the quick reference for heaps more information about each step.

About Me

Hello there! My name is Mark Hickenbottom and I created this website.

I've always been the photographer and videographer for my family. Ever since I was a young teenager, I've always had a camera. I got into 35mm photography and have albums of prints. I was an early adopter of camcorders and digital cameras, too. I was a latecomer to social media sites, but I soon realized how easy it was to share digital photos on sites such as FaceBook.

I enjoyed sharing my digital photos on social media sites so much that I wanted to share some of my parents' polaroids and prints with the rest of my family. I quickly learned that digitizing photos was not at all easy. Just the opposite. There was a great deal to learn and some mysteries to unlock.

Being a perfectionist, I wanted to find the best way to digitize old faded prints. My career in software quality assurance came in handy! With extensive testing and research, I have developed a workflow to digitize old photos that works great for me.

I hope it does for you, too!