OSTA Recommends Protecting Digital Images


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CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb 24, 2009 — When people are facing a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina roaring up the Gulf or the San Diego fires cascading through the city, the call to evacuate results in a rapid sorting of priorities. Often it comes down to how much you can fit in your car. Space is at a premium, and children and pets typically get top priority. After that, most people consider what things hold special memories that would be hard to replace … High on this list is the family photo collection. You would assume that people have prepared for this possibility by storing their photos in a way that they are not only protected but also easy to transport, but this is often not the case.

When a disaster is imminent people often grab their computer, desktop or notebook, and load it in their car. What people don’t realize is that there is a much simpler alternative: carrying copies of their important files and digital images on CD or DVD discs.

“When you consider that you can copy nearly 3000 photo images on a DVD that costs less than a dollar, it would seem to be a logical solution,” says David Bunzel, President of the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA). Optical discs are not only a great way to protect your photos and archive them, but they are also simpler to carry than boxes of photos or large albums.

But what about these albums and boxes of photos? They represent important memories but are often too bulky to easily transport. There is a solution for this: scanning photos and saving the resulting images on DVD discs. Often people put this off because of the time involved in converting large quantities of photos to digital images.

A California-based company, ScanMyPhotos.com, recognized that people would not necessarily do this themselves but might consider a service if the price was right. Mitch Goldstone, President of ScanMyPhotos.com, notes “When people can have their family photo collection preserved for less five cents a print, it is an easy decision.” The company simplified the process, providing a box for customers to put up to 1800 4×6 photos inside to be mailed to its processing center.

People often have insurance to protect against disasters, but limited documentation to support their claims delays the process. Having a home inventory of personal belongings preserved as digital photos is of critical importance. “Photos are an excellent way to keep account of the entire inventory in your home, especially if you become a victim of a disaster,” noted Jerry Davies, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies spokesman. “The wildfires in California are year-round and having visited claims sites following the 2008 fires, I was very impressed with homeowners who brought their digital photos of the contents of their homes to their claims adjuster meetings. Taking digital photos and placing them on DVDs and storing them in a safe place is very important.”

Making a second or third set of discs is further insurance against disasters. “Carrying your photo collection in an emergency is important, but also having a set of these discs in a bank box or sent to a relative outside of the area is an important way to assure your critical files or digital images are not lost forever,” says David Bunzel.

About OSTA:

OSTA was incorporated as an international trade association in 1992 to promote the use of recordable optical technologies and products. For more information see http://www.osta.org or http://www.archivemyphotos.org.

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“How to scan 1,000 photos (practically) overnight. Really.” (via Photo Bliss Blog)

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How to scan 1,000 photos (practically) overnight. Really.

By Marcy on February 17, 2009

Sure, we are all cool modern photographers now with our digital cameras, USB drives, DVD back-ups and all the rest. But have you given any thought to those hundreds thousands of photos from the land before time digital that are stuck in shoe boxes, sticky photo albums or in slides?

What about photos of YOU as a child? Or the family albums from your ancestors? Recently we had a terrible wild-fire rush through my town which destroyed over 100 homes. While mine was not at risk, my
mother’s home was.

As I helped her to evacuate her pets, computer and valuables I stood in front of the stacks and stacks of albums and boxes containing all the photographic history for my family. It was overwhelming. Not having much time I grabbed a few and left.

After the fire, and thankfully my childhood home was spared, I decided I HAD to digitize those
photos. ALL of them. But scanning a million photos one at a time? It would take a life time. But guess what? I found a solution. A solution for all of us!

ScanMyPhotos.com is a service that will mail you a heavy duty box. You fill it up with photos (holds
about 1000) and they will scan all of them, put them on disks and even printout a proof book of each photo (with corresponding image numbers given). Sounds too expensive? IT’S NOT. ($49.95 for 1000 photos).

Got VHS videos of little Billy being born? Yup, they will convert that too. Slides? Film? All of it to
digital. And you can make numerous copies. Put one in a safe deposit box or mail a copy to relatives (finally no more fighting over who gets the funny photo of Dad dressed as Santa).

Well, I am off to empty more albums and protect the memories I treasure, like this photo of me with my dad when I was 6 years old. Before I knew about photography or the tragedy of plaid pants.

Photo Marketing Association Convention [PMA 09] Providing Instant News on Twitter

Photo Marketing Association Convention [PMA 09] Providing Instant News on Twitter Keep up with PMA 09 news and contribute your own on Twitter, other sites Keeping up with PMA 09 has just gotten a lot easier, with social media like Twitter. PMA has several active Twitter accounts bringing news to attendees. Want to keep up with PMA 09 announcements? You can click on this link to see the PMA 09 posts made so far.

If you have your own Twitter account, and want to get in on the action, use the hash tag #PMA09 to make sure your PMA 09 tweets are included! Below are some PMA Twitter accounts to start with:

http://www.twitter.com/PMAMembers — PMA Membership Info

http://www.twitter.com/PMAPress — PMA Press announcements

http://www.twitter.com/PMAMagazine – PMA magazine information

http://www.twitter.com/DIMAInfo — DIMA information

http://www.twitter.com/sportsphoto — SPAA — sports photography info

http://www.twitter.com/PSPASchoolPhoto — PSPA School Photographer

Info http://www.twitter.com/PMAtradeshows — PMA Exhibitor info Follow

PMA editors as they cover the show: www.twitter.com/garypageau

http://www.twitter.com/bethduiser www.twitter.com/jenkruger

http://www.twitter.com/amandayeager To follow PMA “photographically,”

try the PMA Flickr account: PMA 09 group photo pool:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/pma09/ PMA photostream:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmaphotos/ To watch PMA videos, visit the

PMA YouTube channel or PMA TV: YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/PMAShow PMA TV: http://www.pmai.tv [source:

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