[BCAB] Software for transferring photos to digital format

Jackie Brown jackieannbrown62 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 2 18:16:30 BST 2017


Hi George

I am really grateful for your input as a sighted person, I hoped you would
give me some pointers that I can pass on.  I will print your Email, Shauna
has a great sense of humour so she won't mind!

Kind regards,

Jackie Brown
Email: Jackieannbrown62 at gmail.com
Check out my website: www.thebrownsplace.info
Follow me on Twitter: @thebrownsplace
Skype name: thejackmate

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of George Bell
Sent: 02 July 2017 17:58
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Software for transferring photos to digital format

Hi Jackie,

It sounds like you have all the tools.  Hopefully Shauna will now what to do
in terms of setting up the scanner, but here's a couple of suggestions
anyway.  "I'll accept Shauna asking if I think she's stupid - sorry lass, I
don't mean this that way!)

First, review the picture sizes and measure them to determine what size
groups there are.

Set the scanning software up to scan a specific size group.  That way, the
scanner will only scan the area it is told to scan.

Organising and naming picture files can be a nightmare, so think ahead
before you end up with dozens of sequentially named files.

Unless seriously stuck for space, use the highest resolution possible for
pictures.  There are a number of reasons I do it that way myself.  First is
in case you want to enlarge a picture, such for a family event.  Second, you
may want to reproduce a section of a photo, like a single person's face from
a group photo, and then create an enlargement of that.  And finally, if you
want to e-mail a whole batch, you can set the system up to reduce the file
size and type without too much loss of quality.

My wife and I have done a lot of this kind of thing, and for example, made
collages using many pictures.  One of our most successful ones was made into
a roll up display around two and a half feet wide by 6 feet high for a close
friend's parent's Golden Wedding Anniversary party.

We were gob-smacked when visiting the couple later, to find they had mounted
it on their living room door, and said how much it brought back happy
memories of days gone by.

Well, enough slop from me for today!  Enjoy!

George

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Jackie Brown
Sent: 02 July 2017 09:21
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: [BCAB] Software for transferring photos to digital format

I have lots of photos carefully stored in albums that I would like to have
transferred to digital format so I can keep them on my backup drives.  I
have a Plustek Opticbook 3600 scanner, but wonder what software would be
best for this job.  Martin's niece, Shauna, has offered to do this for me,
so it isn't necessary that the software she uses has to be accessible
because she is fully sighted.  I have looked at sending the albums to a
company or shop that charges for the service but, as Shauna says, I could
run the risk of them getting lost.  These pictures are family snaps from
when my son was born, taking him to adulthood.  Although his dad and I can't
see them ourselves, we would still like to preserve them.

So is there anything that comes as standard on Windows that I could use, or
would I need to hunt for something that might fit the job?  Suggestions much
appreciated, with thanks.

Kind regards,

Jackie Brown
Email: Jackieannbrown62 at gmail.com
Check out my website: www.thebrownsplace.info Follow me on Twitter:
@thebrownsplace Skype name: thejackmate




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