What to do with old family photos

Ruby - posted on 02/21/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My dilemma is trying to figure out what to do with the boxes and boxes of FRAMED family photos I have accumulated over the years. I think it might be a good ideas to take these pictures out of frames. Many, many of them are 8X10 and a few are larger. I can scan them into the computer and upload them to a family website. This will same so much space. Does anyone have any ideas or has anyone else done this with family photos. I am desparate to reduce clutter. I am open to all suggestions.

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Dee - posted on 02/25/2010

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MY DAUGHTER IS A WHIZ ON THE COMPUTER, SHE PUT MY PICTURES INTO CATAGORIES LIKE ALL MY SONS, HERS, AND GRANDAUGHTERS TOGETHER AND PUT THEM ON A DVD WITH SOME MUSIC. THEY LOVE WATCHING THEMSELVES GROW UP ON THE DVD AND YOU CAN SAVE IT INCASE YOU WANT TO MAKE MORE AND THEN STORE IT WITH ALL YOUR DVD'S

Billie - posted on 02/25/2010

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I would save them to the Computer. One thing my Dad recently did was give them to His' children. If I was the youngest in the Picture, I got it. It was so nice to have pictures of when my sister and I were young.

Ruby - posted on 02/24/2010

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Thanks for your suggestions. I might keep some frames and donate others.

Darlene - posted on 02/21/2010

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When my daughter send me new pictures of my grandchildren I put th new picture on top of the old one. For Christmas my husband bought me a digital photo frame. It holds lots of pictures. We put all our old and new pictures on it. I just love it. I have to stay with my parents due to health problems and I am gone for weeks I take the frame with me. It's like taking my family with me. Also I make sure all pictures have the childs name the date taken and how old they are when taken. So later on when people come across your pictures they know who the pictures are of. I have a whole box of picture of my mother-in-laws but don't know who anyone is.

Sherrie - posted on 02/21/2010

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I was able to find some photo portfolios on line that have worked great. I purchased some 11 x 14 and 8 x 10 portfolios. Now I have all the photos in one place and they don't take up much space .

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Mark - posted on 11/15/2014

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A scrapbook or photo album will save you tons of space and the Goodwill will love the photo frames (they always sell fast). If the photos did not originally come from a digital file, you may want to take a digital photo of each picture to archive them. WARNING: if the print is the only copy of a photo that you have, BE CAREFUL when you do your copying, especially if you think you may ever want to print it again.
Scanning is one option. It's certainly easy, but scanners can introduce contrast or color casts that can degrade the quality of the original and can make the resulting copy file difficult to print in the future.
A quick snapshot of your photos photo is fine, if you just want a record of the photo and have no intention of ever printing it again.
If you think you may want to print some of your copied photos in the future, though, you need to pay close attention to how the photo is lined up and look for reflections & glare on the photo, especially from overhead lights or windows. Do your best to line up the edges of the photo with the edges of your camera frame. That's not only important from an alignment standpoint, but also will assure that the copy you're creating is in focus from edge to edge. Use a tripod, if at all possible so you can shoot at the lowest ISO your camera has, and to prevent you from introducing blur into your copy thru camera shake. If your copy is cockeyed, it will be awkward, maybe even impossible to make a print from it. If there is glare, you will either have to do your best to eliminate it with photo editing software (not easy), or live with a print that has a distracting, permanent glare.
Here is a great resource I found online for you, to help with getting organized with photos: https://www.familyarchives.com/pages/photos-introduction.html

Lonne - posted on 10/24/2012

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I saw something on the internet that I think is wonderful...may take some time...maybe not worth the effort but with all the pics I have it may be a solution to keeping keepsakes for my family....laminating pics & making table runners for specal ocassions...child growing up...christmas memories...grandchildren...wedding pics for anniversaries, etc...just sayin'...might not be a bad idea...pics are protected when laminated...plus makes a wonderful table decoration for all occassions

Sue - posted on 02/27/2010

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Just remember, if you scan them into computer--also back up the photos in case something happens. That way, you won't lost what you do have on computer! wonderful ideas posted!

Cheryl - posted on 02/25/2010

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I did have a big coffee table that had a glass top so i made a collage of a lot of my photos..lovely to look at...I arranged them in age order of my children and it was lovely looking at them growing up...

Tammy - posted on 02/24/2010

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Hi! I had the same dilema. My cousin introduces me to scrapbooking and now i have the photos in scrapbooks. My favorites I scanned and have in digital frames in two rooms.

Ruby - posted on 02/24/2010

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Thanks for your suggestions. I was just hesitant to take pictures out of frames. Putting new pictures in the frames is a good idea.

Kathryn - posted on 02/22/2010

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Hello - I have put all my family photo's in scrapbooks and it's given me a extra interesting hobby too - do you have any local charity shops or school fairs that might be interested - in the fames or perhaps you can make a giant wall colleage

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I took mine out of the frames and scanned them in to the computer. That made them easy to share with others. I then filed the photos in photo storage boxes (because I don't want to throw them away) and have since used the frames for new photos that I have hanging on the walls. Some of the old photos have gone in to scrap books and I made a collage for my mother to hang at her house.

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