You have a huge collection of your precious and memorable moments of your life in photos and films and are afraid to lose them. Indeed the fear is not unfounded, because many people around the world lose their photos because they get damaged or lost. A photo scanning service, however, will make sure that you are not without choice when you lose photos.

Digitizing your old photos by scanning is a much better way of storing photos than shoving them into the attic in big boxes. Digital photos are very durable since they are stored in a computer virtually and not physically and hence don't degrade over a period of time. Even after you access them after many years, they will remain absolutely the same.

Another big advantage of digitizing photos and films is that you can easily create multiple copies of your photos and back them up to an external hard disk. This ensures that that a computer crash does not ruin the photos. Moreover, you can also back digital photos onto the internet so that you can open them from anywhere in the world.

Photos in the digital format can be uploaded very easily using many services such as Picasa or Flickr and share those photos with anyone you want to. Also, once uploaded on to the internet, you can organize them into slides and even make virtual scrap books. You can also change the look of photos and remove artifacts by using software such as Photoshop.

You could of course scan all your photos at home, but the problem is that high resolution digital images require expensive scanners. Moreover, scanning a lot of pictures on your own is quite time consuming. Using a photo scanning service nearby, you will be able to reduce the cost and at the same time, get the job done quickly.

Before you choose one of the scanning services though, you should check out a few things. The most important thing is to not always choose the cheapest, but the best scanning service. Cheap services might not have up to date equipment and hence photo quality might not be great. The service must be able to provide you high resolution digital copies of your photos.

Which format you old photos will be converted to, is another important aspect to be considered. Some services may store your photos in formats which cannot be opened in all computers. Open formats such as JPG, PNG, and GIF can be easily opened in both PCs and Macs.

Also check out whether the scanning service can digitize all the old types of films that you have. Some of the services may not be equipped to convert very old films into digital formats.

A photo scanning service will make it easier for you to preserve all your old memories that you have collected over so many years. You would be helping the scanning service by organizing the photos to be scanned in the order that you want them to be returned so that you can group them later with ease.