This is probably a really dumb question but is there a better way to upload old physical photographs to Facebook than just taking a picture of them with my smartphone?
It’s a pain to not get any glare or shadows on them. I feel like I have to create a mini studio with lights and black fabric to cut down on glare. I see a lot of other people’s photos and they don’t have these artifacts (that I notice). Is everyone else better at this than me, or do I not notice their imperfections because I don’t see the original?
Perhaps they are scanning them and not photographing them?
I have a lot of old family photos that I share with my cousins on Facebook. I scan them.
IE, using something like this:
Although many people have all in one scanners that are printer/copier/fax/scanners. You can do even better than the pictures themselves if you have the negatives, the scanner I linked for example can scan those too.
Yeah, have scanners become obsolete to the current generation already?
I see a surprising number of images posted on Facebook that are clearly just phone pictures of printed photo albums. People are getting so used to immediate gratification from their phones.
Every so often I go through a picture box and scan a bunch of pictures at once to keep in my “throwback Thursday” folder. Scanning is where it’s at!
If you just have a few, go to Kinko’s. They have some fairly good scanners there to use for a few cents per scan.
If you don’t want to invest in a scanner or use a scanning service, illuminate the photo from the side (something like 45 degree angle to the photo, preferably from 2 sides), and make sure the camera’s flash is turned off.