Collecting items for your digitizing project

How To Digitize

A part of the digitizing process that we hear is particularly daunting is just how many places in your house (or your parents' house, your grandparents' house, or anywhere else family has lived) you can find photos, slides, tapes, and other analog items. 

That collection process is the second step of digitizing (see our blog post on the 5 steps here!) and it is one that needs a bit of time and attention before you can proceed.

But don’t worry: we’ve been through this countless times with our customers, and we can help you, too! 

What to look for when searching:

First, let's determine what specifically you are looking for. Right now we’re trying to collect any analog items you want to digitize. These can be loose printed photos, photo albums or scrapbooks, school yearbooks, slides, tapes, or even DVDs. 

Where to look for analog items:

Next, review the list of places to search. (Bonus tip: print this page and check them off as you go!)

  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Closets (in bins, bags, or shoeboxes)
  • Bedrooms (double check under the bed)
  • Cabinets and drawers
  • Storage bins or trunks in your storage unit
  • Garage

Next steps for digitizing: 

Once you have everything in one place, you can move on to stage 3: sorting! 

Have questions about a digitizing project? Give us a call at 267-332-6651 to be connected with one of our team members. Live in the Philadelphia area? Come check out our new retail space, now open at 130 S. 17th Street!

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