Posts Tagged ‘digital photos’

Why I Love my Flip-Pal

I generally don’t brag about products and services, but I just can’t stop talking about the Flip-pal scanner.  Here’s why.

When I opened the box I was surprised to the brightly colored packaging. I don’t know what I expected to see, but the whole appearance was so friendly looking.

I removed the package from the shipping container and thought “ Oh No, it’s one of those impossible to open plastic boxes.”  Not so.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how easily I could remove the scanner from the container.

I love the weight and size of the scanner. It’s small enough and light enough to carry in a large handbag. Since there are no external cords, it’s perfect for travel. I took it with me to an event last night and scanned a photo on the spot in about a minute. 600 dpi jpg in a moment.

Lifted up the lid and saw the sample photo. Great reminder of just how large the scanning surface is.

Once you’ve scanned an image you can preview it on the tiny screen near the buttons and menu that let you select resolution, set the date, and other things.

When I want to upload images, I use the memory card (like the ones found in digital camera’s) and insert it in the USB drive.  Upload is easy-peasy.

You can scan larger images using the stitch feature. Remove the cover and flip the scanner upside down on the oversize print. The see-through base lets you see what part of the picture you’re actually scanning. No guess-work.

Now that cases are available, I bought one. This little gem is going with me everywhere!

Don’t expect it to work like a dedicated bigger scanners such as the Epson in my office.  It reads the glass in cased images rather the daguerreotype or ambrotype, but for most types of images this is perfect for the genealogist on the go.

Did  I mention the price? $149.99.

Digital Photo Suppliers: Top 3 Questions to ask

With all the companies jumping into the digital photography market, it is important to vet the suppliers before trusting them with your photographs.

Here are 3 important questions to ask:

  1. How do they process your film and make images accessible online?
  2. Can you download images from their site?
  3. How long do they store the images?

If you have any questions or need advice about online photo storage or digital photography, please email me at or fill out the request form on my website



In 1975, an engineer at Eastman Kodak used a camera with image sensor chips that weighed 8 pounds and took 23 seconds to capture the scene. While a digital camera was used at the 1984 Summer Olympics and during the first Gulf War, the first commercially successful digital cameras didn’t debut until 1990. The technology has come a long way since then. Now we have cameras small enough to carry in a pocket.

Digital photography has become most popular recently. However, according to photographic conservator, Paul Messier,, digital photography has all the traditional issues of preservation – chemical, biological and physical, but electronic files add a new problem—obsolescence. This has 2 components, file format and hardware obsolescence.

Discussion of these issues as well as solutions are covered in Preserving Your Family Photographs. You can get your copy HERE to access the information.