First, Nathan and I have a printed photo collection of about 5,000 photos. Second, we have about 20,000 digital photos and video clips on the Mac’s Photos app. The printed photos need to be scanned so we can save them on the Mac, too. See the problem?
Scan Me, Baby
Those printed photos are stuffed into about 20 photo albums. Printed photos. You know where this is going, right? Each printed photo needs to be scanned on a scanner connected to the Mac, saved as a file, and repeated. About 5,000 times.
Then, each of those photos needs to be cleaned up, enhanced a bit, trimmed here and there, and then saved into Photos. But Photos kills the chronological order, so that’s another issue to fix, perhaps with an EXIF editor. For 5,000 photos? I don’t think so.
Enter an app for my iPhone that I did not think would do such a job. It’s from Google. PhotoScan for iPhone.
What PhotoScan does is typical Google. Free app. Lay the photo down someplace. Point the iPhone at the photo. Take a picture with PhotoScan.
Google’s built-in digital magic wipes out glare from nearby lights, automatically crops the photo by detecting the edge, then it even straightens up photos and provides perspective correction. The app knows a face or a scene in such a way that photos are always right side up.
Not only that, PhotoScane enhances photos so they can look better than they are; and many older print photos don’t look that good compared to today’s premium smartphone cameras. If the print photo is a bit funky looking, and many are, PhotoScan provides little controls to help it know what to fix and where.
Even better, finished photos are placed into Apple’s Photos app on the iPhone, and if you’re using iCloud to store photos, they get synced to iPad and Mac, too. The whole process is notably faster on a per photo basis than scanning photos.
What would make PhotoScan nearly perfect is a way to change the EXIF data quickly so when the photos are saved– Photos or Google Photos– they have a date appropriate for when the printed photo was taken and processed.
It ain’t Apple, but it’s damned good.