Some of the best old family photos are on polaroids. These quick-printed snapshots hit their peak in the late 70s, but they've become surprisingly popular over the last couple of decades.
We live in the digital era, where we store dozens of our photos in our smartphone's gallery. But even in the midst of high-resolution digital cameras, polaroids are still in vogue, especially among millennials and Gen Z. The social media platform, Instagram, has heralded this comeback with its imitation of Polaroid-style collages and portraits.
Whether you're drawn in by the nostalgia or fascinated by tech before your time, Polaroids can take great shots on the go. But they're also prone to surface damage over time. So it's important to spend a little time digitizing them rather than reprinting.
Converting polaroids into vibrant digital photos is so easy and intuitive. You can use the methods below to make a digital copy of a polaroid; it just depends on the digital device you’re using.
This app by Google can help you convert polaroid images to digital photos easily. It has a simple interface, and the only thing you need to do is fit the polaroid into your camera's frame. The main advantage of Google PhotoScan is that it can work both for Android and iPhone users.
Head over to the App or Play Store to download and install the app on your device, and then follow the steps below.
The Notes app is a very simple way for iPhone users to turn Polaroids into vibrant photos. Follow the steps below to get your Polaroids into your camera roll.
Polar is a photo scanning app that will digitize your polaroid in a matter of seconds. After installing the app, follow these quick steps.
Polaroids depreciate with time, so it's best if you start scanning as soon as possible after you take it. Otherwise, it becomes faded. You can use a regular scanner to do this once you connect it with your PC.
Some of the best scanning software out there is Vuescan and Image Capture. Once you've installed their software, you can use those programs to convert polaroids into digital images.
A flatbed scanner will give you quality results for digitally scanned photos. The only downside is that it's costly to buy one, especially a high-end flatbed scanner, and it consumes your desk space.
Also, the scanning process is a bit slow, and you'll need to learn how the scanner works first. To get the highest quality digital pictures, you may need to buy a scanning adapter. All things considered, I highly recommend a flatbed scanner for professional photographers aiming to convert polaroids into high-quality digital images.
Taking polaroid pictures can really take a fun get together with friends to the next level. But don't let shoeboxes full of Polaroid photos sit on your closet shelf. Digitizing them will save you space and make it easier to share photos with family or friends who live miles away.