Part 1

Is your family history dying in a shoebox?

If your family is like mine, you probably have a stack of boxes somewhere in the closet or the attic containing pictures and tintypes dating back to the early 1900’s or even the late 1800’s. Not only are they slowly disintegrating, but they rarely get viewed. It’s a lot of family history, just getting lost and forgotten.

Scanning your historical family photos can rescue your images before they disintegrate. That’s a great start. But it can be a lot of work for very little reward. And will your children be interested in a collection of black-and-white or sepia still images? One way to make it more interesting is to create a family history video. You can not only save the images, you can save the stories behind those images, and you can bring them to life for your whole family to enjoy. Who knows, you might even dredge up a few new relatives in the process! That’s a good thing, right?

In Part 1 of this blog we visit video producer Les Profit who has scanned thousands of historical family photos and created several family history videos for his family to enjoy. We cover scanning your photos and slides, the dpi / resolution to use when scanning your photos and slides, basic retouching using Adobe Photoshop, how to safely store your originals, and backing up your scanned images.

In Part 2 we cover editing your photos to create a family history video using Pinnacle Studio for iPad. Here we show examples of recording voice overs, using pan and zoom, adding music, adding titles, and sharing your movie.

Lots of great tips in here.


Terri Morgan

Co-Founder, Luma Touch