Photomyne App – Capture Old Photos

If you have shoe-boxes, cupboards and photo albums stuffed with old photos, an app called Photomyne can help you scan those photos, in order to bring them online where they can be saved and shared.

What makes Photomyne compelling versus the competition in this space is a combination of its technology and the user experience.

Even Photomyne’s smart scanning saves you lots of time allowing you to scan multiple photos in a single shot. No need to take photos out of the album or remove the sleeve protectors. Just point and shoot!

The app recently landed a $2.6 million round of funding to work on the app, which allows you to take a picture of an entire page in a photo album allowing the algorithm to recognize the images and enhance them automatically.

It does have it’s limitations, but if you require your photos to be restored, repaired or enhanced further, you can send them to Restorapic for a free quote.



Get Photomyne on the App Store and is coming “soon” for Android.

Scan a photo negative using phone and scanner

Did you know it’s possible to scan photo negative using a phone and scanner?

The phone/tablet provides the necessary back-lighting, with a flat-bed scanner.

Scan a photo negative


All you need is is turn a large portion of the screen entirely white with a flash light app. Simply place the device facedown over the film on the scanner, and scan it as normal

If you’re scanning B&W negative film, you’ll need to scan in ‘Gray Scale’ then invert the image with photo editing software once it has been scanned.

scan a negative film

Free photo editing software: Gimp

Android devices you can use Screen Light app

Apple devices you can use Flashlight app

Changing your Photo Scanner Settings

Modifying scanner settings is an easy enough task. As there are lots of types of scanners and various ways of accessing the settings so I will stick to the most generic approach.

Mind you…. you could always use a search engine to find the exact scanner settings tutorial or manual. Just type in your “make and model” and keywords “change scanner settings”


The approach below is for Windows PCs:


  1. Choose Start→Control Panel. Type scanners in the Control Panel search field and press Enter.

The Control Panel window appears.

  1. Click View Scanners and Cameras.

You see a list of installed scanners in the Scanners and Cameras ..etc

scanner dialog box

  1. Click on your scanner in the Scanners and Cameras area and then click the Scan Profiles button.

The Profiles dialog box appears.

  1. Click Edit.

The Edit Default Profile dialog box appears.

scanner settings

  1. Review the settings.

These settings may include (depending on your scanner model) colour management for fine-tuning the way colours are scanned and resolution settings that control how detailed a scan is performed. (The higher the resolution, the crisper and cleaner your photo will be, but the more time it may take to scan.)

  1. Click Save Profile to return to the Properties dialog box and then click the Close button twice.

The Profiles & Scanners and Cameras windows will close.

  1. When you’re ready to run a scan, place the item to be scanned in your scanner.

Depending on your model, the item may be placed on a flat “bed” with a hinged cover or fed through a tray. Check your scanner’s manual for the specific procedure to initiate a scan (for example, pressing a Scan or Start button). After you begin the scan, your computer automatically detects it and displays a dialog box showing you the scan progress and allowing you to view and save the scanned item.


Read about ‘Changing your scanners DPI / Resolution Settings

Scanners – DPI & Resolutions

Scanning photos is relatively easy, however if you’re not sure how to set the appropriate Resolution / DPI (dots per inch) and the advantages of that read on:

Go into your scanner settings and look for “DPI” or “Resolution” and review your scanners current settings.

Setting your scanners DPI / Resolution correctly can increase your photo size dramatically.


scanner settings

  • With 300 DPI you can digitise your 4×6 photo into the same size: 4×6 digital photo. This is because in photo labs they use 300 dpi or dots per inch to print your photos.
  • Setting your scanner to 600 DPI you can double the size of your photograph without losing any quality
  • Setting your scanner at a higher and higher setting you can increase your photo size
  • Even at 1200 DPI, can turn a small 2×3 photo into a 16×24 digital photo — without losing any quality.


However, remember the file size of your photo will increase and you may have difficulty emailing our uploading it if you set the DPI too high.