Here's how to scan thousands of photos in minutes

Here’s How to Scan Thousands of Photos in Minutes

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Many of us have shoeboxes filled with photos from decades ago. Typically, scanning thousands of old photos requires sending them to an imaging service and paying a hefty fee. Plus, the photos never seem to scan properly.

Now, you can digitize those images at an affordable cost for high-quality results in the comfort of your home. Epson just released the FastFoto FF-640 photo scanner, which scans one photo per second. You can also feed the device 30 photos at a time.

Additionally, the scanner restores faded photos to their original color, something this author witnessed in person during a demo of the FastFoto. This feature is courtesy of Epson’s proprietary Smart Photo Fix (SPF), which also reduces red-eye and automatically applies color enhancement.

The scanner’s software lets you share scanned images via Facebook or Instagram. If you have a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device, you can direct FastFoto to save scanned images to a designated folder on the NAS.

FastFoto also scans the front and back of photos and postcards in a single scan. With the included software, you can name photos and organize them with specific metadata, such as location and year.

“Whether it’s for Throwback Thursday, a photo slideshow for graduation, a wedding, or another life event, before today, digitizing photographs with a flatbed scanner or scanning service has been a time consuming and expensive task,” said Larry Trevarthen, director of commercial printing and scanning at Epson America, Inc., in a released statement.”Scanning shoeboxes of photos on a flatbed scanner can take hundreds of hours, and sending photos out to a scanning service is pricey and puts irreplaceable photos at risk of being lost or damaged. FastFoto offers a fast, easy, and affordable solution for preserving a family’s legacy.”

The Epson FastFoto FF-640 lists at $649.99, and it is available through select major retailer stores and at