Photo tip: Best apps to convert old photos and negatives to digital

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If your photos aren’t backed up, this is your friendly reminder to do it now. You’d be heartbroken should you lost all those memories.

When it comes to the old photos you have lying around, you don’t need to pay for an expensive digitizing service or buy a scanner.

Google’s PhotoScan is a free app for iOS and Android that scans your photos multiple times, then stitches all the images together to remove glare and improve the quality of the final image.

Here’s how it works: Snap one photo, then take four additional shots according to the app’s instructions.

PhotoScan uses an algorithm to detect and crop the photo, automatically detect the edge, correct the rotation, and correct the perspective to show a frontal view.