A typical household has thousands of photos prints and slides taken before the digital photographic age. They capture some of the greatest memories of your life, your relatives, your ancestors, and your family and friends. However, most lie forgotten and ignored in albums or boxes. Would you be upset if you lost them for good? Interested in viewing them on your TV or computer alongside your newer digital photos? Want to share them with family and friends? If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, then it’s time to take action. Scan your photo prints and slides today!
If you only need to scan a small number of photos, then you can do this yourself or use scanning services provided by most local photo print retail outlets. For all other situations, I would recommend using a professional scanning company. They typically scan at higher resolutions (600 dots-per-inch for photos), handle other formats such as slides or negatives, and provide additional services such as image enhancement, photo restoration, and image tagging. The improvement in final image quality is noticeable!
Scanning your photo and slide collection offers several valuable benefits. Once scanned, you can:
- Protect your photo prints and slides: We all worry that photo prints or slides can be misplaced, damaged beyond repair, or destroyed in a catastrophic event. By having a digital archive of your originals, you have the comfort of knowing your scanned images can be reprinted at any time.
- Restore them back to their former beauty: All color photo prints fade over time and images get washed out. Slides and negatives decay. Loose photos get scratched, bent, or ripped through years of mishandling. Have a close look at some of your older photo prints and you will notice these changes. Professional tools such as Photoshop™ can reverse the years of decay and damage in your originals and make them look as clear and vibrant as the day they were taken.
- Share them with friends and family: If you own a digital camera, you can make your pictures readily accessible through you phones, computers, and televisions. You can also email pictures to friends and family, post them to internet websites, make presents in the form of personalized photo albums, and much, much more. Now you can do the same with your scanned collection!
Once you decide to scan your photo prints and slides, the next question is “How do I go about scanning them?” You have several options:
- Do it yourself: If you have a scanner or an all-in-one printer, then you can scan your photos yourself. If you do not, then most retail photo print outlets offer basic photo scanning services. Typically, only photos are accepted and no image enhancement or repair services are offered. I’d only suggest this option if you have less than 100 photos, your photos are in good condition, and final scan quality is not that important.
- Use an internet scanning company: If you search the internet, you will find a number of professional scanning companies. They can handle a large number of photos, and most handle non-standard originals such as slides, negatives, or albums. Scan quality is usually good. Most offer image enhancement and restoration services. Some offer image tagging. Prices vary greatly based on website and on services selected. These companies require you to ship your photos and slides to their location, which is often across the country, or across the world to places like India. Turnaround time can be two to four weeks.
- Use Aberscan Imaging: We can handle any number of photos or slides. We also offer great scan quality, image enhancement, restoration, image tagging, and support for non-standard originals. In fact, if it fits on a scanner, we can scan it: letters, scrapbooks, old documents, newspaper clippings, and much, much more. Since we are a local business, you get the comfort of knowing that your precious photos and slides stay close to home. Turnaround time is usually less than two days.