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Photograph Scanning Services (All Sizes)

What We Will Do:

We will scan the photographs you send to us. We offer two types of service for photograph scanning:

Image Only Service:

We will scan your photographs at 300dpi resolution (or 600 if you choose), and compile the JPEG images into one or more Folios (directories) depending on how they are grouped or organized. All scanned images will be in the proper orientation.

Premier Service:

We will take the scanned images from the first stage and process them further. We will go through several additional steps to improve the appearance of the images: to reduce the effects of fading, and for B/W photos to eliminate any discoloration that has occurred. In this way, you are not only preserving and protecting your photographic heritage - you are also restoring and refreshing many of those memories (see examples below).

We will also make an effort to correct for instances of under- or over-exposure. When you select this service, you will receive two versions of each photo: the "Image Only" scan and the "Premier Service" post-processed version as well.

You can see the effects of these additional processing steps in these pairs of photos (used with the permission of the of the owner). In each pair, the photo on the left is the "as-scanned" image, the one on the right is the result of our Premier Service post-processing ($0.20/image for all photos in a batch):

Note that some of these photos are apparently Polaroids, as shown by the streaking. The correction of that kind of artifact requries a full restoration effort, and is not something that is included in our Premier Service.

If there are any photographs in your order that have suffered damage in the past due to age, mold, or other causes, we will scan them and give you the option of keeping them, deleting those scans from your order, or having additional work done to fix the images (at an additional photo restoration cost). You can even try us outfree of charge!

Enjoy Your Photos on TV

In addition to providing your image files on a flash drive or DVD, for a small additional charge ($0.04/image + disc cost) we can assemble your pictures into a Video Slide Show. We can then put that slide show on a DVD  that you can play in your DVD player so you can enjoy your pictures on your TV set, as well as your computer.

Photo Albums

Many of your photos may be mounted in Photo Albums. If so, there are two options that you may choose from when having them scanned. The first option is to send the albums to us intact (recommended). We can then scan the albums page by page to produce a full digital copy of the original album, so that we preserve all of its information and character.

If you wish, we can also scan some or all of the individual photos in the album, providing a separate set of digital files for those individual photos. Scans of the individual photos that are done in combination with a set of album page scans are priced at $0.10 LESS than the listed cost of photo scans by themselves. If you wish to have individual photos scanned in addition to the full page scan, you can indicate which ones you wish to scan separately - it is not necessary to have all of them scanned in this way.

The second option, of course, is to simply (or not so simply!) remove the photos and send them to us individually. This, of course, does not preserve the character of the original album in any way.

Your processed files will be stored on the storage medium of your choice: CD-ROM, DVD, Blu-ray, Thumb Drive (Flash Drive), M-Disc, or, for large orders, an external hard drive. You may indicate your choice of media when you fill out the Order Form/Packing List that you will receive from us when we are ready to receive your order. You can also receive multiple copies of your files, if you wish.

Try Us out for Free!

As a way of introducing you to our Service, we invite you to try our Photograph Scanning Service for FREE. We will scan up to four photographs 4" x 6" or smaller, or two 5" x 7" photographs, or one up to 8" x 10" absolutely free of charge. The resulting jpeg images will be sent to you via Dropbox, and your photographs will be sent back to you in a return envelope that you will provide to us.

To get your free scans, just fill out the Free Scan Request Form. We will reply with an email providing you with instructions on how to send us your photographs, along with a mailing label that you will need to use for your envelope. Please do not send us any materials without receiving this instructive email.

Of course, if you do not have any Photographs you would like to submit for free scans, you could choose to send us up to sixslides, or a somenegatives,(up to eight).


Our prices for scanning photographs are as follows:

Photo Size Res. (dpi) Cost / Image
up to 4 x 6 300 $0.25
600 $0.50
up to 5 x 7 300 $0.35
600 $0.70
8 x 10 300 $0.69
600 $1.35
Photo Albums* 300 $1.00/page
Premier Service $0.20
600 $2.00/page

*For Photo Albums, scans of individual photos in addition to the page scan are available for $0.10 less than the photo prices listed above (same dpi).

Please note that if you have both a negative and a photographic print of that negative, it is always best to send us the negative to be digitized. That insures that you will have all off the detail of the original picture in your digital file, without the losses that can occur when the negative image is processed to make a print. Many automatic photo processors apply automatic "corrections" to prints that are actually distortions of the original image. By scanning the negative, you will recover any detail that was lost due to a poor printing process.

Large Orders:

Large orders will be sectioned into file sub-directories of about 50 - 100 images, and all orders will include an Index image that contains thumbnail images of each picture, together with its file name. That way you can quickly search for a particular image, or easily review all of the images in the file. Of course, we will organize the images into specific categories of your choosing if you provide the necessary instructions.

Scan Resolution (dpi):

Many people wonder which resolution they should choose when having photographs scanned. The resolution of a scan is specified in terms of the number of pixels, or "dots" measured along each inch of a scan line.

We scan photos at two different resolutions: 300 dpi (dots per inch) and 600 dpi. So - which one is best? The answer depends on what you want to do with the scanned photo, and how you plan to view it.

For almost all situations in which you just want to view the photo on a computer monitor, tablet, or even print it out, a resolution of 300 dpi is perfectly good. The only cases in which the higher resolution should be used is when the scanned photograph is going to be restored, or when you want to enlarge the photo to an extreme extent (or crop a small area of the photo and enlarge it greatly).

Here are a couple of examples to illustrate the difference in scanning resolution. The original photo (taken at the Doge's Palace in Venice) is a 4 x 6 color print from a 35mm negative. We have scanned it at both 300 dpi and 600 dpi:

Here is the 300 dpi image:

300 dpi

Here is the 600 dpi image:

600 dpi

As you can see, the difference between the two scans is really not visible at normal viewing magnifications.

Now, here is a small area of the photo which has been enlarged:

Here is the 300 dpi image:

300 dpi

Here is the 600 dpi image:

600 dpi

Still can't see much difference, unless you blow the images up to about 12" - 15" wide on a full-size monitor. The area shown in the close up images is about 1" wide on the original photo. Now, let's take one last look at an even higher magnification:

Here is the 300 dpi image:

300 dpi

Here is the 600 dpi image:

600 dpi

Now, unless you are on a very small screen, you can begin to see a difference. At this magnification, the image scanned at 300 dpi begins to show pixelation - it starts to break up into little individual squares. These are the "pixels" which make up the image. Each pixel (or picture element) has a single value of intensity and color.

The actual size of this portion of the image measures about 0.42" on the original photograph - so if you are seeing the image at a width of 4", for example, you are looking at a magnification of 10x.

So that tells us that if you want to take a 4" x 6"" photograph and blow it up to a 40" x 60" poster, you should scan it at 600 dpi - but for anything less extreme, a resolution of 300 dpi will be perfectly adequate.

There is, however, one exception to this general rule: if a photo is being scanned for the purposes of restoration or retouching, then it is important that it be scanned at the highest resoultion available.

We offer the lowest cost high resolution photographic slide scanning service on the Internet, with a 14-day turnaround.

You can trust Digital Conversions LLC to handle all yourphoto scanningneeds.

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