Only me. All work is done at my office. Nothing is sent off-site for processing,.
What types of originals can I have scanned?
Prints, 35mm slides and negatives, 120/220 negatives.
What is the difference between bulk and manual print scanning?
Bulk scanning requires that the originals be loose, not mounted to anything such as mat board, fome-cor or other backings that make the print inflexible Originals cannot be in frames or albums. Originals from wallet size (2 x 3) to 8 ½ x 11 ½ can be scanned at the same price per image. Prints that don’t meet these requirements must be scanned manually.
Is there a difference in quality between bulk and manual print scanning?
Yes. Bulk scanning uses a high-speed auto-feed scanner. Due to the speed of the scan, image quality is necessarily lower than manually scanned prints.
This image highlights the difference in quality. The bulk scanned image is on the left, manual scanned image on the right. Notice the manual scan has better color saturation and contrast. Click the image to view the full image then zoom in to see better detail.
What is the advantage of bulk print scanning?
Bulk scanning is less expensive. Many hundreds of prints can be scanned in a short period of time. Turn-around time is short even for large orders.
What is the advantage of manual scanning?
You get a higher quality digital image. Most dust marks are removed at scan time. Originals can be scanned at 1200 PPI (not available with bulk scanning). Images smaller than wallet size can be scanned.
This image shows the difference dust removal makes. The left image is from a bulk scan, the middle image from a manual scan with no dust removal and the right image from a manual scan using automatic dust removal. Notice the white specks on the left and middle scans. Most are automatically removed using the manual scan process with dust removal. Click the image to view the full image then zoom in to better detail.
When is bulk print scanning my best choice?
If you have a large number of prints to scan and cost is a consideration. If you have a deadline on a project. If you intend to put the images on a digital photo frame, website, or print “snapshot prints”.
When is manual print scanning my best choice?
If you intend to make prints suitable for framing. If you have a small order (fewer than 100 originals). If you want dust removal done at scan time.
What about dust removal from batch scans?
Batch scanning won’t remove dust marks at scan time. Dust can be removed from these images manually at additional cost.
Can I place an order that has both bulk and manual print scans?
Yes. Simply separate the two types into separate groups and label each group with the type of scan you want.
I have prints and negatives of the same images. Which should I have scanned?
Unless the negatives are in poor condition they will result in a superior image quality compared to a scan of the same image from print. The order of quality (lowest to highest) is: bulk print scan, manual print scan, negative scan. An added benefit of the negative scan is that at 1800 PPI (sufficient for a 5x7 print) it is cheaper than manually scanning a 4x6 print. Click the image below to open it full size. The left image is a manual scan from a print, the right is the same scan from negative. Notice there is noticeably more detail in the negative scan and color rendition is more accurate.
How are slides scanned?
Slides that are in good shape (not warped or having mounts that are separating) are scanned at 1800, 2400 or 3600 PPI using a dedicated slide scanner. Slides in poor shape and slides requiring 4800 PPI resolution are done using a flatbed film / slide scanner.
How are negatives scanned?
All negatives, regardless of resolution, are scanned using a flatbed film / slide scanner.
How about red-eye?
Red-eye is removed from all images at no extra charge.
Can enhancements be done to my images?
Yes. Enhancements can be applied to the entire order for bulk scanned prints at no extra charge. Brightness, contrast and color are all adjusted automatically. While this is accurate for most images, some images cannot be satisfactorily enhanced automatically. If you wish to have these manually enhanced it can be done at extra cost. Unfortunately some originals may be too faded or off-color to be successfully enhanced.
What can be done about originals that are too faded or off-color?
For originals such as these you may want to consider having them converted to black and white. This can result in an image that is more pleasing to the eye than the original or an unacceptably enhanced digital image.
Will my images be upside-down or sideways?
No. All images will be rotated for proper viewing.
What if I don’t want any fixes to be applied?
If you prefer to edit your images yourself you can opt to not have dust removal, red-eye and color correction done. This can be specified on the order form.
How about restoration of damaged images?
Many times images have scratches, cracks, tears, mold or other damage. Most of the time the damage can be restored on the scanned image. The cost of restoration varies greatly and is priced by the job. The image below is an example of a typical restoration. Click to view the full image.