Taking the time to review photo scanning services for prints, 35mm slide and negatives will reveal that there can be differences in the scanning process, different levels of color correction service and varying turnaround times, so it pays to check around and evaluate the offerings of several companies before you commit.
Why You Should Let a Photo Scanning Service Do the Grunt Work
First off, let me stipulate that you are far better off letting a photo scanning service do the grunt work rather than scanning a 1000 or more slides or prints by yourself. First off, scanning photos one by one take considerable time, second, you would have to make a hefty investment in a high quality photo, 35mm slide and negative scanner to do a decent job, and third, you’d also have to invest in some quality photo editing software such as Photoshop in order to make the inevitable required color corrections. Plus, you won’t easily be able to clean the images of dust and fingerprints that have accumulated over the years. 3d scanning service
The beauty of using a photo scanning service is that they will do all of this tedious work for you. All you have to do is package up your photos, slides and negatives and ship them off to the scanning service. Most companies even accept photos in albums and slides in sleeves or carousels (some do charge a bit extra) and will return everything in the same order they received it.
But before you box everything up you should review photo scanning services and compare them to see what is included in the price in terms of scanning cost, image cleaning, what kind of color correction and touch ups they do,what formats of slides and negatives they will scan and how long it will take.
Cleaning, Color Correction and Blemish Removal
A quick review of photo scanning services will reveal that most companies will clean your photos, slides and negatives to remove dust, smudges and fingerprints. But there is a little more variation in service when it comes to “enhancements.” Some companies will do scanning, cropping, rotation, color correction and red-eye removal using automated batch corrections. Others will scan and correct color and remove scratches one by one by hand using Photoshop, which will give you superior color correction and enhancement.
How Long Does the Scanning Process Take
If you scanned just 500 photos and slides at home on your own photo scanner, it would probably take you a good 40 hours. If you could only spend a couple hours a week this would take months to complete. I can think of better things to do with my time, at least more entertaining things. When you use a photo scanning service, the turnaround time varies. Some services will take a full month because they ship all images overseas with door-to-door tracking. Other companies are U.S. based and will still take several weeks turnaround time, also with door-to-door tracking. While comparing turnaround times and shipping outside the U.S. vs domestic, I found that the major companies had excellent tracking procedures and claim they have never lost an order. But the bottom line is, in order to get quality digitized images you are not going to be able to get large quantities of photos scanned, enhanced and delivered in just a few days unless you opt for less expensive bulk scanning with auto corrections. adhd wisconsin
What Do You Get Back From the Scanning Service?
Again, a review of photo scanning services will show that some will simply give you a DVD(s) with your digitized images while others will allow you to review your digitized images online where you can sort, categorize, and delete unwanted images before they are burned to DVDs. Some give you, in addition to a DVD, an online gallery with an archive of your digitized images so you can share pictures with family and friends. This also gives you extra protection against unforeseen disasters. If there were a fire or earthquake and your DVDs were destroyed, you would still have everything safely preserved online.