Many older people started out taking photographs with film cameras. This means they could have hundreds or even thousands of photos, negatives, and/or slides that were taken before the digital camera age took over. Over the years, these photos can deteriorate and many people would like to transfer the images to a digital platform before this happens.
The actual photographs usually fade or disintegrate more rapidly than the slides and negatives. In fact, negatives could last for years. However, it’s not possible really to share your images with others by looking at the negatives. With the photos themselves, you’ll find the at the colors often fade and the photo paper tends to turn yellow. In addition, they often get damaged by fold marks and/or fingerprints.
Slides and negatives can go untouched for years and that’s why they can last so long. Plus, they’re usually stored in a dry, clean location.
For a recreational photographer, the easiest way to convert your film images into digital is to use a scanner. This will allow you to scan the photos into digital files.
Negative scanners are also available, which convert the negatives into digital files, but these devices can be quite expensive. You’ll find that you can purchase a regular photo scanner at a relatively inexpensive price, with some decent ones coming in under $100.
In addition, you can also use a professional photo service to transfer your images into digital files. They will take your photos, scan them, and then return the photos to you along with a disc of digital images. The option you choose could depend on your financial situation, the amount of time you have on your hands or the number of photos you need to transfer. If you have a lot of photos to scan, then you’ll definitely get your money’s worth out of the scanner.
However, if you’d rather use a scanning service, then the price of a scanner can be used toward the cost of the service. If you understand how to use a scanner it will help you decide and also help you scan the photos properly with enough resolution. The resolution of a scanner is represented as dots per inch (DPI).
A typical scanner will be able to produce an output of 1,200 DPI or higher. Most of them will let you choose the resolution settings you want to use, such as 300 or 600 DPI. Most people feel that 300 to 600 is fine.
The speed of the scanner should be considered as well. When scanning at a higher resolution, a photo generally takes more time to scan. If you have a lot of photos to scan, you’ll probably be interested in using a scanner that has comes with an automatic feeder. This will allow you to enter numerous photos at a time into the feeder by stacking them. It’s a lot easier and less time consuming, but this feature usually costs more.
In addition, once you’ve scanned your photos and saved them to digital files you’ll be able to use aphoto-editing software program. This will enable you to restore the photos to their original state and you’ll be able to actually improve them in some instances. This is because you’ll be able to get rid of red eye, sharpen the images and manipulate and edit them in various other ways. Transferring film photos to digital files is an ideal way to preserve your images for years to come.