Tips and Ideas on How to Scan Printed Photographs, 35mm Slides and Negatives

Do you have thousands of printed family photographs, slides or negatives kept somewhere in your house?shoebox

I can tell you that I know how overwhelming it is to sort them and scan them.

If you are considering to take on this huge task of sorting and then scanning them, these tips will help with your huge task ahead.

  1. Sort your photographs and choose the best photos with no duplication.  Due to the nature of slides and negatives, it will be a lot easier to sort them once you have scanned them.
  2. Purchase a descent printer. We suggest you look at the Epson Perfection V Photo Series;
  3. Arrange your photos before you scan them.

You can sort them into events, dates, places or even to your personal preferences.

  • Holiday Trips – New York, Germany, France, Rome, Scotland etc …
  • Events – Wedding, Honeymoon, Christmas, Birthdays, Family Reunion etc …
  • Kids – Names, category within names such as birth, growing years, kindy, Highschool, Uni etc …

Before you scan your materials, it is a good idea to use a soft cotton glove to lightly wipe off dust and your fingerprint marks will not be left on them.

Do not be fooled by those cheap film scanners that cost $50 – $100, in the shops or online. They will not produce a high quality digital image as compared to the Epson V Perfection Scanner.

The Epson V500 Perfection Series is a flatbed scanner good for do-it-yourself home scanning and it can cost around $400. It has digital ice technology which detects dust and scratches from your slides and negatives, to remove them.

Photos, slides and negatives can be scanned into digital quality.

Printed photographs can be scanned into 300dpi.

35mm slides and negatives can be scanned into 2400 / 3200 dpi. The difference between 2400 and 3200 is the print quality size. The higher the quality the better the print.

Once you have completed all your scanning, you will be very pleased because you just took your first step to preserve your memories.

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About Alison Laverty

Alison Laverty is a Singapore born Eurasian of Portuguese descent. Specialising in multimedia, Alison creates photo slideshows and video production for families and businesses. Her mission is to help people honour life by celebrating and recognising their achievements through photographic and video memories. Alison is currently writing her forthcoming book of memoirs "The Human Touch - A Story About Connections".