Photo Scanning

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Convert Your Print Photos to Digital

Photo Scanning is the heart of our services. We believe prints are useless unless they are used, and have designed our photo scanning services to enhance and capture your photos in a way you never thought was possible on your own. By scanning your photos, you are able to experience and enjoy your photos like never before. Like most people, you probably have hundreds or thousands of photos just sitting around. It's a known fact that photographs taken with film fade as they age. They become fragile and the colors lose their brilliance. By converting them to digital files through photo scanning, you can preserve, protect, and be able to view your photos everday. Digital files such as JPEG, are the most widely used format in the world, and your photos won't age or fade over time. Every time you open a digital file your photographs are just as beautiful as they were the first time you saw them.

If you have ever tried or thought of scanning your photos before, it can be a daunting task. Most people don't have the patience, time, expertise, or equipment needed to digitalize their photos. That is why we are here to help. We will do all the hard labor for you, so you can spend more time enjoying and sharing your life. In addition to preserving your photographs, we also optimize and enhance your photos to look their very best.

Photo Scanning Resolutions - 300 PPI or 600 PPI

PPI stands for pixels per inch or commonly referred to as dots for inch (DPI). PPI refers to the resolution, accuracy, sharpness, and clarity of a digital image. The common thought on PPI is that the higher the resolution, the better the quality of the image is - this is not always true. When it comes to printing photos, printers will normally print between 150 DPI and 300 DPI. Scanning your photos at a higher resolution can sometimes damage the quality because the scanning resolution is much higher than the original printed photograph. Using a higher PPI this way would then start to pick up on small defects and imperfections on the photo. This is why we recommend scanning at 300 PPI. The quality is perfect for viewing and sharing on the computer, as well as printing a high quality photo at its original size. We offer 600 PPI because it is a good resolution if you plan on making enlargements. Generally speaking, you will be able to enlarge a photo to at least twice its original size scanning at 600 PPI.

Example of resolution levels

Do More with Your Photos

By converting your print photos into digital, you can begin to enjoy all the benefits immediately. You can share them with family and friends, view them on a digital frame, create gifts, or even use them for the next scrapbooking project. However you decide to use them, you can feel confident that your lifetime of photos are finally preserved and protected.

Our Scanning Services:

Standard Photo Scanning

  • Local pickup/delivery
  • DVD or CD disc with case
  • Tag organization
  • Crop and rotation
  • Color Correction
  • Red-eye removal
  • Sharpening
  • Photos uploaded to online storage site

High End Photo Scanning

  • Local pickup/delivery
  • DVD or CD disc with case
  • Tag organization
  • Crop and rotation
  • Color Correction
  • Dust and scratch removal
  • Mid Tone Color Correction
  • Red-eye removal
  • Photos uploaded to online storage site

We Digitalize Photos of All Sizes, Up to 8.5 x 11

Enjoy the flexibility of having all your photos preserved. No matter if its a 2 x 3 inch wallet sized print, or if its a large 8 x 10 print of your wedding day. We can digitalize all sizes for you - without the extra surcharge some companies have. All sizes are just one simple affordable price. See our pricing section for more details.

Your Photos are Scanned at a 24 Bit Depth - True Color

Examples of 8, 16, and 24 bit depth color

Without getting into too much jargon that may not apply to you, our eyes can only see a difference in 10 million colors. Nashtucky Photobox scans all photos at a 24 bit depth, which results in an image with nearly 17 million colors, more than enough for viewing and printing high quality photos. Photos scanned at 24 bit depth gives your photos smooth and seamless color transitions. Anything less will result in a photo that appears unnatural and jagged.

On the other hand, there are times when we will scan photos that are badly faded using a 48 bit depth. This allows us to make more drastic color corrections without the photo degrading in quality. See the examples for a better understanding.


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These bit depth color examples are the property of cambridgeincolour.com. For a more in depth explanation, please visit the camridge in colour site to view their easy to understand bit depth tutorial.

We Scan Your Original Print Photos without any Image or Quality Loss

The most widely used and universal format for digital photos is a JPEG. This is the same format your current digital camera captures images in. JPEG files are so popular because of the quality and small file size. This is the format your new digital photos will be in. Even though your final photos are saved as JPEG files, we scan your original print photos into our computers using a different format called TIFF. The benefit of this file type is that no compression or image quality loss occurs. Your orginals retain the highest quality detail using this format when we scan. We also apply our color adjustments and enhancements in this format for the best results. Once we are done, we then optimize the files and convert them into the highest quality JPEG files with the least amount of compression, so you can start enjoying them right away.

** TIFF format available for professional/commercial needs **



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