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Old family photos

Rowmac
Posted 22/03/2012 - 19:42 Link
First, I apologise if this is the wrong forum. I thought it would be a start!

I have rather a lot of old family photos that I would like to scan distribute to other family members but also to preserve them. I don't really know where to begin with this as I've been told a few different things regarding what to do and how to do it.

Does anyone have experience in this area, a few hints and tips perhaps of what to buy (if anything) what to do and how to do it?
Pentax K-x, 18-55mm & 50-200mm Kit lenses, Pentax FA 50mm F1.4 Prime "DSLR & Photography for Dummies", Gorillapod SLR-Zoom, Hama Profil Duo II Tripod
steven9761
Posted 22/03/2012 - 19:50 Link
Your main focus should be on image quality - do you want to digitally reproduce images that are "okay", or pristine reproductions? Do they need re-touched to enhance the image?

After this, I'd recommend/suggest cataloguing them (photos of a particular year, or holidays, or photos of your direct family, etc).

Bottom line is: how much do they mean to you from a posterity point of view that you would consider getting them professionally scanned and enhanced, or buy a piece of really good kit to do it all yourself, or what.

This is one I'd spend my winter evenings on. Best of luck with your project, Rowmac!!
Rowmac
Posted 22/03/2012 - 20:11 Link
steven9761 wrote:
Your main focus should be on image quality - do you want to digitally reproduce images that are "okay", or pristine reproductions? Do they need re-touched to enhance the image?

After this, I'd recommend/suggest cataloguing them (photos of a particular year, or holidays, or photos of your direct family, etc).

Bottom line is: how much do they mean to you from a posterity point of view that you would consider getting them professionally scanned and enhanced, or buy a piece of really good kit to do it all yourself, or what.

This is one I'd spend my winter evenings on. Best of luck with your project, Rowmac!!

Hi Steven,

Quality is quite high on my list. Some of the photos are quite small, perhaps only 2 or 3 inches square in some cases. My budget is somewhat limited but not small.

A friend had mentioned getting them professionally scanned but who does this sort of thing? Do you know anyone?
Pentax K-x, 18-55mm & 50-200mm Kit lenses, Pentax FA 50mm F1.4 Prime "DSLR & Photography for Dummies", Gorillapod SLR-Zoom, Hama Profil Duo II Tripod
steven9761
Posted 22/03/2012 - 20:45 Link
Rowmac - have a read through this thread:

https://www.pentaxuser.com/forum/topic/film-developing-and-scanning-to-cd-32974/...

See if there are any companies mentioned that you've heard of, or go by other members' recommendations. I'd have though there would be somewhere in Manchester that can help too. I'd suggest getting in touch with one or two photographic studios to see if they do something similar to what you're trying to achieve, and ask who they sub-contract such work to.

Hope this all helps you out!
Rowmac
Posted 22/03/2012 - 20:57 Link
Thanks Steve!
steven9761 wrote:
Rowmac - have a read through this thread:

https://www.pentaxuser.com/forum/topic/film-developing-and-scanning-to-cd-32974/...

See if there are any companies mentioned that you've heard of, or go by other members' recommendations. I'd have though there would be somewhere in Manchester that can help too. I'd suggest getting in touch with one or two photographic studios to see if they do something similar to what you're trying to achieve, and ask who they sub-contract such work to.

Hope this all helps you out!

Many thanks!
Pentax K-x, 18-55mm & 50-200mm Kit lenses, Pentax FA 50mm F1.4 Prime "DSLR & Photography for Dummies", Gorillapod SLR-Zoom, Hama Profil Duo II Tripod
gartmore
Posted 23/03/2012 - 09:08 Link
It isn't difficult or paticularly expensive to do it yourself, a scanner isn't expensive and Photoshop Elements will scan all the pictures on the scanner glass and automatically divide them into separate files
Ken
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -

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