Photo Scanning – Digitise and Diversify

Everyone from proud parents wanting to store and protect precious images of their growing children, right up to large companies who have vast collections of images and photos which they can no longer store appropriately, will be interested in the proposition of Photo Scanning technology and practises. Anything from photographic slides of the annual holiday, right up to bulk scanning of location shots can be transferred from a physical photograph into a digital file without losing any of the original image detail. In the process it is creating something which is far more versatile and secure than a physical copy can be. But what are some of the modern techniques employed in Photo Scanning and what are the benefits of digitising your collection?

Photo Scanning – The Technology, The Process and The Options

Most groups or individuals will be interested in the Photo Scanning Process and how it can impact their collections. The process is undertaken by state of the art expensive scanners which can accommodate many different photograph sizes and volume requirements specific to the customer. Digital ICE (Image Correction Enhancement) is an advanced process, first developed by Kodak, which automatically removes scratches, distortion, dust, blur and other photographic imperfections from images acquired through Photo Scanning, and this is the key selling point of Photo Scanning Technology. 35mm photographic slides can be scanned at up to 4000dpi (dots per inch) and then have the Digital ICE process applied to the scanned image to ensure it looks as good, if not better than the original and can be viewed in detail on a high resolution screen or digital projector. The Digital ICE process is applied from within the scanner during the scanning process which eliminates the need for subsequent software manipulation and streamlines Photo Scanning so that costs and waiting periods are cut down significantly. Digital ICE now stands not only for the original process, but a unified group of image enhancing processes which work in harmony with Photo Scanning. Obviously, scanning at higher resolutions is a lengthier and subsequently more expensive process, but the superior image quality produced is the unique selling point.

Photo Scanning – The Reasons and The Benefits

There are several groups who can benefit from the Photograph Scanning Process, and here are some of the reasons why you might consider it and the benefits for each case.

  • Families
    Sharing Images over the internet has become something so simple and universal thanks to the blossoming of online social networking sites and online image sharing sites that it is accessible and used by people of all ages to share their pictures with their family members around the globe. Nowadays, it is likely that most people own a digital camera, and so transferring and sharing digital photos is available out of the box. However, most people will have massive back catalogues of traditional photographs printed from negatives taken in the time before digital cameras were so affordable, and all of which are restricted to their physical form, with the cost of reprinting negatives again and again to send to relatives which is much more expensive than simply being able to share the same file online. This is where Photo Scanning processes can come to the rescue. With the techniques available it is very simple to have all of your old photographs scanned and digitised, and then transferred to whichever digital media you choose. You could create DVDs or CDs of your old photos to then be given as gifts, and thanks to the expensive, high-speed scanners which have intelligent image improving software, any old image faults, distortion or red eye can be wiped out during the scanning process. This means your digitally scanned photographs will be even crisper and aesthetically pleasing than the original copy.
  • Business
    Having a large back catalogue of photos, slides and negatives can cost money and space to store correctly, and over time will lose their original integrity as they decay. However, you do have the option of using Photo Scanning Technology on a bulk amount of images, with the process able to handle hundreds of photos a minute when scanned at lower resolutions. This kind of scanning is ideal if you want to digitise a collection for use on a website, or just want to archive your collection at a low price without worrying too much about having high resolution images as a result. Alternatively, if you intend to scan images that are large and detailed, like building plans and blueprints or sketches and drawings, this is also an option thanks to large, full colour capable scanners, which means nearly every type of physical paper document can be scanned quickly and to the kind of detail which you require. Once digitised, archiving and filing your photographs and images will be incredibly simple, and pulling them out of the digital archive for use is much simpler than it is to root around in filing rooms for old photographs.

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