There are some photos that DpsDave cannot scan (Economy Grade Only):
For our Economy Grade, unless you choose “Proper Orientation” during checkout, you are responsible for assuring all the photos are facing the same way. If you want DpsDave to Fix Color, Keep the photos in order, make a file folder structure, or Expedite the order, choose those options during checkout!
DpsDave also does not scan copyrighted photos (see information below).
If your photos arrive on stiff backing or with sticky stuff attached, we will not be able to scan them. A little preparation on your part will mean that all or nearly all of the photos you want digitized will be digitized. We want to get your photos scanned and back to you quickly!
You can take the following five steps to make sure that what you send to DpsDave is ready to scan.
Step One: Gather all your photographs together in one place, such as a dining room table. You will then need to sort them by year (if you know it), by event, by place and by family (if you know them). Placing them in short stacks or bundles will help both you and whoever scans your photographs to know where the photographs go before scanning them.
Step Two: Unidentifiable photographs should be separated from recognizable photographs by placing a piece of paper between them and the recognizable photographs in the stacks or bundles. You need to be really careful with fragile photographs, as you don’t want to wrap these up in rubber bands. Recent photographs with heavy photographic paper and older photographs with heavy photographic paper can quite easily be secured with a rubber band. Fragile photographs should be placed in an envelope and marked “fragile-handle with care”, otherwise you’ll risk ripping them.
Step Three: Make sure all your photographs are facing up and are in the same direction. When you or a professional picture scanning service is scanning your pictures, it’s a lot easier to scan them if they are all facing up and are in the same direction. This helps when you or someone else is placing them on the scanning bed to scan them correctly the first time. Rescanning takes time and effort, and you risk getting pictures back that are upside down.
Step Four: Separate all your laminated, sticky photographs with stiff backing from the rest of your photographs. Laminated, sticky photographs are very hard to scan. Photographs with stiff backing are also difficult to scan properly. Lamination blurs the photograph to the point that the images are hard to see. Sticky substances like tape and glue smear the glass of the scanner and create spots and streaks that show up on the scanned photograph. Scanning photographs with stiff backing can be also impossible, because you can’t manipulate the photograph to fit the scanner’s glass dimensions. You sometimes end up only being able to scan a small portion of the photograph. DpsDave, for these reasons, can’t scan these photographs and ensure the quality service you expect.
Step Five: Once you have done all the sorting, you can now write down on a piece of paper in front of each stack or bundle the year and event; (1963, birthday), the place (vacation, home) and family. This will give whoever is scanning your photographs an idea of where you want your photographs to go in your digital filing system. It also makes it a lot easier to access your electronic photographs either on your DVD and/or through digital files.
It is important that you do the above steps first before you send out your photographs to be scanned to avoid any photo scanning restrictions. Taking the time now will save you headaches and could also be a fun way to jog someone’s memory of places and events. The more information you can gather about your photographs, the better off you’ll be in the long run. Consequently, if you neglect these steps, you might lose some history in the process or have mistakes made while scanning them.
You’ve just done the hardest work by sorting and gathering your photographs, as to avoid any photo scanning restrictions. If you have done the steps above, all you need to do is go to your scanner and set it up to scan. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? It is if you have a good understanding of how your scanner works. For the best quality pictures, you should set your scanner to scan at least 300 DPI and use the image editing features to enlarge them. Older original grayscale pictures work best with these features. You should always make sure your scanning glass is clean and free of spots before scanning your pictures. Once you have made sure your scanning equipment is clean, you can then place your photographs on the glass with the pictures facing down. You should preview scan photos before you scan them to ensure pictures have scanned correctly. Once you scan photos, they should automatically pop up in your “Pictures” folder on your computer.
That’s all there is to it, right? There is so much that goes into getting quality scanned images than you might have ever imagined. Check out our photo scanning services page to learn more, or just give DpsDave a call so we can handle it for you!
Copyrighted photographs are a big “No, No” to scan without permission from the photographer. You should also think twice about scanning certain family photographs without permission. This also goes for sharing digitized photographs. The best way to check is to ask the photographer (if living) or estate (if deceased) for permission to scan photographs. Some are quite willing to give permission for you to scan their photographs. You need to respect your family’s wishes with regard to scanning and digitization of photographs.
A big restriction in getting photos back in a timely manner and the way you want is not setting expectations from the get-go. Make sure to take some time to think about what you hope to achieve through digitizing and that will help you organize your photos for the scan process.
Digitizing photographs is a simple way of sharing photographs over the Internet and through e-mail. You also may want to consider having an electronic archive of your photographs for others to see. There are some risks involved. You need to keep holding onto your physical photographs, because electronic archives can become obsolete and unusable. You risk losing your archives if the software crashes or your computer loses its files.
A photo is digitized the second it is saved as digital file to a DVD or digital device. You could do it yourself, or you could send it to the experts for scanning.
You should consider sending your photos to DpsDave for scanning if:
DpsDave specializes in digital photo scanning and offers quick service. Give him a call today at (866) 935-1361!