Information for Converting, Saving and Using older photos
A Friedberg soccer club, Germany 1937
Want to convert your old boxes of photographs into digital images?
If you have a flatbed or printer/scanner, you’re ready to start.
Organized Your Photos
Sort your old photos into categories mean something to you. I used decades then sorted the photos sorted decades into years. But you can sort by year, by event, or by people. Create folders on your computer with suitable names for each category. Review and convert the good quality prints and negatives, don’t use out-of-focus prints or duplicates, this may cut down the on the number of photos that you need to convert. As you scan your photos, save them to one the folders that you created.
Keep The Scanner Clean
Keep or remove dust from the scanner’s glass as well as from the photos before scanning them. You can use canned air and a lint-free cloth to keep the scanner clean.
The Resolution For Scanning Photos
If you are scanning photos for future use as good quality prints, use in photo books, or creative uses such as photo or art quilts or wall hangings, you should use 300dpi as the minimum resolution.The more pixels per inch (ppi) or dots per inch (dpi) you specify for your scans, the more detail will show in the final image and the larger you can print it. Presently I am scanning old photos at 600dpi, this makes a larger file size but give you a better image that you can use for various projects.
As a rule of thumb, you should create JPEG files for Web output, and TIFF files for print output; but be aware that you can print high-resolution JPEGs too. Photo editing programs give you many options for compressing the size of JPEG files while maintaining their image quality. TIFF images generally have larger file sizes than do their JPEG equivalents.
You’re scanner should come with all the software you will need to scan photos. Besides selecting your output resolution, you can perform minor touch-up editing such as darkening or lightening the photo, adjusting its color, and sharpening objects in the photograph. These functions do not take the place of photo-editing software, but they can help overcome minor blemishes.
Once you’ve finished the scanning process, back up your files. Currently, I’m saving all digital image files to a portable hard and to a remote or ‘cloud’ drive.
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