Our number #1 rated photograph scanning service will convert your old photos
into digital JPG images.
We use the latest high quality dedicated photo scanners that are designed specifically for scanning photographs. They produce a very high quality digital image which is why our service is ranked number #1 in the UK.
Also, all our photograph scans are at the higher resolution of 600dpi as standard, meaning you get a larger image size along with the best quality possible.
We convert them to digital images that allow you to share them easily with family and friends, either by email, social media such as Facebook or using our online storage and viewing option.
Loose photos are bundles or packs of photographs that are not mounted in a frame or glued to a board. Photographs glued or fixed into albums or held within photo wallets are processed with our Album Scanning Service.
Photographs should also be free from glue, staples, paper clips and blu-tac as these will damage our scanners. If we find any these then the photograph will not be passed through our scanners.
There is no need to count them precisely, as we always adjust the invoice to cover the exact number of photographs scanned. Counting thousands of photos is a daunting and tedious task, but as a rule of thumb a regular shoe box generally holds around 1000 stacked photographs. This will help you to estimate the total number of photographs you have.
Just a rough guess will be fine as the total will be adjusted after scanning
Do you lock the images on the disk?
No, they are standard digital JPG files which you can view and edit as you would any digital image. We place no restriction on editing, copying or sharing of the images, they are yours to use however you wish.
How long does it take?
We scan thousands of photos every day and complete each order within 10 working days or less, though during busy periods it may take us a little longer. If you are in a hurry you can select our Fast Track service.
When do I pay?
Payment is always required prior to us despatching any completed order back to you. We notify you once your order is completed.
Do I get the originals back?
Yes, they are returned along with your digital images.
Can I mix colour, black and white and different sized photos in the same order?
Yes, we can handle any sized colour or black and white photo from 2" to A4
Can you scan into named folders?
Yes, if you name each bundle of photos we will place the digital images in a named folder for you. This service is normally free but in some circumstances we will make a small charge. Orders with dozens or even hundreds of sealed envelopes with only a few photographs inside each one will be charged a handling fee to cover the extra time taken. The charge is based on the number of envelopes we have to open.
When naming the batches, please use short descriptions such as "Holiday 1992", "John and Lisa wedding" or "Christmas 1972" etc.
Will the colours be restored?
Yes. Most old photos will benefit from some form of colour restoration, which is why we include it free with all scans. Extremely faded or colour cast photos may be beyond the automated colour correction software's ability.
My photos are old and fragile, will they be damaged during scanning?
No. The kodak bulk scanner has a patented photo handling system that won't damage your photos. However, extremely fragile photos will be scanned by hand on a flatbed scanner to avoid any potential damage.
Can you scan photographs larger than A4?
The photograph scanners we use only handle photographs up to A4 in size, larger photographs have to be scanned on flatbed scanners using our Album scanning service.
After we return your images to you we keep a copy of them on our servers for around 12 months. So should you lose or damage your disc we can replace it for you without having to rescan your images.
Having your films, slides and photos scanned and converted to digital images, not only preserves them before they deteriorate, but it allows you to view and share them using todays digital equipment, such as computers, Digital TV's, Digital photo frames, iPod's and smartphones. You can upload them onto Social Networking sites, such a Facebook or Twitter or share them with anyone you wish using an online photo album. The images can also be imported into Microsoft Powerpoint for presentation use and are suitable for use on high resolution projection systems.
Having your images scanned to digital allows you to distribute copies of the images to friends and family and can make a wonderful birthday, anniversary or Christmas gift for a family member or friend.
All items are scanned using high quality scanners that can automatically adjust the colours, brightness and contrast levels. Digital ICE4 is included on all colour slide and film scans to remove the majority of any defects, such as dust and scratches, resulting in a clearer image.
Photographs are scanned using dedicated Kodak photo scanners which have patented photo handling devices to handle your photos with care. Picture saving software also improves the image quality by checking and adjusting the colours and contrast levels.
Our standard scanning resolution for 35mm films and slides is 4000 dpi, which results in files of around 8 - 12MB in size, depending on the image content and film size. Medium format films are scanned at up to 5300dpi using the latest Opticfilm 120 scanning hardware. Photographs are scanned at 600dpi as standard.
All the images are returned as standard JPG files, exactly the same type of file from a modern digital camera. You can then use the images for any purpose, display or print. We can also return scans of slides and films in uncompressed lossless .TIF or .DNG format if you wish, for a small additional fee to cover the increased file size.
We can create a special rolling DVD video disc for you, that shows each image in turn on your TV, you can also choose a HD blu-ray version to show your images in HD.
We can also return your images on an SD card or USB memory stick. Simply plug the USB stick into your computer to access the digital images. Some Smart HDTV's also have USB sockets that will allow you to display your images directly onto your TV.
No job is too big or too small for us. We regularly handle small family collections of a handful of images to major digital conversions of many thousands of images from high profile publishing houses, museum archives, societies, universities and various private organisations and charities.