Monday, December 17, 2012

Document and Photo Preservation Workshop: Make Scans of Your Photos and Documents

"Digital pictures can remain as perfect a thousand years from now as they are today," Lester Lefkowitz,  author and photographer

  • Have someone else do the scanning (at we will scan your photos for you, just ask us for a quote)
  • "If you have the negative of a picture—and a good quality scanner—scan the negative, not the print," advises Lefkowitz. "The negative will give you a sharper result." 
  • Don't correct the color, sharpness, or other attributes of the picture while scanning.
  • Take a copy of the scan to edit, then archive the original scan as a TIFF (TIFF (originally standing for Tagged Image File Format) is a file format for storing images, popular among graphic artists, the publishing industry, and both amateur and professional photographers in general.)
  • Even if the photo is black and white, set the scanner to color. This will result in a scan that you can decide to tint later if you wish.


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