Our archival photo scanning service includes:
- high resolution capture (600 PPI for prints and 4000 PPI for slides and negatives),
- rotation, and
- color correction.
We scan everything with the same camera scanning technique that you’ll find in museums and archives around the world, which uses the latest digital imaging technology and is safe and gentle for your old photos. We’ve been scanning for 30 years and our obsession with detail shows in every project.
Our clients frequently tell us we offer the best scans they’ve ever seen. Imagine how good your photos will look with an archival scan.
Prints vs Negatives
If you have a print and negative of the same photo, we prefer to scan the negative for optimal results. If you only have a print then that’s what we’ll scan, but we prefer to scan the negative if it’s available because we can get a scan that’s higher resolution, better color, and overall higher quality.
Mobile App vs Archival Photo Scanning Service
There are new mobile apps for your smart phone that claim to convert your prints, slides, and negatives to brilliant digital files in seconds. We gave them a try with the latest iPhone Pro with the best camera, but even with 30 years of professional scanning experience the results were really disappointing.
One of the most common ways black and white photo prints decay is when the silver particles in the print turn into a metallic mirrored effect on the surface of the photo. This “silvering” makes it impossible to see the full detail of the photo and cannot be reversed. The best way to preserve the original image quality is with our archival camera scanning process that uses cross-polarized light.
Some people ask if we scan specific photos formats. The short answer is that if you can see it we can scan it! If you want details, here’s the full list of photo formats we scan.
What photo formats do you scan?
What resolution do you use to scan photos?
I heard higher resolution is always better, so why not scan photos prints at 1200PPI or even 4000PPI like slides and negatives?
Do you offer different resolutions at different prices?
Do your photo scans look as good as the original photo?
Can I print new photos from a scanned photos?
Can I make enlargements from a scanned photo?
What file format do you deliver?
How do you deliver the digital files?
Are there extra costs or upgrades?
Can you scan damaged photos?
I have an unusual format or don't even know what it is. Can you still scan my photo?
If you’re near Chicago and ready to get started, come visit our Wheaton Studio Monday – Friday, 10-5. Please bring your memories with you.
Contact us for more information, shipping instructions, and to get started on your project.