Scanning 101: Scanning Services

Scanning 101: Scanning Services

One major advantage of digital photography is that, unlike film photography, images can easily be stored in multiple locations for safe-keeping. You can protect your one-of-a-kind film prints in the same way by scanning them into a digital format and storing them on CDs or DVDs at a second location (see “Tech Tip: Scanning 101” in the March/April 2009 issue of Simple Scrapbooks magazine).

If you don’t have time to scan them yourself, you can hire a professional scanning service to do it for you. Before you trust your photos to strangers, be sure to research your options and find a service that fits your individual needs. There are many scanning services out there, so to help you get started, we’ve compiled brief comparisons of four popular scanning services. For more comprehensive information about these services, visit their websites.

• Scans all photo prints at 600 dpi.
• Includes free dust/scratch removal, red-eye removal, cropping, rotating, and manual color correction.
• Will organize scanned images into an unlimited number of folders according to labels provided by you (optional).
• Posts scanned images online for you to review.
• Allows you to delete up to 50% of scanned images before paying.
• Returns scanned images as JPEGs on CD or DVD (price of media included in scanning fee).
• Price: $0.27 per photo print at 600 dpi.



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