Scanning

Expert digitization of most formats of analog photographs, including delicate vintage prints, stacks of home photos, 35mm negatives and slides, as well as everyday documents.



Why digitize old photographs?
Our photographs are our most treasured possessions. They are a record of significant past events and a record of our history. Unfortunately, achieving appropriate environmental conditions when storing photographic materials at home can be challenging. Photographs are often stored in damp basements or overheated attics, framed on fireplace mantles, hung on refrigerators, kept in albums that are falling apart or loose in cupboards and shoe boxes. They start deteriorating over time by fading, yellowing, becoming brittle or eroding completely. It is best to digitize photographs before they deteriorate and take our memories with them. Digitization reduces the handling of original materials and enhances the preservation of our collections. Once converted to high-resolution digital files, photographs can easily be reorganized, backed-up, multiplied, printed at different sizes and shared with family and friends!


It is best to digitize photographs
before they deteriorate
and take our memories with them.

 

Formats

  • Photographic prints from wallet size up to 20 x 25 cm (8 x 10 in).
  • Vintage photographs such as cartes-de-visite, cabinet cards, stereographs, and mounted albumens up to 20 x 25 cm (8 x 10 in).
  • Instant film such as Polaroid and Fujifilm Instax Mini.
  • 35mm film negatives.
  • Mounted 35mm slides.
  • 3D stereo slides.
  • Medium-format negatives and panoramic film up to 6 x 22 cm.
  • Postcards, letters, cards and other ephemera up to 20 x 25 cm (8 x 10 in).

 

Here are some examples of photographic materials that can be digitized:

 

Tintypes

Sixth plate size tintype, depicting a standing man leaning on a chair in a studio, unmounted, by an unknown photographer, 1870s-1890s. From the private Danae Renieri Collection of Photographic Materials.

 

Cartes-de-visite & Cabinet Cards

Carte-de-visite studio portrait of a woman in Victorian clothing, by Turnbull & Sons studio, Glasgow, Scotland, 1860s-1880s. From the private Danae Renieri Collection of Photographic Materials.

 

Cabinet card depicting a family in a studio, by Buck’s studio, McComb, Ohio, circa 1875-1900. From the private Danae Renieri Collection of Photographic Materials.

 

Postcards

Real photographic postcard of the Hopewell Church in Bellefontaine, Ohio, 1912. From the private Danae Renieri Collection of Photographic Materials. Front side at the top and back side at the bottom.

 

Stereographs

Stereograph, The Parthenon on the Acropolis – View N. E. over Athenai (Athens) to Mount Lycabettus, Greece, by the Keystone View Company, 1930s. From the private Danae Renieri Collection of Photographic Materials. Front side at the top and back side at the bottom.

 

Slides

Mounted 35mm Kodachrome slide of a Christmas decorated living room, by an unknown photographer, United States, circa 1955. From the private Danae Renieri Collection of Photographic Materials.
Scanned image.

Photographic Prints

Gelatin silver print of a man reading a newspaper, 13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 in), by an unknown photographer, Greece, 1970s. From the private Danae Renieri Family Photography Collection.

Kodak chromogenic print of a television, 8.6 x 8.6 cm (3 3/8 x 3 3/8 in), by an unknown photographer, United States, 1970s. From the private Danae Renieri Collection of Photographic Materials.

 

Instant Film

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Film of a pool party, United States, 2017. From the private Danae Renieri Family Photography Collection. Front side on the left and back side on the right.

 

Scanned image.

Scanner
The Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner delivers outstanding quality scans from photographic prints, negatives, transparencies and everyday documents. With 6400 x 9600 dpi resolution and 48-bit color depth, this high-performance flatbed scanner ensures precision film scanning for sharp, vivid reproductions up to 17 x 22 in. Its Digital ICE technology removes the appearance of dust and scratches on film, and its energy efficient ReadyScan LED light source means faster scans and lower operating temperature. Also, featuring Easy Photo Fix for one-touch faded color restorations and ArcSoft PhotoStudio, this scanner provides a complete photo restoration solution.

Handling
Each and every photograph is carefully handled and digitized by hand. White-glove photo scanning ensures delicate handling and minimizes the chance of damage to the original. Photographs are scanned directly to a computer and optimized. The scanner and all materials are cleaned and dusted before and after scanning.

 

 

Retouching
Basic image editing such as cropping, contrast adjustments and minimal dust removal is offered. If you are interested in extensive cleaning and restoration of old or damaged photos, please have a look at the Image Editing & Retouching and Digital Photo Restoration services which are offered separately.

Organization
If your photographs, films or slides are organized in boxes, folders or carousels, I will make sure to return them back to you in their original order. I will also maintain that order digitally for you as I scan. If there are handwritten notes, I can incorporate those notes when writing the captions of your digital copies. However, if your physical photographs are not in any kind of order, additional photo organizing services can be provided. I can sort them out for you before and after scanning, making them easy to search by date, subject and more.

What you get back
You will receive back your originals along with your newly scanned and appropriately organized digital copies. Your photographs can be scanned into JPEG or TIFF files, and your documents scanned into JPEG or PDF files. You choose whether you would like your scans to be saved onto a CD or DVD, USB flash drive or external hard drive for easy storage.

 

Each digitization project is unique. The price and turnaround depend on the nature and number of photographs, as well as any additional services you may be interested in. I would be honored to be entrusted with your cherished photographs. Danae Renieri has thousands of hours work experience in digitizing and a background in image editing, fine art photography and the preservation of photographic materials. You can rest assured that your photographs will be in good hands and expertly reborn into the digital age. Feel free to contact for an estimate on your photo scanning project.