Scan in 50's photos

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Higgs Boson, May 2, 2012.

  1. Higgs Boson

    Higgs Boson Guest

    While excavating a "landfill" in the garage, I just ran across an
    album of b&w photos from the FIFTIES which are of GREAT SENTIMENTAL
    FAMILY VALUE. I would LOVE to have these scanned into my computer,
    but no way can I afford the prices even at Costco.

    I feel funny about mentioning anything "commercial" on this pristine
    NG, but... is there anybody in the Westside Los Angeles area with a
    powerful enuff scanner to consider doing the job more reasonably?

    Or any suggestions on how I could get it done within my (hah!)
    budget? You may know sources & stuff that I don't.

    There would be approx 60-80 small b&w prints.

    Pls excuse & understand that if I don't "strike while the iron is
    hot" they'll probably get buried again and found after I''m gone <g>.

    Higgs Boson, May 2, 2012
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  2. Since what you've got are prints, nearly any modern flatbed scanner will
    do a fine job (then they'll need some modest post-processing, especially
    removing dust spots and such).

    (I'm not in your area, so I'm not a candidate to help directly.)
    David Dyer-Bennet, May 2, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    For B&W scans I would head to Staples and buy a Canon flat bed scanner,
    one of the cheaper LiDE series which you should be able to buy for
    $75-$110. When I got my LiDE 70 over 10 years ago it was about $100 and
    it included a bundled OEM version of PS Elements.
    It still works just fine, and I see there are used one available for
    about $40. Today I would go with one of the newer versions, which might
    or might not include additional bundled software beyond the Canon
    Here is one of my old family B&W LiDE 70 scans which was part of my
    preservation exercise.
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    Savageduck, May 2, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest

    As David says, any ordinary flatbed scanner can do this (such as
    integrated with many printers). While they tout 1000's of dpi
    resolution, you'll only need a fraction of that.

    Assuming B&W that are very crisp, a scan resolution of 400 dpi will be
    sufficient. (Use 600 if 400 is not available, but there isn't much more
    information than 400 in a very sharp B&W print).
    Alan Browne, May 2, 2012
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    Chemiker Guest

    He speaks the sooth. Any person who is interested in family history
    tries to keep a flatbed or an all-in-one scanner/printer available.
    One never knows when pix will show up, and more often than not they
    are prints. Slide scanners are more $$$ and don't pay for themselves
    unless you do a LOt of slide scanning. I have a Plustek, which is
    probably the lower edge of what will give you usable results. These
    things sold for @ $75 are just about useless. Plustek entry fee you
    can determine on line. Somewheres in the $300 range, I think.

    Because I'm feeling lucky, I'd be willing to scan your prints for you,
    if you would pay shipping. No charge, of course. I have both a flatbed
    and a 35mm scanner. If you're interested, email me for details. I
    would provide scans on a CD and return all originals. My offer is
    predicated on the numbers you quoted, and I would provide scans only,
    with no post processing on my part. That should give you time to study
    why you need a scanner.

    Chemiker, May 2, 2012
  6. If you have a decent camera then photograph the photographs.
    Use a tripod. I do that sometimes with industrial photos
    and expense receipts instead up powering up the scanner
    and its 750 watt computer. Need to get good lighting though.
    Paul in Houston TX, May 3, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    Black and white prints can be scanned on any scanner or
    printer/scanner with reasonable success for family retention. Even
    the under-$100 printer/scanner/copier combo units will do it.

    If they are damaged, repairs will require an editing program like
    Adobe Photoschop or Adobe Elements. The best scanner can't repair
    damaged prints. You just get a little bit more to work with in the
    editing program and a little less problems.
    tony cooper, May 3, 2012
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    fredking2 Guest

    Your budget must be very small. There are places like drug stores,
    Walmart, Kinkos, and others where you can scan them yourself for less
    than a half buck each, and for another $4 or $5 get them on a CD. Even
    at 50 cents each thats $40 for 80 pics and $5 to put on CD. Total cost
    $45. Probably more like $30 to $40 for the whole job, since I've seen
    them as low as 25 cents each on sale. If you cant afford that, you
    either need a job, or to quit drinking. You cant buy a scanner for that
    price, and unless you will scan many more photos, there is no sense
    buying one.
    fredking2, May 7, 2012
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    Higgs Boson Guest

    I did find a site that will do it professionally for $40.

    I also heard from a very kind and polite NG member who did not advise
    me to get a job or quit drinking; he just offered to scan the pix for

    It takes all kinds...

    Higgs Boson, May 8, 2012
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    fredking2 Guest

    Geezzzzz, you're on top of the world. Now you can get your photos and
    eat them too...... errrrr, I mean get your photos and spend your time
    drinking and enjoying the pictures at the same time. :)
    (Since these are OLD photos, I'd suggest OLD STYLE Beer)

    Glad you worked this out.
    fredking2, May 10, 2012
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