Despite the advent of digital photography there are still people, whether amateur or professional, who still prefer their photography using film and either turn them into slides or print off paper photographs. This may be because the results they feel, are superior. After all, a negative will capture ALL of the view taken and can be enlarged without loss of quality as opposed to a digital image. The handicap with using film is that the image cannot be viewed immediately and changes made to capture a better picture. A plus is that people do like looking through paper photographs which naturally does not need the use of an electronic device.
Using film one does need the use or services of a dark room. Fine if you have access to one to enable copying, cropping or any other manipulation of the image but for the general populace this is an expensive option.
So nowadays it will be a rare person who does not have the ability to take digital images; whether it be via their mobile phone, digital camera, tablet, the list goes on. Once taken the image can be quickly shared all round the world to family and friends directly or via social media and the web. The images can be manipulated to show only a part of the scene taken, tweaked to amend flaws or import other images, endless possibilities and all done by you on your computer.
But with “old style” images whether they are printed on photographic paper, made into slides or the original roll of film the possibilities for sharing are very limited. OK, you can get copies of photographs perhaps by scanning them with the office photocopier with probably a poor result or using your own printer, scanner, copying machine but will they be of high resolution? The more Dots Per Inch (DPI) the scanner has the better quality. Most home machines will be less than our scanner which scans photographs from 300 dpi to slides at upto 2400 dpi. The differentiation is due to the original size of the item to be scanned (photo being larger than a slide) but the end result allows the image to be enlarged to A4 size with no loss of quality.
Think also about storage of photos & slides. We all have large photo albums which are periodically dusted off & looked through only to be dismayed at the change in picture colour that has taken place over the years. If one is unlucky then damp and mould may have damaged your albums and wonderful irreplaceable memories are lost. Slides too need to be carefully kept in special boxes which can take up a lot of storage room.
A collection of digital images can be stored on one’s computer, uploaded to the Cloud, put on a pen drive or transferred to a disc. In all manners the result is space saving, easy access, shareable, useable and safe from most damage or loss.
To find more about what we can do here at PiciScan please visit our website, piciscan.co.uk and follow our links to photo scanning, slide scanning and negative scanning to see if we can help you with your storage and the safety of your images.