Larsen Digital | Professional Scanning Service

Converting Photos to Digital

Photos are precious – they are a window into our past lives and it captures a moment in time. We display our favorite photos in albums and frames, but are we preserving them for generations? Photos will fade and become discolored over time; most of your older photos will most likely be displaying signs of degradation.

Getting your photos converted to digital has two major benefits; first, it stops the fading process. Second, it allows you to take your digital photos and upload them to family & friends. Having all your photos converted to digital is vital in preserving your family legacy for generations.

How would you feel if your kids & grandkids never had a chance to see your old photos from when you were a child?

Converting your photos to digital doesn't have to be an overwhelming task. Just make a few decisions, and you are ready to move forward.

  • 1- Resolution – you will want to convert your photos at either 300 or 600 dpi. The higher you go, the higher quality you digital file will be. Scanning beyond 600 dpi doesn't provide a higher quality file, just a larger file size & makes defects in the photo more noticeable.

  • 2- Color Correction –Photos will fade or turn yellow as they age. Once you have converted you photos to digital, you can digitally color correct each image to bring it back to its true colors. Digital correction will adjust the fading, discoloration and contrast of the digital images. We offer two service levels, Standard & Premium.
    Standard: Provides a general color correction to all images - Included Free. Premium: Provides an individualized correction to each image, giving you the best possible digital images.

  • 3- Jpeg vs. Tiff – Both files are universally recognized, but Jpeg files are more common & the file sizes are much smaller. Tiff files are uncompressed, which means the file sizes are very large. Unless you plan on doing extensive editing or using your photos for professional use, stick with Jpeg files.

  • 4- Discs vs. the Cloud – Using discs as your only means to store you digital files has become outdated along unsafe. Discs can go bad, be lost or damaged. We recommend having a backup of your digital images on a hard drive or the cloud (ideally both).

Once your photos have been converted to digital you can upload the photos online, email to family & friends, make photobooks and preserve your photos for generations.

Converting your photos to digital can be a simple process as long as you know the answers to the few decisions you need to make. If you need helping making decisions on these choices, feel free to contact us at any time. Please visit our photo conversion page for more information on scanning photos to digital.