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Best place to get 4x6 photos scanned into digital

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Best place to get 4x6 photos scanned into digital

Hi where's the best place to get all my old photos scanned into digital in the kitchener-waterloo area? I have over a 1000 photos that need to be scanned. I'd rather pay a little more for high quality scanning and removing dust/artifacts/folds. Any recommendations?

Thanks!
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If you have that much and it is already printed, you might as well get a good scanner and do it yourself.

If you still have the film, that is another story.

To give you a quick summary, prints are usually done at 300 DPI (dot per inch) and company usually don't bother going higher because there is no visible difference with naked eye at reading distance. It means you have 300 x 6 dots times 300 x 4 dots = 1800 x 1200 dots. No matter how good the scanner is, it will scan what is available to scan, which is that much dots.

As of right now, in my knowledge, there is no automatic software or AI that removes dust/artifacts/folds. You have to at least make a selection in the picture and tell it what to do. I.E. select the fold and tell the software to patch it. That process needs a human to do it. You're lucky because unlike a plumber or electrician, retouchers don't charge as much. You can probably get a good one at $40-50 per hour here in Qc so ymmv in Ontario.
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Well I found this: https://www.staplescopyandprint.ca/Phot ... vices.aspx
They scan at 600 DPI and they say "Our photo scanning service comes with automatic photo enhancement features like red-eye removal, colour correction and front and back automatic scanning.". 1000 scans for $179. I'm wondering what kind of scanner they use for scanning the photos?

I also found this: https://photoscanning.ca/
They do 1250 photos at 300DPI for $149 and 600DPI for $249.

and this: https://www.digitaltreasures.ca/photos- ... lmexamples
1000 photos would at 600DPI costs $250 or $500 for manual colour/contrast correction/dust removal at 600 DPI.


Anyone tried these or other services?
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For scanning 1000 at home, forget it. It would take forever and by the time your done, so will be the scanner.
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What about film? Any recommendation for a place that can do that? I think scanning film will bring out higher quality images compared to scanning the 4x6 that I already have?
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jackrabbit000 wrote:
Oct 7th, 2018 2:06 pm
For scanning 1000 at home, forget it. It would take forever and by the time your done, so will be the scanner.
I remember seeing an Epson Scanner that can scan a 4x6 pictures in 1 second and does it in bulk. I think it was above $500.
A quick search and I found this on amazon USA with good review, $200 US, that states it can scan 1000 photos in 1 afternoon.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZJH63M/re ... 5AbEX2AXB2

But I honestly didn't think it'll cost that cheap to scan it at a store. So to OP, the easiest way is to have someone do it for you and not having to store another machine in your storage room.
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kwrangers wrote:
Oct 4th, 2018 12:55 pm
Hi where's the best place to get all my old photos scanned into digital in the kitchener-waterloo area? I have over a 1000 photos that need to be scanned. I'd rather pay a little more for high quality scanning and removing dust/artifacts/folds. Any recommendations?

Thanks!
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Sgt_Strider wrote:
Oct 7th, 2018 2:59 pm
What about film? Any recommendation for a place that can do that? I think scanning film will bring out higher quality images compared to scanning the 4x6 that I already have?
All the top labs will scan film for you, but the process is not as forgiving, is much more time-consuming, and tends to be much more expensive -- especially if the film is already cut into strips.

It may be more cost-effective to scan your prints and then use the scans as a preview tool to pick a much smaller number of images to scan directly from the negative for maximum quality.
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Gin Martini wrote:
Oct 8th, 2018 8:45 am
I remember seeing an Epson Scanner that can scan a 4x6 pictures in 1 second and does it in bulk. I think it was above $500.
A quick search and I found this on amazon USA with good review, $200 US, that states it can scan 1000 photos in 1 afternoon.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZJH63M/re ... 5AbEX2AXB2

But I honestly didn't think it'll cost that cheap to scan it at a store. So to OP, the easiest way is to have someone do it for you and not having to store another machine in your storage room.
These might scan fast but the image quality and/or color reproduction wouldn't be very good.
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Sgt_Strider wrote:
Oct 7th, 2018 2:59 pm
What about film? Any recommendation for a place that can do that? I think scanning film will bring out higher quality images compared to scanning the 4x6 that I already have?
Try to find a film scanner that uses a nortisu or a pakon. We use a f335 for 34¢ per frame with digital ice, 2000 DPI. When the company uses a coolscan (we have 5000/9000s in use) you'll pay 75¢+

I run photoscanning.ca, can answer any q's, but I can't do anything here that would be promoting or the post is getting nuked.

>I also found this: https://photoscanning.ca/
They do 1250 photos at 300DPI for $149 and 600DPI for $249.

To correct that above though, those prices include shipping - the standard drop off prices are 10¢ & 18¢ each

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