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Missing lines at regular intervals in flatbed scanners. Can it be avoided or solved?

There seems to be an issue when digitizing photos with flatbed scanners in general, but I am surprised that hardly anybody has noticed. It becomes apparent at 1200ppi and above. I am asking for a ...
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I need advice organising and digitising old photos

Hello I have approx 1000 photos all mixed up from early 1900’s up to about 10 years ago. I’d like to digitise them so I can stop worrying about loss or damage. Are their any services out there that ...
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How can I restore this scratched 1930s print?

I could use some tips on restoring a scanned print of a family photograph from the 1930s. The photo is heavily scratched, but I would like to restore as much as possible. Any tips on removing the ...
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What should I consider when doing digital preservation of old documents using photography?

We are currently charting out several aspects of our digital preservation process, and as a last effort to get this ever so right, I've decided to ask the broader public for considerations: In my ...
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Should I convert my family pictures from JPEG to PNG?

I have a lot of family pictures saved in Google Drive as JPEGs - not JPEG 2000 - as they were initially acquired. I thought the problem with JPEGs was artifact at sharp edges, which is not too much ...
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Permanent, personal data storage solutions for high resolution photography [duplicate]

>3TB HDD with SATA and/or USB3.0 HDDs are so cheap these days. You can get 4-6TB drives from Western Digital and Seagate for under $150. Affordable and high-volume. Sounds appealing. You could set up ...
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Is there any way of achieving cross-application non-destructive RAW editing? (Maybe xmp files?)

Is there some way of saving (basic) non-destructive RAW developing/adjustments that is not limited to a particular app ecosystem (eg Adobe)? Understandably some transformations are proprietary (eg. ...
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Vertical coordinate

Is there a common agreement on the vertical coordinate direction in photography? So if I am discussing a photo with someone on the phone and want to refer to a face in the upper left quadrant, would ...
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How to reverse engineer digital color composite picture from glass negatives?

Below is an old photograph of a railroad bridge (digital color composite from digital file from glass neg.) How can I restore the original from it? detail of digital file showing single frame from ...
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Industrial scale automated photoscanner?

I'm looking for method to scan over 6 million images for a huge digital archive (conversion from all kinds of sizes to one dpi/resolution). Obviously the man hours involved make this a big of a big ...
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What is the best way to digitize old photographs for preservation?

What is the best way to digitize old photographs? I scanned some of them and there was a reduction in quality due to the scanning process. I also have some photos where scanning is impossible - the ...
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Are photolab negatives to digital (e.g. CD) always better than a low cost USB self scanner?

Background I have a low cost USB negatives scanner that is operated manually by passing the negatives in a tray through it and scanning one by one. The quality looks good enough - for old everyday ...
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How do I make sure my RAW files are readable in the future?

I've recently started to use RAW with Lightroom. I'd like opinions on how I should make sure my images are readable (not necessarily editable) a few years hence. Heck, let's say a decade some decades. ...
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How can I scan Magic Lantern Slides with my Epson scanner?

I recently bought a new Epson Perfection V330. I have several old Magic Lantern slides which I would like to scan. Scanning them as a document creates shadows. I think they might look a lot better if ...
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