Skip to main content
37 votes

What is an efficient way to digitize a family photo collection?

Your DSLR can do it in about 5 seconds each. You need a tripod, a piece of glass and a decent light. Try to come up with a way to work at table height. Aim the camera straight down. Put a flat board ...
Sherwood Botsford's user avatar
30 votes

What is an efficient way to digitize a family photo collection?

For large collections (in the 1000s) outside services can be very expensive. Especially if you: A) want decent quality, B) don't want them shipped to another country for cheaper processing, and/or C) ...
bucknljake's user avatar
16 votes

What is an efficient way to digitize a family photo collection?

An alternative... If you have considered Sherwood Botsford's answer and it seems like a lot of work...well, you are not wrong, especially for larger archives. Consider finding a service to do this ...
osullic's user avatar
  • 12.6k
7 votes
Accepted

How long do developed negatives last?

Processed film does deteriorate, but not at such a rate that surviving 10-15 years would be remarkable! It also depends on the type of film; black & white film lasts longer than colour film for ...
osullic's user avatar
  • 12.6k
7 votes

How to format a 4TB hard disk for photography files?

'Photography files' are no different to any other kind of file. Use NTFS (because it allows for larger files and is generally the newer, better system) and the default allocation unit size - a larger ...
ElendilTheTall's user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

Why do 'Print File' film storage pages say "Insert Emulsion Side Down"?

Simple: so that when looking at the front of the print file sheet, the image appears correctly. The emulsion side of the film was the side facing the lens, the side receiving the image to expose. By ...
scottbb's user avatar
  • 33.1k
4 votes
Accepted

How to format a 4TB hard disk for photography files?

Use NTFS unless you plan on connecting this drive to a system which only supports FAT. Also, set the Allocation Unit Size as high as possible per http://www.howtogeek.com/136078/what-should-i-set-the-...
MonkeyZeus's user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

What quality can be expected from a flatbed scanner and will a more expensive one be better?

Is this normal? It might be "normal" in the sense that your hardware isn't broken, but you'll very likely get a better result with better equipment. Am I overthinking this and these "defects" are ...
Caleb's user avatar
  • 31.7k
3 votes

Lossy archival compression for 16-bit TIF images

May I suggest HEIF? HEIF is the replacement for both JPEG and JPEG2000. It is effectively a single H.265 frame. Don't store single-frame H.265 movies! Instead, use the proper file format that has ...
juhist's user avatar
  • 6,835
2 votes

How long do developed negatives last?

I would like to send them to scan by a professional laboratory but I would rather not hire the service should they not be still good. The results will be a function of both the quality of the ...
Caleb's user avatar
  • 31.7k
2 votes

How long do developed negatives last?

Archive requirements for film generally err on the cautious side. A couple of years ago I had all my colour negatives scanned. These spanned the period 1971-2003, and had been stored in a variety of ...
Chris Walton's user avatar
2 votes

How long do developed negatives last?

It certainly depends on quality of processing, film brand, gasses in the storage area and other factors, but in general, 10-15 years should not be a big deal. There may be some color shifts but it ...
MirekE's user avatar
  • 5,223
2 votes

How to format a 4TB hard disk for photography files?

Extended FAT is now one of the most adopted format for external disks that have to deal with different operating systems as Mac and Linux
Alberto Perro's user avatar
2 votes

I need advice organising and digitising old photos

I'm not really sure what you need as an answer here. To answer exactly what you asked, Yes to scanning, sorting would be a premium. Probably better to do that yourself. You would probably be far ...
Tetsujin's user avatar
  • 23.4k
1 vote

How can I find out what the printed numbers mean on the back of an older photo?

The photofinishing industry begun automating film developing and printing starting well before 1940’s. Worldwide, these were not mini-labs, they were regional labs located in principal cities. By 1960 ...
Alan Marcus's user avatar
  • 39.3k
1 vote

Photo organisation and archiving in a household with multiple devices

The solutions depends on your usage and acceptability to pay fees. If you are a heavy photographer, you'll end up having more than 200 GB of data, so that means you must rely on the 2 TB plan, which ...
Hugues's user avatar
  • 401
1 vote

Photo organisation and archiving in a household with multiple devices

I think there are a lot of solutions, but I can't say I know the best one. As you use Apple devices mostly I'll describe the full Apple solution below. You indicate that this seems like a bad idea. ...
Saaru Lindestøkke's user avatar
1 vote

Lossy archival compression for 16-bit TIF images

Specifically with reference to JPEG2000, this page lists several other alternatives. I've used jasper some, but haven't played with the rest, so I can't specifically recommend any particular one.
twalberg's user avatar
  • 5,158
1 vote

What quality can be expected from a flatbed scanner and will a more expensive one be better?

You've too many questions to answer easily, but generally speaking, I'd have to say YES to all of them. I think Caleb had the best approach. I have been scanning for many different types of jobs, and ...
Edward's user avatar
  • 93
1 vote

What quality can be expected from a flatbed scanner and will a more expensive one be better?

I can not recommend any scanner. It has been some time since I use one. But one thing to keep an eye on would be dynamic range. This will give you the ability to see details on the shadows and avoid ...
Rafael's user avatar
  • 25.1k
1 vote

What is an efficient way to digitize a family photo collection?

While I'm sure a proper photo scanner like the ones bucknljake suggests are significantly better in terms of quality, I've archived a bunch of old photos just by putting them in the feeder of one of ...
Нет войне's user avatar
1 vote

How to format a 4TB hard disk for photography files?

Format the drive using any file system that can be read and written by the operating systems you intend to use to access it. Consider using exFAT. It has widespread support across devices since it was ...
xiota's user avatar
  • 27k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible