Pearl Document Scanning Blog

News and updates related to the document scanning industry.

Keep memories alive by scanning old photos

If they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, then old photographs (from a time when photographs were in physical format), can hold so many phrases that an entire book could be re-written from just one handed-down family photo album…however, this tale can soon become faded as these old images disintegrate, get damaged or lost over time. Document scanning has a whole host of other uses that lie beyond the office environment, and whether you are interested in heritage scanning for an entire historic archive or simply have a personal collection to preserve, it is possible to keep memories alive by scanning old photos.

While books hold streams of information within their texts, we can only gather a certain amount of insight from this limited format. Could a family tree with only words and descriptions show you the origins of your subtle but distinguishing features? A photograph never lies (or it didn’t before the use of Photoshop was widespread), and heritage document scanning plays a part in ensuring vital, authentic moments in history are never forgotten, preserving our past in order to inform our future.

Choosing to scan old photos is safeguarding both sentimental and informative data and with the latest technology, it can even bring new life to historic images, enhancing the original to showcase details that were faded and dull previously!

How does heritage document scanning work?

Many people are concerned about scanning their old photographs, but outsourcing your needs to a document scanning expert ensures that these delicate documents are in safe hands. At Pearl Scan, we have the latest technology to safely scan your old photos, as well as the tools for converting old slides to digital format. The original documents, photographs or slides will remain undamaged, while the images on them will be documented in a vibrant, digital image to be enjoyed forever.

What happens next?

If you own a particularly fascinating historical image collection, we also offer a service to help you utilise these charming photographs and share them with the rest of the world!  Interesting, insightful and unique old photographs are in high demand, and we can host your scanned heritage documents in our image sales website and produce high quality prints, ready to send it to your customer.

For those that simply want to enjoy your series of sentimental photographs, our flipping book conversion service is a popular choice. With this, your digitised images can be placed into a digital ‘flipping book’ enabling you to turn the virtual pages, as if you were flicking through the original album, making for a truly interesting way to keep memories alive.

Do you have a collection of old photographs? How are you preserving them? Find out more about our heritage document scanning service today!   

Photo Scanning Gets Ryder Cup History Online

Photo Scanning Gets Ryder Cup History Online

Last month, with the help of photo scanning technology, a large portion of golfing photographs from a collection by Lawrence Levy were available to view online.

The project by St Andrew's University will make the photos widely available for the first time, reaching audiences previously unavailable. 250,000 photographs were donated to the university and there are currently 10,000 of those scanned. It is a huge undertaking for the university but the benefits of having the collection readily available to view for golf and photography fans will reap its own rewards:

  • They are now available in a more permanent format
  • They can stand the test of time as there will be no worry that the photos will be damaged, lost or stolen
  • They can be accessed from anywhere for free.
  • Some of the photos are being seen for the first time

Photos that were taken on film cameras were initially only available in print form but now it is possible to scan photos into digital format or even to scan the negatives before they have even been printed.

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Back in the days when we would have our photos developed when the film was full, our printed photos would be given to us with their negatives should we wish to develop the photos again. With photo scanning services like that at Pearl Scan, those negatives can be scanned to digital using a state of the art negative scanner and then be available on your computer at the click of a mouse.

Since the phasing out of analogue cameras, negative scanning has been more in demand than ever. This has also been helped along by the rise of genealogy (family tracing) websites. Some of the sites give you the opportunity to put pictures into your family tree prompting the need for digital copies of old photos.

Negative scanning can be particularly useful if only the negative of the photo has survived and you would like to edit, enlarge or keep the photo safe for future use.

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Sometimes the only copy of a photo you have is a developed version after the negative have been lost or disposed of. Due to high quality photo scanners, it is now possible to get digital copies of photos where the quality is not compromised through the scanning process. Here at Pearl Scan, we can scan old photos to digital helping them to last longer so your memories can be shared and passed down through further generations. Both photos and negatives can be scanned to PDF as well as JPEGs and TIFFs, among many other formats to make them compatible with the purpose you wish to use them for.

Large scale projects like that at St Andrew's University are being conducted more and more to make photos future-proof and more accessible. Pearl Scan have over a decade's worth of experience in photo and negative scanning as a company and our staff have over 30 years of experience with a dedication to providing you with the best possible service.

If you would like to know more about our photo and negative scanning services, explore our blog posts by following the relevant links on the left hand side or give us a call to speak to one of our friendly team.

Photo Scanning Can Save Memories

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The old phrase "You never know what you've got until it's gone" can be applied to all aspects of life but one particular one is memories. More specifically, memories in the form of photos.

Since the first cameras became commercially available, we have been taking snapshots of our lives through the lens. Many of us have albums upon albums full of memories from family holidays, weddings and birthdays but what would you do if you lost all of those photos. negative-scanning

That is exactly what happens to victims of natural disasters who often don't have the time to bring all of their possessions with them. In 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan leaving many of its towns and cities in wreckage, Becci Manson joined to clear up effort. During her work, she discovered many photographs, damaged, amongst the wreckage. Not being able to stand the thought that these strangers may never see these memories again, she (and a large number of volunteers) set about cleaning and retouching the photos through photo scanning and then returned them to their owners.

I'll let her explain the rest...

 "A photo is a reminder of someone or something, a place, a relationship, a loved one. They're our memory-keepers and our histories, the last thing we would grab and the first thing you'd go back to look for."

This heart-warming story also reminds us of the importance of taking steps to ensure our photos cannot be lost, damaged or stolen. Here at Pearl Scan, we can scan photos, negatives and microfilm. We can scan your photos to a digital format where they can be securely stored and re-touched if needed. As the daughter of a photographer, I might be a bit biased here but photos are important. They remind us of moments our brains don't remember and can reconnect us to lost friends. Don't lose your memories, take action now and let Pearl Scan help by scanning your photos. Call us for more information or to request a quote.