If you’re anything like me, you’ve got tons of photographs stored away in albums, boxes, drawers and cupboards. They take up a lot of space, and can deteriorate quickly if not kept in acid-free containers and other precautions taken.
For this reason, I’m thinking about digitizing them with a high resolution scanner. This will eliminate worries about these visual memories literally fading away, and free up more room for me to fill with other things. 😉
Since I hadn’t shopped for a scanner before, I figured I’d better do some research first. I found this article to be very helpful, in spite of it being several years old.
The first thing it pointed out is that, no matter what technology I use, this is going to be a very time-consuming job. Practically speaking, I probably won’t be able to scan literally every picture. It may be worthwhile to sort through them ahead of time to decide which are most important to me, and digitize those first. At the very least, pre-sorting will make it easier to identify duplicates so I don’t scan the same image twice.
Another good tip from the article was that, perhaps not surprisingly, all-in-one devices that also function as printers, copiers and fax machines generally produce poorer quality scans. In fact, the author pretty much stated that you get what you pay for when it comes to these machines.
Also, among the specifications recommended was batch mode capability. This could be a big time saver, allowing me to scan multiple photos in one go, rather than having to place them in the device one at a time.
Finally, it seems obvious to me that I’ll need a flatbed scanner, as opposed to one that I’d feed the pictures into. The latter, I suspect, could damage the photos, and result in a poor quality scan at the same time.
At this point, I’ve got a pretty good idea of the what type of machine I need and the specs to look for, so the next step will be to check out some reviews. After that, I’ll be off to my favorite online retailers and see what kind of pricing I can get. Wish me luck!