We know how much photos can mean to you and whilst a lot of photos are now kept across electronic devices and social sites, there’s nothing better than holding and looking at a physical copy is there? Well, in this article we'll discuss how you can restore photos and photo negatives.
You’ve probably got drawers full of old photos and negatives from years ago that were taken to the local Boots or supermarket and printed. These are likely to look old, worn and possibly damaged. But then you might even have reams of negatives that you can’t even find the print for. There could be some oldies but goldies in there!
Well, thanks to the digital age, there are a range of photo negative scanners that can not only restore old looking and damaged prints, but that can also turn your negatives into positives!
- Image clean-up – Remove dust, scratches and general wear and tear for a new fantastic looking print.
- Backlight correction – Balances shadows in a heavily backlit picture.
- Colour restoration – Reads the colour temperatures in your original image and restores the saturation, hue and vibrancy.
Scanning Negatives vs. Scanning Prints
In terms of scanning negatives vs. scanning prints, it’s generally considered better to scan the negatives if you have them or they’re in a good enough condition to scan.
Scanning the negatives rather than the prints could lift more detail into the final photo with some examples of photos showing more elements and range in the original negatives than what was in the resulting print version. Go back to an old negative and compare it to the print version and see if you can tell the difference!
However, scanning prints can still deliver a superb result and that’s why picking up one of these great machines can benefit a wide variety of people and needs.
Another great possibility with these scanners is the ability to make larger prints and if this is your goal, make sure you look at the resolution, which is usually expressed in dots or pixels per inch. Look for a higher resolution for the more detail and larger print you need.
The remaining key thing to consider is the actual quality of the image and when you start reading product descriptions including phrases such as D-Max or Optical Density figures then this is what it’s referring to. A rating between 3 and 4 will usually give you a higher quality image but it’s safe to say that the higher spec and more expensive models will give you better results if your needs are for larger prints or high resolutions.
There’s a range of negative scanners you can choose from though, from entry-level models with entry-level prices to the top of the range all-singing, all-dancing models.
So what are you waiting for? Pick up one of these fantastic machines now and start restoring and reminiscing.