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The photoscot.co.uk Slide, Negative and Print Scanning Service for the Glasgow area, Scotland:

Recent (unsolicited) customer comment: "These look fantastic! Thank you so much for the speedy turnaround too!
Thanks again - over the moon with the results!!
Kind Regards
Vikki | Push Print Studio"
Another recent customer comment: "I wanted to get my Dad's old glass plate negatives from climbing expeditions in the Alps and Himalayas after the second world war scanned into digital images.
I sent them to David Palmar photography. They were covered in dust and scratches, but very precious to me as a record of his climbing achievements.
I was also very nervous about sending them away in the post.
David Palmar responded to my initial email with lightning speed and within a few days I had 30 of them scanned into high quality high res tiff images with the dust and scratches completely removed.
Extremely good communication, excellent service, good value for money, and a very fast turn around.
My needs and anxieties were totally understood, and I felt there was a lot of care taken. I cannot recommend David Palmar Photography highly enough." Gill Russell (artist)

The Scanning Process:

What can be Scanned?

35mm slides, negatives, (colour or black and white) or larger printed material can be scanned, and electronic files such as jpgs or tifs made for you.

We can scan slide or negative film from 35mm up to 4" by 6½", or prints up to A4 size, using a Canoscan 9950F scanner, which gives excellent quality results.
Some people have even given us on the one hand Kodak disc film, and on the other a 10" x 8" transparency, and we have been able to cope with these too.
Over the years we have made all sorts of masks, which were not supplied with the scanner, to deal with unusual formats, and there is nothing we have so far not been able to cope with!

If you have a print larger than A4, we can photograph it for you at high resolution instead of scanning it.

Every picture will be examined to ensure it is of the best possible quality, before writing a copy of the files for you.
Files can be copied at no extra charge on to a memory stick, or to your laptop, which you bring when you collect your originals, or emailed to you, sent via an FTP site or copied to a CD or DVD, whatever is easiest for you.
A CD or DVD is the least convenient of these, takes time and so involves an extra charge of £2.

Timescale:

Unless we on a photoshoot, small numbers (10s) of scans can usually be done in a couple of days, depending on the service required, and what our other commitments are.
Large numbers of scans will take longer. The timescale is by negotiation - the simpler the job, the quicker it will be!

Where can Scanning be Done?

  • You drop off the photos at our house in Kelvindale, Glasgow.
  • We don't put our address on the website to avoid junk mail, but are of course happy to give it to customers.

Scale of Charges:

There is an minimum charge of £9, thereafter a pro rata charge depending on the number of slides, negatives or prints (see below).

Because of the variability of the scanning jobs, we work in "scannerfuls".

A scannerful is whatever can be fitted into the scanner at one time, up to:

  • 12 35mm slides
  • 12 35mm negative or transparency filmstrip (i.e. unmounted, normally in strips of 4 or 6 negatives or transparencies)
  • 6 6x6cm (2.25" square) negatives or slides
  • 6 frames of 6x6cm filmstrip - negatives or slides
  • 4 glass plate or film negatives of 120 format (6cm x 9cm)
  • 2 glass plate negatives of 5" x 7" format
  • 1 Kodak disc film with 12 exposures
  • as many printed photos of whatever size as will fit into A4.

There are 4 scanning packages:

1 - Basic Scanning Package - £6 per scannerful) - is as follows:

The aim of the Basic Scanning Package is to back up your slides, negatives or prints to ensure that valued photos are not lost, and that you can use them for emailing, for making a slide show on your computer, and for printing at approximately 5 inches by 7 inches (if from a 35mm slide or negative). Files produced will be about 1.5 megapixels, a little more than the resolution of a typical computer screen, and being saved at medium quality of jpg compression, will take up between 350 and 600Kb of storage space, (depending on the level of detail in the picture).

The basic package includes the following:

  • batch scan at 1200 dpi (slides or negatives), or 150dpi (printed photos).
  • orientation will be corrected (this means that pictures on your screen will be upright rather than upside down or sideways).
  • The aim is to minimise cost for the customer.
  • As an example, the cost for 35mm slides is 50p per slide.

Please note that if this basic option is chosen, that there is much detail in the original pictures which will not be captured, no attempt to remove dust or repair pictures will be made, and that if a picture is later required at a larger size, re-scanning at a higher resolution would become necessary, (at extra cost). Please note that in our view it is not really worth while scanning originals at small sizes, which would restrict their possible uses to email or computerised slide shows. The originals have a much greater level of detail than a computer screen.

2 - Standard scanning package (recommended for most customers) - £9 per scannerful

The aim of the standard package is to back up your slides, negatives or prints in a more detailed way, and that you can use them for printing at a larger size, say 6 inches by 9 inches, (a convenient size for putting in an A4 mount or frame).

The standard package includes the following:

  • scan at 2400 dpi to produce files of approx 6 megapixels, which require between 350Kb and 1.4Mb of storage space (depending on the level of detail in the picture.)
  • rotate if necessary to straighten horizon or other obvious tilt
  • crop manually to remove edges of slide mount left over from automatic cropping
  • remove small dust specks automatically from selected light areas such as the sky, without removing detail from important areas of photo such as faces, which will have dust removed manually where feasible
  • remove large dust specks manually
  • save as medium quality jpg file
  • files named by a sequential number - you are advised to rename them yourself, as only you can decide what appropriate names are.
  • As an example, the cost for 35mm would be 75p per slide or negative, with a minimum charge of £9.
  • As a further example, the cost for medium format(6x6 or 6x7cm) negatives would be £1.50 per negative, with a minimum charge of £9.
  • To work out how much prints of different sizes cost to scan, lay out a representative sample of them on a sheet of A4. That will give you how many prints per scannerful.
  • A backup of your files will be kept for two months, during which time you may request a further CD of your photos, at a cost of £5 per CD.

3 - Enhanced scanning package - including the standard package above. £2 per individual scan.

The aim is to prepare slides for publication at up to A5 or 8" by 6" size, and includes:

  • remove dust and major scratches manually so that it is not obvious at 50% scale (this is much more work than removing dust at 25% scale)
  • colour correct automatically if necessary, but only if it is an improvement on the scanned image
  • crop artistically for publishing or the web if necessary
  • save highest quality sRGB jpg for use on the computer or on the web, or as compressed tif in Adobe RGB colour space for printing - you choose one of these formats
  • files named according to a number or label on each slide

4 - Professional scanning package - including the standard and enhanced packages above - £4 per individual scan:

The aim is to prepare photos to the highest standard, e.g. for a photo agency. This service is suitable for small numbers of slides, since each slide is scanned individually to ensure optimum quality:

  • scan at 4800 dpi, producing a file of approximately 24 mpix, printable at up to A3
  • remove dust and scratches manually so that they are not obvious at 100% scale
  • remove small imperfections such as small areas of colour from fading, coloured spots or fungus growth
  • manually adjust colour, contrast, brightness if necessary, e.g. to counteract as much as possible the fading of originals

This service does not include removal of undesirable objects in a picture, or retouching in any way, e.g. removal of vignetting or
removal of highlight rings caused by using a mirror lens, or patching a torn photo together and interpolating missing picture data.
If such services are required, this is more expensive, as it requires judgement and discussion with the customer, and may cost up to £15 per scan, which will pay for one hour's work.

Conditions

You must be the owner of the copyright on the material to be scanned, or have the permission of the copyright owner for the scanning to go ahead.

Please note that the quality of the result depends on the quality of the original photos.

The packages may be varied by negotiation, with an agreed alteration in price as a result.

Normally, most scanning is of old family photos, or for commercial purposes, but we may at our discretion refuse to scan images of doubtful content - this has never happened so far, but the caveat is here just in case!

Paying for Scanning

You can pay:

  • by cheque, credit or debit card or cash when you collect your scans and your original material
  • If you are not collecting your scans but having them posted to you, you can pay on photoscot.co.uk by doing the following:
    • Search for scanning
    • Work out how many scanning units of value £10, £5 or £2 to make up the amount you need to pay, e.g. if you needed to pay £22, you need two £10 units and a £2 unit
    • Put these units into the shopping cart, and select the appropriate number of each unit.
    • Pay using the PayPal shopping cart facility. Your credit card details will not be sent to photoscot.
    • A £3 handling charge will be added, which will normally include UK postage of your slides, negatives or prints back to you. A receipt will be issued by an email from PayPal.
    • If the package is very heavy, you will be contacted with the postage price, and it's probably easier to do the transaction over the phone by credit card payment.

If you have any questions, please email via the address on the Contact page.