Photo Image Preservation Services | ScanCafe

Photos and video don't last. Scanning can help.

Over time, it’s common for slides, negatives, prints, and videos to shift in color, fade, and get damaged. Professional scanning restores and preserves these precious memories so you can share them for years to come.

Why Choose ScanCafe?

Although anyone can scan images, our dedicated technicians have been breathing life into precious memories since 2006! Our streamlined process is thoughtfully designed to be as stress-free as possible. Here’s why ScanCafe is rated the top scanning service in the world.

Quality : From accurate photo color correction to red-eye and scratch removal, ScanCafe performs high quality scanning and photo preservation, which explains the glowing testimonials we receive from customers. Our scanning and repair process requires two levels of quality control—the first for technical quality of scanning/repairing and the second to ensure we have followed the customer’s special instructions. Here are key features that set us apart from competitors:

Sharpness : We scan all images manually, which enables sharper images compared to automated scans where details (like street signs) are hard to read.

Truer colors : Automated scanning does not yield natural colors or overall color balance. We color correct every scene individually, which results in more realistic colors (e.g. skin tones, clothing, and the sky).

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Resolution : We scan photos at a high enough resolution to enable printing them at least twice the size of original prints. Our 3000 dpi enlargement resolution option yields crisp, vibrant digital photos you can display on a large-screen TV, print on a life-size canvas, or display in frames.

Value : Scanning more than 150 million images (as we have at ScanCafe) is the best way to learn nearly everything there is to know about scanning, enhancement, and restoration. Our vast experience ensures that services are performed correctly, efficiently, and affordably.

If you’re uncertain what images are worthy of scanning, no need to fret. You can send us all of your pictures, then conveniently review the scans online and delete up to 20%, without paying for images you don’t want. We return all originals to you and you’ll only pay for 80–100% of scanned images you wish to keep.

Expert eyes see things machines miss! At ScanCafe, our experienced editors go the extra mile with every image they scan. They make manual choices about color, tint, shading, and retouching because our number one goal is to bring the sparkle back to your original photos.

Reasons Why You Should Scan

Shoeboxes of old photos may hold precious family memories, but they're difficult to preserve, share, organize, and back up. Scanning old photos makes them shareable, searchable, and resistant to the vagaries of time and disasters.

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Faded Photos : The chromogenic dyes used in color images are inherently unstable. In fact, color images begin to degrade as soon as the photo is printed! Nearly any kind of visible light that prints are exposed to accelerates this process, although it doesn’t cause it. The two typical effects that occur are a loss of detail in general, particularly in the highlights, and color fading.

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Color Shifting : The process mentioned above relies on chemical reactions to produce a set of organic dyes—usually a combination of blue, red, and yellow to create the spectrum of colors in images. So this means that images stored in the dark in typical household humidity and temperature levels will eventually deteriorate. The two primary effects are color shifting and a yellowish haze.

Scratches : Although most films were made with a special gelatin coating on the top layer intended specifically to prevent abrasion, slides and negatives are extremely delicate and scratch easily.

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Disaster & Decay : In addition to the natural and inevitable effects of time discussed above, old photos are vulnerable to misplacement, can be lost in moves, ruined by kids and pets, suffer water damage, or be destroyed by fires/natural disasters. Even professional photographers can experience tragedies involving historic archives. Such was the case when 40,000 negatives taken by President John F. Kennedy’s personal photographer were destroyed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Videos are also subject to deterioration due to the fundamentally impermanent materials used to manufacture them. Magnetic particles can lose their charge, tapes can become a sticky unplayable mess, the backing and substrate can become stretched, and several other problems can occur.

There are many reasons ScanCafe is rated the best scanning service in comparative reviews. From our low prices and best image quality to fast downloading options and guaranteed safety, we’re dedicated to transforming hidden shoebox memories into digital images you can share and enjoy for years to come.

Factors to Consider With DIY Scanning

Even if you have a knack for learning technical things, DIY scanning can cost you considerable time and money, with mediocre results. If you’re looking for expert scanning and restoration of slides, negatives, photos, videos, or film, ScanCafe has all these services covered! Try us today and discover why thousands of customers including professional photographers rely on ScanCafe for all their scanning needs!

Resources

Going, Going, Gone!!!

A 1994 cover story in Popular Photography about fading in color photos.
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The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs

The definitive book on the subject by image permanence pioneer Henry Wilhelm.
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