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Photograph Scanning

Photograph Scanning

Your photographic collections are often the most visually appealing and the most sought after part of your archives, meaning they are a prime candidate for digitisation, making them more accessible.

At TownsWeb Archiving we have undertaken many photographic digitisation projects dealing with old, fragile, faded, and framed photographs of unusual sizes and materials. We take special care to digitise and produce the very best possible image from your photographic print or film negative. We will check for rips, dirt and dust and can provide restoration services.

Calculate the cost of your photograph scanning project

Why use TownsWeb Archiving?

Expert Digitisation Consultants

Expert Digitisation Consultants

A wealth of experience in working together to develop the right plan to reach your goals for preservation.

Trusted By Archives Throughout The UK

Trusted By Archives Throughout The UK

Working with some of the largest organisations in the UK, we understand the long-term risks to your archive.

In-House Collection and Delivery Service

In-House Collection and Delivery Service

To guarantee secure collection and delivery, your valuable material never leaves our sight.

Accredited Digitisation Studio Team

Accredited Digitisation Studio Team

Fully trained and experienced in the handling and digitisation of your most delicate artefacts.

PastView Logo - Unique Web Publishing Platform

Unique Web Publishing Platform

Publish with PastView to manage, provide access and generate revenue from your digital archive.

Digitisation Frequently Asked Questions

We digitise (or “scan”) photographs by using specialist advanced equipment to capture extremely high resolution images.

During the image capture process, we can also organise the digital image files by incorporating metadata into the filenames; such as the date they were taken or what equipment was used to capture them.

Digitising photo collections can ensure that unique and valuable content is preserved in digital form, in case the worst should happen and the originals become damaged or destroyed. This high resolution digital back up can then be used to reprint the images if necessary.

Once you have a digital library of photographic images we can help you index, transcribe and add appropriate metadata. We can help you maintain your image collection by importing the files and metadata into our PastView content management system (or into your own existing system).

If you are interested in displaying your images online for the public to view then we can build complete archive websites (or web pages that sit within your existing website) that allow fast advanced searching and incorporate payment gateways so that the public can find and then pay for physical prints or digital copies of your images. Find out more about our Software and Website Design services.

We can also provide improved access to your collections and increase the speed of finding images, by enabling searching. Attaching metadata to the digitised images allows for quick keyword searching through the digitised collections.

As specialists in digitising fragile archive collections, our scanning staff are fully trained in professional handling procedures for working with delicate books and employ a gentle, “white gloves” approach at all times, to ensure no harm comes to the materials.

We do not use any rollfeed equipment to digitise your photographs or film negatives. We utilise unique, specialist flatbed scanners, which place the absolute minimum of pressure on the photographs and mitigate any chance of damaging the precious original materials during the digitisation process. We can scan any size photograph and film negative in a variety of DPI and output types.

We appreciate that your photo collections are very valuable and so you may not want them to be moved from your premises. For this reason we offer an on-site digitisation service and are happy to travel to your premises with our staff and equipment to scan your photographs.

However, if you are comfortable allowing your collection to be transported to our digitisation studios for scanning, we are also happy to collect and return from your premises, using our own specially trained staff and GPS tracked vehicles. Find out more about our on-site & off-site scanning service.

As standard practice, we produce image files in TIFF and JPEG formats, although we can also produce other file formats including PDF, PDF/A, JPEG 2000, and BMP; depending on the requirements of the project/client. Images can be produced in full colour or greyscale, and we can enhance or graphically restore them too.

Calculate the cost of your digitisation project

Enter your digitisation requirements and tick the box to confirm whether you would like us to get in touch to discuss your requirements further. If you’re not quite ready to use our online quote calculator, feel free to call on 01536 713834 or email us [email protected]