Slide Scanning
Convert your old slides to digital. All
film formats. Both 1 & 2 inch mount sizes,
including glass mounts. More ...
Negative Scanning
Create beautiful digital images from your
old negatives. All negative formats, even
APS Cartridges. More ...
Photo Scanning
Preserve your old photos and bring them
back to life. All sizes up to 8x10,
including vintage and speciality. More ...
Photo Restoration
Restore your photos to their former glory.
Repair the effects of damage and decay.
More ...
Useful Tips
Some useful information on Scanning
Resolution and other terms. More ...
Film Formats
We can scan most film formats for both
slides and negatives. 35mm, 126, 127,
110, 120/220, APS and so on. More ...
How It Works
We explain the key steps in the process
and some useful tips for sending your
originals to us for scanning. More ...
Questions Answered
Find the answers here to our most
commonly asked questions along with
other useful information. More ...
Client Comments
What some of our past clients have said
about our services. More ...
Order Form
Download the orderform for our
scanning and/or photo restoration
services here. More ...
Some Client Comments:
Thanks for the slides you did. I've had a great two weeks photoshopping memories of trips and the kids. I'd had a few slides digitised before and have been a little disappointed, but yours have been exceptional.
Brian, Hawkes Bay

Photofresh provided an excellent service. My colour slides were 50 years old and needed quite a bit of work. The scanned images produced were very good and I, and my sisters, are truly grateful.
Elisabeth, Auckland

Just want to let you know that I'm very happy with how the slides have come up - very clear. Thank you for a really good job well done for me.
Joy, Auckland

 

Some Useful Information

Here we explain some of the key terms associated with scanning and digital imagery:

Resolution


Selecting the appropriate resolution is critical in determining the quality of the scanned images.

Resolution is a measure of the amount of detail included in the digital image during the scanning process. It is the number of pixels that can be displayed on a computer screen or other digital display device and how fine a printer can print the image.

For monitors and other digital display devices, common resolutions are 1024x768, 1280x768, 1920x1080 and so on. This is the number of pixels that the monitor can display horizontally across the screen (columns) and vertically up and down the screen (rows). The higher the screen resolution, the more columns and rows (ie pixels) that can be displayed on the screen.

In the case of printers, the resolution refers to how fine the printer can print. Print resolution is also known as ‘dots per inch’ or DPI. The greater the DPI, the better the printed image clarity. Scanner resolution is also measured in terms of DPI. In this context, a dot is equivalent to a pixel.

Resolution can be likened to the megapixel settings of a digital camera, where the higher the megapixel setting, the larger the image size (measured in pixels) and the more information is recorded within the image.

Photofresh offers 2 resolution settings for scanning, and which one is the most appropriate for you depends on what you wish to do with the scanned images. The key factors to consider are how big do you want your image to display on a computer device such as a computer monitor, TV monitor, digital photo frame, etc and what size prints you wish to print from your digital image.

Photofresh Standard Resolution
Scans using our standard resolution of 2000 DPI for slides and negatives and 450 DPI for photos produce a scanned image of approximately 4 to 5 megapixels. This setting is ideal if you wish to view the images on your PC or laptop, or other digital device, such as a digital photo frame or TV, email to friends and family or make small prints (up to 5x7 inches or A4 half page equivalent). Note that slides and negatives need to be scanned at much higher resolutions than photos due to their smaller physical size in order to produce the same size scanned digital image as a photo.

Photofresh High Resolution
This resolution setting produces scanned images of approximately 16 megapixels. Slides and negatives are scanned at 3600 DPI and photos at 900 DPI. This setting is ideal if you wish to make enlargements and larger size prints (up to 8x12 inches or A4 full page equivalent). Please note that as high resolution scans take more time to perform, there is a small cost premium for this service.


Resolution:   Standard High

Scanning Resolution: Slides/Negatives 2000 DPI 3600 DPI
  Photos 450 DPI 900 DPI

Image Megapixels: (Megapixels) - approx 5 16
Image Dimensions: Width x Height (approx) 2700 x 1800 pixels 4950 x 3300 pixels

Printing: up to 5x7 inches or A4 Half page Yes Yes
  up to 8x12 inches or A4 Full page   Yes

Sharing: Email Yes  
  Online Yes  

Image Processing: Cropping   Yes
  Restoration   Yes

Archiving/Storage:   Yes Yes


 

Pixel


This is the smallest element of a digital image. The image dimensions (width and height) measured in pixels determines the size of the image as displayed on a computer monitor. The higher the number of pixels, the larger the image size. Pixels are also used in the term ‘dots per inch’ or DPI which is indicative of the density of the image (ie the amount of information that is included within the digital image. This term is important when scanning or printing an image.

DPI


DPI or ‘dots per inch’ is a measure of the scanning or printing resolution. For printers this relates to the number of individual ink dots the printer can produce within an inch square. The significance of the DPI measure in scanning your image relates to the quality of the final printed image. A higher print DPI is required to match the quality of the image as displayed on the computer screen. Monitor screens have a standard resolution of 72 DPI. For print, however, the DPI needs to be at least 300 DPI, or 600 DPI for higher quality prints.

Megapixel


Megapixel is a common term in digital photography and is used to describe the resolution of digital cameras – ie the size of the digital image, measured in pixel width and height that the camera can produce. The larger the megapixel rating, the larger the image that is produced. A megapixel is one million pixels. An image of say 5 megapixels contains 5,000,000 pixels. This is the product of the width of the image in pixels and the image height in pixels. Thus an image of 2700 pixels wide by 1800 pixels high will contain approximately 4,860,000 pixels – ie a 4.9 megapixel image.