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

 

Slide Scanning

We'll create high quality digital images from your old slides. Enjoy them once again instead of leaving them packed away in boxes gathering dust and slowly decaying.

Scanning Service and Digital Enhancement


We scan 35mm, 35mm half-frame, 126, 127 and 110 format slides in 2 inch mounts (plastic or cardboard), as well as glass-mounted slides. We are also able to scan slides in 1 inch square mounts. We scan both black and white and colour slides.

Our premier specialist scanning service includes digital image enhancement as standard. Our digital enhancement processes have been especially developed to ensure optimal quality of the scanned digital images.

As the original photo colours can fade and degrade over time and may have been under or over exposed at the time, we individually adjust each image for colour balance and correct the exposure to produce a digital image that can produce improved results on the original to provide a colourful and vibrant digital image.

In addition, we apply digital cleaning to remove dust blemishes, etc to produce a clean scanned image.

Each scanned image is individually processed and optimised. We strive to deliver high quality at a reasonable price, quality that only a specialist scanning service can achieve.

The digital enhancement process includes:

  • Pre-scan physical clean (to remove loose dust, etc)
  • Image orientation and cropping
  • Grain reduction
  • Exposure and levels adjustment (for over and under exposure correction)
  • Colour adjustment and correction
  • Tonal and brightness/vibrance adjustment (image highlights and shadows)
  • 'Digital cleaning' (removal of minor blemishes, dust and scratches)* surcharge applies for heavily soiled images requiring additional digital cleaning


See the examples below for examples of our digital image enhancement process.

original under exposed
original under exposed
 
corrected exposure
adjusted exposure
 
original colours
original colours
corrected colours
adjusted colours

 

Digital Cleaning - Dust and Scratch Removal


Because of the high scanning resolutions involved, any blemishes on the slide surface such as dust and minor scratches will be magnified and can show up on the scanned image as highly visible blemishes.

To counteract this, we use dust and scratch removal technology as part of the scanning process, followed by further blemish removal by retouching the scanned digital image in Photoshop. This combined process produces an exceptionally clean digital image essentially free of blemishes and marks that detract from the overall appearance of the image.

Please note that the final result will depend upon the condition of the original slide and that a surcharge applies for heavily soiled slides requiring additional digitial cleaning.

The following images highlight the difference between scans with and without the Digital Cleaning process applied.

With Digital Cleaning
with Digital Cleaning
Without Digital Cleaning
without Digital Cleaning

 

Scanning Resolution


We offer 2 scanning resolutions:

  • standard scans at 2000 DPI
  • high resolution scans at 3600 DPI

Which resolution you choose depends on how you wish to use the digital images.

For most applications, such as viewing, printing standard size photos, sharing online or by email, the standard resolution is fine. If you wish to make print enlargements or crop the images to fine detail, then the high resolution is more suitable.

With the higher resolution, more details are included in the digital image. This makes the digital image larger in both dimensions (pixels) and file size. As high resolution scans take longer, there is a price premium over the standard scan resolution.

For more information on scanning resolution and other scanning terminology, please refer to the Useful Information page.

Scanning Equipment and Software


We use professional quality scanners and software, including the top of the line Epson and Plustek specialty photographic scanners. These scanners have many built-in features, including infra-red dust and scratch removal technology to ensure high quality scans are produced. For post scanning processing and image enhancement we use the acknowledged industry standard software, Adobe Photoshop.

File Formats


We create scanned digital images in TIFF format. These images are then transferred to Photoshop for the post-scan image enhancement processes to occur. We then convert to JPEG format, which is the format we supply to you.

JPEG (or JPG) is the industry standard format used for digital images and is the format used by most digital cameras.

We process using TIFF as this is an uncompressed format and preserves more image information than JPEG during the enhancement process, producing overall higher quality images.

If you require the TIFF format images as well as the JPEG’s, we can supply these to you for a small extra cost.

Media Options


We will supply your digital image files on a choice of 3 media formats: CD, DVD or USB drive. The USB drive is suitable for devices such as digital photo frames.

A CD will hold 700MB of data and a DVD up to 4700MB or 4.7GB. The number of files stored on each disk depends on the resolution of the scanned images and the image file format. As a guide, A CD can handle up to 170 JPG images at standard resolution, a DVD up to 1200 JPG images at standard resolution and a 4GB USB Flash Drive, up to 1000 JPG images at standard resolution.

The scanned files and discs are yours to do with as you choose. If you wish to make copies of the discs, you will need the appropriate disc burning software and a CD/DVD burner drive installed on your computer.

Pricing


Please refer to our Pricing page for details of our pricing. Our pricing offers value for money for the premier level of services provided. We also offer discounts for bulk amounts for 35mm slides.

Satisfaction Guarantee


We're proud of what we do and we believe that you'll be happy with the results we produce. Specific results will vary based on the quality of the original materials but we're confident that we produce consistently high standards and stand by our work. If, however, you're not happy with the outcome, we'll work with you to resolve the problem.

Ordering


Ordering is simple. You can place an order by downloading and printing our order form, pack up your slides and send these to us with your completed order form attached. Please see the How It Works page for more information.