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# Monday, October 15, 2007
Batch Photo Scanning Services
Posted by Allison

For our January 2008 issue, contributing editor Rick Crume wrote an article about methods for scanning family photographs—a process that often can be tedious and time-consuming. One option Rick describes in the article is batch photo-scanning services. You ship off your pictures to the company, which then scans and delivers your digital images and originals in just a few days. These services are economical, too; you can get up to 1,000 photos digitized for as little as $50.

The catch, of course, is you have to let your pictures out of your possession. If you’re like me, you might not feel so comfortable entrusting your precious memories to UPS or the postal service. So this type of service might not be the best choice for irreplaceable historical photos.

On the other hand, if you don’t scan or otherwise copy your favorite photos—from yesterday and today—you risk losing them should they become victims of a flood, fire or even the family dog. If you have duplicates of photos, batch scanning seems like an ideal solution for getting them digititzed.

In addition to photographic prints, many services will also scan 35 mm slides and negatives. Depending on the service, you can get your scans on a CD, DVD, USB drive or even have them stored online.

Here’s a sampling of the services we’ve found. Know of any others? Post a comment.

30 Minute Photos Etc.


Digital Pickle


Larsen Digital



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Monday, October 15, 2007 2:03:55 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [7]
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 11:46:56 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hi, Allison - I work for in Scottsdale, AZ. We transfer old home movies (16mm, 8mm, Super 8, videotape), etc. as well as 35mm slides, photos and negatives to digital files and watching and sharing online. We also provide a FedEx Safeship kit program for out-of-state customers, and this turnkey box provides all the protection, padding and tracking necessary for valuable old media. We've been in business since 2006 and have transferred over 100,000 individual assets.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 1:32:10 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I'm with you, Allison!

I know that thousands and thousands of items are shipped safely everyday. But for me, it's not the odds of a bad thing happening, it's the enormity of the loss that matters.

I've heard about companies that come to you and scan on-site. One service is in your house and one was in a van outside? Unfortunately I can't recall any more details. Anybody else heard about this?

If you are thinking about taking advantage of batch scanning, I have two recommendations:

1. Contact potential vendors and make sure they aren't shipping your photos overseas. Yes, it does happen. The less distance your photos have to travel, the better.

2. Ask if they will save your digitals as TIFF files, which is what archivists recommend. JPEG files lose quality if you alter them in any way. And by alter I mean crop, resize, fix the color, add a caption, etc... TIFF is an uncompressed format and will require more storage space, but it's worth it if you want to change the digital images in any way.

I've got lots of information and discussion about this topic on my blog. Er, I'm kinda obsessed with it...


-Sally J.
Thursday, October 18, 2007 1:05:30 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hi Allison
I work for DVDSmiles ( who offer Photo Scanning Services and Digital Slideshow Production. All our work is done right here in the good old USA. We would love to help fellow genealogists. Are your photos sitting in a shoebox collecting dust? Don’t let those old pictures fall victim to cracking and fading that happens over time. Let US scan your collection to save YOU countless hours.
Monday, January 28, 2008 1:43:08 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)

I have tried a local photo scanning business called here in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

They did a very good job at "high-speed batch photo scanning" all my old photos.

I think they are national though and focus primarily on scanning photos. I won't mail my photos so I used them.

Hope this helps...
Bill Jones
Thursday, April 03, 2008 6:47:54 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
If you would prefer something on the west coast that is done with exceptional techniques and care, here in Los Angeles even offering a Pick-up-and-delivery service try out some friends of mine at before you decide on trusting someone else with your precious memories that you can't afford to lose overseas!

I have some really really old photos that we just found that my mom was afraid to send off to be scanned and that would be better if they were done by a service instead of by me at home with my combo printer/fax/scanner that doesn't do the justice a company with the right photo clean-up software can.

Saturday, May 03, 2008 9:38:51 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
My name is Michael Day, CEO of We offer affordable, quality photo, slide, and negative scanning. Unlike many of our competitors, our company is small enough to give you personal service. Scans are 12 cents per photo at 300 d.p.i. and 15 cents per photo at 600 d.p.i. We look forward to working with you.
Michael Day
Sunday, November 09, 2008 12:44:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hello Allison,

As a follow-up I had my slides scanned by and they provided me TIFF images for no additional costs. I got interested in TIFF as a result of Sally J.'s comments in your blog and, had my photos scanned as TIFFs as well. They did a great job and now I have all my photos and slides in TIFF which will allow them to be preserved without loss of detail for all my future generations
Bill Jones
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