/ Scanning photo albums....advice needed
I've got a scanner, and I've scanned images before, more in a muddled fashion with no great thought in the process.
This time I want to make a concerted effort to scan the images, not for re-printing but to be viewed on a screen or TV, and I don't want to start the process of the wrong way and waste my time doing the wrong thing, so I would appreciate any help, tips or advice on scanning several hundred 6x4 prints.
My plan is that all my images will be shown on a TV or monitor and not be printed. And as modern TVs have a HD resolution of around 1080p would a good inage resolution be 1920x1080 pixels?
Going off the maths of a 6x4 print would my scanned resolution be 320 ppi for a HD TV?
Or is this a bad resolution and I've screwed my maths somewhere?
The photos are usually printed at 300 DPI though you get better results if you scan at 600 PPI (different things). A single dot doesn't translate to a single pixel. If you scan negatives then 3600 PPI is nice but 1800 is realistically enough for viewing on a tv. I would aim to get them at as big as is handy to work with, in a couple of years the "4k" tvs will be much more main stream (3840x2160) and it'd be a bit annoying to rescan everything then just because you have a new tv. That resolution is about 8mp. Bear in mind you need a little bit extra as some minor cropping is inevitably needed if it is to look good in the end.
> My plan is that all my images will be shown on a TV or monitor and not be printed. And as modern TVs have a HD resolution of around 1080p would a good inage resolution be 1920x1080 pixels?
The negative scanning suggestion is a good one, it eliminates the loss of quality due to printing the neg, and the deterioration of the prints over time.
Elsewhere on the site
2012 saw the release of the beautiful first volume of definitive Yorkshire Gritstone climbing, produced by the YMC with Robin... Read more
The Kendal Mountain Festival 2014 proved once again to be a busy and inspiring four days of films, photos, music, art... Read more
If asked to name a British female climber who stood out at a time when British women's climbing wasn't... Read more
Backpackers want an extremely liveable and lightweight tent at good price. MSR answers the call with the Elixir 2 tent and... Read more
The Women's Mountain Equipment Cho Oyu Jacket is the perfect choice for female mountaineers an explorers who... Read more