/ 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.
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