Photo Scanning

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Photo Scanning

Microform offers photo scanning services to both businesses and individuals looking to preserve precious photographs.

Using state of the art technologies from the likes of Kodak and Nextscan, we offer some of the highest quality scans available in the UK.

How photo scanning works

Able to scan a variety of different photographs, including slides and negatives, we own in the latest technology from Kodak, Minolta, IBML, Sunrise, Agfa and NextScan in order to produce the best possible digital images.

After liaising with a client, we arrange for one of our dedicated marked and tracked vans to pick up, deliver, and return images — ensuring their complete safety during the scanning process.

Once at our facilities, any and all images are treated to a range of quality checks and item counts both before and after the scanning process takes place.

The digital images are then delivered to the client via cloud or email, or via hard drive or USB sticks for approval.

Once all the images have been accepted, the originals are then returned to the client or destroyed at our secure destruction and recycling facilities.

Benefits of photograph scanning

For companies that use a lot of photography in their work, developed films can take up a lot of space, and the efforts and time revolving around sourcing files and material can be huge.

Once scanned, images can be placed on one of our bespoke document management systems; ensuring the quality, longevity, and security of the images.

What’s more, digital archives can be searched within just a few seconds. By entering just a few details, the required photograph or case file can be sought almost instantaneously via our document management systems, which come with a great range of security benefits that can be tailored to the exact needs of each client.

Whether a business or organisation requires open and unlimited access to its archives, or to keep it limited to just a few individuals, we can arrange security features to suit the workings of a client.

In the past, photograph scanning services have also benefited a number of museums, who are now able to expand their archives for public use, with visitors being able to search and locate photographs with ease.

Aside from scanning developed pictures, we also offer a dedicated film scanning service where we are able to scan a number of different kinds of film, including:

  • 35mm slides
  • 110mm negatives
  • Half plate negatives
  • Glass plate negatives
  • Quarter plate negatives
  • Transparencies

Once scanned, we can then convert the photographs into a choice of file types including JPEG and TIFF.

JPEG files are commonly used for storing images on computers and can produce great results while at the same time taking up little space. They also allow for different levels of compression, with higher quality scans being created the less that the file is compressed.

Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) files are used to store images within publishing, professional photography and graphic artistry. These files produce a much better quality compared to JPEG but take up vast amounts of hard drive space as compensation.

Image scanning FAQs

We often get many a question about the image scanning process, so here are some of the most frequently asked:

I have a private collection of photographs, can they be scanned?

Yes, aside from working with companies and public organisations, such as charities and museums, we also work with individuals looking to preserve private collections.

Can Microform scan thousands of images?

No job is too big and we are able to scan thousands of high quality images a day thanks to the industrial scanners we use in our facilities.

Can the images be transferred to a cloud management system?

Yes, another service that we offer is the installation of bespoke cloud management systems that are designed to the needs and requirements of our clients.

You can find out more about them here.

Why choose Microform for photograph scanning?

Our scanning services offer a great amount of flexibility as they are bespoke to the needs and requirements of the client.

Having worked with clients from a wealth of backgrounds, including financial organisations and academic institutions, we are experienced in handling private, sensitive and confidential documents, which is why security is one of our top priorities.

We ensure that our scanning facilities offer the tightest security so that our clients know that their documents are in the most trusted hands.

What’s more, for those who don’t wish to retain their original images, we also offer a shredding and destruction service.

This involves images being placed in industrial shredders before they are then compacted and – when possible – recycled.

We are also compliant with Code of Practice: BS 10008:2008 Evidential weight and legal admissibility of electronic information.

If you would like to know anything else about our photo and film scanning services, visit our contact page or call us on 01904 825 700.