Most of us have made the switch to digital photography. Even though this is a great way to keep our pictures organized, and makes them easy to share, it doesn’t mean we need to forget about all of our old paper pictures. If you have a digital slide show and would like to add some of your older photographs, you can easily do this in just a few steps.
One way you can convert your paper photos into digital form is to scan them. You can do this at home if you have a scanner, or you can send them to a professional service. If you want to pay for a service, the quality may come out better. If you have a scanner at home, and you want to do it yourself you just need to keep a few things in mind.
First is the resolution. A scanner can usually be set to scan at a certain resolution. The higher the resolution, the bigger the picture. For most paper photos you will get a good picture with a setting between 300 and 600.
You will also need to take into consideration the speed of your scanner. If you only have a few pictures you are scanning this may not be important, but if you have a lot, you want to stay on the lower end of the resolution so the process will go faster.
If you have negatives or slides at home that you want to scan you might be better off to use a service since the process is more difficult. You would also need to buy a special scanner that can be used for this.