What's the Best Way to Scan Thousands of Photographs?

Epson Printer / Scanner

Episode 1803

Skylar from Cooper City, FL

Skylar is doing a scanning project with thousands of photos to digitize them for the family. Leo says that the Epson Fast Foto wireless scanner is ideal for it. It has a sheet feeder that can feed each photograph into the scanner and digitize them quickly. It also has software for color correcting. But it's not cheap. But you pay for the speed. Or you can use an easel and a DSLR and shoot them that way. What resolution should he scan at? Chris Marquardt says 300 DPI is good for most photos unless you plan on blowing up the image, then 1200.

What photo scanner should I buy?

Epson FastFoto FF-640

Episode 1662

Michael from Detroit, MI

Michael is buying an all in one printer, and he's not going to do a lot of printing. He's doing more scanning of photographs. He's looking at sending the negatives and slides to a service. But it seems there are just too many models to choose from. What should he get? Leo recommends to check out Amazon reviews. They are always your friend. The Wirecutter is very good for recommendations, as is PC Magazine. The Epson Fast Photo (Epson is a sponsor of the TWiT Network) is expensive at $600, but if you have thousands of photos to scan, it's a good one to go with.

How can I scan my photo at 72 dpi?

Episode 1177

Jim from Los Angeles, CA

Jim wants to enter pictures in a photo show and the show wants them as JPEGs at 72 dpi. He has to scan his images to do it. Leo says that 72 dpi is at very low quality and it's obviously an online gallery. But he can scan his images at the highest resolution possible and save it in TIFF. That would be lossless compression. He can always open it in a photo editor and then lower the resolution to JPEG. Leo recommends Irfanview.