Scanning your photos, slides and film into a digital format is the BEST way to preserve your old family photos - for future generations to enjoy.

The problem is that scanning them yourself requires A LOT of time!

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Photo, Negative, and Slide Scanning

Photo, Film Negative, and Slide Scanning by Shoebox Memories in Northern Virginia and Metro Washington DC

Save TONS of time by letting us help scan your photos, slides, and 35mm film negatives into a digital format. Making old photos digital helps preserve them, and allows you the flexibility to do TONS of things with the photos. You could make unique gifts, prints to share or frame, or even your very own bound story book!

Think about the hundreds of photos you probably have in old shoeboxes or photo albums. Scan them digitally and you'll always have a "backup copy" of the photos. You could purchase your own scanner and do the scanning yourself, but this is (a) not the best quality, and (b) very time consuming.

Interested in digital scrapbooks or scrapbooking?

Step one of that process is to scan your photos. While not difficult to learn how to do, scanning can certainly be a very time consuming process. Plus, buying the scanners and equipment to enable high-speed scans can cost thousands of dollars. Our technology and processes allow us to do in minutes what awould take the average do-it-yourself-er hours to accomplish.

Our Process and Technology

We take great care to protect each of your photos, slides, and negatives. We treat them as if they were our own. As a result, we do not use automated scanners -- we scan each photo by hand, to ensure safety of your photos, slides and negatives and to ensure the quality of our work.

We use only professional-grade, high-resolution film and flatbed scanners from both Canon and Nikon (two of the most trusted names in scanning). Our scanners are capable of over 4000 dpi optical resolution, which allows you to easily bring your paper photos and film negatives into the digital age.

So, now I've got Digital photos - Now what? :

If you've joined the digital photography revolution and now have many digital photos, our scanning services can help bring the rest of your photo collection into the digital age as well.

With digital photos you can make fun photo story books (our personal favorite), DVD Slide Shows, poster-sized prints, create fun gifts, custom printed t-shirts, stickers, stamps, mugs,... - the list goes on and on. Or if you like, you can simply enjoy them online and share you photo collection with friends and family over the Internet. Here are some ways to use your photos... click here.

Details and Pricing :

We use only professional-grade, high-resolution film and flatbed scanners from both Nikon and Canon to ensure you get quality scans at an affordable price. Our scanners are capable of over 4000 dpi optical resolution, which allows you to bring your paper photos and film negatives well into the digital age. You can even choose if you want your newly digitized photos on DVD, USB Drive or an external hard drive. You can provide us with a USB Drive or external hard drive, or we can purchase one on your behalf. All of our scanning work is done locally and in the USA. Minimum order size is $30 (unless purchasing additional Shoebox Memories services). We offer two levels of service for each type of scanning:

Film Negative and Slide Scanning
 
Standard
Premium
Digital scan of your negatives
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Formats accepted
35mm film and
35mm slides
35mm film and
35mm slides
Scan resolution
2000 dpi
4000 dpi
File Format
JPG
JPG or TIFF
Typical file dimensions (in pixels)

2800 x 1800
(~5 Megapixels)

5500 x 3600
(~19 Megapixels)
Typical file size (in MB)
~9 MB (jpg)

~37 MB (jpg)
~60 MB (tiff)

Cropping by hand
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Digital dust and scratch removal
(Digital ICE or FARE technology utilized)
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Choice of CD or DVD media
(unless another media type is used)
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Additional media cost
none
none
Personalized full-color DVD labels
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Photo adjustment by hand
(color, contrast, brightness, red-eye removal, etc. - not intended to be photo restoration)
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Standard Price
(volume discounts available)

$0.90 per
negative or slide

$1.15 per
negative or slide
External Hard Drive
(instead of or in addition to DVD)

Varies (~$100)

Varies (~$100)

 

Photo Scanning
 
Standard
Premium
Digital scan of your photos
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Formats accepted
up to 8x10 photos
up to 8x10 photos
Scan resolution
400 dpi
800 dpi
File Format
JPG
JPG
Typical file dimensions of 4x6 photo
(in pixels)

2400 x 1600
(~4 Megapixels)

4800 x 3200
(~15 Megapixels)
Typical file size (in MB)
~4 MB (jpg)

~15 MB (jpg)

Cropping by hand
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Digital dust and scratch removal
(ICE or FARE technology utilized)
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Choice of CD or DVD media
(unless another media type is used)
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Personalized full-color DVD labels

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Photo adjustment by hand
(color, contrast, brightness, red-eye removal, etc. - not intended to be photo restoration)
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Standard Price
(volume discounts available)
$0.75 per photo
$1.00 per photo
External Hard Drive
(instead of or in addition to DVD)

Varies (~$100)

Varies (~$100)

 

Turnaround Time :

Turnaround time will vary greatly and depends primarily on the size of your order, but for a typical 100-200 scans you can expect a turnaround of typically 2-4 weeks. Please note, this is done on a best-effort basis and is not a guaranteed completion time. If your orders contains more than 200 items you may want to contact us to get a current estimate for turnaround time.

If you have specific turnaround requirements, please check with us regarding rush order availability before sending us your order (when we can guarantee a completion date). During the holiday season (Oct - Dec) we get very busy, so it's strongly recommended to check with us to get an estimate of completion time during this time of year.

 

Volume Orders :

Large volume orders (generally >1000 items to scan) are eligible for discounted pricing. Please ask us about it if you have a large order.

 

How to Order / Order Form:

Please download and print out the order form (pdf format) for all the details. The overall process is simple. Send or bring us your photos, negatives, slides, etc. and we will scan them for you. When we've completed your order, you will be notified, at which time you can pay. Then, you can begin to enjoy your newly digitized photos!