How We Digitise Your Albums
Preparation and Care
We want you to know that we take the utmost care with your photo albums.
Cleaning has to be done in order to ensure the best quality during digitisation and this is done on a case-by-case basis to select the best cleaning method. Where images are very damaged or have adhesives have been applied, careful use of chemicals may be used. But for most occasions, the gentle removal of residue and dust is achieved with an airgun, microfibre cloths and brushes.
If you opt for each image to be scanned individually, rather than whole page scans, then we will delicately remove each photo from the album and reposition them after scanning. We aim to return your albums to you in the same condition it was when you first entrusted them to us.
Editing and post-processing
In post-processing, we use digital tools to clean up anything we couldn’t manage with hand tools, such as scratches and stubborn residue. At this stage we may use subtle colour correction and restoration methods to recreate and maintain the authentic quality of the image. We may also employ more intensive editing tools to enhance the image or work to remove more extensive damage where possible.
Why should I digitise my photo albums?
Whilst a picture can outlast a fading memory, unfortunately photographs cannot last forever. If your albums are in that miscellaneous storage room (i.e. the shed, garage or attic), they are going to experience fluctuating temperatures and possibly even be affected by the elements, when the rain seeps in through that hole you’ve been meaning to fix. Water damage and mould are likely in such conditions. And because popular photo-developing technology has evolved over the decades, the age of the prints themselves will also affect the lifetime of your photo albums. For example, older developing processes used less stable dyes meaning that prints made before the 1980s are likely to degrade faster, particularly coloured photos.
What’s more, the photo album itself could be speeding up the damage. The tidy packets we used to collect from the local Vistaprint were designed to care for your photos, but not all commercially sold photo albums are designed with the same care in mind. Many such albums will use adhesive pages and films to hold the photos in place, as well as dyed paper on which to present them. And if you are a keen scrapbooker, you may well have adorned your images with additional decorative details. Chemicals in the glues and coloured paper can stain and decompose the images, increasing the rate of deterioration.