Digitizing film or prints is something every photographer should consider (and these are the five options to get the job done)

Digitize photo
(Image credit: Luriko Yamaguchi)

As much as we love our digital world, we can’t help but feel nostalgia for the days of prints. However, the lifespan of your prints depends on the type of material used, with the external environment often accelerating the ageing process. 

Work with optimal dpi

High-resolution scanning is necessary to create accurate copies of your original prints. Most prints do not have a great depth of field, therefore working with 300dpi is sufficient to achieve sharp results. Scanning with a higher dpi tends to capture more detail and the results can then be resized to suit the needs of your specific project.

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Kim Bunermann
Technique Editor

Kim is the Technique Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine. She specializes in architecture, still life and product photography and has a Master's degree in Photography and Media with a distinction from the FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Germany. While studying, Kim came to the UK for an exchange term at the London College of Communication. She settled in the UK and began her career path by joining Future. Kim focuses on tutorials and creative techniques, and particularly enjoys interviewing inspiring photographers who concentrate on a range of fascinating subjects including women in photography, the climate crisis; the planet, its precious creatures and the environment.

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