Digitise Old Photos At Higher Quality By Using The Negatives

Whether you're scanning old photos yourself, or sending them off to a scanning service, it's always better to use the negatives if you can find them.

JKastnerPhoto, a former photo lab technician on Reddit, offers up this tip and includes a dramatic side-by-side comparison, which you can see above. The negatives include far more detail than any prints, they haven't been cropped by an overzealous photo printer, and they can give you much more accurate colour reproduction and tonal range than simply scanning an old print. A lot of you probably knew that negatives could produce better prints, but seeing the difference side by side really underscores how much of a difference it can make.

LPT: If you are interested in scanning old family photos, scan negatives instead of the prints to achieve higher quality images [Reddit]


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