Image Library Archive Scanning


Image & Photo Library Archive Scanning

What do you do?

We offer a service where we can scan your entire photographic archive from it's original formats into digital files that are more suited to today's demands.

We can work with35mm uncut transparencies


How does your service benefit my company?

Ease of access - you can access your entire archive from any computer in your company if the pictures are stored on the network.

Ease of duplication, sharing and printing.

Space saving. Once the images are digitised the originals can be destroyed (or given to a museum if they are of historic value) so you can use the archive room as a useful space.

Ease of finding the image you need. Digital images can be catalogued and given identifying labels such as 'cat', 'goal', 'red' etc. To find specific files or themes the user just has to search for the label and relevant images will be displayed automatically.

We can digitise your entire photographic archive into manageable digital files which can be accessed across your entire network or even held online.Medium Format Camera

We can digitise into a multitude of different image file types including


What's the advantage of the different file types?

JPG Advantages


TIF Advantages


What size do you scan images to?

We can scan all types of image (photographs, slides (transparency), negatives, glass plate negatives and lantern slides) to whatever size you need them to be. Our scanners allow us to scan originals of any size up to 10x8" and digitise them at a resolution of up to 6400dpi which will produce exceptionally large files.


What are the advantages of a higher dpi scan for my company?

The simple answer is that bigger files which contain more data can be printed at a larger size without losing detail.

6400dpi sounds impressive but it isn't all about the numbers, several factors have to be considered and decided upon before undertaking a scanning order. It has to be remembered that scanning in exceptionally high resolutions can have disadvantages which include:

Of course the larger an image is when it is scanned the larger it can be printed and larger crops can be made of selected areas of a picture than if a small scan is made originally.

Finally, it's always better to have a larger original than having to enlarge a smaller version.

So what's the best solution? A compromise is generally better, a company needs to weigh up the pros and cons we have outlined above and decide what's the best solution for their individual needs. We would be very happy to help advise in this process as needed. We don't charge for consultations or advice so feel free to ask as many questions as you need to.

We will also scan a selected few of your images in various sizes to demonstrate what digital files look like at varying resolutions, this is also a free of charge service.

Our previous main clients (AGCO Corporation PLC) gave us a requirement to scan their images at around 20MB in TIFF format. That gave them a large file if they needed to print it for posters or as display boards at trade shows etc., but enough flexibility to be able to store and move the images easily.


Your site looks very basic, how do I know you are a legitimate company?

You have a very good point, the site looks the way it does as it is still being developed.

Image Library Archive Scanning isn't a company in it's own right however, we are part of Photo First Aid (, a photographic, audio, video, scanning and printing company that has been operating since 2005.

We (Photo First Aid) have recently finished scanning almost 125,000 negatives, slides, photographs, and some documents for the European division of AGCO Corporation PLC and have had very positive feedback from them. On request we would be happy to provide the contact details of our point of contact in the AV dept. of AGCO should you wish to confirm that we have carried out the work (we have checked this is OK with them first, data protection is something we take very seriously).

If you are interested in the services we provide or would like more information, please visit Photo First Aid and contact us today using the details on that site.

We look forward to speaking to you soon.

For anyone interested in the evolution of this site:

The first version of this site went live at 20:20 on Friday 8th April 2011. As we develop the site further we will be adding more information and pages.

The second version of this site went live at 14:50 on Monday 18th April 2011 to add more information to the main page. As we develop the site further we will be adding more information and pages.

The third version of this site went live at 10:03 on Wednesday 20th April 2011 to add more detail and explanation to the main page.

The fourth version of this site went live at 14:56 on Sunday 1st May 2011 to add more pages and a navigation bar.