Re: Selecting, scanning, identifying and desicarding old paper photographs #general

Nicole Heymans

I might add that old (roughly pre-WWII) monochrome photos were usually very fine-grained, even small almost postage stamp sized snapshots or passport photos. Scanning these at the highest resolution available (2400dpi on my scanner) shows up details that go unnoticed on the originals. And it goes without saying that all original photos should be kept, they will survive longer than IT formats, also resolution will improve in future, as will storage capacity. Scan backs of photos too, even (or particularly) if you can't read the writing.
I would not be so adamant about post-war colour photos from negatives smaller than 35mm. They are generally poor quality, in terms of subject, colour and resolution. This was a period when people became snap-happy, so if you have many views of the same scene, keep the best one or two. As for digital photos, all of us probably need to choose the 10 photos per 1000 we would like to bequeath to our descendants.

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Nicole Heymans, near Brussels, Belgium

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