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I was wondering which is the best way to aquire many photos that I have on film (for which I don't have negatives anymore) for my digital collection.

I was thinking about scanning them but I think this will generate many artifacts unless a specific way or specific settings exist for this purpose..

Does anyone have ideas regarding this problem?

thanks in advance

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Are these transparencies or prints? If they are transparencies you can use a negative scanner - which should have a sufficient resolution to avoid most artefacts. – ChrisF Jul 18 '10 at 22:51
unfortunately they are prints.. I don't know if there's a way to tweak up scanning to remove this kinds of artifacts.. I really would like to digitalize my old photos :) – Jack Jul 18 '10 at 22:54
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If you don't want to spend hours in front of a home scanner manually trying to scan all your photo's with the correct alignment, position, resolution, etc, why not have someone else do it for you?

A service that I stumbled upon was ScanDigital. For $0.68 USD per photo at 600 dpi (seems kind of low though...), you can get them digitized very easily. Something worth considering

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