Scan Resolution for Archiving

Started Jun 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Beth12
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Scan Resolution for Archiving
Jun 11, 2013

Well I finally got my V700 (yea!!) and have begun the arduous task of scanning hundreds of family negatives dating back to 1900 - large format, black & white. Having read best practices from all over the net I came up with this:

  • Scan at least 4000 (V700 is 4800)
  • Save as .tif

So that's where I started, but now I'm finding I have HUGE files, a single image upwards of 1 GB and it's taking an enormous amount of time to scan or even just to open the file in preview or PS.

My plan is to scan (print some professionally) and put the rest away with archival papers and digital copies to hopefully last another 100 years.

My question is:

  • Is this overkill to scan at this resolution?
  • What about format .tif vs. .jpg?

Any and all advice is most appreciated.

Beth

Casio Exilim EX-V7
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