I was honored to speak at Rootstech, a conference in Salt Lake City Utah focused on celebrating family stories. I absolutely love this event, it refuels me and reminds me why my job is so important.
We broke up into large groups for more of a hands-on experience. I repeated my workshop over and over-explaining the importance of archival printing and showing step-by-step how to digitize old photos without a scanner.
To avoid glare, find natural light (under a window) and turn off all incandescent lights. A white poster board isn’t necessary (I use this for product shots like the photo at the top of this post).
Tip: turn on the grid in iPhone Settings > Camera > Grid (on). The grid will help you straighten and level the camera before you shoot.
Shoot wide! Crop & Edit.
This is my Grandma, I was her favorite (and first) Grandchild. I miss her everyday, how grateful I am to have these prints!
I was able to clean up the black background behind her head. I did this right on my iPhone with the Snapseed App healing brush tool.
There are mobile apps available for scanning. Many of these apps are a great tool to reduce glare, auto crop, etc. Feel free to invest in any of these apps, for this blog post I am not able to recommend any as I have not tested them personally.
With any mobile app or any photo editing software, be sure that it’s not compressing your photo. (you can test this by exporting to a desktop and checking the image properties of the file)
Small 3×5″ original print of my Mom on her tricycle. “Scanned” with my iPhone 7, uploaded and printed- 12×18 Fuji Photographic Print (on matte) from Persnickety Prints.
I cannot guarantee print reproduction will look this good when using a process different than Persnickety Prints. This are not average prints, these are real photographs – no ink- processed in a digital darkroom.
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