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 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.