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Is Now The Right Time to Scan My Photos?

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A Brief History of Photographs

You've been putting it off for years and letting your photos gather dust in boxes but now you want to begin the process of going digital. So, is it the right thing to do?

The first photograph was taken in 1822 but it wasn't until the 20th century that our nation's fascination with photographic images really took off. By the 1930s almost one million images were taken every year but today that number has increased to a massive 380 billion photos per year! In total, more than 3.8 TRILLION photos have been taken by humanity. Just imagine how much space those photographs will be taking up in our homes and offices.

It's almost guaranteed that you have a box full of old photographs stored somewhere in your house, probably gathering dust, but you don't want to get rid of them because of the memories they hold.

Why scan photos?

Scanning photos brings a great deal of benefits from the obvious to the surprising so it's little wonder so many people have already digitised their photos.

  • You can ensure your photos are safe from loss, theft and damage.
  • You can share your photos with anyone in the world at the click of a button.
  • You can save space by storing your photos virtually instead.
  • You can find your photos quickly through a quick search of name, date or reference number.
  • You can digitally enhance your images to improved their quality.
  • You can create DVD movies and slideshows.
  • You can have all photos available whenever and wherever you need them.

Why now?

Since the 2000's, digital photography has overtaken film photography in use with most people now using digital cameras or even the built in cameras in their phones to capture the snaps they want. This has left film photography and everything that comes with it on the scrap heap (or up in the attic).

The longer you leave it before digitising your photos, the longer you're leaving them open to the risks of loss, theft and damage. By the time you finally decide to digitise, your photos might have been damaged too much to be able to view them as they once were.

Also with the rise of social media, particularly those with an emphasis on posting photos like Instagram and Pinterest, now seems to be the optimum time to get your photos digitised and share your old memories with friends, family and online communities.

Photo Scanning Services

Scanning photos doesn't have to be a painstaking process either because if you have a significant amount of photos you want digitised, you can outsource the project to professional services. Here at Pearl Scan we offer a bespoke photo scanning service for companies, organisations and individuals across the UK.

We can scan photos (as well as negatives and slides) to TIFF, PDF or Jpeg using high quality super fast scanners. We hold ISO accreditations for quality and security so your photos will always be in safe hands.

If you would like some more information about our photo scanning services please browse our website and blogs or complete the online form for a free quote for your project.

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Why choose us

  • Experience >

    We have over a decade of experience providing scanning services for some of the most reputable companies in the UK including blue chip companies and organisations as well as small businesses and private individuals. Some of our past clients have included NHS, local government, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Manchester, Aviva, BBC, Sky, Metropolitan Police, Environment Agency and many more.
  • Scalability >

    We have the infrastructure to support small-to-large, quick-to-long term scanning projects and with a capacity to scan 10 million images per month. This scalability provides a great deal of flexibility with the services we offer meaning we can tailor all of our services to suit the needs of each client and we will always try our best to accommodate any request.
  • Audited >

    We are backed up by external quality and security audits. Our operations have been audited and approved by many NHS, Local Authorities, Private blue chip companies and we pride ourselves on the high levels of quality and security we provide to each and every one of our clients.
  • Accreditations >

    We hold a number of ISO accreditations including ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 27001 (Information Management System) and EMS 14001 (Environment Management System) and Data Protection 1998. We are also a member of the Information and Records Management Society as well as being supporters of Investors in People and a member of The Skills Pledge.
  • Innovation >

    Our scanning bureau is fully equipped with state-of-the-art dedicated scanning hardware catering for a wide range of document types and sizes making us a one-stop service for your scanning and digital conversion cycle. We upgrade our scanners to keep in line with the latest scanning technology and ensure we are providing the best possible scanning service at all times.
  • Security >

    We operate from a custom built scanning bureau focussed on security, safety, confidentiality and scalability. The main building is monitored by Red Care security systems and has 24 hours internal and external CCTV. We are more than happy for you to come and visit our premises so we can show you how safe your documents are with us.
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