Photo Scanning Services

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Scan slides, photo negatives and photographs

Discover our Expert Scanning Services and Preserve your Legacy in Stunning Detail!

Begin your restoration journey on the right foot with our superior scanning services. At Yesterday’s Photo, we understand that a high-quality scan lays the foundation for impeccable restoration. Our expert team employs cutting-edge scanning techniques to capture every detail, ensuring a pristine starting point for your cherished memories. Whether it’s old photographs, vintage film, or precious documents, our meticulous scanning process ensures optimal clarity and precision. Trust us to elevate your restoration experience and bring new life to your treasured memories:

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Damaged photo from the portraitist François Cornand from the early 1900s, Photo courtesy of Isobel Fletcher Western Australia

Transforming Photographs into Family Heirlooms

People appreciate old printed or darkroom-developed images, and you’ve probably attempted to keep them in excellent shape. However, as time passes, they grow more fragile and vulnerable to deterioration.

Capturing important life events with a camera is comparable to investing in family heirlooms; the worth of wedding photographs, for example, gradually grows with the passage of time.

Most older photographs are remarkable and one-of-a-kind, so they are more than simply precious items; they are a legacy to pass on to future generations and a great tool for tracing our ancestors.

A damaged image may be heartbreaking, and the bad news is that degradation will inevitably occur over time due to contact to the environment, touch, dampness, water, dust, and ironically what created it: light! 

We can help to safeguard the survival of your antique images for future generations by digitising them utilising the most recent trends, enhancement, and scanning procedures.

Home picture scanning is easy and produces effective results


Scanning is a practical and yet traditional method of digitalising your photos and importing them into editing software such as Adobe Photoshop. 

Compared to other methods of digitalisation, scanning provides a significant advantage in that it provides a controlled environment in which you can achieve uniform results and even use a surface to flatten undesirable curling in your original photos.

However, there are certain things to consider when digitising your images at home, whether using a scanner or your photography abilities. The following link has a series of guidelines for scanning historic family photos for restoration purposes.

However if you want to do this professionally at yesterdays we are always ready to help! 

Negative film digitising using a tray

1. Carefully Remove dust beforehand

Your images have accumulated dust, grime, oil, or other foreign material such as hair or lint over the years, particles that will remain there and become more evident if photo enlarging

Depending on the quality of the photograph, you may remove these particles using a soft brush; however, we suggest wearing gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints on the surface. Try to accomplish this in a sterile setting and avoid removing images that have been stuck to glass or other photos, any damage now will complicate the photo restoration process.

holes dust and scratches on a child portrait

2. Avoid glue or sticky tape when ripped

If the picture has been broken into parts, you should attempt to arrange them such that they are near to one another on the scanner’s glass, but not overlapping and do not use glue or sticky tape.

Torn photo in lower corner

3. Photographing images is an alternative to scanning.

DSLR cameras and smartphones can capture and duplicate most older photos, physical or digital.

Your phone camera or digital camera may create an acceptable input for Photoshop, but depending on the photo’s purpose and your mastery of the software, professional scanning services or gadgets are preferable.

A photo of a photo is particularly convenient when trying to digitalise a large-sized photography.

Using our phone’s camera, we may snap a duplicate of a printed or framed picture while visiting a relative. This is great when granny won’t let go of the family album and sometimes sufficient for us to restore a photo.

Old photography restoration and preservation in a family album, vintage reflex camera with polarised filters and a negative film

4. Editing is the next step

Even if the quality won’t be outstanding, you may acquire a derivative of a beloved picture using your phone and we can use this photo as a baseline to restore the photo further

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Tips and tricks to consider when photographing an old photo

1. If available Turn on the camera grid

Even though you can easily remedy this in Photoshop using a perspective cropping tool, it’s ideal to line up your phone as flat as possible over the picture to ensure that the corners and edges are squared up, your camera grid is an excellent guide, make sure you use it.

2. Avoid shadows and reflections

A good piece of advice is to try to take the photo in the shade outside, cloudy days are the best, just try to avoid your own shadow or your phone’s shadow when capturing the image. 

A good piece of advice is to try to take the photo in the shade outside, cloudy days are the best, just try to avoid your own shadow or your phone’s shadow when capturing the image. 

There are fantastic and affordable alternatives available on the market to help you achieve this effect using indirect light or a softbox.

3. DSLR’s are great to capture a photo of a photo

A high-quality camera, particularly a full-frame model, is ideal for reproducing the details of an antique photograph while protecting the original. Just make sure you’re focusing correctly and staying inside your lenses’ focal range by using a tripod and an appropriate aperture setting.

However, it is crucial to shoot in RAW if you want to extract as much data as possible from the original image; RAW files have a wider dynamic range, more information, and a better resolution than their JPEG counterparts.

4. When using a wide-angle lens, the image might get distorted.

You should use a macro lens and attempt to maintain the frame straight while taking a picture of a picture, since lens distortion will cause undesired deformation owing to the sensation of curvature.


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