For 6 years, now, I've been archiving photos from various grandparents and great grandparents, and it's back-breaking-ly slow to get the detail level that I'd like to see in the archival process.
I have a flatbed scanner with a transparency adapter. It's rated at 2400 hardware resolution. I typically scan at around 300, but then if I'm scanning much smaller photos, I'll up the resolution.
I scan to TIF, and I try to scan in multiple images at one time. I use Vuescan for the scanning work, as it has an auto-repeat mode (lets me scan another image without having to walk back to the desk), scan to file, and opens Photoshop to edit the final scan.
In Photoshop, I'll crop down to particular images, do some of the automatic adjustments, and then tweak brightness and contrast where necessary. I'll then save the image out, and upload it to Flickr.
In Flickr, I'll tag it with the names of the individuals appearing in the image, and I'll hotlink those images back to their family tree page. Here's a set example of some of my finished images
My extended family really enjoys my work, and is very thankful that I'm archiving it while the images are still in one piece. However, it takes forever
to complete even one image to my satisfaction.
I'm wondering if there are any better tools out there suited to my process, or if my process could also use some tuning.