Best way to get digital images from film negatives?
August 22, 2005 9:53 PM Subscribe
What is the best way to get high resolution digital images when developing film?
posted by brain_drain to media & arts (7 answers total)
We’re getting married this weekend. We have a wedding photographer who seems terrific and comes highly recommended. But she is sort of “old school” with respect to digital media – she shoots in film and doesn’t seem familiar with the whole gamut of options for digital images. We get the negatives after we get our prints. But she doesn’t have a standard option for also providing digital images, and she doesn’t seem to know all the options for how to do that. We would like to get digital images that are scanned in a high enough resolution that we could print nice 8x10 and smaller photos from them down the road (and that will better stand the test of time than our prints and negatives).
So, my question is: what is the best and most cost-effective way to get high resolution digital images from film? Specifically:
1. How much would it cost to have, say, 20 rolls of film transferred into high-res images (a) at the same time the film is developed, or (b) later after we get the negatives?
2. Is there any advantage (cost, quality, etc.) to having the digital images made at the same time the film is developed?
3. Any recommendations for services who do this kind of negative scanning if we choose to do it ourselves after we get our negatives?
4. What exactly should we ask for? I.e., what resolution images, what scan DPI (if that is even a variable), etc. I don’t know the lingo and would like to be able to convey accurately what we want.