Scanners – DPI & Resolutions

Scanning photos is relatively easy, however if you’re not sure how to set the appropriate Resolution / DPI (dots per inch) and the advantages of that read on:

Go into your scanner settings and look for “DPI” or “Resolution” and review your scanners current settings.

Setting your scanners DPI / Resolution correctly can increase your photo size dramatically.


scanner settings

  • With 300 DPI you can digitise your 4×6 photo into the same size: 4×6 digital photo. This is because in photo labs they use 300 dpi or dots per inch to print your photos.
  • Setting your scanner to 600 DPI you can double the size of your photograph without losing any quality
  • Setting your scanner at a higher and higher setting you can increase your photo size
  • Even at 1200 DPI, can turn a small 2×3 photo into a 16×24 digital photo — without losing any quality.


However, remember the file size of your photo will increase and you may have difficulty emailing our uploading it if you set the DPI too high.


How to take a picture of an old Photo

Photo of PhotoThe best way to digitize old photos is to scan the images with a scanner.

If you do not have access to a scanner, you could photograph them.

Heres how:

Set up your photograph in a place with lots of daylight/ambient light removing any dust and debris from the photo.


*Avoid direct overhead lighting or other light sources that create a glare on the photo.

*Turn off the camera’s flash.

  • Set up your camera in a position that the camera is parallel with the photograph so that the camera is facing directly at the photo.
  • When you look through the camera’s viewfinder the entire photo is contained and leave a little of extra space around the edge of the photo to avoid accidentally missing part of subject matter.
  • Set the camera’s settings to the highest possible resolution to ensure the highest quality photo. If your photo is small and the camera is positioned close to it, set the camera to macro mode, if available.
  • Take the picture. (Take a photo with the timer so it eliminates motion blur when pressing the button)
  • To ensure the best results, take several pictures of the photo and then select the best one later.

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