How Can I Digitize an Old Picture?

By Jaime Swanson
You, a digital camera, a print
digital camera age image by Steve Brase from Fotolia.com

Pictures capture important life events, and until the past decade or so, the most widely available option for cameras was film. Film prints can be digitized by scanning the picture or taking a picture of the picture with a digital camera.

Scanning

Secure a scanner with the highest resolution you can find. Generally, this would be at least 1200 dpi with a 36-bit color depth.

Open your scanning software. Position your photo on the scanner the way you want it scanned into your computer.

Scan your photo.

Photographing a Picture

Set up your digital camera. Be aware of the type of lens you are using. Use a standard or optical zoom, but do not use a digital zoom. The digital zoom could produce substandard quality. Also, be aware of the wide-angle zoom, as it could create an undesired fish-eye effect.

Keep yourself and the photo level. Take your photo from a point exactly perpendicular to where it is situated.

Prepare to take the picture. Do not use a flash. Flashes will alter the lighting on the original picture, so make sure you take this picture using natural lighting.

Take the picture.

About the Author

Jaime Swanson started working as a journalist in 2001. She has written and edited for newspapers in northern Illinois, including the "Daily Southtown" and the "Daily Herald," both in suburban Chicago. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University.