General

Our office hours are 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM IST Monday thru Friday and 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM on Saturday. Email Queries are typically answered within 4 hours. We are closed on Sundays and Holidays.

You can meet us at the below address:

14, HB Samaja Link Road, Gandhi Bazaar, Bangalore – 560004
Or call us at the below numbers
+91 9886 44 44 84
Or email us at
[email protected]

It’s always better to store the digitized content on Pen-drives or Hard-drives. Either you can handover a device or we can purchase it on behalf of you. If the order value exceeds INR 5000/- you will be eligible for a free pen-drive. Approximately 1200 photo scans at 600 dpi and 300 negative or slide scans at 2400 dpi can fit in a 2 GB space. The exact number is difficult to determine because of the digital size of the scanned image. In the current era, it also makes sense to copy the digitized content from the electronic drives by ripping it to online servers like Dropbox or Google Drive.

Scanned pictures, slides, and negatives are stored in electronic media in jpeg format. The organization of the folders in the CD/DVD is completely dependent on how the albums and negatives were labeled. Better labeling from your side would lead to better folder structure. The playback of these electronic media is possible on the computer and most TVs.

ScanJunction processes all the content from its Bengaluru office currently. There are 3 ways to get to us: we pick and drop the content, you drop off and pick up the content, or courier. As of now for orders outside of Bangalore courier is the only way possible. This is where our custom-built safety process stands out and gives you peace of mind.

Time taken for 500 print photos @ 600 DPI would be 5 days, 6 hours of videotape would be 5 days and 500 negatives/slides @ 1200 DPI would be 7 days. These are general time estimates. If the photos need to be removed from glued album, or negatives/slides/video tapes need to be cleaned times may vary.

We take the privacy of your content very seriously and the resource control is very strict. None of the workstations have access to the internet and the USB ports are locked. This prevents your content from leaking out of ScanJunction. The workstation content can be copied only to the main server. The final delivery happens from the main server after the final quality check. Please look at Privacy terms in detail.

If you want to scan 1000 pictures @ 600 DPI it will cost you:

  • 50 hours of scanning (3 months @ 4 hrs/weekend)
  • Loss of motivation
  • Album Handling not done properly might lead to tearing of photos
  • Chances of messing up the sequence and starting all over
  • INR 35,000 for a best-in-category photo scanner

It’s best to sort content and send it by name. The same naming convention goes on in the digital medium. However, we understand the problems with this and we are OK if you send the photos without counting. We will get the exact number once we scan them. However, note that there is an album handling charge of Rs 2 per photo which is additional to the scanning charges.

Printed Photo Scanning

Scanners capture digital images of prints or images on film. When they scan the image on print or film, they break it down into pixels. This process has an associated spatial resolution that is related to the original surface being scanned. If the scanner breaks each linear inch of the printed photo into 1200 pixels, then the scan is being conducted at 1200 pixels per inch.

This resolution is sometimes also referred to as the sampling rate. Most commonly though it is referred to in terms of DPI, even though PPI or SPI are far more appropriate terms. Hence DPI in scanning actually refers to PPI or SPI as printed information is getting converted to pixels per inch from the printed photo surface. Note that the scan resolution has no bearing on the print resolution, unless one wishes to match the print size to the size of the original image scanned, in which case the print resolution should be set to match the original scan resolution.

The quick answer is higher DPI leads to better quality. It’s always better to go with a higher DPI and get it right the first time to capture as much data as possible. We recommend photos be scanned at 600 DPI. Higher DPI also enables the scans to be printed on to larger sizes at a later stage. Look at the numerical example below to understand DPI, PPI, and SPI better.

We use best-in-category Epson Perfection V800 flatbed scanners.

The file size of the scan again depends on the scan resolution or sampling rate. The higher the resolution bigger will be the size as more information pertaining to clarity, sharpness, and color is captured. The format of the scanned image can be jpeg or TIFF. TIFF is the raw format without any reduction in quality and will be the largest in size generally. Jpeg would be ideal for sharing and storing purposes as they are about 5 times lesser in size compared to a TIFF.

Retouching is the art of enhancing an already existing print photo. Print photos would have faded or might have been yellowed. Sharpening such digitized print photos by color correction is called Retouch. The digitized content is brought back to its glory. If you choose just scanning for print photos the digitized content would be a replica of the print photo and inherent defects. We charge a very nominal Rs.2 per photo for retouch and this is done manually and takes approximately 3 minutes for each scan. We are the only brand where retouching is done manually and our expert team is adept at the procedures. Let’s consider a printed photo of size 15cm*10cm that needs to be scanned to digital format. For calculation purposes, you will be scanning at 300DPI.

It’s always better to scan negatives compared to printed photos as negatives have the best information and quality. Negatives are scanned at 1200DPI and for best results, 3000 DPI is preferred.

A 35mm negative’s dimensions are as shown in the picture above. It’s advisable to scan slides at 3000 DPI (In fact it’s SPI) so that the resulting image will have a 10 megapixels (“MP”) resolution. See the numerical example in the FAQ section to understand the resolution. This gives a good print up to 13″ x 9″.

The answer is the side where there is a photographic emulsion. The shining on this side would be lesser. However, this is a crude and longer way of figuring it out. The best is to follow the numbering scheme while scanning so that the number is visible and this is the opposite side of the photographic emulsion.

Yes, we do scan those on case to case basis. Please contact us if you have negatives bigger than 35mm in size. You will not see the prices for medium and large format negatives listed on our price page as these are not common. Based on the quantity, color, or B/w and condition we charge for the medium and large formats. Generally, for black & white medium format negatives, there would be a number of scratches that affect and which need to be removed manually.

It’s not possible to accommodate selective scanning from a negative strip at this point in time. For photos, it’s a possibility. Either selectively the photos can be removed or can be marked in the album. However, for negative strips, we will be scanning the whole thing.

Slide Scanning

A 35mm slide dimensions are as shown in the picture above. It’s advisable to scan slides at 3000 DPI (In fact it’s SPI) so that the resulting image will have a 10 megapixels (“MP”) resolution. See the numerical example in the FAQ section to understand resolution. This gives a good print up to 13″ x 9″.

We take a lot of care in mold and dust removal. It’s very critical not to swipe the slides with a rough cloth. Special cloth is used for this purpose. Also, film cleaner liquids are used in extreme cases. Even after cleaning, if the scans are not up to mark restoration might be the only answer.

Every slide has a mark, logo, or instruction printed on one side. This side of the slide is what the scanner should break down into pixels.

We have a professional team that is adept at color restoration techniques. The scanning hardware also comes in with in-built color restoration. In addition to this ScanJunction uses free source software to manually look into pictures and restore colors

Trying to manually scan slides might become frustrating if the right scanners are not used. It will lead to cropping issues as the entire image will not get scanned. At ScanJunction we use scanners that will scan the entire area of the slide without any cropping issues.

The first step at ScanJunction is to order online using our in-built professional cart system at ScanJunction.com. Once an online order is done #order number gets generated which becomes the single point of contact until the entire process gets completed.

There is no need to pay when you make an order. Ordering is 100% free and you will pay only once the sample review and the complete scanning is done.

Pick-up and Drop – This service is available only inside Bangalore currently. We will be expanding soon to other cities. In this method, we come to your doorstep and collect the content that needs to be digitized and take it to our centralized scanning facility. Once the scanning is done we deliver the original content and the DVD back to your doorstep.

Drop-off and Pick-Up – Customer visits our facility and drops off the content that needs to be digitized and once the scanning is done pick up the same along with the digital media. This method is a great way to gain confidence with us and we are open from Mondays – Fridays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Courier – A great way to get the content digitized for customers anywhere. Pack all your content in a carton box and paste the #order number that you would get by mail once the online order is done. Select your favorite courier and send us the package. We will scan and send back the content through courier at a charge.

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