This week I decided to try out our Maker Space scanner to digitize old photographs for our library director, Jay Johnston. Jay assigned me the task of trying to enhance two old photographs using the technology that is available in our Maker Space.
The first thing I needed to do was to digitize the photographs using our Epson Perfection V800 Photo Scanner, especially if I needed to enhance the photographs further using a digital editing software afterwards.
I was completely shocked by the quality of the newly digitized photos, just from simply scanning them! The scanner does an incredible job at detecting areas of wear and tear, dust, and fading, automatically enhancing those trouble areas during the digitization process. Surprisingly, I had no need to enhance the photos further. The scanner did the job for me! After saving the digitized copies onto a USB drive, I simply printed out the photos from my computer onto white glossy photo paper.
Below are some before and after shots of the photos I digitized for Jay, and you can clearly see the difference!
And yes – the scanner can also digitize photo negatives, film, and slides! To sign up for your own training session to learn how to digitize your old images, stop by or call Adult Services at 860-673-6791. We will be more than happy to help you set up and appointment!