My 90 year old grandmother has all our family photo albums dating back to the end of the 19th century and up to the early 2000s. I don’t know exactly how many photos she has, but I’d say it’s in the ballpark of 1000+. I know it’s going to be a lot of working scanning them all, but we’re in no rush. It’s going to be a fun project, where she tags the photos and I touch up any rough looking ones in Lightroom.
Storage is not an issue, but where I am conflicted is what settings to use. I was under the impression that 600 dpi is the sweet spot for prints, allowing you to crop it and preserve details. Then again, maybe that’s overkill? I believe the biggest photos we have are 8.5 x 11″. TIFF has always been my format of my choice for scans due to it being lossless and it’s ability to store metadata. Maybe there is a better choice now thanks to improvements in compression?
The setup we will be using:
* macOS Catalina
* Epson Perfection 4990 Photo flatbed scanner – It’s a 16 year old flatbed scanner, but it was well reviewed at the time. We aren’t scanning 35 mm and I doubt we will scan negatives as we don’t have many.
* Silverfast 8 scanning software or Image Capture – I don’t think it matters which I use. I’ll just load the scanner with as many photos as I can, then edit and crop them later in Lightroom.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.