Operation Scan All The Things Complete

I am done.

I have scanned some 6240 photos over the last 6 months, a mixture of 35mm, 110, 4x3" and slide film, not to mention a large quantity of printed pictures. Just over a 1000 images came from my grandparents photo collection, and the other 5000+ my parents.

If I’m honest, it has been a slog; a slog I don’t wish to repeat. Constantly switching negatives over, adjusting images, trying to guesstimate when a photo might have been taken, trying to work out who is in what photo and if I’m feeling really pedantic, where the photo might have been taken. It’s been a lot more work than I had anticipated.

The upside

That said… I’m glad that I undertook this project it has been very rewarding:

Emotionally:

  • I’ve been reminded of the family trips we went on as children
  • I’ve been re-aquanted with family friends I’d long forgotten
  • I’ve found a new appreciation for my parents and the effort they put in raising me and my siblings

Technically:

  • I’ve developed a keen eye for adjusting colour balances, removing camera shake, adjusting perspectives
  • I’ve started to learn how to restore deteriorated photos
  • I’ve managed to get my family onto Google Photos
  • I’ve scripted the backup of my images from my server to ‘Amazon Cloud Drive’

Olde sample images

Great Grandma with camera shake My great grandma Ellis with the camera shake removed, perspective and colour corrected.

Great Grandma with camera shake Minor dust-scratch removal of great grandma/grandad Squire.

(Nb: The header image is from my Grandparents collection and contains my grandad taking part in the tug-o-war.)