Info on scanning your film & film negatives

With every roll of film we develop, The Darkroom will scan your film and negatives in one of 3 scan sizes. See the details below on scan sizes. Scanned files are uploaded for web viewing, downloading, and sharing with friends or posting to Facebook.

Download Scan Examples
Example has all scan resolutions
96mb file. Zip compressed file

Resolution and file sizes.

File Size Note: Files are compressed into JPGs (maximum quality) which will make the file size appear smaller until it’s opened in an image editor like Photoshop.

35mm Film

Size Pixel Dimensions File Size
Standard – Included 1024 x 1536 4.5MB
Enhanced 2048 x 3072 18.1MB
Super 4492 x 6774 87.1MB

Medium Format 645

Size Pixel Dimensions File Size
Standard – Included 1024 x 1398 4.1MB
Enhanced 2048 x 2797 16.5MB
Super 3533 x 4824 48.8MB

Medium Format 6×6

Size Pixel Dimensions File Size
Standard – Included 1024 x 1024 3MB
Enhanced 2048 x 2048 12MB
Super 4760 x 4760 64.8MB

Medium Format 6×7

Size Pixel Dimensions File Size
Standard – Included 1024 x 1255 3.7MB
Enhanced 2048 x 2510 14.7MB
Super 4815 x 5902 81.3MB

110 Film

Size Pixel Dimensions File Size
Standard – Included 1024 x 1270 3.75MB
Enhanced 2048 x 2555 15MB
Super 2433 x 3035 21MB

126 Film

Size Pixel Dimensions File Size
Standard – Included 1024 x 1024 3MB
Enhanced 2048 x 2048 12MB
Super 2433 x 2433 16.9MB

APS Film

Size Pixel Dimensions File Size
Standard – Included 1024 x 1795 5.26MB
Enhanced 2048 x 3591 21MB
Super 3043 x 5335 46.4MB

Prints and Scans from Negatives
Have film negatives and slide film?

Learn about scanning your negatives at the Darkroom.


Standard Scan

Our Standard Scans will be more than sufficient for most people and have enough resolution to create 5”x7” prints and more than enough resolution for emailing, posting on websites or uploading to Facebook.

standard-scans

 

For the geeky people, the file size of the Standard Scan is around 4.5 MB uncompressed. Files are compressed into jpegs, and file size will appear much smaller and will only appear 4.5 MB when you open up the file in an image editing program like Photoshop.


Enhanced Scan

For those wanting more resolution, the Enhanced Scan is perfect for prints up to 12”x18” or for use in a quality printed brochure.

Enhanced Scans are 2048×3072 pixels or 18.1 MB uncompressed. Remember that the file size will appear much smaller until you open it up in an image editing program like Photoshop.

enhanced-scans

 


Super Scan

Our new super scan is perfect for those wanting professional resolution or no concern about having enough resolution for current and future projects.

Works very well for advertising, giant prints, and large posters.

Super Scans are 4492×6774 pixels or 87.1 MB uncompressed from 35mm. Remember that the file size will appear much smaller until you open it up in an image editing program like Photoshop. Unlike our Standard and Enhanced scans, Super Scans are delivered via web download; however, we do offer an optional USB thumb drive.


Some Exceptions and Disclaimers: If you have a square format image, the scans will default to the shortest dimension. The standard scan image is 1024×1024 pixels, and the enhanced is 2048×2048 pixels. In other words, your scan size will vary if your image is something other than a 2×3 aspect ratio.

All scans will open at 72 DPI or PPI (dots or pixels per inch). This may sound low, but it’s the pixel dimensions that counts, not DPI. A 1024×1536 image (our standard scan), is about 21 inches wide at 72 DPI or 5 inches at 300 DPI. You can test this by downloading our sample scan and convert it to 300dpi in Photoshop. Make sure you uncheck the “Resample Image” checkbox. You’ll see the image stays the same. For example, an image that is 5″ x 7″ at 300dpi is the same resolution as a photo that is 29″ x 21″ at 72dpi.