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Scanning photos at Walmart

Keith Slater , Dec 17, 2004; 12:39 a.m.

Has anyone else tried to use walmarts scanner to save photos to digital. I have tried it twice and both times the photos come out looking like I took them with a old digital camera. The machine saves them in 2 sizes, a smaller size for email and a larger size. I don't see much difference. I use a mac and drag the photos out of the folder into iphoto. I am unsure how the photo below will show the white specs and the fuzzyness were not on the original photo. This was taken with a lubitel 166U. I have had good luck using the kodak picture maker to copy photos, they come out nice. Does anyone know of another source like a drug store that offers scanning service to cd? I don't live near a camera shop. Thanks


Joelle Sept 04

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hsksla ddygff , Dec 17, 2004; 12:45 a.m.

WalMart?

Keith Slater , Dec 17, 2004; 01:07 a.m.

I guess I uploaded a too small picture, sorry. I will try a bigger one.


Nader in Corning

Keith Slater , Dec 17, 2004; 01:09 a.m.

The Nader photo was taken with a Minolta STsi 35mm. Needless to say the original photograph was much nicer. I talked to the people at the counter in the photo lab, they act as if I am the only one that complains about this.

Jeff Drew , Dec 17, 2004; 01:25 a.m.

You may want to try Walgreens if available. I don't use Walmart despite it being the only choice remaining in our immediate geographic area. I have used the Walgreens (80 miles RT) Kodak kiosks in emergencies and had good results. Since I am stuck with little or no other choices, I deal with some pro level services via mail order and internet. It's generally worth the extra effort and expense at least for me.

Chris Leck , Dec 17, 2004; 02:53 a.m.

Would Ralph shop at WalMart?

Graham Serretta , Dec 17, 2004; 06:20 a.m.

Keith - You are unlucky enough to have a WalMart with staff that don't know how / are not trained / couldn't care (delete whichever is not applicable). While not the best, the scans from my local ASDA (WalMart here) Fuji Frontier (the larger file) are useable up to 5x7 and even to A4 if carefully done in PS. You won't see much difference on screen, but only the large file can be used for prints.

The white specks seem to be oversharpening artefacts caused a badly set up scanner or scan settings.

It's usually a waste of money to try and get a lab like this to change their ways - vote with your feet and go elsewhere.

John Crowe , Dec 17, 2004; 03:56 p.m.

Do not use Wal*Mart. Their scan file size is so small it is not worth it. There scanning resolution for internet use is typical but their resolution for 4x6 prints is not much higher. I suspect any convenient outlet will not be much better.

Bill Tuthill , Dec 17, 2004; 06:18 p.m.

Keith, it's unclear to me whether you're trying to scan a photo print or negatives. Negatives scan much better. I'm not anti-Walmart. Most have well-run Frontier labs that might offer negative scanning at time of processing. Although Agfa and Noritsu digital minilabs produce better scans, the Frontier ones are acceptable. If you want to scan a photo print, I think you'll have more luck at FedEx Kinko's, where they often have Epson flatbeds to rent by the hour.

Keith Slater , Dec 17, 2004; 10:45 p.m.

I am scanning print film, also when you gent film developed and get a cd of the prints, the resolution stinks also.


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