Your pictures, perfect

Photos

At Memory Labs, our technicians will digitize your photographs so they look their best now, and in the future. Many other companies claim to provide museum-quality images, but our technique is based on FADGI 4 quality standards, the highest international standard for digitization. 

We digitize:

Prints (up to 14” x 16”)
Negatives
Slides
Albums

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The right size for the right situation

Photos are digitized and returned to you in 3 different file formats to serve a variety of needs:

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Save

Uncompressed TIFF file
(1200 PPI for prints, 4000 PPI for slides and negatives)

Meant to be saved as a reference copy, and not to be edited. Shows the photo as it is with no adjustments or crops. In the case of original prints, it also captures a colour target allowing for professional colour correction.

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Show

High-Quality JPG file
(1200 PPI for prints, 4000 PPI for slides and negatives)

Perfect for editing, creating slideshows, printing and saving in online albums. It has been enhanced to look better than the original.

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Share

Small JPG file (300 PPI)

Ideal for sharing your photos on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Preserving more than just individual images

Sometimes, the history doesn’t begin and end with the picture. If your photos have important annotations (like handwritten notes) on their backs or on the mounts of slides, you can have these digitized as well for the same price as a photo. 

If you would like to preserve your album as an artifact, or can’t remove the photos that have been attached to the pages, we can capture each album page as a whole image - including any writing that may be on it. We’ll provide you with a file for each full album page as well as each photo in their own enhanced/cropped file. 

Typically, we ask that every photo should be removed from their album before we get them. However, we also offer a flat rate album handling fee of $10 per album for removing the photos for you. This option is for those who wish to save time, or who would prefer to have a trained professional handle the photos.

Samples

Click to download the 3 different file formats of each photo.

Pricing

Loose Prints, Slides, Negatives

$0.89 per photo

Photos In Albums (removable)

$0.89 per photo + $10 per album

Photos In Albums (non-removable)

$0.89 per photo + $0.89 per non-blank album page

Annotations on Back of Loose Prints and Slides

$0.89 per photo + $0.89 per non-blank back

All Prices Include

Save, Show, Share

You’ll receive all your files in three different sizes, each optimized for different uses.

One Year Storage With Our Digital Backup

For added security, all your files will be stored on our secure Digital Backup server at no cost for the first year.

Satisfaction Guarantee

We’ll do whatever we can to make your experience with Memory Labs a positive one.

File Handling

Downloads

Free

Hard Drives

The size of your hard drive depends on the size of your order. If you’ve chosen to have your files delivered to you this way the price will be added to your invoice: 16GB ($12) 32GB ($15) 64GB ($20) 128GB ($35) 256GB ($75) 500GB ($135) 1TB ($265) 2TB ($380)

I had 1800 family slides and no projector to view them with. Memory Labs not only made it possible to view photos I’d never seen before, but also to share them with my siblings, nieces and nephews, and my kids.

Alyson S.

Photos FAQs

What does FADGI 4 mean?

FADGI is the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative. Their guidelines articulate common sustainable practices for digitized historical, archival and cultural content. How strictly one follows these guidelines, and the output quality that follows, is rated on a numbered scale:

FADGI 1 - Very low quality 
FADGI 2 - Low quality 
FADGI 3 - Mid Quality 
FADGI 4 - Preservation Grade Quality 

We follow these guidelines, and achieve FADGI 4 for all our work when possible.

What is PPI (and how does it differ from DPI)?

PPI (pixels per inch) and DPI (dots per inch) both measure the clarity of a photo. The difference between them, however, is that PPI measures the number of pixels in a digital image while DPI measures the number of ink dots in a printed image. Generally, the larger your PPI or DPI, the more information and quality your photo will have.

What do you do to edit and enhance photos?

Show and Share photos have been edited and enhanced to look even better than the originals they came from.

In order to do this we crop, rotate and white balance each photo. We then adjust the levels of contrast and brightness. Finally we soften any dust and scratches, and sharpen the image.

 All this comes together to create a final photo that is crisp, clear, and beautiful.

What sizes should I expect my Save, Show and Share files to be?

Save copies are approximately 200MB .TIFF files. 

Show copies are approximately 30MB .JPG files.

Share copies are approximately 1MB .JPG files.

How will my originals be returned to me?

Your originals will be returned to you in a new and secure box based on their size and format. So slides have their own unique box, as do negatives, albums, prints, etc. 

Your originals will be returned to you in the order in which they were received as often as possible. However, prints over 5x7 may be pulled out of order and returned separately in their own, larger, box.

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Choose whether you want to ship us your originals, arrange for a pick-up, or drop them off at our store at the Shops at Don Mills in Toronto.

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