Photo Scanning Services for Cultural Heritage Institutions

Preservation-quality photo scanning has arrived! Using state-of-the-art 80 megapixel digital backs  from Phase One combined with the world’s best German optics, Creekside Digital’s trained photographers can digitize reflective photographic materials in any size — from small carte de visites and modern photo lab / minilab prints to extremely large or oversized prints, panoramic photos, and proprietary formats.  Whether you’ve got a single item or a huge collection to convert, Creekside Digital can help.

High Speed.  Highest Quality.  Affordable Pricing.

For photo scanning, most service bureaus use either slow flatbed scanners or overhead scanners which suffer from image quality issues due to inherent design flaws such as distortion from moving scanheads or color registration errors.  Creekside Digital has standardized on the Phase One medium format digital back platform for all of our photo scanning services, which offers the highest technical image quality available today in any commercially available imaging solution.  Just as important, Phase One digital backs are true instant-capture camera systems.  There’s no waiting for minutes or even seconds for a scan to finish — as soon as one of our photographers clicks the shutter, the capture is completed and we’re ready to move onto the next shot.  This allows us to deliver super-high quality images in less time than our competitors, which makes our photo scanning services more affordable and allows us to complete even the largest institutional digitization projects (up to millions of  photographs) in a fraction of the time consumed by conventional scanning efforts.


We can digitize:

  • Prints, CDVs, and daguerreotypes
  • Postcards
  • Fragile Documents and Manuscripts
  • Maps and Posters

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Highest Technical Image Quality for Photo Scanning

Book Scanning on Creekside Digital's i2S CopiBook HD 600 overhead book scanner
Book Scanning on Creekside Digital’s i2S CopiBook HD 600 overhead book scanner


Scanning Options:

1877 Barn Poster (courtesy of Historic Long Island Farm Inc. / used with permission)

  • Color Depth: 24-bit full color (48-bit color depth available for special projects); grayscale available as an optional master file format or derivative
  • Resolution: 300-1,000 dpi (true optical); downscaling available for lower-resolution files
  • Image Types: TIFF (black and white, grayscale, or full-color, Group IV, uncompressed or LZW, single- or multipage), JPEG, searchable / image-only PDF, JPEG2000, GIF, PNG, and all other standard image formats

Affordable Pricing thru the LYRASIS Digitization Collaborative

Creekside Digital has offered our preservation-class digitization services to libraries and other cultural heritage institutions across the United States via the LYRASIS Digitization Collaborative for nearly five years.  For one low per-image price, LYRASIS members taking advantage of our premium photo scanning services receive:

  • 400dpi archival master TIFF (24-bit full color, uncompressed)
  • JPEG2000 lossy derivative

For more information regarding Creekside Digital’s preservation-class photo scanning services available through the LYRASIS Digitization Collaborative, including pricing and eligibility details, please contact Hannah Rosen, LYRASIS Licensing Specialist and Digitization Program Coordinator, at (800) 999-8558 x2918, or email her at

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