Preserving your precious photos? Digitizing them is the way to go, but the cost can vary. Here’s a breakdown to help you estimate your expenses.

Key Takeaways:

  • DIY Scanning: Most budget-friendly but requires time and potentially buying a scanner.
  • Professional Services: Offer convenience, higher quality, and additional features, but can be pricier.
  • Quantity, Resolution, & Extras: Major factors impacting the final cost.

What is the average cost to digitize photos?

The average cost of digitizing photos ranges widely. DIY scanning can be affordable, while professional services generally cost between $0.30 and $1 per photo. Here’s a typical cost breakdown:

  • DIY Scanning:
    • Scanner: $70-$500+ 
    • Software: Free options exist, and some scanners include it.
  • Professional Services:
    • Per Photo: $0.30-$1 or more.
    • Resolution: Higher resolutions increase the price.
    • Additional Features: Restoration, slide scanning, etc., add cost.

Factors to consider:

  • Your time: DIY can be time-consuming.
  • Desired quality: Services may offer better resolution and restoration.
  • The number of photos: Bulk discounts are often available.

How Much Does Photo Scanning Cost?

Photo scanning service cost is based on a variety of factors. The types of media you send (from loose photos to albums) and the format in which you want the digital copies delivered will all impact your final cost.

However, we try to be as transparent as possible with our photo scanning prices to help customers calculate their estimated costs before placing an order.

At Memory Fortress, our minimum order size is $99. We have a minimum order size to ensure our customers send in enough memories to qualify for all our volume discounts.

We are one of the least expensive services in the country on a per-picture basis!

To digitize your memories, understand how we calculate your photo scanning cost. 

Here’s how you can estimate how much it will cost to >scan your photos

Cost Of Scanning Photos & Slides

Photo Scanning

Loose - High Res
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(base pricing is to DVDs, optional conversion to MP4 is +$4 per tape)

Slide Scanning

2x2 Standard
Oversized Slides
35mm Negatives

(base pricing is to DVDs, optional conversion to MP4 is +$4 per tape)

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Return Shipping
1st DVD
Additional DVDs
Cloud Delivery
Flash Drive (8GB)
Flash Drive (16GB)
Flash Drive (32GB)
Flash Drive (64GB)
Flash Drive (128GB)
Flash Drive (256GB)
External Hard Drive (1TB)
Digital Folder System
Medium Format Negatives
Large Format Negatives
APS Cartridges
Kodak Disk Film
Audio reel-to-reel
Scan As TIFF
Replace Photos in Album
Special Format Videos
Videotape Repair
Included Free
Free shipping for orders $99+
If you want it
Per additional DVD
Covers the entire order, unlimited emails
8GB USB / USB-C Dual Drive
16GB USB / USB-C Dual Drive
32GB USB / USB-C Dual Drive
64GB USB / USB-C Dual Drive
128GB USB / USB-C Dual Drive
256GB USB / USB-C Dual Drive
Seagate Expansion drive, fully loaded
Per folder, 1st 10 folders FREE
Per image
Per image
Per cartridge
Per disk
Per reel
Per scanned image
Per photo replaced
Covers Beta, PAL/SECAM, 3/4 inch U-Matic
Per tape repaired

(base pricing is to DVDs, optional conversion to MP4 is +$4 per tape)


Place Your Order

  • No need to count or sort.

  • Ship your materials to Memory Fortress.


We Scan & Review

  • Quality digitization in just five days.

  • We crop, rotate, and color-correct all digital images.

  • We remove dust and minor blemishes.


Fast, Safe, Convenient

  • We ship your originals and new digital memories.

  • All packages are tracked, and we back up all files.

  • Turnaround time is five business days for most orders.


Share & Enjoy

  • Share your new USB flash drives and DVDs

  • You can also download from Dropbox

  • All digital files can be shared easily on all platforms

Preserve Your Precious Memories With Our Digitize Photos Service

Transform your old photo albums, slides, and negatives into lasting digital treasures with our professional digitized photo service. 

Our expert team uses state-of-the-art technology to ensure high-quality digital conversions, maintaining the integrity of your cherished memories.

With our convenient and secure process, you can easily upload or ship your photos, and we’ll handle the rest, providing you with digital copies that are perfect for sharing and safekeeping. 

Experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family’s legacy is preserved for future generations. Contact us today to start your digitization journey!

Follow The Photo Scanning Process

Start By Counting The Number Of Photos You Have

To get an idea of your estimated photo and slide scanning service cost, combine all the pictures you want digitized. Search your closets and drawers so you don’t forget a stack of photos or a vital album tucked into a bookshelf.

Compiling all your photos simultaneously can help you estimate your costs while saving you money.

Customers frequently have to send us second and third boxes when they find more photos they forgot about. This drives up their shipping costs because they can’t send everything simultaneously.

Once you have your loose photos and albums, count how many pictures you need to be scanned. If the number of images seems too high to count, try to estimate the number of photos you have.

A rule of thumb is that every a thousand photos weighs between 10-20 pounds, depending on the paper they were printed on. Plenty of our customers use the bathroom scale to make a guess!

At Memory Fortress, we offer discounts for large orders. The cost-per-photo decreases as the number of pictures you send increases. You could save significantly on scanning costs if you have more than 5,000 or even 10,000 photos.

Once you have a ballpark number of pictures to scan, visit our pricing page to see your estimated total. 

Choose Your Resolution

Counting your total number of pictures is a jumping-off point for estimating your cost of professional photo scanning services. You also need to factor in how you want these photos scanned.

For photos, you can opt for scans at a standard resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch) or request high-resolution scans at 600 dpi. You may want standard-resolution photos if you want to digitize images to protect them.

However, many families want high-resolution scans to reprint the photos and use them to create unique souvenirs.

The price for high-resolution scans isn’t much higher than standard-resolution digital images. The difference is four cents across the board. Our pricing is $0.38 per photo for standard resolution and $0.42 for high resolution.

For 1,000 photos, the pricing difference is only $40! And we have a new category of pricing for bare-bones scanning, where the price per photo is as low as 17 cents apiece.

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Tell Us How The Digital Photos Will Be Delivered

The next step in estimating your photo scanning cost is determining whether you plan to send pictures in an album format or loosely grouped.

If you are sending loose photos, it’s easier for our team to scan the images. You can place the pictures carefully in a box, storage container, or plastic Ziploc bag.

Some customers send us a box with several plastic bags inside, each containing a different set of memories.

Sending loose photos can also reduce your shipping costs, as you only need to ship the photos, not the albums. Photo albums can get bulky, especially ornamental ones used for important events.

Some customers prefer to send us the whole album. Our team will unstick the photos, scan them, and then place them in plastic Ziploc bags when we are done.

You can then restick them when we return the photos and the album to you. If we cannot unstick a photo, we can still process it digitally.

Our prices for photo scanning for loose pictures start as low as $0.17 per photo. Our prices for albums begin as low as $0.33 per photo.

Calculate Estimated Cost To Digitize Photos

Once you know your options, you can calculate your estimated cost.

Use the number of entire photos you would like us to scan and multiply it by the rate that is appropriate for the resolution and how they are delivered.

For example, 500 loose photos scanned at a standard resolution will cost around $0.38 per scan or $190.

Our team doesn’t just work on photos. We are happy to convert videotapes into digital media, film negatives, scrapbooks, and other precious mementos.

You can gather all of these together into one shipment to digitize your memories at once.

Calculate Estimated Cost To Digitize Photos

Once you know your options, you can calculate your estimated cost.

Use the number of entire photos you would like us to scan and multiply it by the rate that is appropriate for the resolution and how they are delivered.

For example, 500 loose photos scanned at a standard resolution will cost around $0.38 per scan or $190. 

Our team doesn’t just work on photos. We are happy to convert videotapes into digital media, film negatives, scrapbooks, and other precious mementos.

You can gather all of these together into one shipment to digitize your memories at once.

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Identify How You Would Like To Receive Your Photos

Once we have scanned all of your photos, a member of our quality assurance team will check to make sure every scan matches the originals.

Then, we will deliver your digital scans in your preferred format.

We put most photos scanned on USB flash drives, but we can also store memories on DVDs, hard drives, the cloud, etc.

The first DVD is always free for customers, and you can estimate what your storage costs will be on the pricing page. 

Our team can also store memories on multiple devices based on how you want to group them.

For example, if you have four children and want to scan each of their memories onto a different flash drive, you can place them in four other Ziploc bags and include instructions on saving the files.

We are happy to send back multiple drives with the different groups of photos.


We Pay For Return Shipping

The final costs to consider include flash drives and other delivery devices. The price of fully loaded flash drives ranges from $12-20 for scan photos, so it’s relatively inexpensive. 

Cloud delivery is a flat $10, and you may add as many email addresses as you like to share with family and friends.

Our customers pay to ship items to our scanning facility, but we pay for the return shipping, so you don’t have to build it into your final cost.

We will carefully pack up your items, weigh the box to make sure everything that arrived at our location is returned to you, and then ship it back.

We strive for rapid five to 10-day turnaround times for our customers.

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Understanding Photo Scanning Services

Before we dive into the cost factors, let’s take a moment to understand what photo scanning services entail.

These specialized services are designed to convert your physical photos, prints, and albums into digital files. The benefits are numerous:

  1. Preservation: Digital photos are more durable and resistant to fading, ensuring your memories stay vibrant for generations.
  2. Accessibility: Once digitized, your scanned photos can be easily shared, stored, and enjoyed on various devices.
  3. Space Saving: Say goodbye to bulky photo albums and boxes. Digital photos take up minimal physical space.
  4. Restoration: Many services offer retouching and restoration options, reviving old and damaged photos.
  5. Security: Digital copies safeguard against loss due to fires or floods.

Choosing The Right Photo Scanning Service

Choosing The Right Photo Scanning Service

When in the process of choosing the perfect photo-scanning service, several essential factors demand careful consideration:

  1. Expertise: It’s of utmost importance to opt for companies that have not only been in the scanning photos business for a while but have also demonstrated a high level of skill and expertise in this field. Memory Fortress serves as an exemplary model in this context.
  2. Technology: The use of advanced technology can significantly impact the quality of the digital copies. Therefore, it’s essential to confirm that the company employs state-of-the-art high-resolution scanners and the latest digital processing techniques to ensure optimal results.
  3. Customer Reviews and Ratings: To get a clear picture of the company’s reputation, a detailed look at online customer reviews and Better Business Bureau ratings can be invaluable. This helps assess whether the company has consistently met customer expectations and delivered quality service.
  4. Pricing Structure: While it might be tempting to go for the most cost-effective option, it’s essential not to compromise on the quality of the service. Make sure to compare prices, but always keep the quality of work in mind when making your final decision.
  5. Availability of Additional Services: Some projects may require more than basic scanning. In such cases, make sure the company you choose offers additional services like photo restoration or format conversion so you don’t have to look elsewhere.
  6. Turnaround Time: Understanding the time it will take for the project to be completed is crucial, especially if you have a deadline to meet. Ensure the company’s turnaround time aligns with your own scheduling needs.
  7. Shipping Policies and Costs: Before committing, it’s essential to have a full grasp of the shipping costs you’ll incur, as well as the company’s shipping policies.
  8. This includes understanding whether the cost of return shipping is covered and how your precious memories will be handled and packaged for transit.

By taking the time to evaluate these factors thoroughly, you’ll be well-equipped to make an informed decision about which photo scanning service is the right fit for your needs.

Photo Scanning Prices

Memory Fortress Difference

Unbeatable Pricing

While some competitors charge anywhere from 35 cents to several dollars per photo, we believe in providing an exceptional photo-scanning service that won’t break the bank.

Efficiency At Its Best

We’ve streamlined the process, making it a breeze for you. With our expert assistance, this photo-scanning project is as smooth as possible.

We pride ourselves on our promptness, typically completing the job within five business days of receiving your materials.

And here’s the best part – it all happens at our headquarters, nestled in the heart of the Atlanta area.

More For Less

Our affordable pricing doesn’t mean we skimp on quality. When you choose us, you’ll receive a host of complimentary services that include:

  • Free image rotation

  • Free cropping

  • Free color correction

  • Free sharpening

  • An accessible folder system accommodating up to 30 folders

  • And, if you desire, a complimentary DVD

  • Free return shipping

Swift Turnaround

In a hurry? No problem. We understand the value of your time, which is why we offer a 5-day turnaround. You won’t have to wait long to relive your cherished memories in digital format.

Seamless Sharing

Want to share your digitized photos with loved ones? We make it easy. For just $10, you can enjoy unlimited cloud distribution to your family and friends. It’s a small price for the convenience of sharing your memories with those who matter most.

Act Now

There’s no better time to embark on this project than right now. Don’t let those precious photos fade away into obscurity. Take action and click the button below to begin the process immediately!

Customer Testimonials

Client Testimonial 1: Quality And Care

Sarah sent in her collection of printed photographs, some decades old.

She was concerned about the fragile state of these photos.

Memory Fortress handled each one with the utmost care, ensuring no further damage occurred during the scanning process.

Sarah wrote, “I couldn’t be happier with the quality and care they put into preserving my memories.”


Client Testimonial 2: Expertise And Peace Of Mind

Mike had old negatives and printed photos from his parent’s wedding.

He was worried about the irreplaceable nature of these memories.

Memory Fortress’s expertise and state-of-the-art equipment provided him with peace of mind.

Mike said, “I trust Memory Fortress to preserve our family’s history for my kids and their families.”

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Photo Scanning Services Offer

We can take that photo box and turn it into a digital format. We carefully and lovingly place all your memories on a DVD or USB flash drive. This makes reminiscing and sharing easier.

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Keith Osbon

Keith Osbon


Keith Osbon is the founder and President of Memory Fortress. 

He has been passionate about preserving his family’s history and launched the company in 2015 to address the vital need that all Americans have.

Before Memory Fortress, Keith worked as a senior executive in digital analytics, starting in 2009. 

A former Army captain, he began his post-military career in 1997 as a quantitative money manager for Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. 

Keith has a BA from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Georgia.

Dustin Williams

Dustin Williams

Office Administrator

Dustin Williams is the Office Administrator at Memory Fortress. He helps oversee the business’s daily operations, assures the high quality of our work, and maintains customer satisfaction.

At Memory Fortress, Dustin ensures that your family’s memories are handled with the same utmost care and consideration he would desire for his family memorabilia.

Dustin has over eight years of experience in customer service, including his time as a Front Desk Supervisor at Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Lori Griggs

Lori Griggs

Creative Director

Lori Griggs is the Creative Director for Memory Fortress. 

She has been with the company since its inception in 2015 and has focused on photo scanning and old documents. 

Lori is an avid researcher, and much of our initial equipment came from her recommendations and purchases. 

In addition to her contributions to Memory Fortress, she is a talented painter.

She has a BFA from Georgia Southwestern University.

We digitize everything right here at our facility in metro Atlanta, processed by US citizens.

In Conclusion

Preserving your memories through photo scanning involves reliving and sharing your cherished moments.

The final cost depends on various factors, but the peace of mind and accessibility you gain are invaluable.

Whether you have a handful of photos or a vast collection, Memory Fortress ensures your memories are preserved with the utmost care and expertise.

Don’t let your precious memories gather dust in old photo albums.

Contact Memory Fortress today and take the first step towards preserving your family’s history for generations. We’re the perfect way to digitize your past and secure your memories for the future.

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We Serve All Of The United States

It is our pleasure to serve all 50 States.

Our customers rely on us to deliver a top-quality product that is affordable with a fast turnaround time.

When you need to convert 35mm film 8mm camcorder videos into the latest digital formats, USB or DVDs, we hope you will choose Memory Fortress.

Visit the order form here when you are ready. > Order Now!

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