How do you define “recognizable images”?

When we are deciding whether to scan or not scan a client’s film, we are doing a visual inspection of the processed negative. It is often difficult to tell what the final quality will be without scanning and enhancing the negative. Therefore, we’ll continue with scanning and enhancing any film that we see think we can see something on. We don’t want to be in the position of trying to make a subjective determination as to what may or may not be important to a client. One person’s trash is another’s treasure. 

A recognizable image is any one of the following…
  • If there is a person in the picture, you can tell it’s a person…not necessarily who that person is
  • If you can identify the subject or setting/location of a picture
  • If you can identify objects in a picture
An image that is out of focus, double-exposed or low quality can still be recognizable.