The Practical Guide to Camera Scanning

Learn to scan any photo format at high resolution, high quality, and high speed with off-the-shelf gear!

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If you want to preserve family photos, digitize your film archive, or offer professional scanning as a service, this course is for you! When you sign up you’ll get:

  • 5+ hours of recorded training you can watch as many times as you want (5 hours, 15 minutes)
  • 50+ individual lessons in short segments that fit your busy schedule
  • Camera Scanning Checklist with 12 things to check before every camera scanning session
  • Ten camera settings you need to get right
  • Camera Scanning Resource Guide including links and useful tools
  • List of Seven Ways to Ruin Your Camera Scans
  • The secret weapon that DOUBLED my camera scanning speed
  • Downloadable transcripts for every lesson to use as reference notes
I’ve been scanning for 25+ years, and I used to hate it. We all know scanning can require:
  • Countless hours, taking weeks, months, or even years to finish a project
  • Dealing with equipment hassles including unsupported software drivers and streaky scans
  • Buying different scanners for different formats

Skip all of that wasted time and frustration by following my proven camera scanning workflow. Now I love scanning and it’s a profitable part of my business. Do you want the same thing?

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Adam’s camera scanning course is so thorough. We’ve been camera scanning for about 3 years, but I still learned tips that will speed up our process. Adam’s Adobe background paired with his photography experience and mad training skills make for a course that is packed full of practical, understandable information.

- Rachel Jenkins, Owner of Scrapmypix

As a seasoned user of the more traditional scanning methods, I have been reluctant to make the leap to camera scanning. Years of built-up expertise and fear of the unknown were big roadblocks, but with Adam’s course I’ve been able to quickly overcome those concerns and realize greater quality, consistency, and profitability in my business, with very little growing pain.

- Laura Woolsey, Owner/CEO of Memory Forward

Your Instructor

Adam Pratt
Adam Pratt

Adam Pratt loves people, photography, and a good story! He’s spent the last 25 years at the intersection of creativity and technology, including 20+ years at Adobe where he works on the Creative Cloud team. He has experience as a photographer, book author, software trainer, and photo organizer. He’s also the founder of Chaos to Memories where he helps people enjoy their photos again by turning their photo chaos into precious memories they can enjoy and share.

Course Curriculum


Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not a professional photographer and I feel intimidated by all this camera stuff.
I hear ya! There are some settings you’ll have to adjust on your camera, but with the details in this course and the hands-on videos I’m confident you can do this!
All this equipment is expensive.
Camera scanning does require an up-front investment in gear, so if you have a small collection of photos to scan you should probably outsource your scanning to a trusted expert. However, if you have a lot of photos to scan or want to offer scanning as a service, the quality and speed of camera scanning means the equipment can pay for itself quickly. My first camera scanning project for a client paid for my gear in the first week!
I’m not sure if your course is worth it.
Fair enough, and that's why I’m giving away the first four lessons for free so you can decide for yourself. I’m confident that if you use the gear I recommend and follow the workflow I teach, that you can be successful with camera scanning. Read the reviews, and don’t forget about the gear discounts that sweeten the deal!
Can I really scan photos with a camera?
I know, I was skeptical at first too. But think about it, most scanner technology is 20+ years old and lots of scanners have been discontinued or their driver software isn’t supported anymore. My camera scans are the best scanning I’ve done in 25 years, and you can see some examples in Lesson 1.3, which is completely free.
I have odd formats to scan.
If you take this course you’re going to learn to scan prints, instant prints, cartes de visite, cabinet cards, silvered prints, framed prints, original artwork, documents, oversized prints, photo albums, scrapbooks, color negatives, black and white negatives, 35mm negatives, 35mm slides, 110 negatives, 110 slides, 127 negatives, 127 slides, 126 negatives, 126 slides, half-frame slides, 120/220/620 negatives, 120 slides, 116 negatives, APS negatives, glass plate negatives, disc film, View-Master reels, and Stereo Realist slides. Even if your format isn’t on the list, you’ll have the knowledge to figure it out!

Reviews (6)

So incredibly helpful!
by Missy Braden

Tons of information that is all useful. Practical, clear, concise. All explained well and fully without wasting time.

Great course for those wanting to get into camera scanning!
by Chris Southard

For someone who has already been camera scanning I was excited to take this course. Adam is great at explaining the different tools needed and going through each step to get you started. It validated a lot of my processes while picking up some new tips. I certainly stepped up my game and improved my workflows. I like how each area of camera scanning is broken down into different segments giving you step-by-step instructions. I certainly recommend this course for any one that wants to get into camera scanning.

A truly practical guide to getting started
by Donna Lilly

The course is presented in a logical, easy-to-follow series of video modules that provide everything needed to get started scanning, while also touching on more advanced topics that may come up later. Transcript PDFs and a set of checklists and resource guides are very handy for quick reference. Adam's presentation style is clear, reassuring and not overly technical.

Another brilliant course by Adam Pratt
by Fiona Staff

The perfect step-by-step course to learn how to scan using a camera. Easy to follow. Packed full of information. Helpful videos. Well worth the investment.

Comprehensive Camera Scanning
by Teri Winfield

Adam's teaching style is logical, concise and thorough. The course is broken down into segments so they are easy to revisit as needed and the transcript is always available.

Another great course from Adam at Chaos to Memories
by Trish Masters-Cain

I'm a certified photo manager and have scanned tens of thousands of pictures on flatbed and high-speed scanners. The process is tedious and I knew I could get better results with camera scanning. This is the third course I've taken with Adam and, as usual, he didn't disappoint! He explains things in plain language and gives you invaluable tips based on his own experience. Most importantly, you can implement what he teaches right away. The same day I completed the course, I scanned nearly 300 pictures! Thanks, Adam!

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