Pay for Professional Service
Several companies do nothing but process and scan photo negatives, photos and slides. You can mail them your photo negatives and have them do the work. They’ll send you back the photos on a CD or DVD. Popular sites include My Special Photos, FotoBridge and the ubiquitous Shutterfly.
Pros: Pun intended, these guys hire pros. The image quality should be more than adequate for any amateur photographer.
Myriad options are often available. For example, FotoBridge includes a copy of each image downscaled to 72 dpi and ready for posting to the Internet. The firm can also post full-size images to your account on the site. You can also order a pre-configured slideshow movie for an extra fee.
Finally, it’s convenient. For the effort of mailing a box, you can have them scan photo negatives and have thousands of photos on your computer.
Cons: Just like one-hour photo shops, quality at some companies may not be good enough for advanced amateurs and professionals.
The major issue is cost. FotoBridge will print 1,000 negatives for $129.95. Not a terrible deal, but you can buy a good scanner for the same price and scan thousands of photo negatives, along with photos, documents, etc.