If you have vintage film that you have tried to have developed, with no success...call us! 619-397-7600. It is a good idea to also digitally save these images because film deteriorates too. On this page you will find samples of film we scanned and restored.
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Debunking Myths About Negatives
Myth #1- As long as I have the negative, I don't have to worry about damage to the photograph, I can just print another.
Myth #2 - Since I have a negative it should be in good condition since they have been in the same envelope forever.
Myth #3 - While holding it up to the light I can't see any damage, must be okay, only a few finger prints here and there.
Having a negative means that you have the ability to develop the first generation copy, which is the best you can get of that particular image. By scanning a photograph at your local copy place now you have a 2nd generation copy which is still good but only as good as the first one. You would have a hard time telling the difference.
You could have a negative that HAS been taken care of but if the image was of a bad photograph then what you have is a first generation bad photograph. Very frequently people will say about negatives that they appear to be in good condition (to the human eye) only to find that they are very damaged from finger prints to fading like photographs and they always have LINT specks all over, not to mention the scratches from shuffling them like a deck of cards through the years. The color quality also deteriorates, they get darker and the color become saturated looking.
The Library of Congress has this tid-bit to share:
Nitrate film should be copied onto a new base before deterioration starts. Cans of nitrate film that have remained closed for some time should be opened in unconfined, well-ventilated spaces. If gasses given off by decomposing nitrate-based film are trapped in a confined space -- such as in a sealed can -- they can ignite at temperatures above 100° F. Nitrate film is highly flammable, ignites easily, and cannot be extinguished after burning has begun. Click here for the entire article.
These are black and white negative strips.
We also print 4x6 hard copies from Color Negative Strips
This black and white negative measured
2 1/2 x 4 1/2. See price per scan table below.
A 5x7 ratio
You may own some photos that were simply developed black and white negatives developed as a strip instead of individual photos. They can be cropped resized restored and enlarged. Some to a 4x6 and others much larger, depending on their clarity. This original measured only 1x1 inch.
Have a look at this gem. If you have an eye for them that is. Look at this last frame in enlarged, then in color...it's gorgeous!
If you like this effect, see "Colorizing"
The issue here is that, there is more in the lens view, than there is in a standard ratio for a 4x6, 5x7 or 8x10. If you want the whole photo, it has to be printed as "custom" size. It is better to stay with a standard size to cut cost of custom matting and frames.
As you can see by the following examples showing different standard sizes.
Film almost always needs editing of one sort or another. This photo is too blue. The right hand side seems to be blurred too.
This 8x10 portrait view, will include the cabins but cut the sides are tight.
This 5x7 landscape, gives space on sides but cuts out the cabins.
4x6 ratio is tighter yet.
The undesirable issues with a projector is that, there is no way to share them with friends and family that do not have a projector. You need to set up the projector from storage; which is sometimes unknown. Let us do the gruesome work of scanning your slides to CD/Memory stick, or just e-mail the electronic files.
Benefits of Scanning:
Save time, money and aggravation not having to do it yourself especially if you don't have the equipment and don't know how. Save space by eliminating the old projector. Share images with friends and family that don't have a projector on social networking site. Create your own PowerPoint presentation with music and graphics. Share by E-mail, scanned at 300 dpi you can create hard copies to share or scrapbook, add the CD or memory stick to the scrapbook as a back up. Scan your photographs too and have them all in one place to pass down to the next generation. No need to Ship your slides, we are here in San Diego.
If your are technically minded, you may want to read the entire 2008 article we found on Ken Rockwell site. Some things are outdated but the concept is still true. http://kenrockwell.com/tech/3000slides.htm on the pros and cons of scanning yourself. It very detailed in describing the process of buying the scanning equipment, that can run you over $1000. and what file formats are best for saving space and more. You will like this article particularly if you are a photographer or artist and every single slide is precious to you.
The short story for most of our clients is this. On this site we think from a genealogy stand point not a photographer or art major or hoarder. We are not really interested in saving everything that belonged to a ancestor to pass on to the next generation. Often we don't have someone to pass it down to or the next generation in your family has absolutely no interest in genealogy we just want to enjoy it ourselves for now and share with friends in this lifetime. The slide may have been inherited and they subject matter really only mattered to the owner of those slide. Often times the slide are of sightseeing scenery or even people you don't know or you know but they are not related. The only slides genealogist should consider saving, is one that explains, demonstrates, documents individuals and places that tell their family story for future generations that do want copies.
We know this sounds harsh, it's emotional for some, but first go through the slides and see what really important to you and family and eliminate the rest. Blasphemy, I know but practical. You may not want to go through the time and expense of keeping everything that comes to you because it was property of a relative that has passed, especially if didn't know them well.. Keeping every snapshot in a persons life is expensive and not necessary for genealogy sake. It takes 10 minutes to scan a slide, times how many slides you have. That's a lot of money, if this is you, read the article by Ken Rockwell.
If you agree that you can objectively select important slides and then choosing a service for scanning is next. If you have over 10 slides and only need presentation quality, there are companies that can do it for as little as 11 cents to 65 cent per slide, without automatic correction or any touch-up. We can scan them for you for the same price as our photographs which is $3.00 per scan which at first sounds outrageous but that's because it will be a printable quality including cropping, resizing and automatic color corrections and the electronic file. We can not compete with services that scan for 11 cents per scan. They use slide feeders, that can put your slides at risk of being mangled. We scan each individually.
Turn around time is negotiable. To save money, photographs submitted for scanning must be removed from scrapbooks. If they remain in the scrapbook it takes more time and money. We do not outsource our work. You can drop off the slides personally if you don't trust the mail, call for an appointment.
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