Once upon a time, these negatives might have been able to print beautiful pictures, but gradually they age,fade, and are damaged by improper storage. Many times, careful processing can restore the original beauty of the captured scene, and once this has been accomplished, the aging process stops: Digital images do not fade.
Our negative scanning process only accommodates 35mm slides or film, but where other scanning firms offer 2000 or occassionally 4000 dpi scans, all of our scanning is done with a 7200dpi scanner ... the best commercial unit available. The images produced from this process are more than 300Mb each, and contain as much information as in generally found on ASA200 color film. What this means to you is that everything that was on the slide will end up in the digital image ... everything. This includes dust, mold, and scratches ... and so before each slide is scanned, it is exposed to a high pressure air washing system that will remove all traces of loose contaminents.
Each slip of film we receive is manually prescanned, and unless instructed otherwise by the customer, negatives that are out of focus, have excessive motion blur, or are improperly exposed will not be scanned or saved with the "keepers." There is a modest charge for this sorting, but many customers will find that it is well worth the price. All negatives will be returned in the same order in which they were received, and the only physical change in them that you might notice is that they will all be clean.
All negatives that pass this initial screening will be scanned at full resolution and will be saved on our servers for further processing as requested by the customer. This processing may include color restoration, scratch and flaw removal, inclusion in a video or slide presentation, compressing for distribution on a CD or DVD, posting to a web album, preparation for mounting in a digital picture frame, or 8x10 color printing. All photo processing is accomplished using Adobe Photoshop, and all of its features may be utilized ... including compositing, panorama production, or even preparation of photos for use in Microsoft's Photosynth or Deep Zoom software. But not to worry ... if all you want is a CD with medium-sized images of everything that is in your slide library, we can do that too ... and at a modest price.
The top image to the left shows the initial scan of a 40-year old negative after it has been converted to a positive and color corrected for age. Move your mouse cursor to the image and away from it while watching the radish farthest to the right. You'll notice a black spot that comes and goes, along with thousands of other smaller mold spots found throughout this image. The backing photo shows the restored image after the mold has been removed electronically by Photoshop. Click here for a detail view of the original. For the web, these images were greatly compressed, but it's easy to see that there is a great deal of detail that has been recovered from this old slide, and the repairs are impressive ... perhaps not good enough to taste the bite in these beauties, but still pretty good.