Once upon a time, these photos may have been beautiful, but gradually they age and fade. 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 process accommodates photographs up to 8.5x12" and produces both true color and exceptional gray scale images at 1200dpi. The images produced from this process can be more than 140Mb each, and what this means to you is that everything that was on the photograph will end up in the digital image ... everything. This includes dust, mold, and scratches and creases ... and so before each print is scanned, it is exposed to a high pressure air washing system that will remove all traces of loose contaminents. Surface defects can be repaired by post-scanning processing.
Each photograph that we receive is inspected for suitability, and unless instructed otherwise by the customer, those that are out of focus, have excessive motion blur, are improperly exposed, or are too badly damaged to process properly will not be scanned or saved, and will be set aside to be returned. There is a modest charge for this sorting, but many customers will find that it is well worth the price. All photographs 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 photographs 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 image to the left was recovered from a scrapbook in which it had been mounted since 1905. Click on it to see a detail. For the web, both of 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 photograph ... perhaps not good enough to feel the crisp New Hampshire morning, but still pretty good.