Once upon a time, these slides 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 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 slide that we receive is manually prescanned, and unless instructed otherwise by the customer, slides 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 slides 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 slides 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 slide taken by a 24 year old fisherman on the Clackamas River in 1970. 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 slide ... perhaps not good enough to taste the trout these guys are eating, but still pretty good.