Please note: This service only scans black and white 35mm negatives, colour negatives are scanned separately
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The normal process of using infrared light to detect and remove the fine surface imperfections on the film cannot be used on black and white films due to the silver halide coating on the surface of the film interfering with the infrared light. The only solution is to manually remove the imperfections during post processing using dust and scratch removal filters and Adobe Photoshop® cloning techniques to remove the imperfections.
For this reason, the cost of transferring black and white film is greater when compared to colour film. You can opt for us not to remove the scratches, therefore reducing the cost per frame, but unless you are planning to edit the images yourself you will likely be unsatisfied with the results.
In the example below you can see a number of spots and scratches on the scanned image. Manually processing the image removes the majority of the major imperfections leaving a clearer image. The contrast levels are also adjusted to give a more pleasing result.
We always recommend that Black and White frames have the "Full" inspection service in order to get a satisfactory result from your images.
Please note : The "Full" inspection service will only remove the majority of the dust and scratch marks, any frames that are physically damaged will not be repaired with this service. Damaged and scratched frames will need to be repaired using our specialist Photograph repair service.
Having your films, slides and photos scanned and converted to digital images, not only preserves them before they deteriorate, but it allows you to view and share them using todays digital equipment, such as computers, Digital TV's, Digital photo frames, iPod's and smartphones. You can upload them onto Social Networking sites, such a Facebook or Twitter or share them with anyone you wish using an online photo album. The images can also be imported into Microsoft Powerpoint for presentation use and are suitable for use on high resolution projection systems.
Having your images scanned to digital allows you to distribute copies of the images to friends and family and can make a wonderful birthday, anniversary or Christmas gift for a family member or friend.
All items are scanned using high quality scanners that adjust the colours, brightness and contrast levels. Digital ICE4 is included on all colour slide and film scans to remove the majority of the dust and scratches resulting in a clearer image.
No job is too big or too small for us. We regularly handle small family collections of a handful of images to major digital conversions of many thousands of images from high profile publishing houses, museum archives, universities and various private organisations and charities.
All the images are returned as standard JPG files, exactly the same type of file from a modern digital camera. You can then use the images for any purpose, display or print. We can return scans of slides and films in uncompressed lossless .TIF format if you wish, for a small additional fee to cover the increased file size.
Photographs are scanned using dedicated Kodak photo scanners which have patented photo handling devices to handle your photos with care. Picture saving software also improves the image quality by checking and adjusting the colours and contrast levels. Our Premium photo scanning service scans each photo by hand using professional Epson flatbed photo scanners.
Our scanning resolution for 35mm films and slides is 4000 dpi, which results in files of around 8 - 12MB in size, depending on the image content and film size. Medium format films are scanned at up to 5300dpi using the latest Opticfilm 120 scanning hardware.
The CD or DVD we send you should be compatible with your home DVD player providing the player can handle JPG image files. Should your DVD player be incompatible with JPG images files, then we can create a special rolling DVD video disk for you.
We can also return your images on a USB memory stick, simply plug the stick into your computer to access the digital images. Some Smart HDTV's also have USB sockets that will allow you to display your images directly onto your TV.