Digitization

Converting Slides - Negatives - Photos - Flatwork Artwork - Documents - Other Flat Work Into Digital Files.

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Create an electronic photo album of your memories

B&L Photo Lab will turn slides, negatives, transparencies, photographs, artwork or flatwork into digital files. Instead of hauling out the slide projector, thumbing through stacks of old prints or holding negatives up to a light, you can see your memories as an electronic photo album.

B&L Photo works with you to produce an electronic photo album of your memories. Your album can be made of slides or prints or documents or any combination. You may submit items of any size or format. You can present B&L Photo with any combination of slides, photos, negatives, paintings, artwork, flatwork and documents of any size.

Your slides can be mounted or not. Your negatives can be in rolls, strips or cut individually. Photos can be loose, mounted, in frames or in albums. B&L Photo will put your items on electronic media in a sequence determined by you. Photos can be put into separate folders with custom names. B&L Photo uses four different professional scanners to convert all manner of transparencies and negatives into digital files.

All photos, documents, paintings, art work and flat work are photographed with a 65 megapixel digital camera with Carl Zeiss lenses. At B&L Photo you talk to the people who do your work. All work is done in our store by Bob or Lauren, the owners of B&L Photo Lab, who have a combined experience in photography of 70 years.

Can B&L Photo convert slides and prints to digital files?

B&L Photo can convert all types of photographic media, artwork, documents, and flatwork into digital files for viewing on a computer or TV. 
 
B&L Photo will accept color or black and white slides, transparencies and negatives of all sizes and formats (110 through 8x10). Slides can be mounted in paper mounts, plastic mounts, glass mounts or unmounted. Slides and negatives can be individual negatives, strips or rolls. In addition, B&L Photo will work with glass magic lantern slides, autochromes and glass plate negatives. B&L Photo will also handle nitrate base negatives in condition 1, 2 or 3.
B&L Photo will accept photographs, artwork, flatwork and documents from locket size through 4 feet x 6 feet. These can be loose, mounted, framed, under glass or in albums.
 
B&L Photo will convert any combination of media into digital files. Files can be placed on disc in specific order and placed in custom named folders if requested. Before conversion to digital form the item being converted is cleaned with an electrostatic brush. The item is then scanned or photographed depending on if it is transparent or reflective. Digital ICE is used on appropriate transparent media to remove dust and minor scratches, all other items are hand spotted. Converted files are corrected for color, density and contrast. This is done at no additional cost. (Please note: hand spotting removes normal white or black spots and small scratches, it is not restoration. Damaged items can be restored at additional cost.)

How can I view my digital files?

Photos that have been digitized as either TIF or J-PEG can be viewed on any computer either PC or MAC. J-Peg digital files will also play on DVD players in most cases. Unfortunately, because there are so many DVD players on the market, B&L Photo cannot guarantee that the disc we make for you will play on your DVD player. There are a number of programs available on line to prep files for display on DVD players.
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The following services are included with the scanning of slides, transparencies, and negatives:

Correct orientation of the photo

Full frame cropping of the photo (we don’t crop off part of the photo no matter the format

Cleaning of each slide, negative or transparency with an electrostatic brush before scanning

Color correction of each photo

Density correction of each photo

Contrast correction of each photo

Enhancement of color for faded color photos and slides

Creation of custom named folders when requested

Placing photos on electronic media in sequence determined by you (if sequence requested)

Placing the files on DVD, memory stick or hard drive

* (Memory sticks and hard drives will be charged for, unless supplied by customer.)

The materials that can be scanned include:

Black and white or color negatives, 35mm through 8x10”

35mm paper or plastic mount slides

35mm glass mounted slides

110, 126 and 127 mounted slides

Unmounted slides

Transparencies: 2 ¼” through 8x10”

Stereo slides

Glass magic lantern slides

Glass autochromes

Glass negatives up to 8x10"

Nitrate base black and white negatives up to 8X10” (only nitrate negatives in condition 1, 2 or 3 can be scanned)

*(All of the above can be in perfect or damaged condition. Quotes for restoration given upon request.)

The following services are included with the photographing of photos and flatwork:

Full frame cropping of the photo (we don’t crop off part of the photo no matter the format)

Color correction of each photo

Density correction of each photo

Contrast correction of each photo

Enhancement of color for faded color photos

Enhancement of detail for faded black and white photos

Creation of custom named folders when requested

Placing photos on disc in sequence determined by you (if sequence requested)

Placing the files on DVD

*(Memory sticks and hard drives will be charged for, unless supplied by the customer.)

The materials that can be photographed include:

Color or black and white photos from locket size to 4 feet x 6 feet

Photo albums (either individual photos on the page, or whole pages)

Documents, certificates and diplomas

Newspapers, magazines, books, yearbooks, diaries and logs

Paintings and other flat artwork

Cirkut prints (Panorama photos 5”to 10” high by 24” to 72” long)

Maps

Pamphlets

Framed work under glass

Photos adhered to glass or broken glass

*(All of the above can be in perfect or damaged condition. Quotes for restoration given upon request.)

The following is the procedure that is used to convert materials into digital files:

Each item is surface dusted with an electro-static vacuum brush.

The item is then photographed or scanned as a preview image.

The preview image is then corrected for density and contrast, and if it is a color image, color.

The image is cropped full frame to produce a print that is 10” in its longest dimension.

The item is then developed as a 300 DPI J-PEG file.

Each file is opened and inspected to check the density, contrast and color a final time.

The files are placed on DVD, memory stick or hard drive.

*Memory sticks and hard drives will be charged for, unless supplied by the customer.

*The per item cost will increase if B&L Photo is requested to make files at a higher resolution than 300 DPI or if a greater than 10 inch out-put print is requested.

All work is done in our store by Bob and Lauren.

If all you look at are prices, B&L Photo may seem higher. But if you look at both prices and services, you will see that B&L Photo far outshines its competitors. If your slides are like most people’s slides, and range from under-exposed to over-exposed, are dusty or dirty, and have begun to fade, B&L Photo will give you the best result. In addition, if you wish to have a combination of slides, negatives, photos, documents, etc. converted to digital files, B&L Photo can handle all your need under one roof.

Here is the price schedule for converting materials into digital files:

These prices include scanning the original, the creation of a J-PEG file and placing the file on electronic media. These prices include correcting files for color, density and contrast. We also try our best to bring over exposed, under exposed and faded images  back to normal, as much as possible.

One DVD of files is included at no charge unless another form of electronic media is selected. Memory sticks and hard drives supplied by B&L Photo will be charged for.

# of ItemsPrice
1-5$30.00/item
6-10$17.50/item
11-40$6.25/item
41-60$4.25/item
61-80$3.75/item
81-99$3.50/item
100+$2.50/item
200+$2.15/item
300+$1.85/item
500+$1.65/item
1000+$1.50/item

The fine print:

We cannot guarantee that our DVDs will play on all DVD players. There are a number of programs available online to prep files for display on a DVD player.

Original items to be photographed that are larger than 20”x24” in size, items in frames or items on thick backings may incur additional camera costs.

Production time for orders is dependent on the size of the order, the time of year and the amount of work B&L Photo has received before your order is placed. An estimated delivery time will be provided when an order is placed. Rush order may be fitted into our schedule. Please advise us if your order is needed for a specific date. Rush orders must be paid in full when the order is placed.

Correction of damaged original items is not included in the costs shown above. Damage includes but is not limited to scratches, cracks, tears, stains, watermarks, mold, mildew, insect damage or fire damage. B&L Photo will gladly quote on the costs for copying and restoring any damaged original before work is commenced.

Return shipping of finished orders will be by USPS. Shipping and handling will be added to the cost of an order. Insurance, if requested, will be added to the cost of an order.

Your files will be archived at B&L Photo for 60 days after delivery of your order.