Let B&L Photo be your Copy and Restoration Specialist!

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Our Steps to Restore your Photograph

B&L Photo Guarantees your satisfaction! B&L Photo will accept photos in Black & White or Color, of any size and in any condition. B&L Photo will also accept negatives, slides, transparencies, newspaper & magazine photos, drawings, flat art, convex (bubble-shaped prints) and Cirkut Prints (panorama photos 5”to 10” high by 16”to 72” long prints). Your photographic materials can be stained, cracked, faded, water damaged, be moldy, have mildew or be torn into pieces.

A High resolution digital capture is made of the B&W or the Color original.

Computer art is performed (for restorations) -- Quoted when we see the project

A new black and white silver gelatin fiber print or color print is made

Print toning of black and white silver gelatin fiber print (optional)

Print mounting (optional)

Hand oiling of black and white or toned photo (optional) -- Quoted when we see the project

Check out our work

B&L Photo guaranties your satisfaction. B&L Photo accepts photos of any size and in any condition. Your photo can be stained, cracked, faded, water damaged or torn into pieces. 

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How We Restore Your Photos

Bob photographs the items to be copied with a high resolution 65 mega pixal digital camera wired directly to our computer system.

Photographing, rather than scanning, allows for the use of filters that reduce stains, silvering (that shiny mirror look), aerial dispersion and paper texture. Using a camera to copy originals allows B&L Photo to accept originals that cannot be copied or are poorly copied on scanners. 

Restoration art is done on the computer by Lauren. Problems she fixes include:

Cracks

Stains

Molds

Water Damage

Fading

Tears

Missing Areas

Removing People

Changes can include new backgrounds, moving heads or other body parts, removing people, adding people, etc.

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What will B&L Photo accept to work on for copy and/or restoration

B&L Photo will accept nearly anything that requires copying and/or restoration. Originals presented can be in pristine condition or extremely damaged. This includes photos, documents, newspaper & magazine pages, paintings & artwork or any other kind of flatwork; photos can be convex. (B&L Photo will not accept Copy Righted work unless accompanied with written permission allowing B&L Photo to reproduce the work.)

Work to be photographed can be any size from locket to 3’x5’. Work can be loose, in frames, in albums, in collages, mounted to thick or oversized backings or mounted to plaques. Work can be under glass, adhered to glass or even adhered to broken glass. Copying convex shaped photos is easy for us.

Work to be scanned includes slides, negatives, and transparencies from 8 mm to 8”x10”.Slides can be in paper, plastic or glass mounts or unmounted. Negatives can be in rolls, strips or cut individually. B&L Photo can scan glass negatives (up to 8”x10”), Magic Lantern Slides, Autochromes, and x-rays (up to 16”x20”).

Please note: If your work has been contaminated with sewer backups or is moldy please advise us of its condition before you bring it into our store. Such materials need to be separated so they will not contaminate other customer's work. Thank you for your cooperation.

Why does B&L Photo use silver gelatin fiber paper?

We believe that all black and white prints made by B&L Photo should last as long as possible. Silver gelatin fiber paper is the only photographic material which can claim a true archival life; archival means 100 years or more. Silver gelatin fiber paper is made by coating a sheet of fiber paper with an emulsion of silver halide salts. Silver gelatin fiber prints made with B&L Photo’s rigid processing procedures will have a life of 150 years or more. See B&L Photo Lab’s Archival Black and White Print Process below. Other photo labs provide black and white prints made with RC black and white paper, color paper or as inkjet prints. These materials have a limited useful life.

Only silver photographic papers produce true blacks. Blacks made by combining dyes as is done in color papers and inkjet prints are never really black. There is always a color cast to the black. This problem increases as the dye-based print ages and begins to fade. This is why color dye processes are not good enough for black and white prints made by B&L Photo.

What can be done with faded color prints and negatives?

There are several options for color prints or negatives that have faded. The extent of fading will determine which correction option will be used. If the print or negative has minor fading or has lost contrast due to fading, the print or negative can be digitized, the colors brightened and the contrast restored. If the print or negative has experienced extreme fading or color shift, there are several options available at B&L Photo Lab. The color print or negative can be made into a black and white, brown tone, selenium tone or split tone silver gelatin fiber archival print; it can be left as such or photo oils can be applied making it a hand-tinted photograph. See What are Photo Oils? in the FAQ section.

Another way is to add color to the photo in the computer and output an Epson Archival Color Ink Jet print. See What is Digital Colorization? in the FAQ section. No matter which manner of restoring the color is chosen, the customer will need to give a color description. This can be the colors as they were or the way you wish to see it now.

What is Print Toning?

When black and white prints are made, they are black and white. Print toning is done for two reasons. The most popular reason is aesthetic. Changing black and white images to a warm red-brown or soft yellow glow humanizes the image. The second is that toning chemically alters the silver in the print to a more stable form, lengthening the print’s life. B&L Photo offers three tones. Brown tone and spilt tone are sulfating processes, and selenium tone is an ion replacement process.
  • Brown Tone: A warm red-brown tone that lends a rich look
    Selenium Tone: A cool purple-brown colored tone
    Split Tone: Blacks remain black but highlights take on a warm yellow glow

Can B&L Photo make color prints?

B&L Photo can make color Epson Ultrachrome Ink Jet prints up to 24”x30”. B&L Photo makes Epson prints rather than type C prints because of the projected 80-year life of the Epson prints compared to the shorter life of type C prints. B&L Photo’s color prints receive the same attention as its black and white prints. They are cropped, dodged and burned-in and corrected for color and density so as to produce the finest print.

Can B&L Photo work from a copy print or copy negative?

We can, but the quality of the final print will not be as good as if we had started from the original. If at all possible, it is always best to work from the original photo. Also, any damage that was in the original and is evident in the copy will need to be corrected.

Photograph Restoration Next Steps

For Black & White Copies and Copy and Restoration

After the computer artwork is done on a black and white restoration, a 4x5” black and white negative is made using B&L Photo’s PCR8 Film Recorder. A negative is necessary because Bob prints your black and white photos in the darkroom on 150-year silver gelatin fiber paper. B&L Photo does not make black-and-white-looking-photos on color paper or as ink jet prints. 

For Color Copies and Copy & Restoration

After the computer artwork is done on a color restoration, a color photo is made. Color prints are made on an Epson Ink Jet Printer using Epson Ultrachrome Inks. 
 
When your black and white photo is printed in the darkroom, it is black and white. Adding a tone to a silver fiber print to change its color enhances its beauty. It can also make your new photo more closely match your original. Tones available are brown tone, selenium tone and split tone. 
 
Hand coloring with permanent photo oils can add color and beauty to black and white photographs or can be used to return color to faded color photos. 
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Cost for doing a copy and/or copy & restoration project

Step one:

High-Resolution Digital Capture of an Original | $30.00 per original

Step two:

Restoration Artwork (added only if requested) | Cost will be given when we see the original

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Cost of copy prints, either Black & White or Color

Black and white silver gelatin fiber archival prints

 All of the below prices are for orders of 1 to 5 originals. Pricing for 6 or more originals will be quoted when the work is presented.

Print SizeFirst PrintAdditional Prints
20" Long$150$120
14" Long$85$65
10" Long$55$45
7" and smaller$45$35
Wallets (set of 8)$55$45

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Epson Color Ultrachrome Ink Jet Prints

B&L Photo’s color prints are custom printed. These prints are fully manipulated, i.e. cropped, dodged and burned-in and corrected for color, contrast and density. Our stock paper is luster. Prints can be made with white borders, black borders, borderless, traditional sizes or odd sizes.

Print SizeFirst PrintAdditional Prints
36" Long$260$210
24" Long$230$190
20" Long$150$120
14" Long$85$65
10" Long$55$45
7" and smaller$45$35
Wallets (set of 8)$55$45
Locket Size cut to fit$85$85

Print Mounting

All of the below prices are for orders of 1 to 5 prints. Pricing for 6 or more originals will be quoted when the work is presented. Silver fiber prints are mounted on 2-ply rag fiber board. Epson prints are mounted on 3/16” foam core.

Print SizeMounting Costs
30" Long$40
24" Long$35
20" Long$25
14" Long$20