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Can I Scan my Negatives?

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By Dillon Wallace

You know those tiny little brown strips that used to come with your developed photos? Well, contrary to popular belief, they actually served a purpose other than being funky to look at under a light.


You see, those tiny brown strips were your film’s negatives, and if you still have them, then you can recreate your old pictures with the added ability to blow up the size of the picture or adjust its overall brightness. There’s just one problem, negatives aren’t exactly durable material, oil from finger smudges and father time can cause irreversible deterioration over the years.


Luckily, you can digitize your negatives and save the precious memories stored on them. And while you can do it yourself with the appropriate equipment (i.e. locating a scanner) and game plan (there’s a lot to organize), there are professional companies out there, like us, that can do it for you – safely, affordably and hassle-free. 


After all, these are some of your most memorable childhood memories. The last thing you want to do is expedite the deterioration process by botching the scanning job, right? For example, do you know what to set the bit depth at? What about the histogram? Do you know the right size to scan at for the best quality image? Are your DPIs correct? Did you clean the negatives correctly before scanning? How do you clean your negatives?


Yeah, it’s a lot to take into account if you decide to make digitizing your negatives your next DIY project. Let alone the fact that you’ll need to purchase a scanner (most likely for a one time use) if you don’t already have one. Oh, and let’s not forget the monotony of extra time that goes into scanning your own negatives. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot. With our digitization process, we’ve got a designated staff fully trained with the answers to all these questions and more. 


All you have to do is send in your collection of little brown strips and we’ll scan them and send them back to you in a nice, new digital format. So yeah, if you’ve got a box full of negatives, send them our way and we’ll turn the negative situation of fading film into a positive memory that will last forever.

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