Below are the most common media encountered as part of photo digitization and organization. If you have materials that are not represented here, we will work with you to identify them and determine an appropriate transfer process. Contact us if you need assistance identifying your items.
35 mm slides
Process summary: organize by carousels or boxes (if labeled), organize by development date stamps on slides (if any), digitize images (to include proper alignment, color restoration, dust removal, backlight correction), determine a structure for file naming & organization, and organize & share new digital files.
Process summary: organize prints utilizing existing organization (if any), written information (on backs or sides of prints), and development information (stamps, etc.); label with archival writing instruments; digitize images (to include proper alignment, color restoration, dust removal, backlight correction); determine a structure for file naming & organization; organize & share new digital files; and store originals utilizing archival materials.
35 mm negatives
Process summary: organize by envelopes, film type, or negative sleeves; digitize images (to include proper alignment, color restoration, dust removal, backlight correction); determine a structure for file naming & organization; organize & share new digital files; and store negatives utilizing archival materials.
VHS, Hi8, and VHS-C tapes
Process summary: transfer the video & audio from tape to a digital file, create clips of separate events, remove irrelevant footage, add titles & transitions for each clip, perform color & audio enhancement, apply stabilization (if needed), determine a structure for file naming & organization, and organize & share new digital files.
Digital photos and videos
Process summary: gather files from various devices and applications into a central location, identify and remove duplicates, determine if original timestamps are missing for any files, organize chronologically, determine a structure for file naming & organization, and organize & share new digital files.
This media is best handled by third parties with specialized equipment. Vendors who work with this material have the ability to repair it if it is brittle or damaged, which can inhibit the transfer.
Not sure what kind of film you have? See Motion Picture Film Formats.
We work with each client to determine the preferred methods to access, enjoy, and share photographic memories once they are in a digital format. The most popular options are referenced below.
Digital photo libraries
A variety of applications for digital photos enable organization, categorization, editing, tagging, sharing, and other features. There are free, low-cost, and higher-cost options. Privacy, customer support, and storage limitations are just a few considerations.
Themed videos can be created utilizing clips digitized from old tapes and/or clips filmed on a digital device. Music and sound effects can be added in addition to preserving the audio from the original recordings. Themes can include children aging through time, an annual summary of family events, or a vacation.
Cloud storage for photos is an ever-evolving space. Companies are constantly existing and entering the market and modifying their services. Cloud services can be ideal for sharing with individuals in a variety of locations. These services can help to diversity your backup strategy. Videos can also be shared via cloud services, although there are fewer options and more restrictions.
Slide shows are created from a series of still images. They are often used for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, memorial services, and other key life events.
Digital photo frames
Frames are an ideal way to enjoy photos in one’s daily environment. They are also a popular way to share with individuals in other locations (e.g., elderly parents), as they can be updated and modified remotely.
Photo books and albums
There are many vendors, at low, medium, and high price points. Ultimate cost varies based on the type of book or album desired, the number of pages, the number of photos, and the amount of text.
Various products designed using photos
Popular items include holiday cards, announcements, posters, and collages. There are many other products from a variety of vendors.
Selective editing of digital files
Some files may benefit from enhancements beyond what occurs as part of the digitization process. Such enhancements include red-eye removal, removing photo blemishes, further color enhancement, and cropping.
Best practice is to maintain three copies, on different types of media, to guard against a variety of hazards. This can include hard drives (external and/or internal), DVDs, cloud storage, and other options. If you decide to retain originals, they can serve as one of the three copies. It is preferable to utilize archival storage materials.
We will partner with you to identify the best solutions for your project and can guide you on establishing accounts and purchasing necessary materials.