Classic Images Saved from the Archives – Geoff Fisher collection

ScanCorner recently worked closely with renowned Perth photographer and AIPP Master photographer Geoff Fisher to revive some of his fascinating archives. Geoff has been the owner of Fisher Photography for more than three decades.

Many of his older works are restricted to the analogue world and can not be easily shared.  ScanCorner worked with Geoff to convert a selection of old negatives to digital format to revive these memories.

Geoff has photographed many interesting people including quite a number of the State Premiers and ScanCorner preserved a selection of classic historical photographs including swearing in ceremonies. For example a classic image of Brian Burke (below left) and Peter Dowding (below right) at their respective ceremonies.

Brian Burke Swearing in Ceremony. Scanning Photos to DigitalPeter Dowding - Scanning Photos to digital, Scanning Slides to Digital and Scanning Negatives to DVDOther memories preserved to digital format included classic images of drive in movies that used to be a family ritual for many of us.

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Another image that caught our imagination during the scanning of photo’s and negative’s was the image of a customised car photographed at sunset. The spare tyre is being housed in a very unusual place….

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The images Geoff had of the time he spent with Hans Tholstrup the Danish born Adventurer also brought back some memories.  Geoff joined Hans on one of his adventures taking a motorbike through the Australian outback (from Rockhampton to Perth in 1972). There are many interesting images of this trip, however the one that most fascinated us was the image of Hans getting ready the tow a 4wd.

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Hans Tholstrup – Rockhampton to Perth 1972

Each of these images and many more in Geoff’s collection were manually scanned and restored using the standard ScanCorner process. The manual scanning of negatives and photographs to reduce the risk of damage, followed by cropping and colour correction and the ScanCorner technicians then removing scratches, dust or mold that may appear on the scanned image.

Importance of Securing your Photos

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Have you ever wished you’d done something before you realised it was gone? Our greatest regret are the things that we didn’t do compared to the things we did. Sometimes we need to plan ahead. There is no warning when a disaster may happen, it could be tomorrow or next week but hopefully never.

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Natural disasters are happening quite often these days. Fires, Floods, Tsunamis, earthquakes etc. I hope they won’t ever come in your home or in your life, but still we have to plan things ahead and invest in the things that will help secure our future such as: insurances and savings.

Although money is very important, there are things that no amount of money or time can buy once they’re gone. Memories are one of these things. Memories captured in photographs or videos and stored in Analogue format can easily be lost either through natural fading and degradation or more dramatically through disaster.

A few years ago, my friend Steve, who is a professional photographer, had his life’s work stored in his home office until a very unfortunate event occurred and he lost them all. Steve was not able to recover a single photograph, film or even a hard drive, not to mention his family’s precious memories that he captured. He said he was devastated that he also lost a special photograph of his grandparents on their wedding day that had inspired him to be a professional photographer.

This may have happened to some of you in the past, lucky are those who have saved a preserved their childhood photographs and family videos.

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These days, everything else is digitised and photos are easily uploaded online and saved, but what about your old photos? With ScanCorner, you can have your old photographs digitised and stored safely, and the best part is, you can also have them restored. Secure your photos now!

Since working with ScanCorner, I immediately had our old photographs digitised so I could store them online, some of them were slightly ruined by humidity and I had them fixed too! This made us so happy. Our old photo’s and videos from childhood are now safe and secure.

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Memories last for a lifetime?

On our website and on our flyers we claim that we save your memories for a lifetime. We recommend and advice you to digitise your old slides or photos to save them before they get stained and your memories get lost forever. Some of you take the chance of our offer to get them scanned to DVD and save them forever.

Onseveral trade fairs you ask us many times the same question, not only there but our customer support gets many queries with the same topic, too: What is the durability of the provided DVDs and how reliable are these DVD as storage for my memories?

Unfortunately we can’t provide you with an exact and guaranteed answer about that topic with that blog post. We have to rely and trust the details of the producer, too. Some of them claim a life span of almost 100 years for their DVD’s, others – independent researches – mention a lifespan between five to ten years. We think that a life span of 10 years is more realistic, though every one of us has many music CD’s in the shelves which are older than 10 years.

The next question of you might be, if it is sufficient to renew the own DVDs which contain the valuable memories after a specific period?

We recommend you to save your memories from the beginning on a different device, either on a cloud or on your PC to avoid any reading errors or other troubles with your DVD. Nowadays there are many cheap external hard discs available which are useful to save your important data. In addition we recommend you to renew your DVD every two years to have another copy of your important files.

If you are done with these steps to save your valuable data, you can enjoy your images or movies on your PC or tablet and you don’t have to worry about losing your memories for a lifetime.

If you need any further assistance about the right storage device or if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support.

About ScanCorner

ScanCorner offers one of the best value digitisation services in Australia. Every memory is handled by professionals who scan and restore them to bring out the best quality. We also create a personalised online gallery with the digitised images which you can share with your friends and family.

 

Historical aerial photos of Minneapolis made available online

University of Minnesota Libraries, City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Historical Society worked together and completed digitisation of more than 4,500 historical aerial photos of Minneapolis, dating back to 1938.

These scanned photos of the Minneapolis were added to the already existing online collection of the Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs of more than 121,000 aerial photographs from around the state dating back to 1923. The original photographs will be preserved by the Libraries and the digital images are freely available for viewing by the public.  Students and history enthusiasts can use these photos as part of their research project to make a study on how the area back in 1938 changed over time.

Ryan Mattke, head of the John R. Borchert Library  said “I think that this project is a great collaboration among the City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the University of Minnesota to make sure that these historical resources are not only preserved and archived but also available to the public for use by anybody.”

“Because of our partnership with the Borchert Map Library, we’ve been successful at providing digital images online to give immediate benefits to the community, while ensuring proper long-term care of the original artifacts,” said City Clerk Casey Carl, city of Minneapolis. “This project was a true win-win partnership for the city and the community.”

You can view the aerial photographs here: https://www.lib.umn.edu/apps/mhapo/index.html#mpls

Results of the customer survey in April 2015

In April 2015 we asked our customers to provide feedback for the quality of our services. The purpose of the survey was to find out how our client’s rate our website, the quality of our digitised formats and our customer support.

We summarised the most important results of the survey for you:

Usability of the website

In terms of the website appearance and regarding the question how easy the order process at ScanCorner is, 53% of the customers rated the order process at our website as very easy. Furthermore 46% of our clients rated our website as very helpful to get an overview of the offers and prices of our services.

Quality of the digitised formats

For a more detailed analysis the results regarding the photo digitisation and video digitisation were considered separately.

In terms of photo digitisation, 44% of our customers were deeply contended with the quality of their digitised images, negatives and slides. Another 49% are deeply contented with the colour correction of the pictures.

In the field of video digitisation (VHS, VHS-C, S-VHS, Hi8, Video8, Super8, MiniDV) 50% of the respondents are satisfied with the image quality of their digitised videos. Furthermore 53% of our customers are satisfied with the sound quality of the videos.

Packaging

It is very important for us that the precious memories of our customers arrive safely and without any damages at their homes. This is why we package any analogue formats like slides, negatives, photos, APS and other analogue photographic material very carefully. Regarding the question of whether the received videos or photos were sufficient and carefully packed, 70% of respondents answered that they are deeply contented with the packaging.

Customer Care

According to the motto “The consumer is the boss” it is important for us to analyse how our customers evaluate our support. The results help us to find solutions how to communicate with our clients more effectively and optimise our services.

The proportion of respondents, who rate the customer service as very friendly is 62%. For good customer service, it is particularly important to answer customer inquiries in a timely manner. Regarding the questions of whether the customers received a quick response to their requests, 58% answered that they were deeply contented with the quick responses of the customer support. 

All in all, more than half of our customers was satisfied with our service. Overall, 66% of our clients would digitise their precious memories again at ScanCorner and 60% of the respondents would recommend ScanCorner to their friends and acquaintances.

ScanCorner thanks you for participating in the survey. We look forward to more orders from you, your friends and acquaintances.

Regards

Your ScanCorner Team

Scanning tips: Slide Scanning

Why digitise the slides?

You probably have many boxes of 35mm slides from vacations and celebrations taking up the storage space in your closet, attic, or your basement or garage. What are you going to do with all those 35mm slides and 35mm slide carousels as the slide projector you have is worn out and cannot replace it as there are no more manufacturers of the projectors? Get those precious 35mm slides converted to digital format and enjoy the new and easy way to view before they deteriorate.

Once you have converted your slides to digital image files, you can:

  • correct the brightness and faded colour
  • share your photos with friends and family via e-mail, web sites, and online galleries
  • make high-quality prints
  • create multi-media presentations with graphics and animation which you can put on a DVD and watch on TV or on your computer.

Below we have shared the best practice tips to digitise the 35mm slides:

Cleaning 35mm Slides

You really can’t effectively remove the dirt because you are mainly just moving the dust to the edges of your film. While we don’t recommend it, but in order to really clean the film to get the dirt off the film is to peal the cardboard carrier apart and take the film out and clean it that way. You will have to be very careful doing this or have new holders to put your slide film in afterwards.

If you are determined to clean your 35mm slides, we can recommend some methods and products that might work for you.

Microfiber Cloth Cleaning Method

This is the only cleaning method with simple light brushing with a very soft cloth that we recommend mostly. You have to be careful that there is nothing abrasive on the film or you will scratch it. It is good for brushing off loose dirt but don’t scrub with it.DSC_0383

Liquid Film Cleaners

We don’t recommend using liquid film cleaner but if you are determined to do the slide cleaning with a liquid, never clean film with a water based cleaner or water. Use a cleaner made for film. Film cleaner can be applied with a clean soft cotton cloth with very light pressure to avoid creating scratches.

Photographic Emulsion Cleaner has been trusted by the world’s most prestigious photographers, labs, museums and publishers. It removes grease pencil, adhesive residue, finger oils, ball-point pen, fungus, smoke & soot damage, laser separation oil and most permanent inks.

Let us now look at how to convert your slides to digital using the scanners and the types of scanners available to convert your slides to digital.

How To Setup Your Slides In The Scanner

Flatbed scanner delivers the best balance of high resolution and consistent high quality images.

  1. How To Load Your Slides Onto The Scanner

Here’s what to do if you don’t want to scan the wrong side of a slide.  Take out a slide, and bring it to a light source.  Now, look at both sides of the slide.

You will notice that a slide will have two different sides. One side will be dull and bumpy.  The other side will be smooth and glossy.

Side of the slide to be scanned

The bumpy/ dull side is called the “Matte Emulsion”.  Emulsion is the “ink” that was used to “print” your image onto the slide film.  That’s why it’s bumpy and dull.

The smooth/ glossy side is the “Reflective” side.  This is the side to scan. So, once you found the glossy side, make sure it’s facing down towards the scanner’s window. The bumpy/ dull side is facing up, towards you.

  1. Make Sure Your Scanner Knows That You Are Scanning Slides

Load up your slides onto the scanner, and start the scanner’s software. First, the scanner is going to ask if you are scanning Film or Print.  Film is your slides, negatives — anything that you can see through.  Print includes photos, magazines, newspapers — anything that is solid.

  1. Ensure Slides are straight in Mounts

Making sure each 35mm slide or film strip is straight in its mount prior to scanning will save a lot of time straightening the digital images during the post-processing stage.DSC_0365

Slide Scan Resolution

As we have noted in the previous Scanning tips guide, it’s important to capture at a resolution appropriate to the goals of the digitisation project. As a standard for 35mm slide and film collections, we recommend scanning to a minimum resolution of 3000dpi.

Digitising at this resolution provides an optimum balance of capturing enough pixel information for detailed display on monitors, whilst keeping scanning times and costs reasonable. This resolution also allows the images to be blown up to larger sizes, minimising the likelihood of any distortion appearing in the image.

How To Use The Scanner Software (Digital ICE) And Fix Your Slide Scan

Scanning isn’t perfect.  That is the reason why every scanner comes with software like Digital ICE to help you repair your scans.

What is Digital ICE?

Digital ICE (Digital Image Correction and Enhancement) is a technology that is built into all of film scanning hardware to remove dust and scratches from a scanned image. It uses an infrared lamp to detect the dust locations on the surface of the film. The infrared beam passes through the clean portions of the film, but is blocked when encountering dust or dirt. Once a picture of the dust locations is formed, the scanning software then digitally paints over the detected areas leaving a cleaner image.

Limitations

Digital ICE only works on colour films. Paper based products, such as photos or documents do not allow the infrared to pass through and therefore makes it useless. Black and white films containing silver halide also block the beam making it useless.

Why is it important to fix the scans?

Before you fix your scans, you need to know the 3 major problems.

Problem One: Too Much Dust, Debris, Scratches

When you look at your slide, you can’t see it.  But when you blow it up, you are going to see every minute dust, scratch, and other debris which will ruin the image. slide-scan-dust-scratches-digital-ice

Problem Two: Grain / Noise

The grain is because the old photo was taken long time ago using high quality film. Higher quality film has more detail and allows you to print at higher sizes (bigger than 4×6). We don’t need this noise as we are not printing.slide-scan-noise-grain-digital-ice1

Problem Three: Faded Colours

The scans of the slides come out too reddish/ Blue/ too light.

The technical term is called “Colour Casting”.  It may look like faded colours, but the fact is that the scanner is doing this.  Even if you have a slide that was developed 3 minutes, you’ll still get colour casting when you scan it.

If you look closely at a slide, you’ll notice the actual film is very glossy.   This gloss is also picked up by the scanner and the result is colour casting.slide-scan-color-fading-casting-digital-ice

3 Easy Steps To Fix These Problems Using Digital ICE

Once you have set your slides onto the scanner, and picked your DPI, you can now hit the Preview Button, and then find your “Adjustments” area.  This can also be called Digital ICE, or Scan Enhancements.

Step One: Repair Dust

To fix dust and scratches, all you have to do is click on the Digital ICE button

Step Two: Fix Grain / Noise

If you notice your scans look a bit grainy, you will need to use the “Grain Reduction” or “Digital ROC/ GEM”.  Just keep the different levels at medium.  If your levels are too high, then your digital images will look like a painting.

Step Three: Fix Colour Fading

Now for the biggest step! This step is very important because you want your colours to look natural and as close to the original as possible. Here’s how you can do it.

You can try the “auto” fix.  Look for “Colour Fix”, “Colour Restoration”, “Colour Balance”, “Image Enhancer”.

Use the image editing software like Photoshop to crop, rotate, fix the RGB values and exposure levels. When you have achieved perfection, save the final image in lossless TIF format, but for most, a low compression (high quality) JPEG is fine. Archive them on CDs/DVDs or Memory stick or Hard Disk.

Why should you get the slides digitised from the professional service provider?

A professional service company does the scanning job at a much lower cost than the cost incurred in doing it by yourself. Below are the reasons for the same.

  1. High quality scan equipment is very expensive. So, the cost isn’t justified for home use.
  2. Scanning is a labour intensive work. It requires a dedicated resource to perform the job.
  3. Quality scanning work requires expertise in Photoshop, image properties, colour enhancement techniques.

Using ScanCorner’s service, you not only save your valuable time and money incurred, but you also get a better quality scanning output. Image scanning is a one-time activity. So, go for the best quality. Your precious memories deserve the best.

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All about slides and different types of slides

Slides:

Back in the days before digital photography was the norm, there were generally 2 methods of processing film: prints, and slides. Prints were developed on a sheet of photo paper, while slides were small, transparent pieces of film in a cardboard sandwich.

‘Slide’ commonly refers to a 35 mm photographic positive image comprising chromogenic dyes on a transparent base held inside a plastic or card mount intended for projection onto a screen using a slide projector. Without this mount, the transparent film material would not be able to ‘slide’ from one image to another inside a carousel or magazine when projected. A 35 mm slide can be magnified by a factor of 100 (from 35 mm to 3,500 mm) and still maintain a crisp and detailed projected image. The size of what you see displayed on the screen is based on the distance from the projector. The further away from the screen, the larger the 35mm Slides will display.

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Kodak advertisement in LIFE, 5 October 1959 p.68

Kodak’s commercial slogan during the 1950s was: ‘For sparkling pictures big as life … Kodak 35mm colour slides’. During the 35 years of their popularity, from 1960s to the mid-1990s, processing costs for slides to create high-quality projected images were relatively low and they were widely used in contexts ranging from domestic to commercial applications such as advertising, fashion and industry and arts. Slides were used to capture performances, journeys and the lives of artists.  No other medium could compete with the ability of slides to produce large-scale projected images of comparable excellence. Video technology, for example, could only produce a fraction of the quality. Alternative technologies such as 16 mm film involved a far more elaborate production process. The only other format that was readily available on a similar budget, without the need of professional post-production, was 8 mm film produced for the home movie market. Both 16 mm and 8 mm film are moving image media and hence produce a very different quality of image.

Many art historians still refer to slide-based artworks as slide-tape. This term dates from the 1970s when magnetic audio-tapes in cassette format were used to store a tone that cued slide changes alongside the audio track or spoken word accompanying the images.

Information About the different slides in your Slide Collection

The image advertisements many movie theaters show before the movies, are usually projected 35mm slides. Below, you will find some of the different types of slides:

135 Slide (35mm Slide)126 “Instamatic” Slide

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127 Super Slide

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110 Slide110-slide

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Medium Format, 120  slidemedium-format

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Why digitise the slides?

You probably have many boxes of 35mm slides taking up precious storage space in your closet, attic, or your basement or garage. Your 35mm slide projector is worn out and cannot replace it as manufacturers are ceasing production of hardware for viewing analogue 35mm slides. What are you going to do with all those 35mm slides and 35mm slide carousels? Why not get those precious 35mm slides converted to digital format before they deteriorate and make the collections more accessible.

Nothing beats the bright, sharp, wall-sized images you get when projecting a tray of slides onto a big screen. Before digital came around, making prints from slides was complicated, relatively expensive, and the print quality tended to be disappointing. Digital, however, can give your old slides new life. Once you’ve converted your slides to digital image files, you can:

  • correct faulty and faded color
  • share your photos via e-mail, web sites, and online galleries
  • make high-quality, relatively inexpensive prints at home or via most online or walk-in labs
  • create multi-media presentations with graphics, animation, sound, and transitions, which you can put on a DVD and watch on TV or on your computer.

150 years old Mark Twain stories uncovered by the scholars

Twain’s articles, about 150 years old, written when the author was a young newsman in San Francisco,have been tracked down by the Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley.

Author Mark Twain(via AP)
Author Mark Twain(via AP)

Twain’s job was to write a 2,000-word story or letter every day for publication in the Territorial Enterprise newspaper in Virginia City, Nevada, six days a week for a salary of $100 a month. He wrote about everything from San Francisco police to mining accidents. The scholars picked through archives of other western U.S. newspapers for copies. They have found about 110 columns written in 1865 and 1866.

“This is new stuff, even for Mark Twain fans,” Hirst told the Chronicle. Bob Hirst is editor of the UC Berkeley’s Mark Twain project and says the articles were found when looking through western newspaper archives.

In one letter, Twain suggested tough punishment for corrupt police officers in San Francisco, saying they were less useful than “wax figurines,” as reported by the Chronicle.

Hirst said that the articles were written at a time of when Twain was trying to decide in which direction to take his career. “It’s really a crisis time for him,” Hirst said. “He’s going to be 30 on 30 November 1865, and for someone not to have chosen a career by that time in this period was quite unusual.” He was in debt and drinking heavily, and even wrote to his brother that he was committing suicide, saying: “If I do not get out of debt in three months – pistols or poison for one – exit me.”

The articles are the perfect example of Twain’s matchless style.

Bob Hirst, the general editor of the Mark Twain Project, with a book of 1866 Sacramento Union newspapers at the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Bob Hirst, the general editor of the Mark Twain Project, with a book of 1866 Sacramento Union newspapers at the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

On 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, massive archive goes online

On 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, a massive online archive is in the works that contains more than 100,000 documents, all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime. More recently discovered letters and documents are also being added to the digital archive as time passes.

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, is a project sponsored by The University of Illinois and the Abraham Lincoln Association. Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’ Theater in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865.

Data storage vendor Iron Mountain has provided 40TB of online cloud storage for the project, So far, the archive includes more than 67,000 written documents available in image form online where users can browse or search by title and date.

The Papers consist of three types:

Series I: Legal Papers, which cover Lincoln’s time practicing law from 1836 to 1861; The collection encompasses the surviving record of his quarter-century career in the federal, state and county court systems.

Series II: Illinois Papers, which encompass Lincoln’s non-legal life from his birth in February 1809 through March 3, 1861, the day before his inauguration. The papers include personal and political correspondence, political speeches, and all other non-legal materials

Series III: Presidential Papers, which include a massive documentary record of an active president engaged in leading a nation during wartime.

The archive also contains images of some of the most historically significant documents penned by Lincoln, such as one of the five original copies of the Gettysburg Address.

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The archives also contain documents illustrating a more personal side to the Civil War-era president and his constituency — no matter how old they were such as a letter to 11-year old Grace Bedell on Oct. 19, 1860 who had suggested Lincoln grow a beard because his face was so thin.

Lincoln in 1864
Lincoln in 1864

“President Lincoln’s legacy as a statesman has marked him as one of the most important and influential leaders our country and the world have ever known,” Daniel Stowell, director and editor of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, stated in a news release. “He was also perhaps the most well-written, and written to, presidents in history, with thousands of personal and political documents, all of which tell the story of our country during one of the most pivotal times in history.”

Photos from: http://www.papersofabrahamlincoln.org/

The first ever scanned Image

The very first digital photograph was a picture of Russel A. Kirch’s three month old son, Walden. This turned out to be the basis for the satellite imaging, CAT scans, bar codes on packaging, desktop publishing, digital photography and other revolutionary developments in image processing technology.

Rusell A. Kirsch was part of the team of National Bureau of standards (NBS) which developed the Standard’s Eastern Automatic Computer (SEAC), U. S.’s first programmable computer, in 1950. This group created a rotating drum scanner which was used for the digital scans in 1957. The first digital scan was of a 5cm x 5cm square photograph of Russell’s son, Walden. It was a black and white picture captured as just 30,976 pixels, a 176 x 176 array. The original picture is in the Portland Art Museum.

In 2003, Life Magazine named the scanned picture of Kirsch’s son as one of “the 100 photographs that changed the world”.

Kirsch's son, Walden
Kirsch’s son, Walden

Image: NIST Image Gallery