Like that song by Visage, gradually all photographs ‘Fade To Grey’ and discolour (colour cast) and yet I was horrified to see that my Polaroids, taken in 1976 (just 42 years ago), are almost all washed out and totally grey now. They are losing definition and fading away in front of my eyes. They have been in an album and not stored anywhere with any extremes. There is a chance that they can be saved using Photoshop (or similar) as you can resurrect photographs with just a few settings but you really need to act fast to get your Polaroids scanned and repaired as soon as you can or you’ll probably have a grey square with a white border to show for all your photographic efforts. Unlock My Past’s Photo Scanning Service starts from just 25p per print. If you’d like a free no obligation quotation use our online form and we will get back to promptly with a quote.
From a report, today at the BBC News website comes this latest use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) as it uses semantic soft segmentation which automatically separates objects in a picture. “Researchers at MIT Csail have created an artificial intelligence (AI) that makes editing your pictures simpler.”
Anyone who uses Photoshop will recognise the advantages of having layers automatically sorted for you when copying around human or other objects so that you can work on images.
WIll it make my work easier or make me redundant?
At the end of the clip (follow the link) it suggests that they will be able to apply this to movies/videos which will open up endless possibilities in both the static and moving image world.
What do you think? Will AI be helpful to us in the future or take over your job and the world?
I’ve just had the pleasure of delivering a number of transferred VHS videos to a customer. What was nice was to hear that the only moving pictures of his late sister were on one of the videos we transferred and he would now, once again, be able to see her. A while back we were delivering a project where we had transferred some old cine film to DVD. We sat through the “première” and suddenly our customer said that there were pictures of his dad, young and thin as he remembered him. He hadn’t seen the film for perhaps 40 or more years.
It really makes our work turn from “just work” to being a privilege when you can bring back these memories to share again from old cine films, videos or still photographs.
VHS tapes can easily be damaged and as we’ve discussed in an early post, they have a limited shelf life. If you are sitting on any old VHS or Camcorder tapes perhaps now is the time to consider getting the images transferred to DVD or Blu-ray?
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Good question. In terms of cost, it is quicker and therefore cheaper to scan photographs than negatives. The scanners we use are batch scanners but photos, for us, are a lot quicker and simpler to scan. It’s easy to see which way up they should be when they are photos and we can scan both sides which is important if the reverse has dates, names and location on. Negatives need much more careful handling (we use air blowers, gloves and plastic tweezers – it sounds like a surgical operation doesn’t it?) and they need to be inserted into jigs the right way up so that the emulsion and dull sides are in the jig properly.
Negatives are scanned at a much higher definition than photographs as well and hence there is a difference in the price we charge starting at 25p per photograph and negatives are 35p each. Larger quantities reduce the price significantly. Our prices and services are shown on the photo scanning page of our web site.
In many ways we have found that negative scanning is superior to photograph scanning except where the negatives are damaged. We see much better quality and there are advantages in terms of sharpness which may be lost in photographs when they are developed. Generally negatives show sharpness and true colour in greater quality than photographs which can be faded and washed out over time.
Here is an article I came across that describes this in greater detail and thanks must go for a nicely written and laid out article with plenty of comparison photographs to look at. One of the big differences is shown here and that is that often photographs are cropped where negatives still hold the full detail of what was captured by the photographer.
As in many things in life it comes down to a case of budget versus quality and what you are looking for from digitising your collection. Photographs provide the greater return on investment and generally you can sort out which ones you want to scan and those you may prefer not to. It is a bit more difficult with negatives. They are by definition negatives of what you would see on a finished photograph and it isn’t always obvious what you are looking at or what the final result may be. Often there are far more negatives than the photos that were produced from them so there may well be many “hidden” masterpieces or photographs you just didn’t know you had.
We would recommend negatives as they are less bulky, give good results and often present you with hidden gems and surprises you just never knew you had. Prints are faster to scan but bulkier in terms of posting and packing but in terms of digitising a collection and speed of turnaround as well as you being able to choose what you actually want scanned work out a little cheaper overall.
There are a number of reasons that you might ask this question.
Divorce and separation or perhaps through the death of a relative? Just who gets the photo albums, the boxes of photos or negatives and the VHS videos and the Cine films?
Why not get them scanned and loaded on to DVD or Blu-ray? That way everyone can get a copy and precious memories can be preserved and shared amongst family and friends?
unlockmypast has professional high speed scanners and software to clean, sharpen and colour correct photographs, slides and negatives. We can transfer Video to DVD and to Blu-ray and transfer Cine Film too. We provide a complete, professional and cost effective service.
Estimates are free, you can provide us with rough quantities using our contact forms and we, in turn, can quickly send you a no obligation estimate. So why not check what’s in that box in the cupboard or the attic and let us help you share your treasured memories?