Film Makeover


Getting your photos and film digitized is a great way to preserve, share, and enjoy them today and tomorrow. By sending them to DigMyPics, you will benefit from our sophisticated hardware and software, as well as the skill and talent of our digital imaging professionals. We will take you inside the process of how we scan and optimize your film. You'll be amazed at the number of slides, negatives, and prints we can make look new again!

Film Makeover Magic

Scanning
Every piece of film is evaluated by our scanning technicians before scanning even takes place. They look at the quality of your original film and note any potential problems that might occur during scanning. The best method for ensuring fantastic results is to make sure our technicians are trained in knowing the best settings for every film type and to apply Digital ICE only when it will improve your image. Sometimes this means that we will scan the same slide several times to achieve the best possible image for you.

We don’t we use other software like Digital ROC and Digital GEM. Settings that look good on the first slide or set of negatives may not look so great on the second. Our scanning technicians evaluate each scan on an image-by-image basis.

Our internal database lets the scanning technician write notes about your slides and negatives. You can view the notes by going to your own Real Time Scanning page, and the folks in our post production, customer service, and shipping departments can also view the details about your order. Once your project is completely scanned, it moves to our Post Production Department.


Digital ICE
One of the best technologies available in specialized film scanners is Digital ICE dust and scratch removal. While some flatbeds have come to market claiming to have this feature, we've found that the technology doesn't perform like it does in a dedicated film scanner like the Nikon Coolscan 5000s and 9000s we use at DigMyPics.

Digital ICE works by doing a scan of the film with Infra-red (IR) light. This IR scan enables the machine to visualize surface defects in the film, like dust and scratches. The scanner then scans the film normally. Using the map of defects from the IR scan, special software can replace the defective areas by interpolating between the pixels around the defect. It then fills in that area with an approximation of what was likely beneath the defect. The results are often amazing.

Digital ICE & DigMyPics Basic Enhancement Service
Take a look at this 40-year-old slide
we scanned without using Digital ICE:
Here is the same 40 year old slide
scanned with Digital ICE:
No ICE With ICE
This is the final image after our artists
have corrected the color and exposure:
You'd never know that slide was 40 years old!
Let’s look at the difference split-screen:
Corrected Compare
Notice the amount of dirt and scratches Digital ICE was able to remove. Using this feature adds approximately 30 seconds to each scan, however, it would take a talented artist hours or days to correct this image using photo editing software.


Post Production
Our skilled Post Production technicians have backgrounds in photography and the arts. They use Adobe Photoshop (the industry standard digital imaging software) to perform basic enhancements to all of your images. We do our best to correct as many issues as possible, but the quality and condition of your film is the major deciding factor in what we can accomplish. Some film problems, such as mold growth, require specialized digital restoration to remove and are not considered basic enhancement.

What does basic enhancement include?
  • Improving contrast when possible
  • Improving and correcting exposure problems when possible
  • Improving and correcting color problems when possible
  • Cropping the image to the edge of the frame
  • Rotating the image to the proper orientation

We’ve done nothing but sing Digital ICE’s praises, but there are some caveats. Digital ICE doesn't work with most black and white film and there are some errors in scans of Kodachrome film with past versions of Digital ICE. Now, we use the Nikon Super Coolscan 9000 scanners for all 35mm slide scanning and Medium Format film. The version of Digital ICE that comes with that scanner does a great job with Kodachrome slides. As you saw above, the technology does work, but it works best with small pieces of dust and fine scratches. Large blotches (such as those created by mold growth) can not be recovered using this technology. We encourage to call for details about our digital restoration service if you think your film may need additional attention.


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Would you like to know more about going digital?
Visit our Scanning 101 page for a primer on common terms you'll encounter!