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Restoration of slides and negatives

Before the emergence of digital photography, analog photography was developed based on different formats and supports. Among them, the slide gained special attention among amateurs and professionals for some time. Just before that breakthrough.

It may seem contradictory but its appeal lay, precisely, in the necessary and cumbersome preparation prior to viewing it. Darkening the room, mounting the projector and screen, arranging and placing the slides in the carts, etc., had its charm. An authentic ritual before the expected and desired contemplation of the images. No hurries.

The digital age, and the stress of immediacy, put an end to that delicious ritual.
And what is worse … The passage of time for that type of support (material) has had disastrous consequences.

Millions of images sleep in their boxes subjected to different conditions of humidity and temperature. With hardly any air, they have suffered for years suffering alterations by chemical degradation (depending on the quality of the development), or by fungi.

Fortunately, as with analog photographs on paper, these images can be digitized, thus obtaining non-degradable (physically) files that allow easy handling, maintenance and archiving of what would otherwise end up disappearing irretrievably.

The deterioration process is progressive and time does not stop. So most of the time, when you decide to invest your time and work in remedying it, you find that in addition to the scan you have to do some restoration work. Even repair, if the deterioration has gone too far.

In this case, with the exception of some special exceptions, the process has consisted of four very basic, but well-studied steps, which have added a certain improvement (optimization) to each original image:

1.- Cleaning of fungal stains.
2.- Color correction.
3.- Exposure, shadows and lighting adjustments.
4.- Sharpness and detail adjustments. to do restoration work. Even repair, if the deterioration has gone too far.

The “hard” exceptions have been fixed with extra adjustments in areas with less detail. And in some cases some quality touch-ups have been needed to eliminate some scratches on the slide, or especially large spots that appeared on the face of one of the protagonists.

Based on our experience in this type of work, we have designed a restoration service for those who are interested in recovering those images in this type of support, (slides or negatives), which have already suffered some type of deterioration.

Our service is aimed at restoring a small number of images that, due to their great sentimental, historical or documentary value, deserve the entire process that we carry out by hand.

We study each image individually and analyze where to apply the most suitable adjustments, as well as the most delicate touch-ups, if you need them.

We work on digital files of slides or negatives already scanned, or we can also take care of the digitization of the plastic support with our equipment.

Ask us for a budget, without obligation.

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