Before digital cameras and digital photography became ubiquitous and commonplace, everyday photographers had to contend with the chemical cellulose-acetate “film” process. Each time they took a set of photos, not only would they get the actual pictures on print, but also a set of transparent film negatives that were the master copies of their images. Not only was this entire process time-intensive and costly, the negatives had serious drawbacks as master copies.
Improperly stored film negatives degrade over time. When exposed to the elements, the film can curl and warp, shrink or discolour. Imagine the distress of a photographer when they discover that the negatives of their wedding or other special occasions became unusable. While that sounds bad, it can get even worse.
It’s possible that film negatives may give off chemical by-products as they degrade. The degradation process is auto-catalytic, meaning that the deterioration can gain momentum once it starts. If the degrading film is stored in an airtight container, then the chemical by-products may build up over time. Of course this is less than ideal.
Preserving your precious memories by transferring the images from film negatives to a more durable and flexible medium is as easy as contacting Photos2Archive. Our professional digitising service can take care of the task of converting your images from film negatives to digital files. These digital files of your photos, delivered to you via both USB thumb drive and a secure Dropbox link, are much more durable and flexible than film negatives. The image quality doesn’t degrade over time, and they are easier to store and handle than physical film negatives.
If you would like to save your images from degrading on film negatives, contact us at Photos2Archive. Our team of experts will answer your questions and help you save your precious memories.