Strips of Negative Film

Convert Photo Negatives to Digital Files

Anyone who still loves to use a disposable camera, while on holiday, at a wedding or maybe at a music festival, will know all too well that the negative films often lay around, taking up space while they wait to be developed. There is no better time than now for you to develop negatives digitally.

How we scan negatives

Our digitisation process:

  1. You pick a Memory Box in the appropriate size and select your chosen output format. We have 4 options to choose from.
  2. Our Memory Box arrives with you the next day, you put in your negatives along with anything else you want digitised – we’ll do it all in one go. See what other formats we can convert here. Take care when packing your negatives because they tend to be quite sensitive. The best way to store negatives is in polythene sleeves (high-street developers may provide these) but if you don’t have any, any gentle opaque wrapping will do.
  3. Before scanning negatives, we dust them delicately in a dust-free environment with gentle methods. Cleaning is essential so that scans achieve the best quality.
  4. We scan negatives with our high-specification scanners to create a high resolution digital file – we also convert negatives to positives at this stage.
  5. We will do some basic editing to colour-correct and remove blemishes and scratches. If negatives have been overexposed since their creation, this is an opportunity to improve the quality of the images.
  6. Your photo files are transferred to your preferred storage option.
  7. All the original negatives are returned safely to you, along with the converted format.

Why should I scan negatives?

Negatives are highly susceptible to humidity and can lead to your images becoming faded or even disappearing entirely. Additionally, although rare, some deteriorating negatives made before the 1940s emit an acidic gas which can cause irritation to the skin, eyes and lungs. In short, your negatives are your original images and cannot be replaced. Even if you have had your negatives developed into photographs, the precious memories that they contain are all too vulnerable to damage. And that’s not to mention the fact that high-street developers don’t always have the equipment to develop negatives efficiently these days.

Digitising will prevent further deterioration of your images and preserve them for many more years to come. As well as providing an opportunity to declutter around the home, converting your negatives to digital and DVD allows you to revive your old footage through re-watching it on your computer, laptop or mobile

What is the best way to preserve my negatives?

Scanning! Scanning is the best way to ensure the photographs held on negatives will outstay their originals. If you can dig them out, EachMoment will scan your photographs and negatives and convert them to a digital format, with a choice of memory stick, DVD or cloud album.

Very few people have the correct equipment to digitise their negatives themselves as it’s hugely expensive and the process is truly monotonous – trust us on that one. Digitising negatives through high street retailers is also more expensive and makes a far less personal gift than going through EachMoment.

Why wait? Convert your negatives to digital now!

Once these steps are complete, your negatives are fully converted to digital and DVD, giving your images a new lease of life. It’s now time to relive and share your restored memories. Preserving your precious memories and gifting an EachMoment Memory Box to a friend or family member is an especially touching way to remind those closest to you how much you care about them. Whether it be a birthday, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s or Father’s Day, the memories enclosed in an EachMoment Memory Box always make the most thoughtful gift.

A Brief History of Photographic Negatives

The first negative photograph was developed by French Scientist, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 but became one of the most widely used consumer-grade photography formats of the 20th century. People will be most familiar with colour negatives – commonly associated with disposable cameras – which contain 35mm film with a dull orange tint. Popularised by manufacturers such as Leica and Kodak, the method of negatives and the development of both 35mm and 135mm film revolutionised both professional and amateur photography and brought what was once state-of-the-art technology into everyday use. Although the use of cameras which use negative formats will continue to be widely replaced by digital cameras, negatives and 35mm film are still used in almost all disposable cameras. It seems that many people still appreciate the nostalgic feeling of twizzling a disposable camera’s scroll wheel and the satisfying click of the top button and immediate flash, marking that you have just preserved a moment in time forever.

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