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Make a film straightening solution -- ½ ounce glycerin to 16 ounces of water. Soak the curled film in plain water, in time the film will become limp. Transfer the film to the straighten solution, soak for 1 hour. Rinse in running water for 5 minutes. Soak for 30 seconds in PhotoFlow (wetting agent). Hand out to air dry.


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There are a number of important details missing from your question: What resolution do you require? Color or black and white? Does the scanner have to be able to handle a mix of sizes simultaneously, or can you sort them ahead of time so that all the photos in a given stack are the same? (Sheet feeders typically work best when the sheets are about the same ...


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'Photography files' are no different to any other kind of file. Use NTFS (because it allows for larger files and is generally the newer, better system) and the default allocation unit size - a larger size will make virtually no noticeable performance difference in a modern hard drive.


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Processed film does deteriorate, but not at such a rate that surviving 10-15 years would be remarkable! It also depends on the type of film; black & white film lasts longer than colour film for example. (Indeed, when film studios want to store an old colour movie, they separate the colour film into its R, G and B channels, and record each channel ...


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...what kind of print do you do so that it can be kept for longer time without any damage? I generally don't worry too much about archival quality or longevity of my prints; I'm cheap and use a dye-based inkjet printer, rather than a pigment-based one. But since I do the prints on my own printer on photo paper that I can easily purchase, I figure I can ...


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Use NTFS unless you plan on connecting this drive to a system which only supports FAT. Also, set the Allocation Unit Size as high as possible per http://www.howtogeek.com/136078/what-should-i-set-the-allocation-unit-size-to-when-formatting/ For a media disk where you photos, music and videos are stored, every file is at least 1MB I use the biggest AUS. ...


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Let me answer your direct question first: The document imaging folks have been doing this for ages. They typically are used for huge image scanning projects, like the US Census form processing. I've never seen one for photos, but that is really just a difference in pixel density -- everything else would be the same. These are insanely expensive to buy, and ...


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Most canvas prints use inks similar to (or actually are) big name inkjet inks like Epson and Canon. Such inks are susceptible to moisture and gaseous toxins and the like. Its kind of tough to generalize the print so much...all of the print houses you've listed use different kinds of canvas and different kinds of inks, and none of them really clearly specify ...


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I work for http://www.canvaspop.com I can't speak for the other companies but I believe they use a spray varnish and I'm not sure how spray varnish holds up. We use a matte laminate (by Drytac) which would completely hold up in a bathroom for a long time. Our laminate seals the art piece from moisture making it waterproof. We've tested it in such extreme ...


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The emulsion side of Kodachrome was coated with a clear protective lacquer. Perhaps it has oxidized. Additionally, this coat may attract dust and such as it can gain an electrostatic charge. Lacquer is used to protect the Kodachrome emulsion. Lacquer is made from “guncotton”. Ordinary cotton is treated with nitric acid and solvents to make lacquer. As time ...


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Keep your current date-based organizational scheme for files Add XMP metadata to the files, including keywords, titles, and descriptions Use a database to collect this centrally, and allow search and presentation based on the metadata This has all of the organizational advantages you cite, with few disadvantages. XMP is XML-based, so not quite human-...


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my parents stored our baby photos in shoeboxes in the bottom of the bookshelves and in the attic, they were still quite good when we found it again some 30 years later when they sold the house and moved into town (from living out in the woods). Not saying it's perfect (some of them were damaged by moisture and mice), but it's not as bad as the sellers of "...


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This doesn't speak to your exact question, but if you are backing up a lot of files, I would highly recommend creating PArchive parity files for the data you back up. Basically PArchive files (generally *.par, *.par2 or *.par3) are checksum and parity files. As such, they allow the detection and recovery of files from limited bit-rot, using a mechanism ...


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There is optical media specifically designed for archival purposes. It's available for CD and DVD, but I'm not sure about Blu-ray. This article has some good information. Personally I go with SATA HDDs. Hard disks have known longevity characteristics, they're quite cheap for reasonable sizes (certainly cheaper per GB than any archival optical media). I ...


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If your bathroom is at all similar to mine I wouldn't expect anything that is not water sealed to last. However, your best option is to ask the printing company - they should know exactly what kind of canvas and ink they use and (if they're any good) how durable those materials are in diffrent conditions - they may even have special options for wet ...


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I have done some tests. I made some business card sized images and printed them on Xerox paper, matt coated one side, 95 gm/square metre. To form a two sided image I printed, using an ink-jet printer. The front and back were adjacent so that I could fold the result. I used Staples (the office supplier) glossy 125 micron (each side, 250 micron total) thick ...


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It certainly depends on quality of processing, film brand, gasses in the storage area and other factors, but in general, 10-15 years should not be a big deal. There may be some color shifts but it should be possible to fix them during or after scanning. Humidity may be a problem. Check the films for spots, stains etc.


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I would like to send them to scan by a professional laboratory but I would rather not hire the service should they not be still good. The results will be a function of both the quality of the negatives and the quality of the service. A sensible approach would be to start with a small test batch and see how they do. Even if they negatives have deteriorated ...


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Archive requirements for film generally err on the cautious side. A couple of years ago I had all my colour negatives scanned. These spanned the period 1971-2003, and had been stored in a variety of places and conditions, many of them far from ideal. While I had a small percentage of failures, these tended to be physical damage to the frames, rather than ...


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I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "mimics their collections," but I do something similar to what you're describing in my Dropbox and Aperture exports. (Dropbox for off-site backup, Aperture for intelligent iDevice sharing. Yes, I bought Aperture just to make iTunes happy. You're welcome, Apple.) I use Jeffrey Friedl's Folder Publisher plugin, rather ...


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Extended FAT is now one of the most adopted format for external disks that have to deal with different operating systems as Mac and Linux


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I can't find anything on long-term archival properties of Instax film, either, but this phoblographer article on current instant film and cameras mentions that the B&W Instax will turn sepia (but also states the prints don't fade), so I would assume that the B&W version isn't any more archival than the color. Polaroids are known to fade. Instant ...


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To be clear, the Q-60 (a.k.a. IT8) is used to create a color profile of your scanner, not to calibrate the scanner. The scanner should calibrate itself on startup. Also, this will only provide a "close enough" process, since your archival scanning may include prints on various materials (matte, glossy, magazine, newspaper, etc.). In order for this to work ...


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Format the drive using any file system that can be read and written by the operating systems you intend to use to access it. Consider using exFAT. It has widespread support across devices since it was adopted as the default file system for SDXC cards by the SD Card Association. Other file systems that can be used across operating systems include FAT32 and ...


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First, note that any Export in Lightroom is a RAW conversion***. So, attempting to get organization data from an export will result in getting that data into the JPG, but losing it in the RAW. A better solution is to use Smart Collections, and have them be generated on metadata that can be associated with both RAW and JPEG. Collections are convenient to ...


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You should consult a conservator. The print sounds like it is attached to a non-archival material, which is destroying the photograph. Start by asking at an art frame shop. The non-archival material must be removed from the photograph to prevent further deterioration. Simply sealing the photograph and offending cardboard in a bag together will not preserve ...


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Epson P600 is getting very good reviews. I have a P800 which uses the same inks (in larger more cost effective cartridges, which was my reason for selecting the P800 over the P600 almost as much as print size) and I can attest to excellent color saturation and black levels which will surely produce satisfactory results. Archival stability for the Epson ...


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I frequently use 3M Spray mount or similar for mounting photos. There is also a photo specific version that is slightly more friendly to the dies and such in theory. If you are laminating the result, really even something that is minimally tacky should work and might give a smoother result since it would be a thinner coat and only needs to hold it in ...


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