While digital imaging services have become ubiquitous, it is attention to detail and the ability to respond to the physical characteristics of an object that are crucial in creating image files of the highest quality. Our extensive experience and dedication to traditional photographic media and reproduction techniques informs our understanding and commitment to digital image quality, longevity, and access for the client's long term needs.

We work in a calibrated digital environment, making every effort to assure that the resulting files contain accurate image data, that they are produced in accordance with the most current digitizing and metadata standards, and that they are robust enough to fulfill whatever future repurposing needs a client may have.

Digital services at CAW are carried out in a controlled conservation environment. In addition to offering digitization services at our studio, we are available to work on-site with collections, such as glass plate negatives, that are particularly difficult to transport. All digital imaging is performed by staff trained to handle fragile and valuable original material, such as:

Photographic prints
Photographic negatives
X-rays
Image pellicles from deteriorated acetate films
Color transparencies
Glass plates and lantern slides
Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes
Maps and drawings
Albums and scrapbooks
Manuscripts
Lithographs
Other two-dimensional art work (paintings, etchings, watercolors, etc.)
Capture and File Processing:
Capture master files using calibrated, profiled input devices (scanners and cameras)
Process captures of photographic negatives for optimal on-screen positive viewing
Preparation of derivative (repurposed) files for reference, printing, database, or web use
Digital repair and reconstruction of damaged photographs and artwork
Color restoration of faded color transparencies
Deliverables:
High resolution Master Files suitable for any repurposing
Production Master Files to NARA guidelines for general archiving use
Duplicate and/or copy negatives from digital files via LVT film recorder
Duplicate transparencies via LVT film recorder
Exhibition quality ink jet prints using archival inks on museum quality papers
All files delivered on gold archive CD/DVD or hard drive
For a list of the equipment in use at CAW, click here: