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Digital Photographic Services

 

 

 

About Us

 

 

Our Capture Equipment

 

We have converted entirely to copy stands with digital cameras for our image captures. All of our cameras can shoot both reflective material such as prints as well as negatives and transparencies using light boxes and slide duplication equipment.

The star of our fleet is a Tarsia 4x5 copy system with a Phase One DTR Cam with the IQ 180 back. This system has a 40" x 60" vacuum frame easel, a motorized camera mount and a DTR copy camera with Schneider digital lenses. We use DiSisti CDM cold strike lamps, which are very cool and efficient and minimize UV exposure for rare and delicate items. This system is capable of capturing a 40" x 60" item at an effective resolution of 262 pixels per inch, more than enough for most print demands. Full-frame 8 bits per channel RBG files are 380 Mb. Smaller items are captured at higher resolution relative to the size of the original. For example, a 20" x 30" map can be captured at approximately 525 pixels per inch. The vacuum frame enables us to get items very flat without putting glass over them.

A pair of professional Canon Digital SLR cameras do most of the daily digitization in our lab. Our Canon 5D Mark II, with 21 megapixels, provides high enough resolution to capture negatives and transparencies. It lives over a lightbox most of the time, and produces stunning captures of negatives and transparencies from 8x10 and panorama, down to 35mm. It is tethered to a PC, which means that files transfer automatically from the camera to the computer as they are created. We use PhaseOne's Capture One application to convert the camera RAW files into the TIFF format that we use for all of our high-resolution work.

We utilize a Kodak Eversmart II for capturing transparent images such as negatives or slides at 16 bit and a maximum resolution of 14,000 DPI. This Scanner has cut our slide and 35mm scan time down immensly allowing us to scan in 20 images at a time.

 

Our Print Equipment

We use Epson Ultrachrome pigment inks in all three of our Epson printers. We have an Epson 3880 for quick desktop and low resolution printing, an Epson 4900 for medium format and high speed printing, and an Epson 7890 printer, which can handle 24" wide rolls of paper as well as 8 1/2 inch wide panorama paper. All of our Epson printers are controlled with the Imageprint RIP(Raster Image Processors).

We use software RIPs to expand the capabilities of our printers. These programs allow us to bypass size limitations set by the printer drivers, Photoshop, and the Windows printing system, and to control color and workflow much more effectively. The Imageprint RIP, for example, uses special profiles that enable the Epson printers to produce dead neutral b/w prints using the entire ink spectrum, which allows much greater highlight detail than if we printed with black inks only. Another benefit is that there is virtually no print size limitation with a RIP--the length of the paper roll is the real limit. Our longest print to date is over 12 feet long, and with the HP we plan to print much longer, up to 25 feet. Because the RIP is a separate application and uses very little memory, we can continue to use our computers with almost no discernable slowdown even while we are printing the largest files or prints.

 

Our Workstations

We have three high-powered dual-display editing workstations in addition to the four workstations and one notebook that are dedicated to the camera systems. All primary monitors are calibrated and profiled to ensure color consistency. Other than a G4 Mac for the PhaseOne FX and an Mac Pro, we use Windows-based systems for all other functions

 

 

Our Staff

Marge Thompson: Manages the photo lab at Digital Photographic Services. She has a 35 year background in many phases of the photographic industry. Marge is also a Fine Arts Photographer, whose work is held by the University of Alaska Museum (Fairbanks), the Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA), and numerous private collections. In March 2005, she was awarded a Project Award grant, by the Rasmuson Foundation

In addition to our one permanent staff, we also employ a number of student employees. Due to the desirable nature of working in a highly technical lab like ours, job applications are quite competitive and we are able to choose the best of the best when hiring our student employees. Our students come from a variety of scholastic backgrounds, including biology, journalism, engineering, and art. We are proud of the high caliber of our student employees, and are equally proud of the advanced job skills they acquire, which enable them to go directly into related careers, if they choose.

If you're a student who is interested in working for us, feel free to drop by and talk with us. Because our students eventually graduate and move on, we do end up hiring on average at least once a year. We may be able to tell you if we expect to be hiring soon, and what some of the job qualifications and expectations are.

 

   
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