This is big news.
I am so excited to announce that for the first time ever, we can now scan 35mm C41 film with FULL BORDERS in the Fuji Frontier!
Using a custom made, 3D printed film holder, we are now able to scan all the way out beyond the image area in a Fuji auto carrier. You get the same incredible Fuji color, plus the sexy borders you’ve all been asking for. I’ve been doing some testing of this new holder all week and the scans are beyond my expectations. Personally I will be scanning all my own 35mm this way.
It’s not just color film that benefits from this either, we can run 35mm B&W film through the same holder, vastly speeding up our ability to scan with borders.
Because of this new development, I’m about to do what labs basically never do. LOWER PRICES!
Yeah dudes. I price things based on the actual work that goes into them. I.E. we have to do separate runs for various push levels, hence the modest price increase. I had to use a special scanner, which was hand fed frame by frame to scan B&W with borders before now. Using the Fuji auto carrier, it’s much faster. Less work for me, less $ for you.
I’m reducing the cost of open border scanning to +$3 per roll.
I want to see people realize the full potential of their 35mm film.
Just as an explainer, scanning your film beyond the image area is a practice that goes back to the darkroom years. Photographers would often file out their enlarger film carriers to include the blank edge of the film. Henri Cartier Bresson was famous for this, claiming that he did all his compositions completely in camera, never resorting to cropping. Photographers have long felt that nailing your composition in camera is a badge of honor in some ways. (I do not share this feeling)
Practically a film edge focuses the eye inside your frame. It reminds viewers that the photograph is a tight window into a specific moment. Visually it can help if, lets say, your sky detail is as white as paper base. Without a border this would make a poor print, but with the border this is less bothersome.
The pixel resolution of these scans are the same as their Pro and Simple Scan counterparts. They come out of the Frontier with a messy border, so you may wish to crop these areas out. There is also some outside the frame, which I recommend you delete in PS or sample in the black border color.
For C41 this is ONLY available in 35mm. We can do borders with C41 120 film, but only for single frame scans. B&W film has simpler conversions so we still do full rolls with borders for all formats.
We cannot scan out to the sprocket holes.
When can I order up some borders?
Right flippin’ now!
Hello Film Shooters!
I have been thrilled to see so many of you take advantage of our current order entry system. Going order form free made things a little simpler for a lot of you, and it was an easy way for me to track and accept orders!
However, the system as it currently stands has limitations. There is no easy auto emailing system for film arrival, no standardized messages containing dropbox links, and most importantly, no perks program!
Well, after a fair amount of work and some early testing, I am happy to announce our new order entry site! It looks a lot better, and it works a lot better.
You'll notice a more streamlined system of entering film rolls, process and scanning modifiers, and new options at check out. You can now instantly pay for return shipping should you want your film returned as soon as the order is fulfilled, or opt for film storage. There is also an option to have your film sent to The Film Hound! (More on that later).
What you will probably be MOST excited about, is the new perks program. Early NP customers may remmeber that I had a program for Pro Scans that was tierd, and allowed you to get better rates for a calandar year. That was pretty popular, but it was all manually done and essentially worked out of a spreadsheet. Way too much for me to handle now, and it left out my Simple Scan customers.
Well I am now stoked to announce a simplifed perks program that even works for Simple Scans! It's completely automatic, and can potentially save you a ton of money (that I just know you're going to spend on film).
Here's how it works:
Spend $10 - get one point.
Accumulate 30 points - get a 25% off coupon.
Woooooo that's all!
For Simple Scan customers this will be a nice occasional perk that I hope you will see as a big thank you from NP for supporting us. For my Pro Scan wedding clients, you could potentially get this coupon code after every wedding you submit, substantially reducing your yearly lab bill. You don't have to be an Instagram Influencer to get preferred rates here! You just have to love film, and support what we do.
This online store is still brand new, so you can consider it in Beta to some extent. There may be a few hiccups to work out, but one thing you can expect form us is continual improvments and innovation. There is still a lot to announce this year regarding new services, so stay tuned. *Caugh* Prints *Caugh*
We'll talk more about it on the pod!
Episode 2 of our Podcast, Scary Stories to Tell in the Darkroom