Cropping is for farmers, as my former professor Dan used to say. Sadly in the hybrid workflow era cropping has become somewhat standard. This is because the scanner technology we use is generally not designed to include those nice black borders we know and love from our favorite printed photographs.
This was never acceptible to me. A border is not only a great way to indicate the edge of an image, show that you did your composing in camera, and advertise the film stock or camera you may have used, it's also just simply super cool! Those iconic Hasselblad notches are there for a reason. You want people to know that you shot Ilford FP4+ damn it! (Not flippin HP5+, duh)
Well as Justin Timberlake might say if he was a photographer, I am bringing sexy borders back.
Using the same technology that we use to make the best E6 scans in the business, we can also overscan your film frames to include the border. This works in every format all the way up to 4x5, and it's even possible to scan to the edge of the sprocket holes in 35mm. You will also benefit from a higher maximum resolution over a Frontier scan.
Because this is a style primarily associated with B&W images, we are starting the roll out of this service as a Monochrome only option for full rolls. 4x5 film will always be scanned with the border regardless of process type, of course.
However, we aren't totally leaving color photographers out in the borderless cold. Full border scans are available as single frame scans, and if you've processed your film at NP we will do these scans at a discounted rate. You could think of our simple scans as your contact sheet, and your bordered scans as final prints.
What’s more, our conversions are based on Fuji Frontier color. We are quite pleased with the results. While not a perfect match, we actually prefer our manual conversion.
You can order bordered scans for your B&W film right now! We’ll roll out color within a few days once we work it into the framework of our online store.