Photo Enlargements from Film Cameras

Photo Enlargements from Film Photo Prints, Negatives, Slides and Transparencies

State of the art digital photo enlargement and processing software, high resolution photo or image scanning, along with sophisticated digital photo printing systems produce premium quality photo enlargements and prints for film photos.

Introduction to Photo Enlargements of Film Photos:

Digital Film Processing:
Digital photo processing of photographs taken on film:
Photo Prints – Photo Negatives – Photo Transparencies

PhotoArt Imaging offers photo enlargement services for photographs captured on film. We provide digital photo enlargement for photo prints, photo negatives and photo slides and transparencies. Photo enlargements are processed by scanning your original photographs at up to 3200ppi with 48 bit color, or 16 bit B&W, and utilizing state of the art digital photo enlargement software.

Custom digital photo printing is performed with 10 color pigmented inks and professional quality photographic papers at 2880 dpi, for the finest quality digital photo prints available. Our digital photo prints are non-fading, archival quality Giclee’ prints, and we provide a customer satisfaction guarantee.

Film Photo Enlargement Service Features:

Fine Quality Digital Film Processing, Photo Enlargement and Prints.
Experience and cutting edge software produce premium quality prints.

Specializing in digital film processing with state of the art image processing and color management software systems. Printer 10 color HDR Ultrachrome inks and 2880 DPI print resolution for true, film quality digital photo prints.
Your satisfaction is 100% Guaranteed.

Save 16-33% on Premium Quality Photo Enlargements and Digital Photo Printing of film photos as compared to the cost in average local retail markets.

Photo prints are available on 2 Professional grade photographic papers:
+++High Gloss (100% gloss factor / 11mil) / Semi-Matte (20% gloss factor / 10.5mil)
+++and Genuine Satin finish Artist Canvas (20% gloss factor / 19mil).

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Digital Photo Processing: Advanced Cutting Edge Processing and Printing Software.

-Photo Enlargements: Processed and Printed with Original Photo Quality.

-Digital Photo Printing: Extreme 2880DPI Printing Resolution powered by Advanced RIP software.

-Finest Quality Inks: HDR Ultrachrome 10 color, pigmented and non-fading (Giclee’)

-Premium Quality Photographic Papers: Professional Grade, Resin Coated.

-FREE Personalized, Professional Tech Assistance & Service.

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Film Photo Enlargement Digital Processing Details:

Digital Photo Processing of Film Photographs:
PhotoArt Imaging can process and enlarge your photographs captured on film. Whether the photograph is in the form of a print, slide, negative or transparency, we can digitize the image utilizing a high resolution scanner equipped with high color bit depth capture, for true color representation of the original photo. The higher resolution files produced can create larger print sizes maintaining original photo quality.

Digital Film Processing for:
Photographic Prints – any print size up to 8″ x 10″.
Photographic Negatives – 35mm up to 4″ x 5″ in size.
PhotographicTransparencies – 35mm up to 4″ x 5″ in size

Digital Film Processing details:
The size to which your particular original photo can be enlarged is greatly dependent on the condition and quality of the original photo. Standard photo prints can be excellent, clear and with sharp detail. This type of photo print can be printed very large and still look great. If the original print looks a little grainy at a smaller size, like 4×6, enlarging will also enlarge the grain.

Bottom line…the enlarged print will look exactly like the original, only MUCH larger, accentuating any defects. Many of the defects produced can be retouched or fixed digitally, but this requires an additional charge. This also is the rule of thumb for negatives and transparencies, although it may be more difficult to judge the condition of the original.

The above guidelines apply most when producing larger size prints, in the 16×20 and larger print sizes. A good quality 8×10 print, 4×5 negative or transparency can be enlarged to 40×60 with excellent quality prints.

Before enlarging any photograph, simply take a very close look at the photo and try to determine the physical and optical condition. We include minor retouching with every scan, but some originals require more than “minor” touch-ups (5-10 min.). More major retouching is charged at the standard digital retouching rate and can not be estimated until we view the original photograph.

Film Photo Enlargement Digital Processing Prices and How to Order:

Digital Film Processing: Scan and process original Film photo – 4.00 per photo

Photo Restoration – 35.00 per hour

Photo Retouching – 35.00 per hour

Special visual effects – 35.00 per hour

Contact us with your project details at Customer Service (1-719 314-7833)
We will provide further details when contacted.

Send your original photo to us for processing.
PhotoArt Imaging
415 N. Date St.
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901
(original photo is returned with photo enlargements)

After we receive your photo, process to your requested print size and check for print quality at your requested size, we will contact you for order approval. If we do not recommend printing at your requested size, or if there are other issues with your project, we will send a detailed report.

When the order is approved, we will send a custom online quote/invoice containing a credit card payment option. Order is confirmed by payment and ships 24-48 hours after order confirmation.

You will receive your print(s) in 2-3 business days (on average).

Photo Enlargements and Film Photos

Points to consider before digital enlargement of film photos:

Digital enlargement of photos taken on film have some issues that need to be considered. Any time you convert from one medium to another, meaning film to digital, there can be a slight loss in quality or a minimal shift in color values. Even though it is possible to make very good digital adjustments to the digitized image, precise reproduction of the original film photograph may not always be possible.

The main point to consider in what the quality of the enlarged print will be, is the actual quality of the original photo. High resolution scanning of the film photo will produce an image that is exactly the same as the original photo. The thing is, the original photo that most people use is so small in comparison to the target enlargement print size, the naked eye is not able to see the imperfections that exist on the film photo. This would especially apply to 35mm negatives, transparencies and slides.

As an example, let’s say you have a 4×6 photo print you would like to enlarge to a size of 16×24. This is enlarging the original photo 16 times. Presentation of the photo’s focus and image details will be expanded, or magnified 16 times. What this really boils down to is decompressing the image. The photo enlargement will only be as sharp and clear as the original 4×6 print. The best way to determine the quality of the enlargement is to take a very close look at the original photograph. I recommend viewing the photo with a good quality magnifying glass. At least a 4x magnification will give you a pretty good idea of how the 16×24 enlargement will appear.

Producing a 16×24 enlargement from a 35mm negative, transparency or slide is a much greater magnification of the original photo. It is about impossible to preview these types of original photos. Here a rule of thumb may be taking into consideration the quality of the photo processing lab you used for photo developing. If you used a high volume, low cost processor, well then the quality may not be as good as you may think. If the film was processed by a professional lab, you may be able to expect much better quality.

The next point to consider for quality photo enlargements, is the size of the original film photograph. The less you have to magnify the original, the better the enlargement quality will be. Also, the larger the original film photograph, the finer the original image details and sharpness will be for the source photo. This means less image decompression for the target photo enlargement size.

For example, if you had a film photo you wanted to enlarge to 16×24, and had the original photo printed as a 4×6 and had the negative also, you would probably want to use the 4×6 print to produce the 16×24 photo enlargement. Much less image magnification would be required. If you had even a larger print, such as an 8×10, the enlargement quality would even be better. The original 8×10 would contain much better photo detail and sharpness, at a larger size, and so would the photo enlargement.

Finally, the quality of the camera and film used for the photograph make a big difference in how good the photo enlargement print will appear. Obviously, a photo taken with some cheap, disposable camera will not even come close to the original detail and sharpness that could be obtained using a high quality camera with a refined lens.

In conclusion, there are just a few points to consider for producing fine quality photo enlargement from original film photographs.
The actual quality of the original film photo to be used for photo enlargement.
The quality of the photo lab used in film processing.
The physical size of the film photo used for the photo enlargement.
The quality of the camera and film used for the original film photo.

The more of the points above you have covered, the finer the quality you can expect for your photo enlargement.

How to Scan Film Photos for Photo Enlargements

A technique for determining scanning resolution needed for a target print size.

Over the years I’ve had numerous customers send digital image files from film photos they have scanned and request photo enlargement and prints. In almost every circumstance, the files received were scanned at too low a resolution to produce photo enlargement without resampling the original digital file to produce the requested print size. Every time you resample a digital file, the original image quality will degrade, producing a lower visual quality photo enlargement.

There is a simple technique we use when scanning film photos for photo enlargement that will produce the exact print resolution required for your particular digital photo printing system. All you need is a good quality scanner that can scan with an optical scanning resolution of 2400 dpi or more, and has a scanning setup mode that allows you to enter specific sizes and resolutions, with an image output scale or percentage listed. You must also be able to “select” the original photo with a marquee selection tool, or a similar manner to select and scan only the area of the photo.

When I say “Optical” scanning resolution I mean strictly optical. All scanners will have listed scan resolution available that are extremely high. These are usually interpolated or digitally resampled resolutions. You may have to check the scanners specifications to find out what it’s actual optical scanning limit is. Any resolution used that is higher than the listed optical resolution, will resample the digital image.

The scanning setup window or mode must allow you to enter specific parameter sizes for the output image, and allow you to enter specific scan resolutions or dpi. Most better quality scanners will have a “professional” type mode you can access to set up your scan. You will not be able to use this photo enlargement technique with the “quick scan” or “auto scan” type of application.

To fine tune the output image, or to crop to an exact print size, you should also have installed an image editing software such as Photoshop. The scanned image will not usually come out as an exact print size.

This photo enlargement technique will work equally well with any type of original film photograph. If your scanner can accept negatives or transparencies, the same process can be used to format photo enlargements from these types of original film photographs.

To illustrate this photo enlargement technique, we will be scanning from Photoshop CS using an original 4×6 photo print. To set up the scan, you need to know just two specific items. One, the size of the photo enlargement or output print size. Two, the resolution or dpi required for printing the photo enlargement. We will produce a photo enlargement of 11×14 at a printing resolution of 300 dpi.

Step One:
Place the photo on the scan bed and open the scanner setup window. Preview the photo and select the entire photo with the selection marquee. We will say the photo is a portrait orientation photo, with the photo height as the long side and vertical.

Step Two:
Enter 11 inches in the width field of the scan setup window destination or target section. You will see a corresponding height of 16.38 inches. If you were to enter 14 inches in the height field, the image width would only be about 9 inches, not large enough for your target photo enlargement. Here you may need to enter your target dimensions in either the width or height to determine which you need to enter to produce a large enough photo enlargement size. You can crop the photo enlargement to the exact print size later in Photoshop.

Step Three:
Check the scale or percentage field of the scan setup and you will see the dimensions you entered in the target size fields produce a 273% photo enlargement. This actually relates to a photo enlargement of 2.73 times the original photo size. Since you know you want to print the photo at a resolution of 300 dpi, you need to scan the original photo at a resolution of 300 x 2.73, or 819 dpi. Enter 819 dpi in the destination or output section resolution of the scanner setup window.

Step Four:
Since the actual photo enlargement will be produced through the digital image resolution, you then set the scale or percentage back to 100% and enter the original sizes or 4 inches width and 6 inches height back into the destination or output sizes in the scan setup.

Step Five:
So you should have your scanner setup with the original photo sizes of 4×6, at a scale of 100%, and a scanning resolution of 819 dpi. Go ahead and scan the image into Photoshop. Check your final image size in Photoshop by Image > Image size. We ended up with an image 4.029 x 6.0 at 819 dpi. To create the photo enlargement, simply uncheck resample in the image size window, and enter 300 in the resolution field. This will create an image 11×16.38 at 300 dpi.

Step Six:
To crop the photo enlargement to an exact 11×14, just select the crop tool, enter in the crop parameters width 11 inches, height 14 inches, and resolution 300. Drag the crop box over the entire image and position as you like. Click the crop check mark in the upper right of the screen and you have a perfectly sized 11×14 image at 300 dpi resolution ready for printing with no image digital resampling or re-sizing.

The whole point with this photo enlargement technique is to first, use the scanner settings to determine the scanning resolution dpi needed to produce the target photo enlargement size, then scan the original photo at the original size and 100% scale. When you scan a photo at it’s original size with the “scale” at anything but 100%, the scanner software resamples or interpolates the digital file. This will produce a lower visual quality image.

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The products available in that size will appear.
2.) Select your Product
3. ) Upload your image (file)
4.) Select quantity you want . ADD TO CART

Then our professional will review your order and select the product options that will be best for your photograph(s). We will make minor adjustments to your image for print quality. If your image will not look good or if it requires a major change, we will notify you of your options.

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Cost $756.00 per person

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Cost $756.00 per person

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Sept 27 - Sept 30, 2019 (This Date is FULL)

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Designed to improve the areas that you would like to learn such as:

  • Focusing
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  • Resolution and File Type, 
  • Use of Filters: Both in Camera and Lens Mounted Filters.
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  • Camera Trigger Systems
  • File Management
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Workshops are 2-8 hours of training. Most of instruction is in the field using your equipment and the provided equipment from the workshop instructors. Hands-on in-the-field experiences. Small student to instructor ratio. Actual taking of photographs so you experience what the workshop is teaching in real time. See the results immediately, then being able to adjust your technique to achieve your goals. Limit six students. Instructors are there to teach; they will not have a camera taking photographs.

Self-pace, enjoyable locations to photograph. Semi-formal instruction. 2-5 Days and Overnight Stays. 


Instruction will be in a classroom environment.

Designed to take a student from level 1 (point and shoot) to level 3 (understanding exposure and your camera capabilities). Most of the training is in the field with a small number of students. 

This is a free service! We want to make sure you will be happy with your photograph.

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