Entries by Natalie Gunn

How Long Does A Photo Last?

It’s a fair question. You’ve no doubt seen old photos in various states of fading, curling and cracking. That’s probably what today’s prints will look like in 50 years, right? Nope.   Digital cameras aren’t the only evolution in photography this century. Print technology has been improving just as rapidly, in two ways. Silver halide […]

How Big Can I Print, Really?

You probably know the resolution of your phone’s camera. But what does that mean in real life? Can I make this big enough to live on my wall? Or just on my bookshelf? You’ve probably heard the detailed answer before, or at least the first few sentences before your eyes glazed over. It’s the one […]

Developing Negatives In The Modern Age

Developing Negatives In The Modern Age A recent BBC article highlighted the mystique of old photographic negatives. When a few century-old glass negatives were purchased at a flea market, scanned and posted on twitter they were shared by over 20M people within two days. Kind of makes you curious to find out what might be […]

Metal Has Made It

Metal Has Made It Aluminum ain’t just for Apple anymore. Here’s why metal prints have caught on as the new medium of choice for paper warry photo printers. 1. Bonded to be bold. The dye sublimation process fuses pigment directly into the surface of coated metal, creating depth and intense color saturation. Archival inks heated […]

Video is Everywhere. Transfer, Edit, Share.

With a little fear and sadness, the last post was a reminder that we all have valuable old movies growing obsolete and inaccessible in our memory archives. Here’s how to have them transferred and, more importantly, what to do then. This is often the most daunting part because it raises a lot of questions. Where […]

Video is Everywhere.Where’s Yours?

Video is Everywhere. Where’s Yours? When a dear friend recently lost her father, she poured her grief into the preparation of the memorial slide show. As the family’s unofficial keeper of memories, she already had access to their photo collections. Her passion for photography and archiving had equipped her well for the task but she […]

Printing for Young Memories

When you think back to your surroundings growing up; your bedroom, living room, what do you remember? The furniture? The patterns on the walls and floor? I remember photos. Some of them probably still hang in a hallway in my parents’ house. They are my family. Me, grandparents, cousins. I wouldn’t have forgotten about those […]

Now is the best time to scan old negatives

Now Is The Best Time To Scan Old Negatives Of the three types of old photo media that many of us have stashed away, negatives are the most often overlooked.  Prints and slides can be viewed relatively easily but because negatives are reversals and they’re so small, it can be hard to determine what’s on […]

Archive the Art Cave

Save the school year and your sanity! Wednesday is the day my grade schoolers come home with a week’s worth of completed assignments. I hate Wednesdays. That’s not true; I love to see their work, talk about what they’ve been up to, and get a glimpse inside their school-brains. But after that I’m left with […]