Now offering HDR film scanning for 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film

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Expose hidden detail with multi-flash HDR scanning

Gamma Ray Digital is now offering optional multi-flash High Dynamic Range film scanning for all gauges from 8mm through 35mm. HDR scanning works by shooting multiple images of the same frame at different exposure levels, in order to draw out shadow detail (in positive film) or prevent clipping in highlights (in negative film).

We've upgraded our Lasergraphics scanner to support HDR, and the results are outstanding. But don't just take our word for it, see for yourself:

HDR Example


Is HDR for me?

If you're working with camera original film, you should seriously consider it.  If you're working with print film, then the answer is probably no - by the time the film has been printed, lost shadow and highlight detail is usually permanent.

Naturally contrasty reversal film such as Kodachrome will typically see a substantial increase in shadow detail. This is particularly true with underexposed reversal film, and it applies to both black and white and color stocks.

With color or black and white negative, you'll see an improvement in your highlights in the form of more well defined grain and less clipping, especially if the film was overexposed. 

For both reversal and negative stock, you'll have much more picture information to work with when grading.

When will this be available?

After extensive testing we purchased this upgrade this week. We're ready to do your HDR scanning immediately. 

What does it cost?

Contact us for a quote. HDR scanning takes more time than a standard dynamic range scan, so we'll need to get some specifics on your project first.