Classes

One-on-one sessions are available for the following topics:

  • Color correction and grading

    • Guidelines for handling footage

    • The basics: Lift, Gamma, Gain

    • The more complicated stuff: Curves, Qualifiers, Powerwindows, and Nodes

    • Free software

  • Digital Photography

    • Metering, exposure, and the manual camera

    • RAW photo processing. What it is and why you should shoot RAW

    • Free software

  • 35mm Field Photography

    • Affordably shoot real film and process it in the field without the need for a darkroom

    • How to judge exposure and focus just by looking at your negative

If you are interested in any of these topics, please contact me at Contact me (720) 663-0122 or preservefilmco@gmail.com


Preservation Tips

General

  • Contrary to popular belief, digital information will NOT last forever. Standards change and media deteriorates. Keep your originals.

  • Always store your digital material in multiple places, and never rely solely on media such as a DVD or a flash drive for long-term storage. Mechanical drives are much more reliable as long as they are occasionally exercised to keep the moving parts from sticking.

  • Standard DVDs, CDs, BluRays, flash drives, or SSDs have a very short shelf life, often only 1-2 years.

  • Mechanical hard drives have a shelf life of about 2-4 years, and it is somewhat necessary to plug in the drive every couple months and give it a “spin” to keep the mechanisms from sticking.

  • M-Discs have a realistic shelf life of about 5-10 years. Most services will tell you that M-Discs last quite a bit longer than that (some say 1000 years), but this is mostly marketing.

  • Gold Discs have a realistic shelf life of about 3-5 years. Most services will tell you that gold discs last quite a bit longer than that (some say 300 years), but this is mostly marketing.

  • The only long-term, offline storage solution for digital material is LTO tape, but even this has some critical problems. LTO will often last around 15 years, but the standard is constantly being updated with limited backwards compatibility.

  • The best backup of your digital material that you can keep is your ORIGINAL media, especially if your original is film.

  • Cloud storage is a decent backup solution, but always keep a local backup.

Film

  • Always keep your film in a cool, dry place.

  • Film, whether it’s motion picture or stills, has a very long shelf life. This is realistically several hundred years for non-preservation materials (usually acetate film) depending on the quality of the original laboratory processing.

  • Vinegar syndrome is a contagious degradation of tri-acetate film stock, resulting in a noticeable vinegar smell. Keep vinegar films separated from the rest to slow the spread of degradation across your collection.

Video

  • Always keep your video in a cool, dry place.

  • Video tape uses magnetic particles to store data, a lot like credit cards. Be sure to keep your tapes away from magnets or static discharge.

Stills

  • Always keep your stills in a cool, dry place.

  • Negatives and slides are considerably better storage mediums than prints. If given the choice to get rid of either your negatives or prints, never choose to throw away your negatives as they will always last longer and retain much higher resolution.