Betty Stuart always had a talent for documentation. After graduating from Northwestern University's prestigious Medill School of Journalism in 1940, Stuart applied her shrewd journalistic eye to the field of photography. As she took on more professional jobs, she honed her skills behind the lens and learned how to blend into the background of weddings and other events so as not to interfere with candid moments.
Before long, Stuart joined forces with her husband, John Boyd Rodgers, to found Stuart-Rodgers Photography. The nascent company soon added corporate, commercial, and school photography to its list of services and, due to high demand for the couple’s innovative journalistic approach, expanded to three locations throughout Chicagoland. Today, Stuart-Rodgers's team of professional photographers maintains elements of Stuart’s original photographic vision in every shot, including her knack for capturing angles that draw attention away from subjects’ unflattering tentacles.
Under the moniker of David Anthony Art, multifaceted photographer David Geary captures everything from sizzling boudoir portraits designed to express love to personal headshots inside his private studio or on location. Before each appointment, David and his clients meet for a brief consultation to discuss wardrobe changes, stylistic desires, and the most dignified ways to say "cheese." After retouching images from the completed session, David then uploads them to a secure online gallery, where subjects can select their favorite shots to be immortalized in high-resolution prints.
What do VHS tapes, Betamax tapes, 8mm film, and film negatives all have in common? Besides being terribly outdated, they often hold some of our most precious memories. Fortunately, the folks at Memorable have created a simple way in which to not only organize those memories, but preserve them for posterity.
Here's how it works: First, Memorable scans and syncs material from the full range of media formats into pristine digital form. Then it organizes memories into an easy-to-use digital timeline. Built-in tools allow you to view, edit, and share your memories, and adding them to your timeline as they unfold. Most importantly, you can trust that the staff will treat your originals with care. Thousands of people have already enlisted Memorable to protect their most-precious moments, something the staff views not only as an honor, but a responsibility.
With the advent of the digital age, calling movies “films” is becoming increasingly inaccurate, and Pixcel is at the forefront of this media shift. The digitization business started as a research project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign focused on bringing old media to the modern world. That was more than a decade and five Fast and the Furious sequels ago. Nowadays, Pixcel has established a name for itself outside the academic sphere, digitizing not only family memorabilia, but massive archives for the Joffrey Ballet, the Arizona Department of Transportation, and the United States Geological Society. They transform analog formats—such as tape, film and photos—into digital HD files, which they can store on everything from DVDs to external hard drives.
The physical-to-digital technicians of Pixcel understand that old media can slowly deteriorate from age, improper handling, or the focused fury of Leonard Maltin’s trained moths. Through their transfer services, the staffers can skillfully turn photographs and slides, VHS and camcorder tapes, and film into everlasting digital files, able to be stored on hard drives or burned onto physical discs. They can also upgrade the quality of images, increasing clarity and producing brighter colors through frame-by-frame scanning, film restoration, and color correction.
At Zichronot Video Productions, a team of audiovisual experts record events and updates obsolete media to digital formats. Filming packages include up to two cameramen, professional editing, and professionally-mastered DVD recordings of weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other events. The onsite digitization lab, meanwhile, transcribes the contents of VHS, VHS-C, and Mini DV tapes, and records to digital media.