New Service: Heidelberg Drum Scans up to 17×17″

Dickerman Prints is proud to announce that we now can digitize negatives, transparencies and reflective prints up to 17×17” with unparalleled quality using a Heidelberg Primescan Drum Scanner. These state-of-the-art scans retain every bit of information and detail from the brightest highlight to the deepest shadows and are perfect for reproducing your original at any size.

What differentiates a drum scanner from a traditional scanner is the image information is captured with photomultiplier tubes (vacuum tubes with extremely sensitive detectors that capture ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared light) instead of CCD chips. Using these tubes also allows your originals to be wet-mounted, which ensures that even the subtlest details are perfectly digitized.

Your images will be scanned by Bryan Bailey, who has more than a decade of experience using the Heidelberg drum scanner as well as a photographic background that includes managing Pictopia’s fine art imaging department and high-end corporate work for Chromacopy.

Some highlights of our Heidelberg drum scans:

  • Tonal gradations are amazingly smooth and well controlled with no loss of color due to a large gamut output.
  • Exceptional sharpness and a lack of digital noise means less digital sharpening later.
  • Film grain, finger marks and blemishes are greatly suppressed or eliminated with fluid mounting.
  • Greyscale and color scans can be produced as 8 or 16 bit files at sizes exceeding 1 gb, depending on the size of the original.

In addition to our new Heidelberg drum scans, Dickerman Prints also offers high-resolution Imacon and flatbed scans, proof-quality digitizations from our Durst Sigma Plus and large-format flat art reproductions.

For more information and pricing, please visit our scanning page.

Our Upstairs Neighbors: The Blackwell Files Casting Agency and Rental Studio

 The Blackwell Files Casting Directors and Talent Scouts The Blackwell Files Casting Directors and Talent Scouts

The creativity in our building doesn’t end with Dickerman Prints. One only has to go up a single flight of stairs to find The Blackwell Files, which provides clients with one-stop casting services for print and video ad campaigns. They also have two beautiful studios available for rent in the heart of the trendy Mission District.

The Blackwell Files Casting Directors and Talent Scouts have been skillfully managing the casting needs of ad agencies, producers, and photographers worldwide since 1999. In addition to their database of over 6000 Real-People talent they have the unique ability to save you time by handling the coordination of models from multiple, local, model agencies for on-site castings and call-backs. Their capacity to provide clients with an efficient, one-stop, talent-casting experience makes them the go-to casting agency for your San Francisco Bay Area talent needs.

Whether you’re looking to cast real people, talent with special skills, professional models, or just rent a studio, explore The Blackwell Files Web site and discover their full range of casting services. Clients include Audi, HP, Disney, Microsoft, Merrill Lynch, Yahoo!, Purina, Newsweek, Genetech, Del Monte, Adidas, Gap Kids and many more.

Check out what people are saying about the Blackwell Files on Yelp!

200 Yards: A Great New Photo Competition Idea

We love collaborating with creativity here at Dickerman Prints. That’s why we’re so excited to tell you about a new photo competition that we’re teaming up with: 200 Yards.

200 yards is a photography experiment conceived of and presented by Lightbox SF. First they find a venue, maybe a wine bar, office lobby, or traditional gallery. Then they put out a call to photographers to explore a 200 yard radius from the venue’s location and take pictures of whatever catches their eye. Each photographer then selects their best photos, up to 10, and submits them for possible inclusion in a photo exhibit held at the originally selected center point.

The idea behind the project is to expose local photographers, the little details that make each block of San Francisco unique, as well as the merchants that give each neighborhood its character.

Currently, Free Gold Watch has been selected for the 3rd venue (1767 Waller St. @ Stanyan). The submission deadline is February 14, 2011 and the opening reception is March 12, 2011.

So grab your camera, head over to Upper Haight and get snapping.

About Lightbox SF:
Our mission is to teach all artists that they can have viable careers based solely on their art. We know you have it in you, you just need the right guidance and support. That’s where we come in, Shelly and Genevieve, the founders of Lightbox SF. We can be your educators, accountability, cheerleaders, or inspiration.

If you’ve got an idea just burning to come alive, but are feeling overwhelmed with what you think you need to do or aren’t sure you can even make the time, we’ll help you draw the map to your dream and set realistic goals. If you’re struggling to make the leap from hobby to business, but aren’t sure where to start, we can guide you through the steps to building revenue. If you’ve spent a few years building a brand and want to take the business to the next level, we can teach the skills to be a successful, creative business owner.