Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Black & White Photography in the Digital Age


“Black & White Photography in the Digital Age”
April 10 - May 8, 2010

Gallery Seven in Maynard is seeking submissions from MA artists for their upcoming digital photography show. All work must be black and white. We are accepting both ink jet prints and gelatin silver prints from digital files. 

As this show is about the beauty and rich tonality that can be achieved through digital black and white we will be judginging from actual prints. NO SLIDES OR JPGS, please!

$25 submission fee for up to 3 pieces. Please call  for complete information before dropping off work.

Drop off dates are: Thursday Feb. 11th - Sat. Feb. 13th from 11-5 p.m. at Gallery Seven, 7 Nason St., Maynard, MA.  Contact Kelli Costa or Nick Johnson at 978-897-9777 or

Pick up dates are: Thursday Feb. 18 - Sat. Feb. 20th from 11-5 p.m. at Gallery Seven.

Digital Silver Imaging is offering a special 10% discount for any orders for this gallery show.  Please mention this when placing your order for true black & white gelatin silver prints for the gallery show.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Photographic Gift Ideas from Digital Silver Imaging

Buy One Get One Free

We know it's close to the holidays and you might be wondering what to give as a special gift this year.  Photographs make great gifts; they're personal, thoughtful, and unique.  Have Digital Silver Imaging print a beautiful true black & white print from one of your files that you can give to someone this year.  We are offering a special Buy One Get One FREE on all custom prints 11x14 and larger, on both RC or fiber papers.  The second print can be from the same or a different file. The promotion runs through December 30th.

Nik Software Promotion

We also have great pricing on our favorite software from Nik.  We have just made a special purchase and are selling the Complete "Ultimate" Edition for $399.95 - that's $200 off the regular price!  Our website has the complete list of all the Nik Software plug-ins at exceptional pricing.  Of course our favorite Nik Plug-in is Silver Efex Pro-it is by far the best Photoshop/Lightroom/Aperture B&W tool on the market!  We are offering a special $10 coupon towards our True B&W printing with any Nik Software purchase.

Ted Dillard - Pipeline Series

If you're thinking of books for yourself or someone else, consider the Pipeline Series by Boston area author Ted Dillard.  We have found his books very easy to read and helpful.  Please visit the Pipeline section of the DSI site for complete descriptions and pricing information.

Infrared Camera Conversions

Finally, Infrared Photography has become very popular again.  We are working with Precision Camera  to provide a top quality digital camera conversion service at an affordable price.  This is a great way to re-purpose an older model digital camera. Free Shipping on all orders placed by Friday Dec 18th!  Get complete details and information on the DSI IR Website.

Thank you all for your support throughout the year and we wish you all a healthy and happy holiday season.

Your friends @ Digital Silver Imaging

Friday, November 6, 2009

DSI to Sponsor Eugene Richards at ASMP Tues Nov 10th

An Evening with Eugene Richards

Eugene Richards is a photographer, writer, and documentary filmmaker who is best known for his books and photographic essays on such diverse topics as breast cancer, drug addiction, poverty, AIDS, and emergency medicine. He is the author of fifteen books, the most recent being The Blue Room (Phaidon, 2008), a collection of his photographs on abandoned houses in rural America, as well as A Procession of Them (University of Texas Press, 2008), which confronts the plight of the institutionalized mentally disabled. His current book project, War Is Personal, is a documentation in words and pictures of the consequences of the Iraq war.

In his talk, Eugene Richards will discuss the many book projects he’s undertaken since becoming a photographer nearly forty years ago, as well as his forays into filmmaking and advertising work. His main focus will be his latest publications, A Procession of Them and The Blue Room, both published in Fall 2008.

Location: MASS BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, WELLESLEY HILLS CAMPUS | 50 Oakland Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
(781) 239-3000 | directions

Parking: Parking is free with permit. Please download and print the permit PDF, and remember to display it on your dashboard.

Time: Social hour begins at 6pm. Presentation begins at 7pm.

* You must pre-register to be eligible to win a door prize.

Pre-register Online Now!

$10 members and students
$20 for non-members

At the Door:
$15 for members and students
$25 for non-members

Sponsored by Digital Silver Imaging and Ava Art

Friday, October 30, 2009

Mojica Photography blogs about DSI

They don't make cameras like they used to--literally! Digital photography can be both a blessing and a curse. While amenities such as printing images on a printer instead of a dark room and Photoshop instead of an airbrush can cut down on costs for prints and photo restoration or manipulation, the quality of a true black and white picture has all but faded away like antiquity--until now. Digital Silver Imaging has brought back one of the keystones of traditional photography, the silver gelatin print! Silver gelatin is superior in every way to run-of-the-mill digital prints. It is the material that is warranted when you have a true piece of art. Like Durer making wood-cuts of his creations, DSI uses a medium that stands the test of time. Too many beautiful images are spoiled by sunlight and exposure to humidity. The problem is, if you have a beautiful picture, you want to display so it can be enjoyed. When you chose DSI for your black and white prints, you get the best of both worlds: the longevity of silver gelatin and the definition, clarity, and emotion of black and white. We recommend Digital Silver Imaging prints for your most cherished images. You may have save your wedding cake in the freezer or store your wedding dress in the closet, but your wedding pictures should be out in the open. DSI prints let you keep your pictures out in the open without having to worry or fuss over having reprints or restorations done. And the clarity of silver gelatin is unparalleled!

Joshua & Loraine McCall from Mojica Photography

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Adobe Lightroom Workflow for Photographers with John Flaherty 11/21/09

Get that inspiration back!

“Great Art is 90% inspiration and only 10% technique” Is this old adage still true?

Photography has become a maze of steps and computer programs, actions, presets, and filters.  Many photographers have lost their inspiration because of the confusing process they must undertake from capture, develop, and printing their images.  A solid foundation for image processing WILL expand your creativity.  John Flaherty has taught many photographers how to be comfortable with this process to allow their creativity to flow.  Learn how to use Lightroom, LabPrints, and Photoshop to streamline your workflow and focus on creative imagery.  John will also demonstrate the integration of Nik Silver Efex Pro B&W plugin for Lightroom and Photoshop.

The final part of this workshop will show how to use LapPrints to upload your files to Digital Silver Imaging for true B&W prints from you digital files.

This workshop is intended for beginning to intermediate level or for more advanced users who are looking to further their knowledge of Adobe Lighroom.

Date: Saturday November 21st
Time: 10:00AM - 2:30PM (1/2 hour lunch break from 12-12:30)
Lens Pro to Go Studios
152 Commonwealth Ave
Unit M-1
Concord, MA 01742

Price is $60 per person.

Please click here to register and make payment arrangements.

DSI & Nik Software to present at B&H Photo Nov 2nd

Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software is the most powerful tool for creating professional quality black and white images from your photographs. For the first time, all the advanced power and control required for professional results have been brought together in one convenient tool.

Featuring Nik Software’s patented U Point® technology to selectively control the tonality and contrast of the image, Silver Efex Pro includes advanced imaging algorithms to protect against unwanted artifacts, a comprehensive collection of emulated black and white film types, over 20 one-click preset styles, and a state-of-the-art grain reproduction engine that help produce the highest quality black and white images possible from your color images while providing more freedom to experiment.

Janice Wendt from Nik Software and Eric Luden from Digital Silver Imaging will be at the B&H Event Space on Monday Nov 2nd from 3-5PM to present and in depth demonstration on the black & white workflow using Silver Efex Pro and how to get true silver prints from your new black & white digital files from DSI.

For more details, and to register if you're in the area, please click here.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Infrared Conversions - 715nm versus 830nm

Clients are asking us about our new Infrared conversion services and how we differ from other companies that are offering the conversions, or "do-it-yourself" kits.  DSI has partnered with Precision Camera Repair to provide this service at very competitive rates.  We offer two IR filters, 665nm and 715nm.  So, I asked Mark Soares, Professional Services Technical Representative from Precision Camera to explain this more clearly for our clients:

"The filter we use still allows a small amount of visible light to penetrate through the filter and expose the image. What this does is create an image that it ~95% IR and ~5% visible spectrum. Although this may seem like a disservice when you talk about shooting specifically in IR, we find that using the 715nm filter allows for better tonal range in the highlight areas (where there is a lot of IR, with all the foliage, etc), whereas the B&W filter the competition use is much higher contrast(and as such has less tonal range). The filter they call B&W is an ~830nm filter, which means that the exposed image is 100% IR and no visible light. The truth is that the difference between both is a matter of contrast in the image (which is a result of IR levels in the image). The 830nm will be more contrasty than the 715nm, however, with minimal post processing the 715nm can have the same contrasty B&W look as the 830nm with the added benefit of a better tonal range. What this means is that the 715nm overall ends up being a more versatile conversion capable of producing results as dramatic as the 830nm, and with more tonal range (not to mention it allows you to do low saturation color IR work, which is also nice.)"

For more details and info about our IR Conversions, please check our website for more details and information.

Friday, October 16, 2009

DSI Announces Agreement with Nik Software

Photo Plus Booth 863 – Eric Luden, owner of Digital Silver Imaging, was a user of Nik software before he became a reseller.  “Nik’s Dfine 2.0, Sharpener Pro 3.0 and Silver Efex Pro saved us many hours of Photoshop time and helped us produce some of the finest B&W images we’ve printed”, says Luden.  “Our relationship just continued to grow from there, and we became an authorized dealer of Nik software.  We’ll have co-operative displays at Photo Plus and will launch a joint webinar and field training seminars after the show.”

Luden is scheduled to present on the software, particularly Silver Efex Pro, at an upcoming B&H Photo event scheduled for Monday, November 2.  Per Luden, “The Silver Efex Pro is a remarkably complete package for those working in black and white.  The software gives the user total control of tonality and contrast.  The software emulates most of the common B&W film types, allowing the user to choose grain, color sensitivity and tone curves as needed.  In addition, Silver Efex Pro gives additional brush and filter tools when used on conjunction with Adobe Photoshop.  It really is a package that can be used by professionals and hobbyists alike.”

To promote the software at Photo Plus, Digital Silver Imaging is offering special show pricing on Nik Software purchased at the their booth during the show.  Details on the offer, including an additional discount on printing services through DSI, can be found here.

In addition, DSI plans to raffle off two packages containing a Canon G series camera, converted by Precision Camera to shoot in infrared, plus a copy of Nik’s Silver Efex Pro.  One package will be raffled off on Thursday, October 22 and one on Friday, October 23.

Join our FREE Web Training session for Silver Efex Pro on Wednesday Oct 28th from 3-4PM Eastern Time.

Click here for free registration.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Free Web Training for Nik Silver Efex Pro B&W Software

Join Victor Ha of Nik Software and Digital Silver Imaging for an in depth training on the award winning Nik Silver Efex Pro. Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software is the most powerful tool for creating professional quality black and white images from your digital files. For the first time, all the advanced power and control required for professional results have been brought together in one convenient tool. We will demonstrate how to work with your digital files from RAW to print in an easy to follow online training.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28th 12:00 - 1:00PM Pacific Time

Webinar Details
  • Working with Silver Efex Pro (SEP) as a smart object
  • SEP workspace and preferences
  • SEP Presets
  • Work with Tonality controls
  • U Point Powered Control Points
  • Film Types with state-of-the-art grain engine
  • Saving files for printing

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Off the Wall Opening Celebration


It's a unique event which brings a Boston Globe international war correspondent, a visiting Neiman Fellow and member of Vii - together with Marilyn Riseman, the doyenne of style -  to celebrate fashion! The packed opening of Off the Wall brought 200 plus photographers, designers, academics, stylists, journalists and revelers out to view the work of 11 area shooters to the Griffin Museum @ Digital Silver Imaging. Ennis, Team and other agencies who represent the talent behind the photographs joined their freelance artists in celebrating their work.

Accolades are still pouring in: "Paris in Belmont". "Never saw such glamour in Boston".  "The opening was lovely, I think the show was so smart and exquisite". "I have been out all fashion week and never saw such a diverse crowd"."How did you get all these people here?". An outdoor tent and self-portrait gallery managed the overflow crowd and added to the festive vibe.

While heavy on the female, the show covers subjects ranging in age from 6 - 81 including Savannah youth in their Sunday best, abstract close-ups of accessories, witty and sublime takes on the act we all do everyday - dress. A unifying factor is the handsome custom framing provided by Kathy Skarvan of Ava Art. A guest described the beauty of the frames as "standing on their own without taking anything away from the image." It is a masterful balance to strike.

A poster asking "Are you ready for your close-up?" , led guests to a studio set up for their own shoot. Individuals, couples, families and groups captured themselves in all manner of fun.  The photographers in the show suffered through being on the other side of the camera for a group portrait. We edited 250 raw files and posted the results in the OTW Studio Gallery.

It is a stellar show pulled together in a short amount of time. Thanks to the confidence of Paula Tognarelli, The Director of the Griffin Museum, and the inclusiveness of Jay Calderin, The Founder of Fashion Week, we were able to create a "perfect storm" of interest and excitement. I had the challenging task of deciding what to eliminate. It was a pleasure reuniting with colleagues I have worked alongside at various times over the past 15 years and to meet the new breed of talent lending their eye to the art of fashion photography.

Wanting to preserve this special collection of photos, we created a custom book bound in platinum Japanese silk. The show is up until November 1st. All images are for sale and the book can be ordered.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

DSI and Nik Software to present at B&H Photo 11/2/09

Complete Control for Professional Quality

Black and White with Nik Software and Digital Silver Imaging

November 2nd 2009 3-5 PM at B&H Photo Event Space

Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software is the most powerful tool for creating professional quality black and white images from your photographs. For the first time, all the advanced power and control required for professional results have been brought together in one convenient tool.

Featuring Nik Software’s patented U Point® technology to selectively control the tonality and contrast of the image, Silver Efex Pro includes advanced imaging algorithms to protect against unwanted artifacts, a comprehensive collection of emulated black and white film types, a variable toning selector for adding traditional toning techniques, over 20 one-click preset styles, and a state-of-the-art grain reproduction engine that help produce the highest quality black and white images possible from your color images while providing more freedom to experiment.

Janice Wendt from Nik Software will demonstrate how to best work with your files, from RAW capture to output using the award winning Nik Software tools. You will learn how to easily work with your files to create stunning black and white images. Techniques that will be taught in this lecture will remove the need for tedious selections and endless numbers of steps. Janice will teach how to get the most out of your workflow, optimizing raw images, noise reduction techniques, global adjustments vs. targeted adjustments, selective enhancements, bringing out detail, applying traditional techniques, black and white images from color capture and creating a style with your retouching.

Eric Luden, Owner of Digital Silver Imaging, will discuss more about output and their unique black & white printing methods. DSI incorporates cutting edge laser printing technology from Durst with true gelatin silver papers from Ilford Photo to produce stunning black & white prints. DSI was an early adopter of Silver Efex Pro and has been recommending the software to their clients for the past 15 months. “Silver Efex Pro takes the mystery out of the black & white digital workflow and allows the photographer total control, without all the headaches.”

Friday, September 25, 2009

Gallery Talk with J. Sybylla Smith "Off the Wall - Fashion in Black & White"

October 4, 4 PM
The Griffin Museum at Digital Silver Imaging
11 Brighton St., Belmont, MA
Photos: Marilyn Riseman by William Huber

Inspired by famed fashion and portrait photographer, Richard Avedon, who shot and edited for the wall rather than the page, this exhibit showcases black-and-white images by area fashion photographers. Curator J. Sybylla Smith gives a brief tour of the exhibit, followed by an intimate behind-the-scenes discussion on style and fashion concepts in today's fashion photography

Monday, September 21, 2009

Digital Silver Imaging to exhibit at Photo Plus Expo

Come to New York City from Oct 22nd - 24th and stop by the Javitz for the PDN Photoplus trade show and conference.  Booth #863

DSI will have a full display and beautiful true black and white gelatin silver prints on our gallery wall. We will be having a shared presentation on working with Infrared converted cameras and Nik Silver Efex Pro. We will be offering a special promotion on converting digital cameras to shoot IR and bundled with Silver Efex Pro.

One of our images, from Rock 'n Roll photographer Herb Greene, will be on display at the Ilford Photo booth. It's a great studio image of Jerry Garcia with his band and Bob Dylan is seated right in the middle. We're honored to have this on display during the expo.

BC Kagan will be in our booth signing silver prints of Bono, The  Police, Billy Idol and other rock 'n roll musicians from the late 70's and early 80's. Come by on Friday from 2- 4 PM and buy a signed print!

To get your FREE PDN Expo pass courtesy of Digital Silver Imaging, click here.

October 2nd Gallery Reception

Join us on October 2nd at the Griffin Museum Gallery @ Digital Silver Imaging in Belmont, MA. The opening is from 6- 8 PM

The show features 11 Professional Photographers and 14 images. All of the black and white gelatin silver prints were made at Digital Silver Imaging and custom framing was provide by Ava Art.

Click here for the full press release and details.

Eric Luden to lecture at Stan Godwin workshop

Eric Luden will be heading to the Cape this weekend as a guest at Stan Godwin's workshops. We will be discussing black & white work flow and how to integrate some of these into printing at Digital Silver Imaging. There will be a brief overview of the various options that have existed for digital shooters and how DSI is working to offer another solution for photographers today.

Once you have an RGB color file, how do you "see" it in black & white? Does the image have a different look and feel once you remove the color? How does our true black & white gelatin silver printing process compliment the black & white digital work flow?

If you're in the area this Saturday, October 26th, come to the Cape and find out.

For more details about the lecture and other workshops with Stan Godwin, click here.

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Soiling of Old Glory - by Stan Forman

From Wikipedia -
"The Soiling of Old Glory is a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph taken for the Boston Herald American in 1976 by Stanley Forman.

The photograph depicts a white teenager, Joseph Rakes, about to assault black lawyer and civil-rights activist Ted Landsmark with a flagpole bearing the American flag. It was taken in Boston on April 5, 1976, during a protest against court-ordered desegregation busing. It ran on the front page of the Herald American the next day, and also appeared in several newspapers across the country. It won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Spot Photography."

I believe this is the first time the sequence of photographs leading up to this historic image have been displayed. Stan's camera jammed twice just before the final image. Click the image to view a larger copy.

This strip of negatives was scanned in a Nikon Super Coolscan 9000 with a Nikon glass mount carrier. I needed to scan the strip once from each end and once for the middle due to its length.
Photoshop CS4 Photomerge took care of piecing things together.

For sales of this and other images by Stanley Forman please call 617-489-0035 or email

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Ted Kennedy: Stan Forman's Photographs tell the story

Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Stanley Forman, has documented Boston history for more than 40 years. He has captured many famous images over the years as a still photographer. He is best known for his image of the young girl falling from a fire escape and "The Soiling of Old Glory".

Stan has recently compiled his collection of images of the Kennedy family he
has taken over his career. The National Press Photographers Association ran a story on August 27th, 2009 about Stan's images. A collection of his images of Senator Ted Kennedy appear in a Channel 5 story. WCVB Boston also produced a video about Stan' work. Click here to watch the video.

This collection of images, once they are retouched in Photoshop, offer some great images that Stan captured during his many visits with Senator Ted Kennedy and his family. Many of these images have never been seen before. They provide us with some intimate moments that very few people ever had access to before.

Digital Silver Imaging is working with Stan to help get these images out into the public and make them available for purchase. We are scanning them and will make true black & white gelatin silver prints from the cleaned up digital files.

8x10 B&W RC Silver prints $99.00
11x14 B&W RC Silver prints $129.00
Framing available for an additional $50

For information about the images, contact Digital Silver Imaging via email at

The Kennedy Brothers at The Boston Globe Store

We have all read, seen, and heard a lot about the Kennedy family over the past week. The passing of Ted Kennedy brought a lot of people out to share in his life and remember a lot of the good things that family has done over the decades. Ted Kennedy was a dedicated family man and held up many people through a lot of tragedy.

This image of the 3 brothers taken by Robert Lilyestrom in July, 1960 reminds us of the energy and charisma that these men possessed. Photography helps us all hold onto the memories of a bygone era, whether it's our own family, or others. This black and white print has been very important to many people and we have been making many prints this week.

You can visit the Boston Globe Store and get your own copy of the Kennedy brothers, printed on true gelatin silver black & white paper for the best in archival quality.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

"Off the Wall" - Fashion Photography in Black & White

August 30, 2009 (Winchester, MA) Inspired by portrait photographer Richard Avedon’s practice of shooting and editing for the wall versus the page, this group show features 12 New England-based photographers capturing fashion in classic black and white.

The photographers included in the show are Tracy Aiguier, Sadie Dayton, Conor Doherty, Cig Harvey, William Huber, Michael Khachadoorian, Kim Kennedy, Liz Linder, Jorg Meyer, Bob Packert, Phil Porcella and Francine Zaslow.

What constitutes a fashion image constantly evolves. Frivolous, glamorous, sumptuous, witty, painterly, and stark, fashion - and images of it - evoke emotion. Photography and fashion have moved to center stage during the past 50 years, as advertising simultaneously chronicles and shapes our visual culture.

The show runs from September 14 through November 1 at the satellite exhibition space: The Griffin Museum @ Digital Silver Imaging, 11 Brighton Street, Belmont MA. The gallery is the newest of the museum’s satellite locations. The opening reception is October 2, 6-8 PM, to coincide with Boston Fashion Week.

The show is juried and curated by Paula Tognarelli , executive director of the Griffin Museum; Jay Calderin, founder of Boston Fashion Week; and J. Sybylla Smith, wardrobe stylist and owner of GoTo Design Studio.

“Off The Wall” is the title of a book, a movie, and a record-breaking album. It is slang for unconventional, bizarre, manic, absurd, inappropriate, unpredictable, and eccentric,’’ says Smith. ``It aptly reflects the stylistic range of these large format true silver gelatin prints produced by Digital Silver Imaging.”

Smith gives a brief tour of the exhibit at the gallery in Belmont on October 4 at 4 PM, followed by an intimate behind-the-scenes discussion on style and fashion concepts in today's fashion photography. The talk is open to the public and free. .

The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 5:30 PM, to mirror Digital Silver’s hours, or by appointment. Call 781-729-1158.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Digital Infrared Conversion Comparisons

Many of our customers who are thinking about converting one of their older digital cameras to shoot infrared ask what the differences are between 665nm and 715nm. We wrote about this earlier in another one of our blog posts, but this comparison chart is an excellent visual aid to help you see the differences.

The 665nm IR conversion allows less of the IR light to reach the camera's sensor, which yields better results for shooting color IR, but less of an effect for black and white infrared photography. Most of the conversions we have provided to our customers have been at 715nm. The dramatic affect is perfect for a more accurate black & white infrared effect.

As you can see, the file is still in RGB when you shoot it, so post processing is required. We are big proponents of the Nik Silver Efex Pro plugin for Photoshop for all of our black & white production work. It makes an excellent, non-destructive conversion and then provides many excellent tools to work on the file. We do offer a 15% discount on all of the NIK plugins, plus you will receive a special coupon when you order the software using our coupon code.

The files we have been printing for our clients have been outstanding. We still have the entire show of Ron Rosenstock's work that we produced here at the lab. All of his images were processed using Nik Silver Efex Pro and printed on our true gelatin silver fiber paper here at Digital Silver Imaging. You can click here to see his exhibit that we have on display through Sept 9th.

Visit our site to get your camera converted at a great price. Free Return shipping for the rest of August! Click HERE for details on our Infrared Conversion Program.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Polaroid 8x10 Black & White Film

My former employer and current black & white supplier, HARMAN technology, has teamed up with the Impossible Project to help breath life back into Polaroid films.

"Polaroid's 8x10 instant films to make a comeback"

"Investors behind the Impossible Project, designed to bring back Polaroid's popular products, have purchased machinery necessary to revive 8x10 instant films".

The news about the possibility that there may be black & white Polaroid films back on the market is exciting. Polaroid enthusiasts will read this news and expect miracles, but time will tell. At Digital Silver Imaging, we are also enthusiastic about any news that champions the black & white cause! We wish all parties involved continued success!

This article appeared in the British Journal of Photography. To read the entire text, click here.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Boston Globe Store - Photo of the Week - Revere Beach

This shot was taken in 1962 and has been another great black and white photo from the Boston Globe Store. This famous shot of Revere beach with cyclone roller coaster in the background can be purchased directly from the Boston Globe Store. Digital Silver Imaging will print the image on true black and white silver paper to give the print its true beautiful black and white quality and longevity. We can even frame it for you. Order your copy today from the Boston Globe Store.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Boston Globe Store Photo "Pic of the Week" - Julia Childs

The new movie, Julie & Julia, about our famous local chef, Julia Childs, has sparked renewed interest in her cookbooks and photos. This great image of her in her kitchen in Cambridge was taken in her home in October 1975. I love the pegboard on the wall that her husband put up for her to make it easier to find all of her cooking utensils and accessories. You can tell this was way before Williams Sonoma got a hold of the American kitchen!

So, you too can own a classic image of one of our most beloved chefs. Just go to the Boston Globe Store and order your own copy of this image. We'll even frame the black and white print for you!

Click here to order your true black and white print.

IR conversion on a Canon G7

I replaced my Canon G7 with a G10. Both are great cameras, excellent in manual and do great video. I didn't want the G7 to sit around doing nothing so I had the 715 nm IR conversion done by our partner Precision Camera.

The 715 nm conversion I had done is a typical infrared Conversion. It blocks wavelengths shorter than 715nm and allows those longer than 715nm to go through. It is a true infrared filter that should primarily be used for B&W photos, although very limited color infrared pictures are possible. Conversions performed with the 715nm filter are capable of rendering beautiful & rich B&W images with a dramatic infrared look to them.

The other conversion - 665nm - is a specialized Infrared Conversion. It blocks Wavelengths shorter than 665nm and allows those longer than 665nm to go through. This conversion is especially well suited for color infrared photography because of its broader transmittance properties. With this conversion a more saturated color infrared image is possible. B&W infrared is also possible with the 665nm although the results will not be as dramatic as the 715nm.

I really like the skin tone with the 715 nm conversion. It gives a smooth gray/silver tone.

Of course foliage looks great in IR.

If you're considering what to do with your older digital camera, consider converting it to Infrared. Digital Silver Imaging is offering IR conversions through our partner, Precision Camera. They have chosen Digital Silver Imaging as their preferred lab partner to provide true black & white gelatin silver printing from the IR files.

For more information and pricing about digital camera infrared conversions, please click here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Photo Pic of the week from The Boston Globe

We just received an order for this wonderful image from Boston Globe photographer, Bill Greene. Many of the images we print for the Boston Globe are of sports and other historical images. This one caught our eye for its classic black & white beauty. Greene captured this moment with natural light coming in from the window on the left. It's images like these that remind us of how classic and timeless good black & white prints can be.

Brothers- 62 year old twins Greg and Gordon Stafford at their deer camp with Gordon's 4 year old grandson Tristan. "If you couldn't go to hunting camp there would have to be something drastically wrong," says Gordon. "For Vermonters, deer camp is almost a necessity. It's a vacation a family thing. Island Pond, VT.
To view this image, and other images at the Globe Store, click here and order your copy today.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Another successful opening reception at the Griffin/DSI Gallery

Thanks to everyone that came out last night to our gallery reception with photographer Ron Rosenstock. Despite the heavy rain that started around 4:30, we had a great turnout for the event. This is our second opening and I am pleased with how successful the response has been for our gallery. We had well over 75 people during the evening. Dave's Fresh Pasta of Sommerville provided us with some excellent hors d'hoeuvres and wines.

Ron spoke with many of the guests and had an opportunity to discuss his new work in digital infrared photography. The 11 gelatin silver fiber prints represent a new direction for Ron. He was a student of Minor White's at MIT from 1967 - 1973. White did a lot of his work using Kodak 4x5 infrared film, but Ron did not start working with infrared until he converted a Canon digital camera to shoot in IR. "The ability to shoot IR digitally, without all the hassles of shooting it on film, gives me a new found freedom", say Rosenstock. "The fact that I can then have them printed on one of my favorite black & white silver papers at DSI is a perfect match."

To view all of the images in our gallery show, please click here. Images are all 17" x 22" and can be purchased for $650 matted or $750 framed. Please contact the gallery at

For more information about digital camera infrared conversions, please click here

New sign for Griffin Museum Gallery at Digital Silver Imaging.

Our building is on a busy street, but our first banner sign
didn't make it easy for people to find us or know anything about what we're doing. So, we went through the small town bureaucracy of applying for a sign permit for the town of Belmont. Keith Gaffney, Jay's brother, helped us design and construct a large sign that now hangs perpendicularly off the front of our building. The sign features the new Griffin Museum Gallery at Digital Silver Imaging.
Keith started to hang the sign just as the storm blew through the area. The high winds slowed him down for a few minutes, but he finished hanging it in the pouring rain just 30 mins before our gallery reception started at 6:00 PM!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Maine Media Workshops

I traveled up to Maine yesterday to drop off my daughter at camp and then drove across on Route 17 to Rockport to meet with Kate Izor from the Maine Media Workshops. The workshops were in full swing and classes and enrollment were solid. Stan Grossfeld had given a presentation about his Pulitzer Prize winning work on Wednesday night. Photographers John Goodman and Zig Harvey were in the middle of a workshop as well.
It is great to see that this wonderful place that so many of us have visited is alive and well with some solid leadership and passionate people. Kate and I had a great meeting and discussed ideas for future workshops and collaborating together.

When I left I got to travel down the coast in search of a Lobstah roll.

I found Shaw's, somewhere near Pemaquid Lighthouse. ZuZu, my faithful travel companion, kept looking for seagulls to chase, but had no luck. She's a great a great car traveler and never once asked me to change the music!