[alt-photo] Re: No more scanning at Walmart

Diana Bloomfield dhbloomfield at bellsouth.net
Tue Apr 3 17:25:31 GMT 2012

Wow-- that's fascinating, and just a little bit scary.  I'll pass this  
along-- just in case the gravel-filled squeegee effect wasn't enough.

On Apr 3, 2012, at 1:02 PM, jason at lucidperceptions.com wrote:

> I've told my students to avoid Wal-mart for several years for photo
> processing - but rather than because of poor equipment, I've told  
> them to
> avoid them because of their processing agreement you have to sign.
> If you read the fine print on any film processing form through Wal- 
> mart,
> they reserve the right to save your work and reprint it for any  
> purpose -
> even commercial use.  Their form also says that they retain the
> photographical rights to your work and that if your work looks "too
> professional" that they reserve the right to refuse to serve you as a
> customer.
> Granted, I can't reference any photographers I know who have had their
> work stolen by Wal-mart, but any film processing form with that sort  
> of
> fine print is one to avoid.
> J. Jason Lazarus
> Adjunct Instructor
> University of Alaska - Fairbanks
> lucidperceptions.com
>> It could very well have been a worn out cutter and when the film was
>> sleeved, it got the scratch marks in it. There is a pro photo lab  
>> not too
>> far from my studio. Years back I had a customer that shot film and  
>> had
>> them
>> process it proof and bring it to me for prints. ALL his film had fine
>> scratches because their cutter left very small particles on the cut  
>> edge.
>> When they were placed into the pages, the bit would come off and  
>> get wedge
>> into the sleeve and scratch the film. It took me a while to show  
>> not only
>> my
>> customer but the lab what was going on. Always had to print his  
>> film in my
>> diffusion enlarger.
>> Eric Neilsen
>> 4101 Commerce Street, Suite 9
>> Dallas, TX 75226
>> 214-827-8301
>> www.ericneilsenphotography.com
>> SKYPE ejprinter
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: alt-photo-process-list-bounces at lists.altphotolist.org
>> [mailto:alt-photo-process-list-bounces at lists.altphotolist.org] On  
>> Behalf
>> Of
>> Diana Bloomfield
>> Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 10:46 AM
>> To: The alternative photographic processes mailing list
>> Subject: [alt-photo] Re: No more scanning at Walmart
>> Slightly different, but I just did a bunch of digital printing for
>> someone recently.  I also scanned their film.  Fortunately, I have a
>> really nice Epson scanner, but I did notice that on every single  
>> piece
>> of 35mm film, there were scratches all down the front (as though
>> someone ran a gravel-filled squeegee down the front of each strip).
>> My scanner and I managed to eliminate those scratches, but I did ask
>> this person where they had their color film processed.  It was
>> Walmart.  I suggested they might want to go someplace else.
>> Diana
>> On Apr 3, 2012, at 11:26 AM, Robert Hall wrote:
>>> It's not like Walmart would ever give a you know what about  
>>> longevity,
>>> but I think we will lose an entire generation of photographs due to
>>> the digital influence, not to mention what the same influence has  
>>> done
>>> to art and image literacy.
>>> Robert Hall
>>> www.RobertHall.com
>>> www.RobertHall.com/workshops
>>> www.facebook.com/robert.g.hall
>>>> clippy...
>>> That means that people's memory printed today may be gone 30 years
>>> from now. What is going to be the longivity of a Walmart inkjet  
>>> print
>>> in 30 years.I know that people use digital now and keep photos on
>>> their phones and hard drive. what about in 30 years. Where are going
>>> to be the phone photos or the hard drive photos..
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