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Santa Paula Historical Society Case Study

Background Organized in 1977, the Santa Paula Historical Society of Santa Paula, California is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the history of the town and the surrounding area. Its founding eleven Directors were descendants of pioneers or long-time residents, and many of them continue to serve the Society today. When the Santa Paula Historical …

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Wow . . . check out the difference in resolution and dynamic range versus the "old versions" on these digitized glass plate negs from Smithsonian Gardens! Being digitized from negatives, it is necessary to essentially "digitally develop" each plate into an aesthetically pleasing positive image from the RAW negative master, which is at least partially a subjective process. This is much like a traditional photographer creating prints in an analog darkroom. ... See MoreSee Less

One of our mantras is "from the shelf to the public" and our recently completed digitization project of glass plate negatives in the Thomas Warren Sears collection of Smithsonian Gardens is a wonderful example of that. Shown here is just one of 3,284 plates that were digitized, with some examples of our "before" and "after" online versions. There is so much detail to explore in these beautiful plates, we invite you to take a look at the collections.si.edu site (search on "Thomas Warren Sears Archives of American Gardens").

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