“I’ve been a keen photographer for over 40 years and for the first 25 years, before i made the transition to digital, I shot exclusively on 35mm slide film. About 2 years ago I made the decision to sort through my slide collection (which includes some images taken by my father from the 1950’s onwards), get rid of 90% and scan the ones i wanted to keep as my future plans for these images all depend on having high quality digital copies. I then had to decide how to make that happen. So I went through a process of deciding on my workflow; by trial scanning myself using a scanner that gets excellent reviews, by considering investing heavily in a dedicated, high end 35mm film scanner and by test scanning with two professional companies. In the end I chose Karmaan because they delivered results I could nowhere near match at home, at costs below those of an investment, and with effort on my part far below what i would have been required had I done the job myself. Customer service has been flawless and the image quaility has not only pleased me, but has been praised by my peers, who include semi-professional photographers. The input slides have include glass-mounted Kodachrome, card-mounted Ektachrome and more modern Kodak and Fuji transparencies in a variety of card and plastic mounts. The images range from portraits to mountaineering action photos in a snow-covered environments. In all cases the colours in the scanned images are true, the scans are blemish-free and any lack of sharpness is the fault of the original photographer!” -
“Karmaan provided high resolution large format scanning for fine art prints. The scans were excellent quality, and Matt was extremely helpful throughout the process, keeping me informed of progress throughout the process. The work was produced very quickly and efficiently, capturing a high level of detail. The clients are delighted with the results.” -
“I had a large collection of 35mm slides, some treasured family ones over 50 years old but mostly slides from my travels in high mountain areas around the world. The slides just stayed in their boxes and could not be conveniently viewed. Using a simple home scanner gave results that were not acceptable, so I searched the internet for a professional slide scanning service.
It was the Karmaan Scanning website that gave me the impression that that they took their work seriously and could be trusted. I had couple of questions for Matt which he quickly answered and then I sent him my slides. The resulting scans surpassed my expectations and now I can enjoy viewing them at any time, either on my tablet, my computer or on a television. I could not be more pleased with the results.
I am enjoying having my scans set to give changing background images on my iMac”. Michael Moody
"Matt was fantastic to work with. The scans he produced for me were like night and day compared to previous ones I’d had done. He was happy to discuss the pros and cons of various scanning options with me, email examples to help me decide exactly what I needed, and offered some useful technical advice. He even cropped and straightened all the files so they were ready to work with, saving me some precious time as I got close to my deadline. I had already tried two professional photographers and a generic large format scanning service, but was struggling to get the resolution and colour quality I wanted. The scans Matt produced captured the nuances of colour and texture at a quality that looks terrific enlarged to mural scale, even when viewed from close up. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Matt’s work, and would happily work with him again." Samantha Clark
Commissioned Artist, Balfour Hospital, Kirkwall, Orkney.
“Matt was extremely helpful, providing test scans and advice on the best way to scan my transparencies for the results that I needed. Colour rendition is extremely important to me and the scans compared very well against the originals. Matt was also able to provide the files in the exact format that I wanted, a service that other larger labs often don't provide without huge costs. A great service that I would highly recommend.”
BIPPNI Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017
BIPPNI Pictorial Photographer of the Year 2017
“We received a fantastic service from Matt who went above and beyond to help us get the slides back in time for our family get together, and dealt with any communication quickly, professionally and sensitively. The images from the slides are excellent - far exceeding our expectations and have brought much joy and pleasure to our whole family. Matt successfully scanned a wide range of slide formats - plastic, card, and glass. Despite some of the images being over 50 years old, Matt got the best out of them, and made it easy for us to enjoy them. Inevitably, some slides had already begun to deteriorate with time but now they are digitised, those images will not get any worse, so are preserved for future generations.
In addition, Matt organised the slides in digital folders according to how I had packaged them, so this was not only a huge help when putting them back into their boxes, but also saved an enormous amount of time afterwards as no re-sorting was required.
I would wholeheartedly recommend using Karmaan for an amazing quality service with a wonderful personal touch.” Mandy Hodges
“About two years ago I finally made the switch to digital processing of my photographs but this has required my extensive back catalogue of negatives and slides to be scanned. Whilst I could have purchased a scanner myself this would have required both cost and time commitments which I do not have. I wanted to scan my negatives once to the best quality available to allow for my future needs of printing, competitions etc.
I searched the web for a professional scanning service that would provide a more personal service than the large labs but still at competitive prices. Since sending my first few sets of negatives to Matt I have not looked back. The scanning service provided is second to none with high resolution scans with corrected exposures, tonal and colour range. This has reduced the amount of post processing required to produce the final image. In addition, Matt has also been able to provide a bespoke service to scan a collection of valuable historical glass lantern slides for my camera club. I have recommend Karmaan scanning to other photographers and continue to do so, if in doubt, send him some negatives you won’t be disappointed.” Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mberryphotography/
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St Basil’s Red Square/Moscow in USSR 1981
the Citadel in Aleppo/Syria which is now severely damaged
a revolutionary monument in Odessa/Ukraine USSR 1981 when young kids provided an honour guard
Palmyra/Syria which was severely damaged by ISIS
Tirana/Albania during the Communist times
“Matt has done a terrific job, digitising over 20 years of holidays and family snaps captured on slides and negatives, some going back to the 1970’s. Though the emulsions on some of the photos were seriously faded, most images were successfully recovered and brought back to life. I now have over 10,000 images archived on hard disk, safe in the knowledge that time will not diminish the memories that they contain. Matt provided a great service!” Paul Holmes - Oxford
“Thanks for the fantastic scan - wasn’t expecting it to be so quick and easy. It’s not easy finding someone who seems to care for their work these days, and I can’t fault the scan you did for us” Chris Worrell - Marketing Manager, SLE Limited
“Dear Matt, Thank you for returning my slides etc., received yesterday afternoon. It is a delight to see my pictures again after half a century, looking as fresh in their new form as they did then. Thank you for the terrific job you did on bringing them back to life. Also your naming of the files is a very important aspect of how you work. I shall pass on your details to my audience, including several photographers nearly as old as me and who must have boxes of special slides.
Yours with pleasure, Robby (Stanley Robinson)” Stanley Robinson
“Super happy with the scans! Thank you so much! The quality is amazing even when converted to JPEG for viewing in the phone” Tom Waddicor
Thanks for sending those through. Absolute quality scans, probably the best I’ve ever had done, and I’ve had a lot done before! Spotless too. If I need anything else done, I’ll be back onto you, or if anybody asks for a recommendation, I’ll send them your way.”
Cheers Mark. Mark Capilitan
"I am very grateful to Matt at Karmaan for the excellent results obtained by scanning my old family colour slides and making these available in digital format for another generation to enjoy and to learn from with me. Care was taken to preserve the order in which I had submitted the slides and they were even filed helpfully under the same names that I had used, making my task of naming and ordering the digital images on my computer so much more straightforward when I received them back. The original slides were repackaged well and sent back securely via a courier service, removing any concerns I might have had about these precious items getting lost or damaged in transit." David Bradshaw
Hi Matt. Just thought I'd drop you a note to say thanks very much. I wasn't expecting too much given those photos were taken years ago on what I'm sure was a cheap as chips camera, but the results are great. When I originally had some of those films developed years ago, the photos actually came with digital versions on CD. Your scans are far and away better than the ones provided at the time.
Karmaan offers a comprehensive service with scanning options from consumer level to professional level. All are competitively priced.
The B&W and colour negatives that I have had scanned by Karmaan’s professional service are absolutely superb, even working with negatives which were slightly under/over exposed. They are scanned to give a neutral tonal range which I adjust to my own preferences using Lightroom and Nik Software Silver Effex Pro.
Matt Kaye at Karmaan provides quick and comprehensive e-mail replies to technical questions and is extremely helpful and flexible in accommodating client needs. His wide knowledge of the scanning process allows me to make informed decisions on what scanning technique to use (drum, ccd, output file size and format) for particular source media.
I highly recommend Karmaan for high quality scans and personal service. Stuart Scott
I chose Karmaan for scanning a selection of my 35mm slides covering landscape, mountain and travel photography. I have been delighted with the results from the batches I have had scanned – the scans have extremely good tonal and colour reproduction, and capture of fine detail is superb. I have chosen a mix of high resolution CCD scans (circa 5000 x 7500 pixels) and drum scans, using the latter where the original image merited the best possible scan. Matt has been unbelievably helpful throughout the process, promptly answering my questions, and making small adjustments to scan and output file settings to my specific requirements and preferences. Truly excellent customer service – thank you!