You are thinking of the iconic 1973  song  by songwriter Paul Simon

 What we transfer  

What it costs

Kodachrome                          for complete lyrics see

They give us those nice bright colors

They give us the greens of summers

Makes you think all the world's a sunny day

I got a Nikon camera

I love to take a photograph

So mama don't take my Kodachrome away

(c) Universal Music Publishing Group

No. In 2005, Kodak announced the discontinuation of the Kodachrome film stock. The last lab equipped for the involved and relatively toxic K-14  process required by the Kodachrome format  was Dwayne's Photo Service in Parson, Kansas. 

The announced date of last processing was December 30, 2010, but the last roll of Kodachrome was supposedly processed on January 18, 2011.

 Q  Does Kodak still manufacture Kodachrome ?

How we transfer 1-€”2-3 Q&A

All known Slide and Negative formats.

2   Behind the scenes, we begin by air brushing away loose dust and particles that will mar the scanned image. Then, we use high-end scanning equipment that captures digital images without an intervening glass base, eliminating one typical source of image distortion when scanning.

3    The images are cropped and color balanced in Photoshop, giving you scans that are often better than the original we started with. (More aggressive image restoration is also an option, and I will always discuss options with  you before any restoration work is begun.) The scans are then saved as JPEG or TIFF image files (see side bar for explanation).

1   After accepting your media, it is kept separate, organized and secure. Slides and negatives are maintained in the order in which you delivered them, whether in a carousel, slide box, or negative sleeve binder.

Typically, you are on hand to discuss your project, so we will go over the materials and options noting details such as format, dates, subject(s), sequence order and/or their grouping.

Slide:  (Wikipedia: Reversal Film)  a single photographic film (held in a paper or plastic mount measuring 2"x 2") that produces a positive image on a trasnparent base, intended for projection onto a screen using a slide projector.

Negative: ( Wikipedia: Color Print Film) a film that produces a negative image when it is developed, requring that it be reversed again when it is printed on photographic paper.

To make your archived images available to a wider audience, you may have your digital files output to DVD or Blu-ray disc in video format for viewing on TV.

Your images can be turned into a basic slideshow, with dissolves between images; or, professionally edited into a heirloom keepsake that may feature any mix of media:

  • home movies
  • still images
  • scanned documents
  • background music

There are two scanning resolutions in which the slides and negatives may be processed, expressed in dpi (dots per inch).

  • Standard resolution (2400 dpi): good for online photos, same-size prints, digital slide shows
  • High resolution (4000 dpi): good for printing enlargements, and customers interested in retaining the maximum detail

To keep things organized, we can accomodate a meaningful file-naming structure to be applied to the scanned images (e.g. 1969_Apollo9_0012.jpg).


  • custom music-transitions by scene
  • titles, sub-titles
  • voice-overs

 We will give you a quote for any custom enhancements in which you are interested.

 Q   JPEG or TIFF for archiving ?

After we scan your photos, slides and/or negatives, we will save those (now digital) images in one of two file formats, JPEG or TIFF.

Decide which format is best for you.

JPEG  (Joint Photographic Experts Group)

  1. JPEG is the standard file format for most current consumer oriented digital  cameras, and is compatible with most photo sharing sites.
  2. JPEG represents a commonly used method of image compression ('lossy compression')--a tradeoff between storage size and image quality.
  3. If you open, edit and resave a JPEG file, each re-compression will generate additional minute changes.
  4. The smaller JPEG files, however, are excellent for uploading to the Internet, or for use with e-mail.

TIFF (Tagged Image File Format)

  1. Developed as a standard for desktop scanners, it is now the premier image storage/archival format.
  2. TIFF images are  uncompressed and may be edited without losing image quality.
  3. TIFF image files may be 5x larger than compressed JPEG files.
  4. TIFF images are not supported by most  phopto-sharing sites, but are supported by most software.
  5. TIFF files are primarily used in print/press applications.

 Q   What was that song  from the 60s  about Kodachrome ?