Order-Specific References

Did you know we offer a tool that can greatly reduce the time you spend editing in Lightroom? Order-Specific References! Available at no charge to every photographer, these simple tools help us scan your film smarter + faster to best match your vision—all with the end goal of saving you time in post-processing. Time better spent doing what you love!⁠

Picture this—you are doing a branding shoot for a local calligrapher, and she has created multiple invitation suites for you to photograph on artisanal papers. You are floored by her talent and can’t wait to showcase her beautiful work on film!

But here is the dilemma—our color techs won't know what color a product is in real life unless you show us. This is where Order-Specific References come in! While you are at the shoot, snap a few digital photos of the invitations (your phone works great!). Then, the same day you ship us your film, email us these digital images with the subject line Order-Specific References (and be sure to note the shoot name!).

Whether it be the color of a wall, fabric or design element, these digital snaps take just a second but go so far in helping us see exactly what color we should aim for in your scans. The benefit to you? Greater accuracy in your scans means less time spent editing in post-processing!

Scanned without Order-Specific References:

These images are how we scanned Sarah Ingram's work without any Order-Specific References—we picked a point of reference, like this white background, and allowed the other hues to fall where they did.

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Scanned with Order-Specific References:

This set of images were scanned with the Order-Specific References Sarah Ingram sent us. (You can see the digital snaps she took while on site with her phone (see below).

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Sarah's Order-Specific References

Sarah snapped a few photos on site with her phone, then emailed them to us the same day she shipped her film. This works great!

Using these digital images as reference, our expert color technicianss knew the exact color of the paper stock and could scan the flat lay and tablescape accordingly, matching Sarah’s end vision and saving her time in post!

"My new scans feel truer to life and align with my goals for the images." — Sarah Ingram

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Let’s review:

Original Scan

Original Scan

Scanned using Order-Specific Reference

Scanned using Order-Specific Reference

Original Scan

Original Scan

Scanned using Order-Specific Reference

Scanned using Order-Specific Reference

Original Scan

Original Scan

Scanned using Order-Specific Reference

Scanned using Order-Specific Reference

Did you know there’s another way you can use Order-Specific References?

Aside from being a guide to the coloring of certain products, they are also super handy when you have a job that veers from your usual aesthetic. Order-Specific References are a safe, no cost way to experiment in your style and make sure your scans align to your new (or experimental) aesthetic! As with product shots like invitations or flowers, simply email us a few edited digital images from your shoot.

How do I send them in?

Be sure to email us your order-specific reference images the same day you ship us your film with the subject line “Order-Specific References” and note the shoot name. Our expert color techs will reference these images for just this shoot, and return to your regular preference images for future orders.

SEND ORDER-SPECIFIC REFERENCES NOW + SAVE TIME IN POST

📷 by Sarah Ingram on Fujicolor PRO400H with a Contax645 at Blackberry Farm.