by Donna Rogers
Reprinted with permission from
Photographics Processing Magazine-Nov. 2001
Digital Saves Times, Emotions
Those shots will all be processed in-house. Just four years ago
FDNY photographers were processing black and white in trays and
they outsourced some of their film developing, which Leavy frowns
upon for sensitive evidence. I cant imagine sending
these photos to a lab, he says.
The FDNY unit now processes 500 to 1,000 rolls on any given
day. All images are digitized so when an image is needed, the
staff can burn it to a CD or print it on photographic paper up
to 10 x 13.
has streamlined their operations. If they had been using entirely
conventional film, Leavy feels they would have been overwhelmed
by now with backlogged work orders. By utilizing the digital
they have eliminated the film developing step, and thus saved
time. In the end, Leavy emphasizes, "digital is a lot easier
The digital equipment has permitted the unit to become a full
production facility, as well as a library where images can be
searched by date or ID number. The next step, says Leavy, is to
determine the best way to save and access the files so images
can be delivered into the right hands even faster.
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