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Explanation, Format: 35mm, Format: 6x6, Format: Film, Format: SLR, Format: TLR, Photo, Pointers, Technique, Tips
2011-06-11 (Saturday, week 23) at 10:46
2011-06-13 (Monday, week 24) at 19:28
Colorperfect, ColorNeg, ColorNeg, ColorPos, and GamSat for Photoshop and Ps Elements.
2014-04-03 (Thursday, week 14) at 20:20
Without a scanner – inverting repro-photos of black and white negatives with ColorPerfect / ColorNeg
Curves at 12:30
2011-07-03 (Sunday, week 26) at 08:20
1) 1200 dpi on a 35mm negative gives an image with less than 2MP. That is “a preview” for me. 2400 dpi for 35mm is the low end for photos that are to be edited in my opinion (7-8MP)… and film scans always need some editing.
2) 24 bit scanning is the same as shooting JPG, giving very little digital space for editing – 36 bits needed, 48 bits preferred.
3) Turn off the unsharp mask and all the other options here – these are “automated” settings using some “clever” algorithm to find a “golden middle route” to a decent image. But there is no way these will guess what you are expecting to get out of your scanning.
The Curves, Colorwheel and Levels adjustments seems to affect the hardware on my Canon scanner (e.g. adjust the brightness of the scanner light) to some extent – these might be the most helpful settings. To get the most out of them you need to understand some color theory; white balance, black & white points as basis – which will help you in Photoshop too, of course.
My opinion; use as little as possible of the options of the scanner software (= turn them off), go for using a decent image editor instead – Photoshop, Lightroom or whatever. They have a lot more to help you out, assuming you scan more than 8 bits per color component (>24 bit that is). Most important: Change ONE OPTION ONLY at a time, check the difference thoroughly before trying something else.
Check out this: http://goodlight.us/writing/tutorials.html for a brute force general strategy on editing that covers much. There are loads of tips&tricks sites for Photoshop – look past the nifty tricks and try to find general editing tips. Masking and layers are the basics for selective editing – learn to use them and you’ll have simple tools for attacking most problems.
2011-12-25 (Sunday, week 51) at 19:14
I have come to the conclusion that the gain in aiming for "the best" scanner isn’t worth the money… unless you’re going to create huge prints from it.
Read http://www.filmscanner.info/FilmscannerRangliste.html (googlish translation)
Stretch your scanner budget to £200 (= a bit more than 200€, may be $300) and you will have a good pick (e.g. Canon 9000 or Epson V500’ish) – which will allow the above and slightly more if stretched.
If you wish for better prints than what can be created out of those scans, then you need good photo gear, knowledge how to use it and professional help for printing, or a busload of money.
With regard to IR cleaning – do your homework and that addition will be rendered almost unnecessary. Keeping dust off what you scan isn’t that hard… and the result will be more true scans of negative grain and other details.
If you need more resolution on an occasion, then use panoramic techniques in shooting… and stitch the result. e.g. http://www.ptgui.com will help and allow to create base data for almost any size printing.
Note that a mere 6MP scan – e.g. 2400dpi off a 35mm negative – will give you a nice looking print on an A4 sheet (10×6") with 25mm/1" border.
This is assuming that your PRINTER has true 300dpi output at 24bit color – a printer using a 6×6 dot matrix to mix colors out of the cartridges needs to be 6*300 = "1800³ dpi" to come close.
³) The number you see on the printer cardboard box.
2011-12-25 (Sunday, week 51) at 19:15
2012-01-26 (Thursday, week 04) at 20:53
2012-02-02 (Thursday, week 05) at 19:14
http://www.hamrick.com/, Vuescan, lock exposure:
2012-05-16 (Wednesday, week 20) at 16:26
Using a digital camera:
2012-12-25 (Tuesday, week 52) at 20:38
Macro and Stitching
2012-12-25 (Tuesday, week 52) at 20:47
2014-04-08 (Tuesday, week 15) at 21:35
2012-07-02 (Monday, week 27) at 21:36
Any takers on the new gear from Plustek?
2013-03-06 (Wednesday, week 10) at 19:21
2013-06-21 (Friday, week 25) at 20:47
One way to scan color negs:
2013-07-30 (Tuesday, week 31) at 09:09
“Film grain and Aliasing – The facts…. or rather lack of them”
2014-02-05 (Wednesday, week 06) at 20:04
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