scanning negatives, any secrets?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by nobody nowhere, Apr 30, 2004.

  1. I am starting to scan negatives, medium formal (Hassy) and rather like
    it (with a Nikon 8000). Are there any special secrets I have to be
    aware of? Contrary to David's doctrine, I have found so far (meaning
    after only a few scans) that not all scanned negatives are excessively
    noisy; and those which are reasonably "noise-free" seem better/more
    natural than scans of positives - or at least so it seems, at this
    stage. I also found that very often if not always I get a red tint,
    which can be easily corrected in colour balance (Photoshop). Presumably
    this might be due to the scanner, I don' t know. thanks in advance for
    any comments.
    nobody nowhere, Apr 30, 2004
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    Andrew Koenig, Apr 30, 2004
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  3. First, congratulations on the 8000.
    I never heard of scanned negatives being noisy, let alone excessively
    noisy. However under certain conditions such as either extremely
    thin, or extremely dense negatives or slides the system may create its
    own noise. This can sometimes be eliminated or modified by turning
    off the auto exposure and using the manual controls.
    In the last 7 weeks I've scanned in many thousands of negatives and
    slides and only notice the problems with the thin or dense images.
    This may be do to a color correction in the scanner or the scanner
    soft ware.
    If I view images in Photoshop Elements *some* which were slightly warm
    in the originals are excessively so in the displayed image. Go to
    PaintShop Pro and they look fine. So I think it's a setting I've
    missed in PE.
    The only thing is I keep finding more boxes of slides and prints. I
    found three boxes of slides, but about another thousand negatives

    I'm finding prints and slides I'd completely forgotten.

    Roger Halstead (K8RI & ARRL life member)
    (N833R, S# CD-2 Worlds oldest Debonair)
    Roger Halstead, May 1, 2004
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