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Scanning Tips for Negs

zw82f4c

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I use an Epson V550 with the software that's bundled with it. Every negative I scan comes out flat as anything and I have to adjust the levels quite a lot. I've previously posted a scan of the neg on here

(post #12: https://www.photography-forum.org/threads/negatives-density.128967/#post-1570252)

and have been told my negs are developed well and my issue is with my scanning technique.

Which leads me on to my question.

Can someone please advise me on good scanning techniques. Is there any software other then the bundled stuff which is better to use? What am I doing wrong? Does anyone else use this scanner and of so, what settings do you use?

Any help would be great.

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I use epson scan and have always been pleased with it. I prefer to use the `professional mode` as it gives much greater control. There is the option to use the histogram to adjust exposure, curves and levels. I also scan in high resolution which takes longer but gives better results. I can`t remember off hand the PPI I use ( i`m on the other comp at the moment) but it`s certainly in the low thousands with negs and slides, to allow for the scaling up of images when working the pic in photoshop
 

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I use epson scan and have always been pleased with it. I prefer to use the `professional mode` as it gives much greater control. There is the option to use the histogram to adjust exposure, curves and levels. I also scan in high resolution which takes longer but gives better results. I can`t remember off hand the PPI I use ( i`m on the other comp at the moment) but it`s certainly in the low thousands with negs and slides, to allow for the scaling up of images when working the pic in photoshop
I use Epson Scan on professional mode also.. But all the options to edit the histogram and levels are greys out??? I normally scan at hi-res. Do you scan in 16-bit greyscale? or 8-bit?

I need to figure out how to reinstate the editing options
 

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I think it`s 16 bit but not greyscale, as I only scan colour negs. I`ll pop up on the other comp later and see what settings I have .
 

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If you have a softbox or a light box then you can photograph the negative put it in Photoshop and invert it.
Done this with negatives and photos. Never got decent anything from scans.
 

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Okay, belay that, I use 24bit color [sic] and 4800 res for either positive film or colour negative
 

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Right, after spending 20 minutes wondering why I couldn`t scan a neg, I remembered to remove the top plate for print scanning ! DOH :) ( doesn`t inspire confidence does it ? )
When you have done a preview scan, drag a box around each frame you want to edit... That should bring up the histogram window. You can edit scan settings for each frame one at a time before the full scan
 

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Right, after spending 20 minutes wondering why I couldn`t scan a neg, I remembered to remove the top plate for print scanning ! DOH :) ( doesn`t inspire confidence does it ? )
When you have done a preview scan, drag a box around each frame you want to edit... That should bring up the histogram window. You can edit scan settings for each frame one at a time before the full scan
So basically then I'm just altering the levels before the scan as opposed to what I'm doing now and doing it in Photoshop?

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This is a scan of a 30 year old neg, picked totally at random so not a special ...initial exposure done in scan. Opened in photoshop. NR, white balance and levels only done to it. No sharpening
It is a 100% crop of the second image image which has had nothing
scan crop.jpg scan crop uncrop.jpg
 

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So basically then I'm just altering the levels before the scan as opposed to what I'm doing now and doing it in Photoshop?

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I just up the exposure really to get the maximum out of the darker, denser bits without blowing the highlights.. all other fixing I would do in camera raw and photoshop
 
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It looks like it has a slight blue cast over it.. Is that the neg or the scan?

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Hard to tell on a neg... but probably on the film as it`s not a recurring thing. One touch of the WB eyedropper in camera raw sorted it as you can see
 

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I scan my negs on my epson at 16bit greyscale for mono dpi at 4800 or near to on medium format
 

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Here`s one off the same strip ( look at the state of the neg haha) with the auto button pressed in epson scan. The round shape to the left of the histo. Ignore the shot quality... it was handheld through a Prinz 400mm
chopper.jpg
 
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