Scanning slides, negatives, and prints
[QUOTE=ConcowRider;297966]Doug, I noticed you post images that were scanned in from slides, etc. Your Low light / night shot in Az. with the lightning bolts was most excellent!
Since most of our pre 2000 photo efforts involved slides or prints we will soon be looking into scanning them in to digital format (somehow). This includes slides in Kodachrome 10, 25, et.al. Really would like to get those old Kodachrome 10 images saved before they get too orange. Any words of wisdom? We do have a flatbed scanner but have used it precious little. Any list of "do's & don'ts" or tricks with reguard to scanning in images?
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I've been working through a 40 year backlog of slides and negatives (with polaroid and conventional prints thrown in) using a pair of ACER Film Scanners (a Scanwit 2720 and a 2740) and a Epson flatbed USB scanner.
But the key to my good results has been the use of Vuescan software from Hamrick Software ([url]www.hamrick.com)[/url]. This has been the best investment I've made. The software that comes with most scanners is junk compared to Steve Hamrick's package.
One of the things I really like is that Hamrick supplies drivers for all the scanners eliminating the funky drivers from different vendors. His package knows how to use the Digital ICE feature (IR Channel) of the 2740 to remove dirt and scratches from old slides and negatives. It also knows how to color adjust for different types of film (just about any film ever sold) and how to restore color, fading, and reduce grain. Unlike other package I've used his software lets you take multiple passes of an image in order to improve the rendering of the final image. This noticeably enhances the quality of the scans (albeit while taking more time).
Good luck with the project.