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[filmscanners] Re: RAW?



"Carlisle Landel" asked "Upgrade and scan RAW, or just go with TIFF?"
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What is your level of color-correction expertise? As I understand your
plans, you want to bulk-scan a bunch of slides unattended. Without making
individual adjustments to the software for each scan, you will have a lot of
color correction to do on each image. (Even with making individual
adjustments for each scan, you will have to make a fair number of
adjustments to get really good final images. If you are very competent in
Photoshop color correction, it may help to start with RAW files ( though I
doubt it), otherwise, starting with tiffs (or jpegs) will be just as good.

I'd suggest you pick out a dozen representative slides and take them through
the complete scanning/correcting process to get a good idea of what you will
be doing before starting to scan the bulk of the slides. You may want to
make some changes in your workflow before you get ALL the slides scanned.

I'm not familiar with VueScan's RAW format, but in general RAW processors
give some additional options in color-correction, but 95% of the necessary
work can be done in Photoshop alone.

A greater reason to get the Pro version is to get a lifetime of updates.
It's pretty good insurance or $40. I don't know how often Ed updates the
program these days, but several years ago he would put out updates every
week or so.


Preston Earle
PEarle@triad.rr.com
www.sawdustforbrains.blogspot.com

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