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Re: filmscanners: Color Calibration

The reason I say this (as to the 3 cards) is that I have been working on several
interior shoots lately, one is a home with lots of white (how many shades of 
paint are there?) walls... I kept getting deeper and deeper into the muck until 
figured out that if I used the ultra bright kitchen lights as my white point, 
found a suitably deep shadow on a black chair for the black, then guessed at 
part of the gray countertop to set the middle and bingo! the thing popped into 
color range... I then tried doing the same with my Minolta scanning software, 
tho I am setting it to spit out 16 bit linear scans via TWAIN into PShop... that
seems tyo help as well, particularly with the highlight details and not having 
colors too far off balance... I really haven't done any detailed comparisons, 
so I
can't say with any scientific certainty if it's all just my impression or if it
really does make a difference.

What I would like to know is your opinion of Vue Scan as the medium for 
the linear or raw scans into PShop instead of my Minolta software.. I have been 
busy to take the time to figure out VS for my purposes...


Mike M.

Tony Sleep wrote:

> On Sun, 25 Mar 2001 22:54:11 -0700  Michael Moore (miguelmas@qwest.net) wrote:
> >  what I
> > am thinking of doing is making up 3 large (say 12"x12") panels, one
> > white, one 18% gray, one white, attaching a color bar underneath and
> > sticking that in the main light area of each different view, where I
> > would make one shot with, then go on to make the actual exposures
> > without... this would then allow me to use the eyedroppers in Levels to
> > set my points and hopefully bring the colors into line... any comments
> > or suggestions?
> Sounds a very useful thing to do, for a reference, and I've thought about 
> the same myself. However I bet you'll still end up spending ages tweaking, as
> often colour errors are non-linear and vary with level, so beyond simple 
> settings. The grey card and white reference will be most useful. But try it!
> Regards
> Tony Sleep
> http://www.halftone.co.uk - Online portfolio & exhibit; + film scanner info &
> comparisons


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