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Re: filmscanners: Skin tones

Hi Mikael
The "white" background has made the difference. I did make the final prints
from the Vuescan image, but after working the yellowier nikonscan image in
Photoshop I get a printable image that is a little warmer.
The thing I feared was the thought of having to use nikonscan for outdoor
shots and Vuescan for studio shots.

----- Original Message -----
From: Mikael Risedal <risedal@hotmail.com>
To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2001 10:06 PM
Subject: Re: filmscanners: Skin tones

> Hello John
> I measure both pictures taken indoors of the lady in black hair.
> That one you think are to yellow are clearly much better
> to print. Skin tones in CMYK are OK  (little much yellow)
> The other picture have a magenta cast in the skin tones.   (reddish) This
> one is not good to print. (in a  for  example newspaper) . Red and magenta
> are much stronger and skin tones and are a printing problem. A good role
> to have more yellow than magenta in a skin tone.
> If you look at the wall behind the person- VueScan read it as gray. Only
> know if this is right.
> Take the gray pipette in NikonScan and make a reading from the wall and se
> what's happens.
> A common fault in a scanned picture are when  a person are in front of a
> wall who are white or gray -that the wall often have a cyan cast given
> the scanner and software.
> Specially difficult does it get if the scanner software not have a measure
> point in the negative who are white, black or gray - than there can be
> strange skin tones.
> Best way to solve the problem is to take one picture first where the
> hold a gray scale and color scale in front of them as a reference.
> Best regards
> Mikael Risedal
> Photographer
> Lund
> Sweden
> >From: "John Bradbury" <bradbury@on.aibn.com>
> >Reply-To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
> >To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
> >Subject: filmscanners: Skin tones
> >Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 16:57:31 -0400
> >
> >Using a Nikon LS 3 with both NikonScan 3.1, and the latest version of
> >Vuescan I find a wide variation in skin tones under different light
> >see the images at:
> >http://www.littlebarn.com/test/index.htm
> >The film used for both images is Kodak Portra 160 NC. Image 1 is with
> >studio
> >lighting, Image 2 is with fill flash.
> >For printing the outdoor shot I used the Nikonscan image with Autolevels
> >from PS. The Vuescan image looked dead
> >For the Studio shot I used the Vuescan image with autolevels. The
> >image is far too yellow
> >note how the NikonScan is very warm compared to the cold Vuescan image.
> >John Bradbury
> >
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