I always hit auto-levels as a first stab when I am scanning a new roll of
negatives. This usually gives me a preview of what I can expect and then I
decide if the image is a keeper or not. If not, I save the raw scan and move
on. If it is a keeper, then I take a closer look to see if the autoscan did
any obvious damage, if not (about 75% of the time) then I finish my detail
work on it. If there is obvious damage (blown highlight, clipped shadows,
color casts, etc.) then I undo the auto levels and take a quick shot with
Levels and look over the image and the histogram provided by the levels
tool. If I have a non-linear problem I have to deal with or a complex level
adjust to do I back out of the levels and move on to the tool of last resort
(some would consider it the tool of first resort) and use the Curves.
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Lynn Allen
> Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2001 6:41 AM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: re: filmscanners: Vuescan blue anomaly
> Rafe wrote:
> >"Auto Levels" is a bit of a sledgehammer approach to
> >color correction. Not very subtle, and quite often
> Yes, but it's quick. When you're working on images that differ greatly in
> subject, film, time of day, and exposure (and I always am), it
> saves a lot
> of time to get color casts, levels, etc. out of the way right away so you
> can do the *real* corrections. :-)
> Best regards--LRA
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