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filmscanners: Hello

Greetings -

Can you handle another newbie?  (I heard that groan) ;-)

OK, not entirely new to scanning, but just got my first film scanner -
a Canon FS2710 that I got 2nd hand.   Seems to be working fine.

it's making me realize that I need to get into a whole other level of
control and understanding of what I'm doing.  Prior to this all my
work - about 4 years of it - has been on a HP 5200C flatbed, with the
bundled PhotoDeluxe and occasionally Corel Photo House.  I've gotten
pretty good at the basics.   I've tried out Photoshop Elements and
like it, but at this point am wavering as to whether I should get the
whole PS6 package or if PSE would do it.  IAny advice appreciated.  I
know you need to know more about what I want to be able to do.  

At this point I mainly am striving to just get the absolute best
quality photo and then reproduction thereof that I can, given my
budget, which is why I'm limited to 2720 dpi.  Probably it will be
fine for my purposes, which is mostly web-based right now, but
eventually I'd like to make my own prints, up to 8x10, with a very
occasional larger one.  Don't have a photo printer right now, just an
HP Color Inkjet, but will probably eventually get an Epson 1280 or a
smaller one.  

Right now I think most of my questions concern procedure with these
large scans, which are new to me.  I'd appreciate any tips no how to
minimize loss when compressing to a jpeg.  For example, Is there any
substantial difference as to whether I save the original scan as a
.TIFF or a .BMP?  These seem to be the main options offered by the
Canon software.  I do have a trial copy of Vuescan, which I'm *very*
impressed by so far, and will be going over to a full version of that
probably, unless I'm convinced otherwise here!  Vuescan seems to be
able to handle different films much better.  

Another question when working with large files like this is at what
point do you do most of your image adjustment?   Do you do all your
color balancing, sizing, and similar image property work on the .TIFF
and then compress and run sharpen on the jpeg?    

So I have a lot to learn about color control, and have basically zero
experience with color management.  But I'm not doing a lot of printing
just yet, so that's probably not my first concern.  To start with I'd
appreciate a good explanation of "gamma."  

Anyway, enough for now!  Needless to say, some or all of the above may
be able to be answered by links and FAQ's, please feel free to refer
me to the requisite sources, I'm a good reader!

If you want to critique what I've been doing thus far, I have a
portfolio at photo.net:


And a primitive template-based website.  URL is in my sig.

Thanks very much.  I promise to try not to ask the 14,000 most asked
newbie questions.

Ken Durling

Website http://home.earthlink.net/~kdurling/

Alternate e-mail:  kdurling2001@yahoo.com


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