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Re: filmscanners: Scanning B&W negatives

You can read up on scanning in color for B & W in Dan Margulis's Professional 
Photoshop, and in the Color Theory thread archived at 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Shawn Coggins" <magpie@digisys.net>
To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2001 8:50 PM
Subject: Re: filmscanners: Scanning B&W negatives

well I have a Polaroid 4k.

You might want to give http://www.hamrick.com/ software a try, you can
download a demo which puts hatchmarks on your finish image.

I haven't made the leap from 5.2 to 5.5 yet but understand that it is
a giant leap when dealing with negatives.

My suggestion is to try all the software available, if you have a cd
burner make copies of your raw scans so you can get back to them

as someone else mentioned you can try scanning in rgb mode to see if
the various channels give you any more detail, also try scanning them
as color negatives - one of my current favorite prints is a b&w neg
scanned in as a color negative and then further colonized in

But experiment, experiment try as many different options as you can,
take some of your best & some of your worst negs and work with them
for some time before trying to tackle the remainder.

Have fun . . . 
On Sun, 21 Oct 2001 23:43:04 -0700, you wrote:

>After scanning almost exclusively slides (with my Microtek Artixscan 4000t)
>, I will begin with my old B&W negatives (several hundreds), mainly Ilford
>FP4 and HP5, many of them more than 30 years old. A very, very hard
>"retouching and archiving era" is coming and it will be a pitty if, in the
>end, I will discover that I must repeat "da capo"  ONLY because... my
>scanning tecnich was faulty.
>I intend to: scan at 4000 ppi, gray scale 16 bits; "dynamic range" --
>automatic, but all the other tunings in the scanning software (including
>unsharp mask) disabled; save the raw scans as TIF. I don't intend to "work"
>the photos in the scanner, but after in Photoshop.
>As scanning software, I have Microtek ScanWizard Pro, VueScan and SilverFast
>Ai 5. My experience is only with ScanWizard, that I used for all my slide
>scans. My main question at this time is if any of the other programs is
>superior to ScanWizard (just the quality of the "raw" results). But all your
>help and suggestions for my "scanning phase" would be much appreciated.
>Best regards,
>Mrio Teixeira
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Shawn Coggins  http://www.originalgimp.org/index.htm


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