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[filmscanners] Re: Colormatching with Canon S820/S900



"John Pendley" <jpendley@alltel.net> asked: "I am, in the parlance of
the day, technically challenged.  What do you think the chances are that
I could master Vuescan?"

John,
I don't think "technically challenged" will be an issue. As several
folks have mentioned, Vuescan is easy to set up and use. The challenge
is that it is neither well-documented nor intuitive. My experience is in
scanning amateur-quality photographs on an inexpensive filmscanner
(Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II). I started using the Minolta software that
came with the scanner and found it to be very intuitive and easy to use
(I had some knowledge of Photoshop.) I wasn't thrilled with some image
quality--too dark and contrasty on slides, so I tried Vuescan. It did
take some help getting started, but it was worth it.

I found the Vuescan scans were less contrasty than the Minolta ones, and
every time I scanned slides or negatives with both, the Vuescan images
looked better. As I recall, the Vuescan images started out much flatter
than the Minolta ones, but they corrected much better in Photoshop.

I believe some users say they get usable Vuescanned images straight off
their scanners, without much tweaking in Photoshop. Maybe they are
better photographers than I am or maybe they have better scanners. In my
experience, Photoshop (or something similar) is a necessity with
Vuescan.

Preston Earle
PEarle@triad.rr.com


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