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[filmscanners] Re: B & W - Tips required...



>1/ Should i keep the files as RGB or convert to grayscale?

Look at each channel R, B, G).  In my experience they will be identical; I've 
found no benefit to keeping RGB, but no real benefit to changing to a single 
channel file except smaller file size.  I don't know what print service 
providers want to print from.

>2/ What dpi/ppi should i keep the files (8 x 10 inch prints)?

300 ppi (2400 by 3000 pixels) if you don't know where they will be printed and 
have specific info for that service.  Some services, for a quantity of B&W 
prints, might make a negative from the digital file.  For that, optimum pixel 
dimensions would depend on the film size and film recorder.  If this is a 
possibility (and if schedule permits) then it would be best to get pixel 
dimension information from the print service when she returns to NY.

>3/ Would it be better (cost effective and quality) for her to take them to a
>service bureau or print them out herself on the proper paper? She's not so
>computer savvy but has contacts who could probably help her.

B&W grayscale is not the strong suit of most desktop computer printers.  If 
purpose of the prints is in theatre work then best to go to a NY service that 
prints for that purpose, particularly for a large quantity of prints.

Bob Shomler
www.shomler.com


>Hi List...
>
>Have done some B & W (Tri-X) portraits of a friend'd daughter which she
>needs to send out to agents... she's into theatre. She lives in NY and is
>here (India) on a holiday. I'll be scanning the negs - plan to scan in RGB
>at 14 (16) bit depth on a Nikon 4000ED - and touching up the pix. Putting
>them on a CD and couriering them to her in the US. She'll then get the
>prints made there. That's the background... the questions are as follows:
>
>1/ Should i keep the files as RGB or convert to grayscale?
>2/ What dpi/ppi should i keep the files (8 x 10 inch prints)?
>3/ Would it be better (cost effective and quality) for her to take them to a
>service bureau or print them out herself on the proper paper? She's not so
>computer savvy but has contacts who could probably help her.
>4/ Any other suggestions are welcome :)

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