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

You can have your digital b&w prints done here:
Check with them to know what they expect in term of digital files.

However, since it seems to be a one shot deal, why not have the b&w prints
made by a conventional lab. I fail to see what's to be gained by going
digital in this instance since you'r e not equiped to do digital printing
and neither is the person who needs the prints. (feel free to flame me!)

----- Original Message -----
From: "bob geoghegan" <bobgeo@dgiinc.com>
To: <am1000@videotron.ca>
Sent: Saturday, January 04, 2003 11:42 AM
Subject: [filmscanners] Re: B & W - Tips required...

In response to...
0)  Expect opinions to differ

00)  My experience is with Tri-X in a Polaroid SS4000; the Nikon may
respond differently.

1)  I'd scan them right into greyscale.  A BW scan with a Tri-X profile (or
other silver BW film) will probably do more justice to the film's tones
than an RGB scan based on a color neg profile.  35mm, 16 bit 4000 dpi TIFF
files are 40MB instead of  120MB.  You're not losing anything because
they're BW negs.  Since you're not printing them yourself, save them as 16
bit files to keep options open for adjustments by whoever prints them.  You
could do a 2nd save at 8 bits incase she won't have software available for
16 bit  .tiffs.

2) Stay with the scanner's 4000 dpi max resolution.  As with #1, it keeps
options open by retaining max detail.  If you want lower resolution, scan
at 4000 dpi & rescale the images afterward.  Tri-X scanned at 2000 dpi (in
the Polaroid at least) can give ugly grain aliasing.

3) A tough one.  If she'd have to learn a lot & burn through trial prints,
then a pro printer might be best.  It also depends on if her own monochrome
prints can be made with a neutral enough tone.

Good luck,
Bob G

At 09:41 AM 1/4/2003, you wrote:

>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
>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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