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[filmscanners] Re: keeping the 16bit scans

  • To: lexa@lexa.ru
  • Subject: [filmscanners] Re: keeping the 16bit scans
  • From: "HPA" <tom@historicphotoarchive.com>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2003 00:10:27 -0800
  • In-reply-to: <200303300141.RAA19774@technicaladvantage.net>
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Some of the things that I scan I will not have access to in the future, at
least not in as good a condition as now.  In ten years, most 1970s slides
will have turned red by fading.  And think about what kinds of files we will
want in 5-10 years, probably by then PS and printers will all be working in
16 bit from start to finish.  I work with historic images so the demand for
these images can only grow with the passage of time.

I make a cd of each image and each version.  After making a raw 16 bit at
the maximum resolution possible, that gets burned immediately.  I do
retouch, levels, etc and burn a second CD.  I go to 8 bit and resize, and
burn a third cd.  On that third CD i add a small jpg which is what my
printer uses to print the picture on the cd sleeve. (light impressions
archival 5x7" negative envelopes)  The master scans get stored in a
different building than the retouched ones, so if there is a fire I am not
out of business.   I can find any scan quickly and visually confirm the

Tom Robinson

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