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[filmscanners] Re: scanning Kodak Gold 200 negatives

Hi Paul,

All I can suggest is that you make sure you aren't clipping the image in
terms of the white and black point. If you are using histograms, you can
see if that is happening.  If you aren't already doing so, you may wish
to get a 16 bit file to work from, which may help if major exposure
changes are necessary.  You could also try using a raw scan and doing
all the manipulation in Photoshop.

When you are lightening the image in Photoshop how are you doing it?
(Levels, curves, brightness, lightness, etc??)


patton paul wrote:

> I have a Polaroid SprintScan 4000 slide scanner, and have been having lots
> of trouble scanning a Kodak Gold 200 negative.  Most of the scanning I've
> done previously has been with Kodak Elite Chrome 200 slides and has mostly
> worked fine.  Polaroid does have a profile specifically for Kodak Gold 200
> negatives.  Nevertheless, when I scan the negative, the scan invariably
> comes out very dark, and the colors are oversaturated.  I have tried
> scanning with other more generic profiles as well, but it doesn't help
> much  I can fix the darkness and color balance problems in Photoshop
> so that the image looks fine on screen.  However,
> when I print the image, it shows a sort of noise or grain.  Usually, my
> prints, made with an Epson 1270 photoprinter are virtually
> indistinguishable from conventionally made photographs.  However, the
> noise or grain in this image makes it look like a second rate ink jet
> printout.  Could this be CCD noise made evident by brightening an
> image that was originally very dark?  Can anybody suggest how I can
> improve the quality of my scans of this image?  I don't want to give up on
> getting a good scan of it, because it has sentimental value.  It
> is a photo of a friend who died recently, and I wanted to send the print
> to her mother.
> __________________________________________________________________
> Dr. Paul Patton
> Research Scientist
> Beckman Institute  Rm 3027  405 N. Mathews St.
> University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  Urbana, Illinois 61801
> work phone: (217)-265-0795   fax: (217)-244-5180
> home phone: (217)-328-4064
> homepage: http://www.staff.uiuc.edu/~ppatton/index.html
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the
> source of all true art and science."
> -Albert Einstein
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