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RE: Negative Scanning

Hi Tim,
I don't use a Minolta scanner but I do use Vuescan to scan B&W developed in PCAT-HD. My best results using my new Epson 4990 have been scanning the film in 48 bit color as a color negative. After opening the file in PS I look at the image with each of the color channels turned off except for one. I drop the channels that visually have the most noise and then convert the image to 16 bit gray scale.
My initial scan settings in Vuescan are adjusted to produce the widest histogram without clipping shadows and highlights, which usually produce a very flat looking image in PS. I then make levels and curves adjustments once in PS.
You may wish to consider Silver Fast AI for your scanner. It will also make great scans with a more intuitive interface with the ability to set levels and curves a little more effortlessly than Vuescan allows. Practice makes perfect! I've been scanning film for years and I'm still practicing and learning.
Good luck,
Don Bryant

From: Tim Eitniear [mailto:timeitniear@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Sunday, July 08, 2007 5:22 PM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Negative Scanning

Not sure if this is off topic or not, but I'll test the waters. I recently developed some negatives in pyrocat-HD and I am attempting to scan them in with a Minolta Dimage Scan Multi II using Vuescan. I will admit up that I am at the bottom of the learning curve. My scans come out extremely grainy. If I look at them through a grain focuser I do not see the grain. How can I over come this issue? Is there any books or other guides that can help me along?

Thanks for your time


Tim Eitniear
Chicago, Il