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Re: Negative Scanning

Thanks for all the tips.  I will try these and continue to practice.  

Thanks again


Tim Eitniear
Chicago, Il

On Jul 9, 2007, at 1:35 PM, Sandy King wrote:

I have scanned hundreds of negatives developed in Pyrocat-HD and the grain is actually less obtrusive than what you get in most non-staining developers. With a film like TMY or TRI-X 320 the grain actually seems smaller than what you get with Xtol.

I suspect that your have some type of sharpening turned on in making the scan? If so, that will add a lot of noise to your scan and you are much better off turning off all sharpening in the initial scan and doing that later in Photoshop where you have much more extensive controls.

Sandy King

At 8:03 PM -0700 7/8/07, Mike Kirwan wrote:
 I have scanned and printed - up to 20x24 images of FP4+ and TMX-100 negatives developed in Pyrocat as well as XTOL and have never had a problem with grain. When you open an image in Photoshop and view the image at 100% you will see grain - but you are looking at the film at a tremendous magnification and yes you will see grain - but the proof will be in the printing.
I use an Epson 4870 and use the Epson scanning agent and scan at 16 bit grey scale.
Hope this helps

From: Tim Eitniear [mailto:timeitniear@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Sunday, July 08, 2007 2:22 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