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Re: digital proofing of negatives

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  • From: eric nelson <emanphoto@gmail.com>
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If I couldn't find a way to shoot them with a negative camera approach, I'd start laying them out on the light table and shoot them as positives. Then <Command-I> (mac) or reverse the file, tweak it till it readable, (15-20 secs) and there you go.

But for that much work, one could collate the negs of similar sizes and densities and scan them on a flatbed and get reasonable results.

Good luck!  What kind of scanner will you be using for the final scans?


-----Original Message-----
From: sam wang [mailto:stwang@clemson.edu]
Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2008 12:14 PM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: OT: digital proofing of negatives

Now that I can finally make good scans of negatives, I need to wade
through huge boxes of negatives of various sizes and density ranges to
see which ones might be worth the time to scan. Has anyone rigged up
something to do that?

I know some of the low end digital cameras include effects such as
"negative". Putting such a camera on a copy stand over a light box
seems to be the way to quickly go over a lot of images. Has anyone
done that? Which cameras could do that well?

Or are there software to invert the image on the monitor if a camera
is tethered to the computer?

By the way, batch scanning is out of the question because of the
differences between the negatives: size, density, etc.