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RE: digital proofing of negatives

	I scan my negs in Print File neg sheets on my Epson 4990 scanner.
Yes, you would have to organize them into sheets of similar size negs but
this works really well.  I keep a file called "digicontacts" and view them
either in Windows picture and fax viewer or in Frotoshop both allowing me to
enlarge and rotate the images.  This works just fine for sorting and
deciding which to print.  
	This isn't the cheapest alternative but, once you get the hang of
it, it works really quickly and well.  
PS: As I still do quite a bit of commercial B&W, most of my clients prefer
digicontact sheets e-mailed to them over printed contact sheets that need to
be delivered.  

-----Original Message-----
From: Ryuji Suzuki [mailto:rs@silvergrain.org] 
Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 11:54 PM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Re: digital proofing of negatives

I make my digital proofs with an Epson Perfection V700, a
film-quality flatbed scanner, without removing the films out
of the sleeves. I use clear polyethylene pages (PrintFile) and
scan half page at a time. Use Vuescan or any other decent
scanner software, adjust exposure and everything (make a
profile), and make good use of the button on the scanner to
make the process efficient.

The resolution isn't that great because of the plastic pages
and also imperfect contact/flatness, but why bother. I think I
use 800-1200dpi range for scanning. Also, if you do color
negatives or slides, the color is almost guaranteed to be
wrong and there is no good way to correct it. It works well
enough for b&w, at least just as good as sandwitching on a
piece of photographic paper to make contact proof, but you'll
get more details.

If any of the tabloid scanners could scan transparent material
of about 8x12 inches or larger, you could speed up the process
at twice the cost of the scanner. (But I doubt any of then
would do that...)

More of a problem is how to manage the proof images thus
obtained. Lightroom is a wrong tool... but don't know what's
a better option for this.

Ryuji Suzuki
"Strange how people who suffer together have stronger connections
than people who are most content." (Bob Dylan, Brownsville Girl, 1986)

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