Lily - Analog Saturday | Experimenting with scanning

by Piotr Matura August. 24, 2019 155 views

I regularly make photos of film, which means I also have to get it developed and scanned (and printed, but I only do it with seleceted ones). I found a photo lab that does a pretty good with a good price and have a good relationship with them, given that I use their services quite a lot. They even do high-resolution scans for me at a regular price - by default labs around here do ~1,5Mpix scans that are enough for 10x15cm prints.

But I wanted to try scanning on my own - because I get more control over the final effect and aim for my preferences. Also, I could create scans with much higher resolution when I need them - which is also important to me, because I decided to try selling some of my photos online and high resolution is a big plus (right now I only have some images on Etsy, you can check it out if you want - Here's the link ;))

And recently had a chance to borrow a nice piece of equipment that will let me do it - a Plustek OpticFilm 8100. It is a dedicated film scanner that comes with special holders for strips of film or slide frames and dedicated SilverFast software that lets user customize scanning process to reach desired effect. I wanted to show in this post the image I got from the photo lab and then my attempts at scanning and final effect.

Here is the first photo - original scan I received from photo lab:

And here is first scan I did myself:

Quite different for me. I set scan options to take into account type of film I used and tuned a little bit settings like exposure and clarity. There is no strong yellow cast and image seems much more detailed. Unfortunately film already caught some dust and tiny scratches - so I tried using built-in removal functions in next two scans:

Stronger scratch & dust removal - most of defects gone

Stronger scratch & dust removal - most of defects gone

Results were good, but on the other hand this automated corrections seem to take away some details too... So I tried to manually remove defects from the first scan in separate program:

I think it is the best combination and result. How about you? ;)

PS. Recent Heike's post inspired me to try Nik Collection filters. They are really interesting tools! Below my two attempt of using them:

Analog Efex in action

Analog Efex in action

HDR Efex used this time

HDR Efex used this time

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Jay Boggess 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Interesting +1 study!

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Piotr Matura Replied to Jay Boggess 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you, Jay! It's just a bit of editing tinkering I wanted to share, I'm glad you liked it smile

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited