My film scanning experience

posted on 5th of march, 2010

Hope my example willHi, Friends.
I'm very happy, because it seems I found the way to use my huge old films archieve. I recently made scans in laboratory.
I desided to try two kinds of them and check the difference. Expensive ones (about 4,5$ for 7058x4680px scan) came from Nikon Coolscan 9000, and cheaper (2$ for the same) - from printing machine Noritsu QSS-2901.
It was quite strange for me to see that Nikon's scans were approved here much worse. May be because they had lower contrast. The operator said this would help to keep detalization and color gradations. But finally I was unable to restore the initial colors, though I liked the retro look which pictures began to have. But probably this effect is not suitable for stock. The grain on Nikon scans was quite smooth, but it still existed, and due to low contrast even smalest blur completely killed parts of images. When I increased contrast or sharpness, grain immediately began to grow, too.
Cheaper Noritsu scans were almost all approved here. With them I also had few difficulties during post-processing such as: hard scratches and noise. But the images were very sharp and bright, so blurring them a bit didn't harm. Here is the first portion of my freshly approved images of 5 years ago Tunisia trip. Some of these pictures appeared Russian travel magazines before, and now they are all exclusive on Dreamstime.
enspire somebody else to enlarge their portfolio by reanimating materials from pre-digital era. I really enjoyed working with these almost forgotten pictures. Now I'm absolutely convinced: the moments of the past are priceless and they are worth to be restored.

Comments (6)

Posted by Julia161 on March 06, 2010
Hi, Penguin =) No special hints. Just removed scratches with healing brush, blured a bit and downsized. Colors I didn't touch, because from touching colors grain became huge. These scans are from Noritsu. The whole process wasnt too difficult, but with some pictures it just didn't work out.
P.s. like your avatar =)
Posted by Adeliepenguin on March 06, 2010
Very nice! A number of my images are scanned, but I did have quality issues preparing them for stock, and it took a lot of time and effort to get them "right". I am not sure it is worth the time to "restore" them, and so have stopped scanning for now. If you have any hints, I would appreciate them. I scanned with a Nikon Coolscan 4000 transparency scanner.
Posted by Justmeyo on March 06, 2010
Congratulations,nice shots!Wish you the best:)
Posted by smartview27 on March 06, 2010
Congratulations, Yulia! I am a big scanner fan, too!
Posted by Mani33 on March 05, 2010
Nice shots! Great restoration also! Cheers :)
Posted by Jonvitalija on March 05, 2010
nice tip. thanks

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