Hello and welcome to GRAIN my name is Chris and today we are going to talk about home scanning.
Ok so if you're anything like me, you don't have a darkroom but you still want to enjoyall the benefits of shooting on film and living a hybrid dual lifestyle of showing those film photographs on the internetTurns out it's a slightly bigger problem than I was initially anticipating because finding a quality scannerthat was in my budget that offered the quality but also some semblanceof speed was things that I was trying to weigh out.
So I found myself doing a lot of research trying to figure out what scanner fits my need.
Phase 1 Tha Pakon.
If you do any digging around online the pakon scanner is the number one favorite for home scanners.
There are a couple of problems that exist with that scanner.
They're incredibly hard to find.
When you find them they are incredibly expensive.
I didn't feel comfortable spending that amount of money on a scanner knowing that my oddswere fairly poor.
So, I went a different route.
So if you see back here, this is my plustek scanner.
It's the 8200i series.
As far as quality goes, it's pretty dang good for scanning 35mm but it's also one of it's downfalls.
It only scans 35mm.
So if you are a 120 shooter or anything larger then sorry this is not going to work for you.
But that's not my only scanner.
I also have the Epson V550 which SCANS 35mm and also has the ability to scan 120.
I haven't really messed around with 120 yet but that is the scanner that we will be usingwhen we get into that.
So why two?Well, I started out with the Epson which is down below my desk.
But this is not my favorite scanner.
The advertised range of it, as far as optical quality is really really good.
But when you actually understand the math behind that equated optical resolution andthen you take it for the size of a 35mm negative you're getting an effective roughly an effectivemegapixel range of around 2 to 3 megapixel for a 35mm scan.
So not that great.
This I like to use for scanning in low res catalog images.
I use lightroom as sort of a digital contact sheet in which I use to cross-reference tothe physical negatives.
And i'll do a separate video on that so you can see my methods with that.
The Plustek 8200i those are scans that I use If I want a high quality digital print.
So that's the sole use for the Plustek.
So, let me show you a couple of the things that I use when I scan all the time and we'llgo into some of the prep work that I do when I scan negatives.
So scanning at home theres is some basic things that you wanna have, but they're also thingsthat apply to scanning but are also very helpful to use in other areas of you film photographyjourney.
So, here are a few.
These are great for not putting all of your DNA and signature oils all over the film.
Which will then lead to dust sticking and I, seriously I've got negative that I scannedthat have got my thumb print across somebody's face.
In fact if I can find the frame i'll show it to you right now.
That's my friend Jeff and that's his face covered up by my ignorance.
I bought these size small on Amazon, I'll send a link.
I had to put a little cut in where the thumb goes so it could fit a little better.
It's not all gone to waste.
The higher percentage that you can find in your local drug store or grocery store isbetter.
These are little cotton swabby things that are used as make-up remover pads.
You can see all of that fuzz and junk.
That's not good.
Look at that.
That's not what you want stuck all over your negatives.
Look, you can see all of this particulate in the air.
Looks like an Indiana Jones movie.
So this is what you want.
You want something that is lint free and will clean the film and not re-introduce more particulate.
A little rule of thumb about applying alcohol and cleaning the film.
The first pass cleans the film, the second pass re-introduces everything that you justcleaned off.
So, don't get over zealous.
And, here is just some standard cotton swabs.
And then, a can of air.
I'll just give a quick pass on the top and bottom as well as the glass or the sensorif you have access to it.
Let me take you on to the computer now and I will show you the process in which I dopreview scans as well as the adjustments I do to the raw negative.
So let's go do that now.
Ok so, here we are in Silverfast.
I just did a preview scan of the image that we're gonna be working with today.
So, I'm starting up at the top left.
The first thing I do is make sure that the file naming and file destination are set tothe right location respectively.
I use a reverse date naming structure and this also corrilates with the archiving andnegative cross reference that I mentioned earlier and we'll be doing a seperate videoon that.
And for this, for sake of example I would keep it low around 1600 ppi.
It works well for digital distribution.
With Negafix, I've experimented with popping in the respective stocks in which Negafixwill try to use the profile for that film stock to apply the appropriate exposure acolor cast removal and that sort of thing.
I have not found anything that I'm completely happy with, or that I have been able to findconsistent results with.
So, as a result I select other in the 'film' category and I select it as monochrome.
That makes sure that the color cast is removed.
Ilford HP5 has sort of, the emulsion is kind of a purple color and that comes through onscans if you don't tell it that you don't want it scanned monochrome.
And then in unsharp mask.
if I was going straight from here to the internet or to social media.
I generally would apply just an auto sharpness as a way to crisp up the edges and make thingsnice and crispy.
But if I were printing this for a hi-resolution.
Or scanning this for a high resolution print I would not apply happening now I would applythat last.
So in here this is pretty much all I would do.
Just scan a nice clean straight ahead negative.
So i'm gonna scan this.
Ok so our scan has just finished up.
I will open it up here in the finer.
And I'm just gonna open this up in photoshop.
From here I would just do some basic cloning and cleaning up of any little marks that Ifind.
Bits of hair.
I don't like to knock out to much of the characteristics, but I don't want anything that's particularlydistracting.
So this is the basic method that I would use in cleaning up a negative If it were goingout for printing or social media distribution.
That's the basic scan.
Ok, so that's it for today .
That's my scanning process, it's not perfect for me and I'm notcompletely happy with it.
But it's the best option for me at the moment so i'd love to know what you guys are doingas far as home scanning goes.
So drop me a comment on the video, i'd love to start a conversation about it.
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It helps out a lot.
Thanks very much for watching GRAIN.
As always, I'm Chris.
And i'll see you next time.