Questions tagged [scanning]

is an activity performed by a device that optically scans images, printed text, handwriting, or an object, and converts it to a digital image. Common examples found in offices are variations of the desktop (or flatbed) scanner where the document is placed on a glass window.

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What is the best liquid for washing old negatives?

I have been digitizing old family negatives, mostly 35mm from the 1970s-1990s and I'm trying to remove as much dust as possible. I would like to be able to wash the negatives in water – of all the ...
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How to automate detection of half-frame images using Epson V550/V600?

I have several strips of 35mm negatives shot with an Olympus PenD, which is a half-frame camera. When scanning, I find manually selecting frames one-by-one is time consuming for 72 images per roll. ...
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How to include emulsion style thin border during film negative scan?

I am looking at image like this. Notice the inner thin edgy border in black. Given a film negative and a scanner, how can we make such border?
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Why are there lines on some of my photos?

There are green-ish lines running down some of my images. I got it developed/scanned by a local film store. Film is not expired. Shot on a Canon AE-1 Program. Still learning how to shoot in manual ...
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How can I protect scanner glass for scanography while preserving depth of field and avoiding artifacts?

I have recently gotten into scanography, but I have not yet found a good method to protect the scanner glass from objects that will scratch or soil it. I need to find a material that is optically ...
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From Linux shell, how to batch-remove dust from images using scan of dust?

I have a large number of scans made with the same scanner. After noticing that there are a few consistent specs of dust on the images, I made a scan of the dust hoping to somehow remove the dust from ...
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Power supply for multi-camera scanning rig

I'm setting up a portable scanning rig for 3D face capture using 36 Cannons 200D. At the moment I'm facing a power management issue. I don't want to keep charging camera's batteries and using AC ...
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What quality can be expected from a flatbed scanner and will a more expensive one be better?

I've got a small collection of family photos, probably several hundred pictures, including some taken over 100 years ago (although they might be copies of the originals, I don't know). All prints, no ...
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Processing raw negatives in photoshop

I'm scanning negatives with an Epson and Silverfast software, in raw format. After inverting the image with command-I, curves and levels are backwards. I could flatten the image, but the size is huge. ...
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Do negatives degrade resolution over time?

I have a bunch of old negatives (~30 years old) that I recently sent out to a processing shop for scanning to digital. I was told that the scan resolution was slightly in excess of 3000dpi. I don't ...
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Different result between scanning in Epson's “color negative film” mode and scanning in positive -> invert curve in post?

When scanning a 35mm film, if I let Epson's software doing its thing by choosing the "color negative film" mode, without any other adjustment, the resulting raw scan will be yellowish. However, if I ...
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Best tools and equipment to digitise film negatives with DSLR, without breaking the bank

I am considering buying Lomography DigitaLIZA film masks for both 35mm and 120 film to use within my digitisation process, however I am unsure of the best methods around the other areas of my process. ...
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Automatic & intelligent crop 1,000 images

I have about 1,000 scanned / photographed images, each with different formats but all with rectangular/square shape, that need to be cropped to remove the background and the white space around the ...
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What caused this horizontal white line scans from film developed at a local shop?

I'm brand new to film photography and I just took my first rolls to a local shop today. The first half of the roll had these horizontal lines at the top and the second half was fine. Is this a film ...
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What is causing white stains on scanned negative? Is there a way to fix this?

I'm scanning some of my negatives, and here I find a whole roll covered with these kind of marks all over. The film has been develop in a processor. The images were stored for a while. I don't ...
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Will printing and rescanning a photo substantially reduce a photo's quality?

I got my college graduation photos taken by Prestige Portraits. It turns out they charge almost $300 to get the photos in digital form but only $35 for an 8*10 photo print. I only want one of my ...
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Blurry Purple horizontal line across pics when scanning on v370

I have this thick blurry purple lines across my pictures when scanning on a brand new v370 scanner. Any idea where it's coming from? I've cleaned the scanner glass thoroughly and the negatives are ...
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Is scanner calibration possible or necessary for scanning negatives?

I shoot film in both colour and black & white. Currently I have the negatives developed and scanned by a lab. My next step will be to get a 35mm film scanner and scan the developed negatives ...
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Pacific Image PowerSlide X vs Braun MULTIMAG SlideScan 7000 Film Scanner

What is the difference between these two scanners? It looks like the specs are the same, but the price is not. Will the Braun include software, and the Pacific not? I found that the Braun had a "...
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scan a lot of 35mm Black and white negatives

I have 4 binders filled with 35mm black-and-white negatives and contact sheets. I've had good luck scanning the contact sheets, but bad luck scanning the slides. Professional scanning services are 50 ...
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Why does selecting a crop area in VueScan affect luminance/colour content?

I scanned a postage stamp. Here's the scanned image, as displayed in VueScan, before selecting a crop area: After selecting a crop area, the same image looks like this: I assume that VueScan is ...
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On the Epson Perfection v500, how does one scan half-frame negatives efficiently?

I have 2 rolls of half-frame film to scan this evening, which amounts to over 144 photos. Most of the manual labor is selecting each photo with the Marquee Tool by hand in the Epson Scan application. ...
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Horizontal Lines when scanning using Epson V370

Wondering if anyone can diagnose an issue with my scanner. I have tried scanning in multiple different strips of negative film but after scanning all have horizontal lines across them. Examples are ...
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What is the difference between colour-negative scan vs digitizing services?

I am an amateur photographer. I have a batch of around 3,900 colour negatives, which are very well stored, in strips inside their original plastic protections. I am a bit confused with the service ...
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Big white circle on scanned negative

I just developed a roll of film and I'm noticing big white circles. They seem to appear in different places, from one picture to another. All I can think of is wrong temperature of development (21C ...
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Trying to determine potential causes for boxy (digital?) artifacts

I'm looking at lots of photographs taken in either the late 1990's or early 2000's of book pages printed in the 1700's. In those photographs, I occasionally see the kind of boxy artifacts pictured ...
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Which rendering intent to use when saving CIE-Lab values in Silverfast

I am using Silverfast to make a scan and save it as CIE-Lab. I set Absolute Colorimetric rendering intent in Color Management System preferences, calibrated the scanner, then scanned some white paper ...
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Scanning digital prints at 24bit or 48bit?

I have thousands of digital prints I plan on scanning, restoring in Lightroom, and then cataloging. I have an Epson V600 scanner and plenty of raw computing power. I plan on scanning at 600dpi to ...
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Removing the curl from 35mm negative

I've been scanning a number of negatives using an Epson v350 scanner, which has an automated feeder built in. The feeder is pretty basic, but on the whole works reasonably well with most brands of ...
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Is negative's contrast change by the developement process different from software contrast adjustment of the negative's scan?

Let's assume that I have an exposed frame with the contrast range not fully covered (and let's assume that I just want the scan). I have two options: develop it normally, scan and then work on this ...
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Improve scan of old diapositive

I have this old diapositive slide of a tram taken at dusk by my father. I have later scanned the slide (the image is reduced in resolution for this upload). As I still have the slide, I can scan it ...
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Just got a film camera, how to develop?

I recently bought a film camera and some 35mm film. Once my film is all used, is my only option to get it developed at CVS or Walgreens and ask for a CD in order to get the photos onto my computer? I ...
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How to tell which image from a set is the most in focus? [duplicate]

I am calibrating the focus on my 35mm film scanner, to do this I am rescanning the same photo repeatedly with different focus configurations and comparing the results to choose the configuration which ...
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How to physically flatten old prints?

I'm trying to digitize a stack of old, small, but very much curled photo prints on a flatbed scanner. I find it hard to keep them straight while closing the lid and pressing them down onto the glass, ...
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Copying slides with a 50mm lens instead of a macro one

I'm reading in multiple places about how to use macro lens to copy slides. Found a good video too. They usually recommend to make use of the Digital Duplicator de Kaiser, remove the internal lens, ...
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What is the quality I can expect for 8×10" prints from a $100-150 slide scanner?

I have several hundred slides that I want to scan by buying a 14 or 20 megapixel scanner online. I’ve seen them for about $100-$150 but what I have not been able to confirm is what with the quality of ...
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Identify old Fuji film from 1987

I have a set of old color film negatives that I want to feed to a PlusTek OpticFilm 7600i film scanner. The scanning software is VueScan (it used to be SilverFast). The main problem I have, is that I ...
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Digitize and enhance a photo from the early nineties

I have a photo taken in the early nineties featuring someone who sadly is not going to be around for much longer. All I have is the photo, we looked everywhere for the negative but it couldn't be ...
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What can I do to restore an old black and white photograph with many white spots when I scan the print?

and the part I'm interested in: Unfortunately, this is roughly 45 years old, no negatives.
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Film date stamp to jpeg metadata

I'm scanning a bunch of old prints from the days before digital photography. Some of those pictures have a date stamp in the lower right. Is there a tool that will check the corners for a date stamp,...
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Do negatives scanned upside down (backwards) lose quality?

I'm a novice, and don't have a detailed understanding of the technical terms, but I've scanned hundreds of 35mm and medium format negatives to get the best quality RAW files at certain presets which ...
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Has anybody ever taken an analog photo of a negative to turn it into a positive?

I've never thought of this before, but in theory I guess you could turn your negatives into positives (like slide film) by just taking a photo of them again --- "digitizing" but then with an analog ...
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How to use histogram adjustment when scanning?

I just got an Epson V600 and have been trying to learn some of the features, such as the Histogram Adjustment feature of the included processing software. The interface looks like this: What are the ...
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How to get accurate color and contrast when scanning shots with no black or white point present?

To correct the initial color balance and remove the orange mask of a scanned color negative we would normally set black and white levels to just barely clip each color channel. This works fine with ...
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How to get film onto computer?

What is the best way to get film onto your computer? I'm trying to make a visual magazine and want pictures I will take with a 35 mm in their highest quality.
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Scanning negative 35mm: color accuracy, color balance, film bias

My question is about scanning color 35mm film. I use professional film (Portra 400) and a very good lab. I get consistent results and prints. This year i have invested in semi-pro or pro scanner ...
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How to use colour charts and patches for color restoration of old photographic films?

I work for an institution with a large photographic archive of art, containing among other things colour negatives and ektachrome films. My team is digitizing the films and in the meantime we want to ...
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Is there software to automatically choose the optimal resolution for scanning?

I have seen recommendations to scan analogue photo prints at a DPI setting anywhere between 200 DPI and 1200 DPI depending on the quality of the print. I've heard that everything from camera focus to ...
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Is there a way I can scan an A4 photo at 4800 dpi?

I have the Canon CanoScan LiDE 220 Compact Scanner, it claims to be able to scan at 4800 x 4800 dpi. However when I try and scan at this dpi, it says it cannot scan a full A4 photo and tells me to ...
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What are these lines of colour on my Epson Perfection V370 scans?

I have started to notice vertical stripes of colour on all of my (document table) scans. What might the cause be, and is there a fix? My scanner is an Epson Perfection V370 Photo, purchased ~3 years ...