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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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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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What VueScan settings can you recommend for scanning B&W negatives from C41 emulsion?

I use: Nikon CoolScan LS-5000 negative scanner VueScan scanning software Agfa Vista Plus 200 or other cheap film (C41) B&W chemistry I get acceptable results quite easily, but my standards for ...
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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 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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Recommendations for photos scanning software [closed]

I have a lot of photos I want to scan but the software that comes with the Brother HL-L23800W scanner is slow and limited in features. Googling isn't turning up many options. Can anyone recommend some ...
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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 ...
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Which DSLR macro setup to buy for scanning negatives?

First some background: I am a photographer who likes to use film negatives, and who mainly shoots 6x6 medium format (Hasselblad 500CM) and some occasional 35mm (Pentax KX). I own an Epson v550 ...
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How would one digitize a thick book into a PDF version in the most time-efficient way, using only a camera and a computer? [closed]

I have a: dSLR camera (Canon EOS) + no tripod latest commercial version of Adobe Acrobat a computer with internet frugal character I also own a physically printed and bound book of over 600 pages I ...
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Scanning - Why use a reduced bit depth?

I'm watching a Lynda.com course named "Scanning Techniques for Photography, Art, and Design" (https://www.lynda.com/Design-Digital-Illustration-tutorials/Scanning-Techniques-for-Photography-Art-and-...
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Best practices for scanning chromogenic black-and-white film?

Lately, I have been experimenting with chromogenic black-and-white film. However, I have had some trouble scanning the negatives. With colour film, scanning seems to work fine with the standard ...
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Digitizing BW artwork at highest possible resolution

I have an artwork - black ink on paper (a4 size), with a lot of details, thin lines. The quality of the artwork is good. I have a cheap scanner and a cheap camera. With the scanner results are very ...
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Strange sharpening effect in B/W negative scan

I am scanning several rolls of B/W film and have noticed that a small number of shots have some sort of strange sharpening/edge detection behaviour which looks awful. The example below is from Ilford ...
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Green Fog in Color Negative Scan

Can anyone explain what is wrong with this negative scan? There seems to be some green haze in my scans. At first I thought the green tint was just from the lab not color correcting the scans ...
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How can I scan double-sided postcards that cannot bend?

Note to editor: sorry about my horrible English but you took out parts of my question too. The scanner can not have rollers. I am trying to take scans, also known as photos, of post cards. I figure ...
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Scanning old colour slides [closed]

I have some 40-year old colour slides which look fine to the naked eye but when I try to scan them on to a memory card, they look like film negatives with hardly any colour. Are they completely ...
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At what resolution and size should I scan colour slides?

We have a collection of 50,000 colour slides in our library. In order to scan these, we have bought an Epson V 800 Scanner with Silver Fast 800 software. What resolution and size should I be scanning ...
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Scanner for uncut medium format film?

I have a couple rolls of medium format slide film from my holga. I was playing with the thing, shooting images without worrying about the frames. So, the whole film is one series of overlapping images ...
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Scan film or slides using Ubuntu [closed]

I own a Epson V330 photoscanner which seems to be quite well supported by Ubuntu but I cannot find any (open source or at least free) software capable to scan multiple slides or photos from a film in ...
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Digitizing old photos flatbed scanner or dslr?

After plenty of research I realised that flatbed scanners lose the battle to dslr when it comes to scanning negatives as seen in the picture: But what about old basic paper photos? Will an average ...
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How to invert color negative “scan” via DSLR without clipping the red channel?

I am trying to convert color negatives into positives and struggling with removing the orange mask and getting usable colour after inverting. It seems that I constantly clip the red channel no ...
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What caused this pattern of lines (moire?) in this picture I scanned from a book?

I have scanned this photo from a book that's printed with color ink, but the picture is a black and white one. When I scanned it with Vuescan as a color photograph I get vertical lines like I think ...
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How to restore as much detail as possible to a scanned image of an inkjet-printed page?

I have a photograph printed with an inkjet printer on a piece of paper. Unfortunately, I do not have access to the original file. Here's a small sample of what I'm stuck with: Is there any way to ...
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What performance differences will I see from a new film scanner, replacing Epson V350?

Recently I started doing analog photography again (as hobby), owning a Canon EOS 1N, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, developing all films by myself in C41 with focus on cross processing. Since I'm owning an Epson ...
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Are there advantages to scanning film for prints aside from increased control over the image?

Say I have a negative and wish to make a large print out of it. I have two options: Wet print straight from the negative Scan & dry print In terms of editing, I realise the latter allows more ...
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Process Silverfast color raw scans in Lightroom

In SilverFast there are two main scan modes. One called raw which export a DNG file and one TIFF. In the DNG format I need to invert as part of the post process in Lightroom. Or I can go for TIFF ...