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Deciding on a Film Scanner
February 5, 2017

Scanning is a great way to digitize your film, offering flexibility of a hybrid film and digital workflow. As with any part of the film photography process, digitizing is a time consuming process, but is very rewarding once you've got the tools that fit your needs. There are a number of film scanning solutions on the market, falling into three major categories, bespoke Film Scanners, Flatbed Scanners, and Drum Scanners. Film Scanners These scanne...

Linear RAW Scans with Epson v800 and VueScan
February 6, 2017

VueScan (VS) is popular scanning software solution offered by Hamrick Software. It has many functions and features, with a relatively simple user interface. I can't say it's the most user friendly, but it gets the job done. In general, I only use VS for its RAW, linear capture, so that I get complete control of the image without auto-editing from the scanner and software. In this post, I'll walk you through the process of obtaining a linear scan u...

Scanning Color Negatives using Epson Scanner and ColorPerfect Plugin
May 31, 2017

Here is a quick and easy visual tutorial for scanning color negatives using Epson scanners (v700 in this example) and ColorPerfect plugin. Setting up Epson Scan for Positive Scans Select Configuration button at the bottom of the main screen in Epson Scan software and update the settings based on the following screenshots. Click OK when you are done with the all settings in the configuration window. From the main window, select the File Save...

Scanning Color Negatives with Eversmart Pro Scanner using Eversmart Scan
July 18, 2017

Scitex/Creo Eversmart series scanners are phenomenal SCSI scanners but depending on the version of the scanner you have, you may not be able to upgrade to the Oxygen Scan software that provides ability to scan in 16 BIT RAW. If you have Jazz, Eversmart or Eversmart PRO version of the scanners, you'll be limited to Eversmart Scan software on Mac OS 9.2. I have this combination myself and after many hours of extensive testing, I have found the best s...

Should You Invest in Wet Scanning, or is Dry Scanning 'Good Enough'?
November 10, 2017

In the film photography workflow, scanning is my least favorite step. However, for those without a dark room and printing equipment it's the only option for editing and sharing their work. And when you need to squeeze out every last detail, tonality, and sharpness from the negative, wet mounting can get you through that last mile. However for many situations, wet mounting is probably not worth the time and extra investment. This article highligh...

Blueprint for a UV Exposure Box
May 22, 2020

In my journey through learning alternative photography techniques, I ended up having to create a UV exposure box. My knowledge of circuitry was very limited and effectively non-existant for lighting components. I spent countless hours trying to figure out how to build this thing, and even blew a few ballasts in the process. I'm documenting my build here to help you through your own DIY project. This won't the prettiest or professional DIY build,...