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Epson V500: Scanning XPro Positive Film

As a sequel to my simple tutorial in scanning color negatives, here is another tip in scanning a different kind of film. This is a simple and short guide to properly scan your XProcessed Positive films with an amazing scanner, Epson Perfection V500 Photo. XPro films need home scanning, because sometimes you have to apply some manual histogram correction!

The lomographic philosophy suggests the “Do-It-Yourself belief” and it is one of the coolest features of Lomography and I think it is one of the reasons why I love Lomography so much. So let’s speak about DIY scanning. One of the best sellers for me is the Epson Perfection V500 Photo. Why? Well, it’s a great HQ scanner at a very fair price. Lomo films and the V500 are like dynamite together!

Photo labs used to hate XPro pics, because colors are ultra-saturated. Some labs even refuse to cross-process all kinds of film (both Slide and Color Negatives), because they are afraid of the results. However the scanning lab machine tends to automatically correct shifted colours and turn them into “natural colors”. This is the main reason why I suggest to just scan all your XPro films at home.

While you should never modify the settings when you scan Color Negative films, XPro films often require some specific settings. You have to deselect all automatic color corrections (as you should do with CN films) and set the Epson software this way:

Start the preview and then go to Histograms:

In the lower part of the chart you can see three arrows:

  • The black one (left) is for the light tones.
  • The white one (right) is for the dark tones.
  • The grey one (always in the middle) is for brightness.

My suggestion is to play ONLY with these three arrows and the results will be awesome. Why shouldn’t you play with the color channels (RGB)? In my experience, experimenting with various different settings like modifying the color channels, will lead to losing the contrast and image definition of your picture.

Some examples, with Lomography XPro Chrome 100:

written by yopanic


  1. kingt4


    Thanks, looking to start scanning my own pics.

    about 3 years ago · report as spam
  2. guanatos


    saving up for this scanner!!!

    almost 3 years ago · report as spam
  3. ihave2pillows


    Thanks! After going lomo for 6 months, I realised my photo lab has been correcting all my X-Pro color shifts. They actually "love" playing with my pictures!! So I've decided to scan all my films with my Epson Expression 1680 now.

    I did figure out that I absolutely *have to* disable "color correction" either under configuration or just keep pressing "Reset".

    I'm ok with changing the black/grey/white tone using the slider, but I noticed I cannot white balance or black balance using the eyedropper tool, or my X-Pro color will change.

    What I really want to know is... how come my pictures aren't usually as bright/brilliant as others, even if they're taken on the same film.

    almost 3 years ago · report as spam
  4. vox

    thank you for sharing! I bought V500 too....so it's very helpful.
    over 2 years ago · report as spam
  5. yopanic


    @vox, you're welcome. I will submit soon some other V500 scanning article... :p

    @ihave2pillows. Maybe it's the camera. For example LC-Wide often overexpose pictures and the LC-A doesn't...

    over 2 years ago · report as spam