Epson Perfection V500 Photo is an amazing scanner. Here's a simple and short guide to properly scan your old printed pictures using this scanner. You can shift your colours in order to “repair” your shots, or you can leave the original time-ruined colours!
The lomographic philosophy suggests the “DIY belief”. DIY is one of the coolest features of Lomography and I think it’s one of the reasons why I love Lomography so much.
What’s more DIY than scanning? So, let’s speak about scanning. One of the best sellers in the scanner’s atmosphere is the Epson Perfection V500 Photo. Why? Well, it’s a great high-quality scanner at a very fair price. Lomography film and the V500 are like dynamite together!
Once upon a time (not in Mexico), people were not used to keeping the negative archived, because they threw them into the trash after making all prints they needed. Then prints were ordered in albums and stayed there in peace.
What if you want some digital image of those printed and archived in albums by your parents? I had this problem some month ago. You don’t have the negatives, so you have to scan the printed pictures. This time, flatbed scanners are the best solution and V500 is one of the best I found, even in this kind of situation.
The problem is that old printed pictures are different from what they originally were: colours are different (sometimes over-saturated and sometimes too soft) and the quality could be compromised (blurred images that seem not correctly focused). You can chose two options:
1. Try to correct them;
2. Keep them as they are, with all time’s effects.
I think that old pictures need to seem OLD, so I prefer maintaining all the defects of wear and tear: pictures are amazing when you leave all the old-school charm that only old pictures have.
Before you start scanning, you have to mount the plastic cover, in order to cover the second lamp of the V500 scanner.
Let’s see how to scan your old printed pictures:
- As usual open the Epson Scan software and go to Professional Mode.
- In the “Document Type” field, you have to set “Reflective”, because this is not film.
- In the “Document Source” field, you have to set “Document Table.”
- In the “Auto Exposure Type” field, you have to set “Photo”: it’s important NOT to set “Document.”
- Start the preview, without thumbnail.
- Crop (as you like) and scan!
Here some examples: