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Scanning Old Printed Pictures with Epson Perfection V500

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:

written by yopanic

8 comments

  1. crepecrepe

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  2. chilledvondub

    chilledvondub

    i use this scanner for all my film, slides prints etc it is really good :)

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  3. fartstorm

    fartstorm

    Good scanner! My weapon of choice as well!

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  4. arabrab

    arabrab

    I have this scanner. Its great but I do have some problems scanning my film negatives. It seems like I can't get the right resolution. If I scan in Professional mode my pictures turn out smaller than in auto mode!!! help!! what to do? or what am i doing wrong? haha (btw, with my spinner pics the res is OK, although i cant scan wit my digitaliza, i use a glass plate to scan negatives with sprockets DIY for sure)

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  5. yopanic

    yopanic

    @arabrab Try to read my old V500 scanning tutorials (you can find them in my LomoHome, clicking on "articles") and if you don't solve the problem, write me a private message... ;)

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  6. cpolpa

    cpolpa

    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.
    200% Agree ;))

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  7. simonh82

    simonh82

    @arabrab in professional mode you need to set the resolution yourself. For 35mm film I would go for at least 2400 dpi. The maximum resolution you should ever use on the V500 is 3200 dpi as beyond this you will just get larger files without seeing any increase in actual resolution.

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  8. deja-mew

    deja-mew

    Thank you!! I plan on getting this scanner, actually, once i can save up the dough. I'm glad to have a guide made by a fellow lomographer to help me jump right into it.

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