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A Tipster to Scan Pictures in Black & White

I had scanned a couple of b&w films and the photos had grain that looked like pigeon eyes. Here you have a trick to avoid that and to make your b&w pictures super sharp.

I used to scan my negatives with my Epson V500 and I was very happy. The results were not as good as when scanned in the lab, but they were quite alright. However, that was only the case with color negatives. When scanning b&w films, the photos had massive grain. So big that one couldn’t make out faces or the details on buildings.

The thing is that I had some photos in paper and they were perfect. The problem was the scanning. I asked atria007 who knows a lot and she said: ‘This is because you didn’t set the DIGITAL ICE”.

I followed her recommendation, scanned one of the negatives and the result was amazing.

I hope this trick helps you as much as it helped me.

Lomo on!!!!

written by triky76 and translated by bisilala


  1. I wonder if you may have this around the wrong way. Digital ICE doesn't work with B&W negs as it uses Infrared light. B&W negs won't allow IR through (due to the silver in the negs). If you had it on for colour negs - then switching it off for B&W would be the way to go.
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  2. slobill


    I had the same problem scanning my nieces' b/w negatives but turning off Digital Ice fixed it. This doesn't count for the Kodak BW400CN or Ilford Super XP2 b/w negatives as those are actually c41 films, so Digital Ice works fine for them.

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  3. schlogoat


    I agree, turning off Digital Ice seems an improvement!

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