Double Output When Scanning Colour Slides


If you get the exposure wrong on cross-processed slide film it can look washed out or oversaturated. Here’s a tip that can breathe new life into your slides.

I was recently given a roll of very expired Fuji Astia as a present. It was extremely tasty but had a very red cast in some lights. In other conditions the film seemed to be very dense in the darker areas of the exposure. I felt like there should have been more latitude. Some shots like my girlfriend’s dad and shots of Sauchiehall Street weren’t exposed properly.

Luckily for me my friendly neighbourhood lab tech (Claire) let me in on a wee secret. You can get great results from some colour slides when you scan them black and white.

Here’s the meat of this tipster: If your colour slides suck – ask your lab tech (or yourself if you do your own scanning) to scan them monochrome. It can mean the difference between a shot that works and one that doesn’t. Here are the ones that turned out better for being monochrome:

written by slumbrnghok on 2012-01-30 #gear #tutorials #black-and-white #lab #colour #scanning #tipster #transparency #minilab


  1. jojo8785
    jojo8785 ·

    ahhh! Great idea - I will try this when I get home :)

  2. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    Interesting idea. I've heard of labs scanning xpro film as black and white because they thought it had been messed up. I didn't realise you could do it to save a photo that didn't scan well.

  3. slumbrnghok
    slumbrnghok ·

    Yeah I just thought it was worth sharing. I think the pictures I've used illustrate what I'm getting at... e.i. They're all improved by being scanned black and white!

  4. hail90
    hail90 ·

    clever idea! and not altering your pictures effectively.

  5. bernizt
    bernizt ·

    Black and white can also improve images with red light leaks, if you are not fond of them!

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