The Perfect Combination

2012-08-27 3

I am becoming better (at a very slow pace) in producing analogue pictures. Yay! It’s just like they say, “practice makes perfect”. I know I won’t be able to have anything close to perfect, but I will have something that’s worth being framed in the family room or sent as a post card.

To refresh your memory, here are a couple of pictures I took from my first “successful” roll.

Credits: ilkadj

These pictures were taken by a Diana Mini on a Lomography ISO 400 Color Negative. I didn’t know why they turned out so dark and blue. I had no experience with analogue cameras and I had no experience with scanning negatives.

Now, here are the pictures I took on a second roll. I took them with my Diana F+ on a Lomography ISO 800 Color Negative. Yes, you probably guessed right. I over exposed most of them. I thought I was still shooting on an ISO 400 and it was a bright and sunny weekend. I lost over 20 images of yummy food! I will only buy 400 ISO film from now on, until I can perfectly produce 36 images from a 36-exposure film roll.

Credits: ilkadj

But I noticed that my pictures somehow turned out A BIT better. Now my problem is, I don’t know what made it look better. Was it the camera? the film? the settings combinations? or maybe because I spent more time changing and testing the settings on VueScan. Either way, it’s going to take a lot more time to get to know my Diana F+ and what she’s into.

I’m thinking it’s the settings on my scanner. I found this VueScan tipster, but it was after I scanned my negatives. The only thing that I did different is that the VueScan I’m using is not a plug-in for Photoshop. I also didn’t scan them at the highest resolution. It just takes too long! Is it better if I use Photoshop to scan my negatives? Any comments and/or feedback would be much appreciated!

What settings do you use when scanning with VueScan and using Lomography Negatives?

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written by ilkadj on 2012-08-27 #lifestyle #scanning #iso-400 #iso-800 #diana-f #scanner #diana-mini


  1. schemerel
    schemerel ·

    Hello again :) As far as I can tell, the resolution does seem a tad on the low side on the second roll. I scan my negs at 1600 dpi, how about you ? It does take a while but patience is a virtue :)
    Also it makes sense to me that the pictures on you first roll that were taken inside, are underexposed. The ones taken outside... no idea, except maybe it was an overcast day ?

  2. schemerel
    schemerel ·

    maybe if this is the very beginning of your analogue adventure I would consider letting the lab scan your first rolls. That way you can see if its your scanner(settings) or your photo's that cause this.
    either way, don't give up and good luck !

  3. n_aish
    n_aish ·

    Hi there! I've also noticed that i've become 'better' in the way that more and more frames of my rolls are captured and the exposures are, imo, correcter. I've tried scanning myself, but i couldnt go through with it since the software wasnt downloadable anymore :( So now i'll just get it developed, scanned and printed at le LOMO lab.. Like Schemerel said, the scans turned out really nice/better/exacter..

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