How much technical manipulation do you do in order to get the perfect scan? I thought my images were not great because of my photography ability and not quite understanding the camera yet, but it turns out, it might be my scanners fault!
So, I bought the Diana Mini, not so long after that I bought an Epson V330 Photo. The plan was to happily spend quality time scanning all the 35mm negatives I can’t wait to see the results of.
Everything was great, happy with the scan, reasonably happy with the results for a newbie. Until, for the first time, one roll of film was also printed onto matt paper.
This has changed my whole process and outlook. Seems drastic I know, but I never bothered having the negatives printed when I can scan them at home, it just seemed a waste of money and paper.
Now I’m stuck.
The colours and depth on the prints are exactly what I was expecting the Diana Mini to produce when I first started shooting. I saw everyone else’s Diana Mini images and could not understand why the colours on my images seemed so flat. Living in Wales, and shooting in the dark, grey winter, I’m aware that some of my images are flat due to the lack of sunlight!
While scanning, I changed some of the settings to match the prints, but now I feel like I’m cheating! I want the cropping and rotating control of scanning, especially with the over exposed and overlapped images. But, the prints are sooooo nice, yet I run the risk of the machine not printing out the right sections together. Plus, each photo-developing place will produce varying results (which I’m not going to experiment with).
(Left: Scanned negatives, Right: Scanned prints)
Also, am I cheating if I change the scanning settings and then keep them at that setting all the time? Maybe or more than likely, I’m over reacting, but what’s the point of going analogue if it’s not honest, but then who would know!
So here’s the thing, how far do you feel you can you push the digital/technical side, before it takes away the analogue magic? After all, we need to use so much in order for the images to be part of the social network community.
Now I need to decide which method I prefer, scanning the negatives or the prints? Or do I use both and choose whichever outcome is best for each image individually? I guess I’ll have to experiment with the scanner settings, to make sure they get as close as possible to the prints.
I’ve just re-read this post and now I’ve decided I’m not cheating if I adjust the scanner settings, after all each scanner will produce varying results, so it’s up to me to find the best setting for the negatives I’m using.
It would be great for you to share your scanning secrets!
All I know is, I’m going to have to get all the other negatives printed to see if they will come out better than the scanned negatives!