My Output Dilemma: Scanning: Part 2 – The Results!


Finally I had time to mess around with the scanner settings on my Epson V330, after I discovered that the negatives I scanned wasn’t supposed to look they way they did. Basically, I accidentally had one roll printed (I haven’t bothered with printing the negs up until now), only to see much nicer colours and contrast. So that got me thinking – what if all the images I thought were ‘wrong’ because I can’t use the camera, was actually down to the scanner?

Here is a link to Part 1 to read about me getting confused and having an inner battle with myself about what’s right & wrong, and the Scanned Negs Vs Scanned Prints examples.

Back to the results!

I was amazed as to how different the results of the settings would be. Not only were they different with one image, but also you’d expect other images to produce roughly the same output – wrong! Some images worked better in different settings compared to others.

I don’t need to write much for this blog, I think the results speak for themselves.

I guess this time I can blame the tools, and myself for taking them for granted expecting them to produce the best results in one particular setting. Just for you to know, all the images I have uploaded to my Home have been scanned in using the Professional Mode setting (Epson Photo V330).

Looks like I will be re-doing some of them to see if there is a difference.

My advice would be to test different settings for a variety of images that have different lighting, colours etc and see what happens.

Happy Scanning!

written by angelc5 on 2011-07-19 #lifestyle #negatives #scanning #comparison #diana-mini #epson #v330


  1. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    wow! I know this feeling... I think I'm doing better now (I think), but my firsts scannings are very bad.... :S. Thanks for this post!

  2. lisabegusch
    lisabegusch ·

    Thanks for the article! :)
    Do you have any advice about what scanner produces the best results when scanning 120 mm negatives? Or what scanner is compatible with this film format?
    Thanks :)

  3. ibkc
    ibkc ·

    Really, though, sometimes prints from a pro shop don't bring out the best in a negative, either. I've gotten prints back that are too dark, obscuring detail in shadow areas, etc. and when I get the neg on my scanner I can see these areas clearly. So unless your lab is known to be exceptional, don't always use their results as the standard to go by. Definitely go on a case-by-case basis with each of your negs to see what works best. It's a continual learning process -- I known I am still learning and probably always will be!

  4. angelc5
    angelc5 ·

    Thanks guys! I'm glad I've documented what I've experienced as I'm going through it, and can track my (hopefully) progress. I'm not so fussy these days, but when I first started it threw me a bit. I know what you mean ibkc! I've started only to get the negs printed if I like the subject matter of the shots, if I don't think it's anything special I'll just get the negs done.

    @lisabegusch - I'm afraid I don't deal with 120, but I'm sure you will get a lot of responses. You could also try a search on this site or flickr.

  5. blinghaha
    blinghaha ·

    @lisabegusch Epson V500 Photo comes with a 120mm holder, but to be honest any scanner and then buy the 120mm Lomo Digitliza (holds the film in place). Or even just lay the negs on the scanner as I do.

    This article solved all my scanning problems using the Epson V500!…

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