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Scanning Negatives and Slides: Digitizing Your Photographic Archives [Paperback]

Sascha Steinhoff
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19 Feb 2007

A large number of contemporary photographers have either moved into digital photography exclusively or use both analog and digital media in their work. In either case, there is most likely an archive of slides and negatives which cannot be directly integrated into the new digital workflow, nor can it be archived in a digital format. More and more, photographers are trying to bridge this gap using high-performance film scanners.

How to achieve the best possible digital image from a negative or slide, and how to build a workflow to make this process efficient, repeatable, and reliable, is the subject of this book. The author uses Nikon's filmscanners throughout, but all steps can easily be followed using a different scanner. The most common software tools for scanning (SilverFast, VueScan, NikonScan) are not only covered extensively in the book, but are also provided on a CD along with other useful tools for image editing, as well as numerous sample scans.


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  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (19 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952017
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 20.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,377,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A large number of contemporary photographers have either moved into digital photography exclusively or use both analog and digital media in their work. In either case, there is most likely an archive of slides and negatives which cannot be directly integrated into the new digital workflow, nor can it be archived in a digital format. More and more, photographers are trying to bridge this gap using high-performance film scanners.

How to achieve the best possible digital image from a negative or slide, and how to build a workflow to make this process efficient, repeatable and reliable, is the subject of this book. The author uses Nikon's filmscanners throughout, but all steps can easily be followed using a different scanner. The most common software tools for scanning (SilverFast, VueScan, NikonScan) are not only covered extensively in the book, but are also provided on a CD along with other useful tools for image editing, as well as numerous sample scans.

About the Author

Sascha Steinhoff, a computer expert by training and a photographer by passion, used two lonely years in Ireland to become an expert in film scanning. Sascha is now back in Germany and has joined one of the leading technical magazines as an editor.

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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 5 July 2007
Format:Paperback
Like many of you I have been looking for a good guide to scanning my slides and thought finally this might be the answer. The blurb on the jacket sounded promising especially as I use a Nikon scanner and software. After reading the book I am disappointed. I am not a critical person by nature but feel this book was a waste of time.

It reads more like an advertising brochure with little practical advice on how to approach the scanning process. If you already know how to switch the scanner on, put a clean slide in the right way round and use curves to adjust the black & white points then I can see very little else you would get from this book. The images themselves are without exception very poor and many feature depressing images of zoo animals or old photos with no redeeming factors. If you plan to scan Velvia for reproduction for prints then there is no mention of this process.

The main problem is that each chapter is more about what you CAN do rather than suggesting a way of HOW to do it. The suggested workflow for using a Nikon scanner and software is found after 188 pages, but is just one page long. My own scanning workflow is more comprehensive and I am just an average home user with no claim to be an expert on this. I have had my scanner for 2 1/2 years and use the approach in John Shaw's excellent article on the web.

A couple of handy hints about useful plug -ins for CS2 were appreciated. The DVD supplied has a few of the poor images on it as well as all the Silverfast documentation. Nothing for Nikon though. Free try-out of CS2 and a couple of others as well as the free programs for relabelling file collections - all available on the web anyway.

Sorry for the negative review but I feel all in all you can get better advice on the forums.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars alternative options 3 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback
Try searching famous video broadcasting sites and basically type tutorials in scanning negatives and slides....this should help you all !
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4.0 out of 5 stars informative, explained well 4 Jun 2014
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This book is v helpful for a beginner to slide scanning. I found the author made even less used aspects easy to understand. The book also covers all areas of the process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars scanning negatives and slides 13 Dec 2013
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The book is very informative as I am a first timer at scanning negatives and slides. I would highly recommend the book.
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210 of 218 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you want some introduction to scanning, buy it. If you want to improve your scanning, search elsewhere 11 Nov 2007
By NG S. T. Nevin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm an amateur photographer who is learning how to scan film. When I see this book I'm very excited and expect it can improve my skill in getting a better output. To be frank I'm totally disappointed when I read the book. The book gives you a very good introduction about scanners, basic scanning principle and terminology, and popular scanning software like Nikon Scan, Vuescan and Silverfast........and it ends here.

If you expect it teaches you how to tweak options in these software? Look elsewhere. If you expect it teaches you how to extract every details from a film using a particular software? Look elsewhere. If you expect it teaches you how to handle a problematic film? Look elsewhere. If you expect it teaches you varies in-depth workflows in scanning film? Look elsewhere.

Even the pictures in the book are bad. e.g. How you can illustrate the sharpness effect of a curl film in scanning if your picture is not sharp in the first place?

Bottom line: If you know nothing about scanning, this maybe a good book for you to get "just" started. If you've been using your scanner already, skip this book and use the money to buy more film.
66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Scanning Slides and Negatives 15 Nov 2007
By MD_Dillo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While the book has some helpful information, it is all in all disappointing for readers who already own scanners and seek help in using them to best effect. Specifically, over 50 pages of the 230 in the book seem aimed at helping the reader decide WHETHER to digitize slides and negatives in the first place. I would have liked a clearer and more comprehensive explanation of whether, why, and how one can use the multitude of settings and tools on the better scanners. The writing, editing, and use of illustrations are passable but not as good as I had hoped and not nearly of the quality found, for example, in the Ben Willmore books on Photoshop. The Steinhoff book includes a DVD containing little of readily apparent value; the promised software turns out to be limited trial versions easily found on the web, should you want them.
112 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to scanning 26 Mar 2007
By Rakesh Malik - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a well written book that will guide someone new to scanning slides and negatives through the learning process. The author uses plain English and a lot of good examples to show how to optimize your scan settings in NikonScan, VueScan, and SilverFast. If you're interested in learning to scan negatives and slides, this book will help you learn what you need to know to choose a film scanner and how to use it.

There are probably other books out there that are more detailed than this one, but as far as introducing you to the world of scanning and getting you started on learning how to maximize your scans, this is a great book.
60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expertise, experienced and articulate 13 Aug 2007
By J. CRAWFORD - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This knowlegdgable and articulate assessment of scanning, hardware and software is very targeted for the serious hobbists, diys as well as professional. I found numerous excerpts that matched perfectly with my semi-professional (small and local photo conversion business) level of experience, which added much credibility to the rest of the book. Especially strong, detailed and valuable information was presented on the Nikon Coolscan 5000, which is our scanner. This is the best of my scanner books and it gives us a few more accurate and helpful options in pulling out the best images from our scans. The printed photographs themselves were in such high detail that they clearly illustrated what the author was writing about. These photos coupled with the articulate text make this book a technical show and tell of scanning. I highly recommend this book as a valuable resource to my fellow photo scanners.

Jim Crawford
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on Film Scanning Presently Available 3 Jun 2009
By Brian K - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having read both the first and second editions of this book, I highly recommend it to those who are new to film scanning or wish to broaden or refresh their knowledge about film scanning. Film scanning at this point seems to be a bit of a dying art, as reflected in this book, and the other books on this subject, with one exception (see below), are all dated and mostly too superficial. This book will help someone new to film scanning make more informed choices amongst the (few) hardware and software choices out there. It will also help the reader to understand the issues that crop up in film scanning and the pros and cons of the various solutions out there. Basic workflow suggestions are also provided, although I think there could be more depth of treatment in that area. The only real alternative to this book for someone who wants to gain some introductory knowledge about this subject is the much less efficient one of trying to piece together information by searching the web. That said, if you want to dig in further, I also highly recommend the excellent "Real World Scanning and Halftones" 3rd Ed. published by Peachpit Press, which goes into more depth and is broader in its coverage. I do have some issues to raise. First, this book focuses on film and slide scanners almost entirely. Issues concerning flatbed scanners (except the relatively inferiority of flatbed scans compared to dedicated film scanners) get short shrift here. Second, the book is about scanning film (negatives, positives and slides). There is really nothing here about scanning reflective material such as prints. I don't see that as a drawback -- the focus is on scanning film. Third, the book tends to be a little Nikon-centric. That is somewhat explainable with respect to hardware because everyone else has pretty much left the dedicated consumer grade film scanner market, leaving Nikon with a virtual market monopoly (and there are unsubstantiated rumors that Nikon will also be leaving this market). The book does try, if not with total success, to give objective treatment to the software alternatives to Nikon Scan. Fourth, the book uses the term "RAW" somewhat inaccurately. Scanners apparently do not produce RAW files like digital cameras can. What they produce is a kind of TIFF, which already has certain parameters baked in, unlike true RAW. Yet much of the discussion of the pros and cons of scanning software is framed in terms of the ability of the software to produce RAW files. Files output from film scanners can be readily optimized in conventional photo editing software. Thus, this book leaves one a little confused about whether to spend money on additional software or just stay with the image editing programs that they already own. Fifth, while I very much enjoyed reading this book, there are some obvious editorial gaffes which are a little hard to excuse for a book at this price. I've noticed this in other Rocky Nook publications I have read. They need to do a better job of proofreading, but I can't say that it detracts substantially from the overall reading experience. All that said, for someone who is looking for a good introduction to this area, or simply wants to know a little more, this book will clearly fit the bill.
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