- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Rocky Nook; 2 edition (10 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193395230X
- ISBN-13: 978-1933952307
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Scanning Negatives and Slides: Digitizing Your Photographic Archives Paperback – 10 Mar 2009
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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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.
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.
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