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The Illustrated Guide to Film Scanning: A best-practice guide to scanning negatives and transparencies Paperback – 17 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 46 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (17 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484137434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484137437
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gerard Kingma is an award-winning photographer from the Netherlands, where he lives in a small village with his wife and two sons. His work has met with critical acclaim, including the 2005 Travel Photographer of the Year – Single Image Award and merit awards from PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Photography Masters Cup, International Loupe Awards, International Color Awards and International Photography Awards. On assignment, Kingma is always fast and furious with digital equipment, but for his personal work, he likes to slow down and enjoy the craftsmanship of his analogue systems, such as the trusty Hasselblad 501CM or the gorgeous Chamonix 045N-2, a 4x5" large format view camera. He develops his films at home with a Jobo processor. Then comes the tricky part: scanning the films to obtain high-quality digital images, which can be post-processed and perfected in order to make large fine-art prints. His prints are on sale at www.kingma.nu and also available at regular exhibitions in the Netherlands.


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Gerard Kingma's self published book is short on pages but huge in information. Anyone using a flatbed or film scanner is sure to gain greatly from following the author through his own work practices. He explores the programs he uses for scanning and processing the scans and does so in detail with well chosen screenshots. A huge amount of time has been clearly spent in preparing this book which although a rather niche product and therefore expensive may well prove invaluable. A personal viewpoint on scanning but very worthy.
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Having worked for years with negative and transparency, I was keen to digitise this huge backlog of images. I was looking for a way to bring out the best in my negatives on my Epson V750 Pro scanner. Gerard's book is very in depth, yet short and to the point. A good starting point for anyone a bit bemused by this overwhelming task. It is a steep learning curve, and I'm still working my way through it. I would have been bumbling through without the basic knowledge from this book. I emailed Gerard when I had a few queries regarding some of the settings, and he was very helpful and friendly - his replies prompt, in-depth and detailed. It's great to see your negatives transformed on screen, and I'm looking forward to being able to revisit my old work again. Thanks Gerard!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91a3a2ac) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
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HASH(0x91851e28) out of 5 stars Quick How-To on Scan "RAW" files from film 5 Jan. 2015
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a very short and sweet guide on which settings the author finds works best for scanning film negatives and transparencies. The stated and honest goal is to get the most correct information available out of the film with scanning and color correction software, while saving all artistic "interpretation" of the image for later. With this goal in mind, the book fully succeeds in getting you there in the quickest way possible within its short 45 pages of screenshots and step-by-step settings instructions for using Silverfast 6 Ai Studio or VueScan 9, the ColorPerfect plugin for Photoshop, and finally Photoshop Levels adjustments. A good introduction to the importance of Color Management calibration and profiling of the scanner for accurate color rendering is also included, however instructions of how to do this are left to the reader to find with suggestions for which IT8 calibration targets and software to use. While the Nikon Coolscan LS9000 and Epson V700/750 scanners are referenced for use, there are no scanner-specific instructions included in the book - other than to use the "super fine" and "manual focus" features found on high end dedicated film scanners like the Nikon LS9000 in order to get the sharpest possible scans. While there are a wealth of "rabbit holes" one could dive down into explaining the pros and cons of every possible setting or approach to "the art of scanning film", this guide successfully avoids those by guiding the reader down the most direct path to the desired goal - as in the author's experienced opinion.

The workflow outlined consists of the a priori color management process of scanner (and display monitor) ICC profile generation and preference for working in the ProPhoto RGB standardized color space (due to it's wide gamut of color representations), and defining exactly how to do this (most valuable steps to avoid Color Management confusion) throughout the three step process of:
1. Acquiring a "RAW" scan of the negative or transparency (as a transparency) using SilverFast Ai Studio 6 or VueScan 9
2. Negative/Transparency film color conversion, fine tuning highlights and shadow range using ColorPerfect plugin for Photoshop
3. Fine tuning the RGB color balance and subjective "artistic interpretation" of each image with Levels Adjustments layers in Photoshop

Since I am rather new and inexperienced to film scanning, I find value in this quick "best-practice" guide to quickly get up and running with a good baseline in using the de facto standard software tools of the trade for advanced film scanning. While many forum posts debate which film mounting technique (wet/fluid mount vs. anti-newton ring (ANR) glass holders vs. straight film vs. OEM or 3rd party betterscanning.com holders), scanning software, and software settings, etc is best - I think much of that does ultimately come up to personal preference and experience, the scanner and film. Even after I try out this process, I will probably test and tweak it a bit to find my own preferences, and pros and cons within my own capabilities to "trust but verify" that I am getting the best scan results I can from my film.

I only give the book 4/5 stars because I expected a little more for the $15 print-on-demand book price - compared to other books - though I would gladly pay a trusted friend this amount for sharing their experience in a quick guide. I think a PDF download for $5-10 would be better direct support to the author, and I think there is room for added-value improvement to the book in its content, presentation, feedback from readers, and updates for newer software versions (or even best options tailored to SilverFast SE, SE Plus, Ai Studio) - even though there are specific SilverFast and VueScan manuals and books as well. A definitive "how to best scan film" book may be as impractical and elusive as a "how to best make photos" one, though let education and experience be your guide - and this book does add to that.

The shortcomings or explanations I was looking for but did not find in the book include:
- Missing explanations for why some settings are used and not others (e.g. Gamma value 2.2 for transparency and 1.8 for negative in ColorPerfect)
- No discussion on why to use 48-bit HDR scan mode in SilverFast but not the Multiple-Exposure option for higher tonality range
- SilverFast version/edition feature trade offs, e.g. 8 vs 16-bit scans, HDR mode, Multi-Exposure, dust removal, etc
- Film cleaning and dust avoidance techniques, adjusting infrared dust removal values via preview
- Why 3200 dpi for Epson v700/750 scanner when filmscanner.info review determined the actual max is 2400 dpi
- Process for achieving maximum sharp focus on fixed-focus flatbed scanners (e.g. Epson v700/750/800/850 but not 11000XL)
- Comparison whether SilverFast or VueScan produces the "better" RAW scan, though the author does suggest to just use VueScan if your scanner did not already come with SilverFast Ai!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91854090) out of 5 stars good publication 27 Jun. 2013
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Review regarding kindle version (using it on ... nook tablet, it looks very well, images, text, etc.)

I think that author's own description of this publication says it all.

I can add that it shows step by step, workflows (illustrated by screenshots) based on author's personal testing and experience, including use of ColorPerfect plug-in (which I use personally, but sadly it is not very well known).

Over a year ago I spent hours to figure out how to use Vuescan + PS + ColorPerfect to scan negatives and slides. Here you have it all in one place, in easy to understand, condensed form.

Well worth the price. Only $9.99 for the kindle version.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x918542d0) out of 5 stars While the general procedures are useful, the software discussed 3 Oct. 2015
By RVGK - Published on Amazon.com
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This tome is out of date and thus over priced.
While the general procedures are useful, the software discussed, both Silverfast and Vuescan have been updated and altered several times so that the steps and settings used in the guide are almost completely non-applicable. It is necessary to interpolate guidance into the current versions of the scanning software to get any sort of results.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91854474) out of 5 stars ... the most frustrating forms of scanning because of the great range in the type of film/slide production 21 Feb. 2015
By mlrichardson - Published on Amazon.com
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Scanning film can be one of the most frustrating forms of scanning because of the great range in the type of film/slide production. I found a lot of good ideas in the book that have already helped me make more consistent scans from the large number of prints/negatives and slides in my photography collection. Well worth the price - even for such a slim volume!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Very limited guide to VueScan. If your needs regarding scanning are limited, then this is the book for you.
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