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Improve your negatives scanning

My personal experience of scanning negatives used to be rather poor: pale colours, blurry details, colour noise, etc. On the picture below the same image scanned from 35mm negative some while ago is compared to the improved one. The techniques described below are applied to the image on the right. Both scans are done via Plustek OpticFilm 8100 scanner. The sequence and logic of operations is what matters the most, and thus, they will be applicable to a wide range of other devices.

Improving negative scan process. A picture taken in Marseille, France. Kiev 4a, Kodak Portra 160.

The main idea is to allow your scanner to acquire an image with highest possible resolution avoiding scanner software image processing as much as possible. And only then the image can be digitally altered  in dedicated software (GIMP, Photoshop). Why? Because some of software scanner features, i.e. dust removal, grain reduction, decrease the image quality, i.e. blurring the fine details of acquired image. As in…