Thoughts on the perfect scan - is it that important?

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Dan Wagner
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Re: Agree for B&W

For color, you want neutral scans. So if there's an eye dropper tool you can find a neutral area - then see how the preview looks. Scan similarly exposed and processed negs/slides whenever possible.

For black and white try to preserve details and tonality.

Avoid dust.

Try to avoid moire patterns.

Keep your film flat or it won't be in focus from center to corners.

Use multiple pass when possible.

Usually 8 bit looks as good as 16 bit.

For color - you can use ICE to remove dust.

And it's very rare that a scan won't need adjusting in Photoshop.

Look at image at 100 percent or greater and clone out dust and scratches.

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