Getting the most accurate color in scans of old documents, photographs, etc.

Started Aug 10, 2022 | Questions thread
Overrank
Overrank Senior Member • Posts: 6,238
Re: Getting the most accurate color in scans of old documents, photographs, etc.

Sasquatchian wrote:

GTaillefer wrote:

Overrank wrote:

GTaillefer wrote:

Overrank wrote:

GTaillefer wrote:

Overrank wrote:

What you want to do isn’t particularly unusual. There are guidelines e.g. FADGI, that will help you to do this and you can search and purchase FADGI compliant scanners e.g. https://www.shi.com/Product/44445856/Kodak-i5850-FADGI-compliant-Scanner-Bundle

At a sub-$1,000 level (rather than >$100,000) then for photographs (rather than negatives or slides) you need a flatbed scanner, a reflective colour target and software than can apply the calibration from scanning the target to each scan that you do. I do this all the time when I scan transparencies using an IT-8 target suitable for the slide I am scanning,

I think you're probably obsessing a bit too much about this. This whole conversation got way off track on details about requirements for scanning for government archiving, which no one here is going or needs to do.

I thought the $100,000+ price tag had made the point that it wasn’t for everyone …….. But it seems subtlety can get lost on the internet

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