Film Scanning

Film Scanning

Film/photographic scanning

All film types catered for.

All film types from 35mm up to 6/9 medium format scanned on a hi res dedicated desktop hi res scanner Minolta scan multi pro

Sizes above 9/6 medium format up to 10/8 sheet film scanned on an Epson v700 flatbed scanner

All colour and c41 based films will have digital ice applied at the scanning stage to reduce dust spots

All black and white film is unable to have digital ice applied so further spotting will need to be undertaken

All files will be around 100mb at 8bit (200mb at 16bit) apart from 35mm, larger files are available at request

All files will be flat toned scans to retain the maximum tonal range available from the scan, they may appear incorrect but for an additional fee adjustment layers can be supplied so that the image looks correct.

All files will be scanned at 16 bit in the highest rgb colour space available, prophoto, wide gamut rgb . This is very important so the maximum amount of tones and colours are captured from the scan.

All files will be saved in an uncompressed format, either a tiff file or photoshop file.

All files will be delivered on a verified burnt dvd in iso 9660 format

Retouch and scan believes that a large scan is best made as the image can be interpolated up or down afterwards, making a scan that is too small is often regretted later, when larger print sizes are required.

Why 100mb, you can print anything from a postage stamp to a 48 sheet poster from a 100mb file (8 bit), larger file sizes available other than for 35mm file.

Retouch and scan also believe that the largest colour space and largest bit depth should be used, you can always reduce the colour space and bit depth in photoshop later. Unless this is made at the capture stage, working in 8 bit and a smaller colour space can cause banding during the image adjustment stage, which is avoided most of the time when working in 16bit and a larger colour space.

All images are scanned without sharpening applied, as this is an output size dependant adjustment and should be made when the output size is known

Black and white images are normally scanned as colour to capture the largest tonal range possible; however as some film bases differ as to what works best, I will test that before scanning the entire batch, I will leave the adjustment included in the file which makes the image black and white intact with the file, if you need to make any changes later, you can.

A small charge is made for black and white images which require moderate cleaning up due to digital ice not working on standard black and white film, you should note that digital ice does work on c41 based black and white film notably, Kodak cn400 and Ilford xp2.

Retouch and scan is not the cheapest and neither are we the most expensive, but aim to make a good job.