A large number of contemporary photographers have either moved into digital photography exclusively or use both analog and digital media in their work. In either case, there is most likely an archive of slides and negatives which cannot be directly integrated into the new digital workflow, nor can it be archived in a digital format. More and more, photographers are trying to bridge this gap using high-performance film scanners.
How to achieve the best possible digital image from a negative or slide, and how to build a workflow to make this process efficient, repeatable, and reliable, is the subject of this book. The author uses Nikon's filmscanners throughout, but all steps can easily be followed using a different scanner. The most common software tools for scanning (SilverFast, VueScan, NikonScan) are not only covered extensively in the book, but are also provided on a CD along with other useful tools for image editing, as well as numerous sample scans.
Comments about oreilly Scanning Negatives and Slides:
Having been in the printing industry all of my adult life the first thing I do when I pick up a book is to give it a "Thumb Review". This is evaluating the cover & then thumb through the pages starting at the back of the book. I am looking at the quality of the paper & printing. As this book is comparing the subtle differences in scanned images the paper & print qualities are paramount to the books success in conveying the desired message. The physical quality of the book is EXCELLENT. You CAN tell a book by its cover.
The primary objective of the author is to take the film photographer who has accumulated an archive of analog negatives & slides & bring them into the world of digital conversion. The author explains in detail how to achieve the best possible digital image from a negative or slide & how to build a work flow to make the process efficient, repeatable & reliable. He has accomplished this in a way that both the novice & expert will benefit from.
I am one of those film photographers who has an archive (that's slides in boxes)from 25 years of underwater photography. As a result of this book I have gained a higher level of confidence going into the conversion of my slides to digital images. Now that I have read the book I will hook up my new scanner & begin the process. You can be assured that the book will be close by for reference.