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« on: January 28, 2009, 15:35 »
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Well, I don't get many of them selling and it's hard enough getting them processed to a decent level and accepted, but I sold one today on FT - a scanned 35mm trannie taken on Fuji Sensia.

How is everyone else getting on with their scans?


« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2009, 15:54 »
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I only have one scanned image in microstock, and it sells well at IS (the only place I submitted it in fact).  I wouldn't mind all the trouble of scanning and editing scanned slides for microstock, but I have sold some in macro (RF and RM).

The problem is that I have too many digital images not yet edited and uploaded, so I end up not taking the time to scan more.  :)

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009, 16:18 »
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I've sold 5 scanned 35mm transparencies today - that's unusual for one day, but I normally would sell at least one or two a day on average.

« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2009, 16:25 »
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One of my bestseller on DT is scanned 35mm...working to get more scans to micros but it takes lot of time/work, this digital cameras get me lazy...;)
/lena

« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2009, 16:25 »
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I have only a few scanned photos in my portfolio, but one of them is among my best sellers on several stocks for 3 years.

« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2009, 16:36 »
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I only have a few scanned transparencies online. One sells ok on Istock, the others barely sell. Might be because they are mainly landscapes.

« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2009, 16:40 »
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At least 100 of my images are scans from color negatives. I scan at high res and resize down from there and I go heavy with noise removal. I even remove most of the real grain in the images. It works!

-Larry

« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2009, 17:28 »
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What scanner do you use? I guess the Nikon 5000 is the best, but a bit pricey. Are there any cheaper options?

« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2009, 18:10 »
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What scanner do you use? I guess the Nikon 5000 is the best, but a bit pricey. Are there any cheaper options?


I think any of the top brands with high res options and equipped with Digital ice will do the job.
Do not use interpolated resolutions!

I am now using Epson Perfection V500 and love it. It is a high res flatbed. Most of my negs are 2 1/4 and 4X5 so the 35mm scanners are no good for me.
The Epson V700 is even better than mine but a lot more dollars.

Photo below is from 2 1/4 B&W neg.



-Larry
« Last Edit: January 28, 2009, 18:15 by Lcjtripod »

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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2009, 18:12 »
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I don't have too many but 2 of my best selling images are scans of 2 1/4 transparencies and another consistent seller is a scan of a 4X5 transparency. All from about 18 years ago.

« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2009, 18:15 »
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I used HP Photosmart (2100dpi) and now a Minolta Scan Dual IV (3200dpi), both are dedicated film scanners.  The one at IS was downsized to 1800x1200, also because I didn't want a high res version in microstock (as I said, it was only a test; I don't put my travel images in micros).

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2009, 20:30 »
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about 80 of my very small portfolio are scanned 35MM slides. They account for over half my small amount  of sales. I use a Epson 3170 and Scan in at 3200 dpi.I then  change to 300 dpi TIF and then down size and change to JPG. I do get quite a few rejections.Most rejections are for composition and poor lighting.Considering most are aerial photos in available light I guess that is to be expected
Smiling Jack

« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2009, 03:46 »
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I got Canon FS4000US which is a 4000DPI film scanner right on my desk, but I never tried to sell anything scanned to stock. Thought the scans will be rejected for grain / noise for sure. So the scanner remains disconnected since I moved to a newer computer.

Lary, Jack,
When you guys say you scale the scans down - can you be more specific? A 4000DPI scan of 24x36 film in color is about 100MB TIFF with a lot of pixels. What the right workflow to adjust the grain / noise and convert it to reasonable JPG?
Do you use VueScan or any other scanning utility or just a TWAIN driver with PS/Lightroom?

FS4000US came with Canon FARE software, not with Digital ICE - not sure how FARE is good in noise reduction, if any

« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2009, 10:06 »
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I got Canon FS4000US which is a 4000DPI film scanner right on my desk, but I never tried to sell anything scanned to stock. Thought the scans will be rejected for grain / noise for sure. So the scanner remains disconnected since I moved to a newer computer.

Lary, Jack,
When you guys say you scale the scans down - can you be more specific? A 4000DPI scan of 24x36 film in color is about 100MB TIFF with a lot of pixels. What the right workflow to adjust the grain / noise and convert it to reasonable JPG?
Do you use VueScan or any other scanning utility or just a TWAIN driver with PS/Lightroom?

FS4000US came with Canon FARE software, not with Digital ICE - not sure how FARE is good in noise reduction, if any

All my scanning is in Photoshop using the Epson Twain Driver. The photo of the little girl in my above post was scanned with enough pixels to make a 12 X 12 print at 300 DPI
I did all my retouching and adjustments in .tiff format then when I was happy with the results I reduced the image file size to 1024X1289 and saved it to .jpg You cannot tell it was from film. (I also cropped it some to make a vertical.)

Note: I do everything with the file in .tiff and save to .jpg as the last save. Only then will I sharpen it if necessary and most of the time sharpening is not needed.
Digital Ice makes for a great time saver on color images as it will eliminate 99% of all dust specks.

-Larry


 

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