[pure-silver] Re: Scanning b&w negatives vs. making contacts

  • From: Ken Kaiser <kenneth.kaiser@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2011 19:55:39 -0500

I scan the BW negatives along with a Stouffer step wedge.
Then I put the scan into ImageJ.
This allows me to read absolute density for developer modification.
I also read relative densities for choice of paper contrast grade.
ImageJ is a free download from NIH. It is a technical image analysis
program used by medical people for reading xrays, ct scans, mri data, etc.


On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 2:57 PM, Photovergne <wilbert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

>  I digitally photograph my negs on a light table. A lot quicker than
> either scanning or contacting them. I only scan when I want to digitally
> manipulmate the file.
> Wilbert
> On 07/11/2011 15:01, Claudio Bonavolta wrote:
> I usually do my 35mm contact prints during a normal printing session, so I
> don't need to specifically to mix chemicals and clean trays.
> I like contact prints because they are already a first print on real paper.
> As I write down the contact print exposure parameters, these serve later
> on as a starting point for the first straight prints and that speeds up the
> printing session.
> Claudio Bonavolta
> www.bonavolta.ch
>       ----- Message d'origine -----  *De:* Martin magid
> <martin.magid@xxxxxxxxx> <martin.magid@xxxxxxxxx>  *Date:* Mon, 7 Nov
> 2011 07:58:02 -0500  *Sujet:* [pure-silver] Re: Scanning b&w negatives
> vs. making contacts  *À:* Pure Silver 
> <pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx><pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>  Making
> 35 mm contact sheets with my old Epson 1680 scanner is so much easier than
> the wet method. If not every frame is exposed perfectly, each individual
> frame can be edited in just seconds using Levels to get a decent exposure
> for the contact sheet.  Printing is very quick.  And no mixing chemicals,
> cleaning trays, cleaning up spills nor waiting for the print to dry.
> Marty

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