Things to consider before scanning in negatives and slides
Before contacting a negative scanning service UK based company like ProScan, there are a few things you should do to make the process quicker and to help ensure you can receive the highest-quality scans:
Check the physical condition of your negatives
Negatives that are damaged by dust, water, mildew or fingerprints will produce a lower-quality of image. Prior to scanning negatives and slides ProScan always check over each item you send us to see what needs to be done to achieve the highest quality output, but the more images there are the longer the process will be.
Scanning 110 negatives, for example, requires an eye for detail because of the small size of the film. Whilst your operator will do their best to notice any damage, you can help by first omitting any that are overly damaged from your order.
Decide what your requirements are
With the latest scanning technologies available, the digital copies of the slides and negatives we reproduce for you will be of the highest quality. However, more images will mean a higher budget, and more precise prints will take more time.
Some clients require swiftness when scanning 120 negatives. Others want 20 prints of the highest possible standard ready for display. With this brief ProScan is able to best fit your requirements to your budget and produce a high-quality set of digital images.
We can produce prints of any images we scan, typically to a standard 6 x 4 for photos. Talk to us about scanning 6x6 negatives and various sizes of film slides for professional-standard printing.
Do you want post-processing applied to your scans?
However technologically advanced, scans of images tend to come out looking like whatever it is they just scanned, only with more detail. Thus, negative scans, straight after the slide scanning process, look like the negative currently looks, except bigger.
Capture software settings often invert negative scans to create a ‘positive’ image - which would be closer, visually, to the finished photographic print. However, when film originals are processed by a photo lab they make adjustments to the images to finish them.
Exposure and contrast are adjusted, images are cropped, and techniques such as dodging and burning are used to create a polished final print.
When scanning negatives to digital, our operators will perform colour correction and other basic actions to make the film look as good as possible, but have the expertise required to do more, if appropriate.