I just wanna see what you think of my scanning technique.
First off, I am super irritated that no matter how meticulous I am, each negative always shows up crooked with my Plustek 8200i. I thought it might have been a defective holder but I just got a replacement and that isn't the case. Using a light box and loupe, I make my selects and preview/scan those frames only. But having to reposition the strip over and over and over again ends up taking hours. This one took a few tries, but slightly adjusting ten more times never got it straight. I try to slide the strip all the way down or all the way up (doesn't work) as I'd rather have the frame slightly cropped than askew. It is always just wonky on the top and bottom of the negative. Is this acceptable? Do you have better luck with this scanner than I do? Oh, and I use cotton gloves that fit nice and tight when adjusting the strips.
And here is what my Vuescan settings are at:
I like to scan flat as I end up bringing the images into Lightroom. Here is a video of my process.
I first bump the contrast to 50, adjust the blacks and whites, then adjust highlights and shadows, then I go back to readjust the blacks and whites.
For whites, I hold option and drag to the right until the white on the screen disappears. But I'm confused what to do when there is some crazy bright light in a corner or something. Should I just drag until the white disappears in the part of the image I care about?
I do the same thing with blacks. Then I finish up removing whatever dust is present with the clone stamp tool.
So yeah it's just adjusting until it looks right. But my contrast is usually almost always at ~50. It is hard to make the image not look flat but also not so contrasty it looks fake. I often go insane and will export 10 different copies and shuffle back and forth between the 10 until I'm blind but am trying to learn to just trust my gut the first time.
Back to adjusting the whites, if I slide it until there is no white whatsoever, my edit ends up looking like this:
If I slide it until the white disappears in the parts of the image I about, my edit ends up looking this way:
Obviously with the second export, I was able to do some other adjustments but with the first export, any sort of adjustment just hurt it. So the proper way to adjust whites is until the white disappears only in the parts of the picture that matter?
I dunno, what do you think? The askew scanning sucks but the screenshot at the very top took me two tries. Is this slanted enough to mess hinder the picture, you think?
If so, I'll sell this scanner and get something else but I can't drop a ton of money. I love this scanner except the flimsy film holder. I don't need anything nicer in terms of quality.
I have so many negs I'm dying to scan but I don't wanna waste my time scanning em slightly crooked if it'll make em look worse. I can't really tell.