July 1, 2010

medium format scanning workflow

I scan medium format film with my Epson V700, using the Epson Scan software with the following settings:
  • 3200 dpi
  • 16 bit
  • no corrections (all check boxes unchecked)
  • TIFF
With these settings, scanning a 6x6 b&w negative produces an 85 MB file of approximately 6600x6600 pixels.

I always put on a pair of cotton gloves when I touch my negatives.

I store all my scanned originals on an external disk, using the following folder structure:

       Photo/
         analog/
           35mm/
           MF/
           LF/

I create a new folder in Photo/analog/MF/ using the following naming convention:

       bm-nnnn-yyyy-FFF-c

where:
  bm means medium format black&white (c=color, s=slides)
  nnnn is the numeric unique identifier of the roll
  yyyy is the year when the film was processed
  FFF  is the type of film (e.g. FP4)
  c  is the identifier of the camera (H=hasselblad, Y=YashicaMat, ...)

I use the following file naming:

       bm-nnnn-xx.tif

where  xx is a numeric identifier of the frame.

After scanning all the frames of my roll, I take the following actions:
  1. I import images in IDImager (my photo organizer);
  2. I build a JPG version in IDImager for display viewing (it takes too long to open big TIFFs)
  3. I optionally edit my images using Picture Window Pro (I can open PWP directly from IDImager)
  4. I rebuild the display versions (only for the images I edited)
  5. if I wish to publish an image on flickr I build a flickr version in IDImager and I upload it to flickr (the publishing on this web site is done from flickr, using the "blog this" command)
  6. I set metadata and catalog labels in IDImager.

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