As I talked about in Scanner Learnings my approach to scanning changed in the middle of 2023. Which made me think about the rolls of film that I had scanned ‘badly’ early in the year. I decided to rescan some of these to see if there was a huge difference.
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you think about it) the rescanning was a big improvement. While I’m excited to get better versions of these photos, I can’t say that I’m looking forward to the work of rescanning a dozen or two rolls of film. Scanning is definitely the most tedious part of photography.
Here’s the original scan. This camera had a light leak, by the way.
And here’s the new scan.
Just looking at those two is pretty convincing. But a close-up comparison really seals the deal for me.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, I used Epson’s default settings for the older scan. With these settings the scanning software will try to adjust the histogram and contrast for you. It does a terrible job and now I turn all that stuff off and adjust each negative myself. These comparisons remind me why.