Portraits – Daud

Portrait - Daud

Leica M6
50mm Summicron f/2.0
Kodak BW400CN
Scanner Canon 4400F

I have finally figured out the best settings for my scanner. And the best setting is to let the machine do its job. When I started scanning a couple of weeks ago I launched the scanner driver and started meddling with brightness, contrast and all that other good stuff and the pictures came out horribly. The scans were blurred, colour was awful and the images were just not worth the time. But I finally figured it out….

I used to think there was something wrong with me taking the pictures but left it as part of my learning curve. After all, its been less than 2 weeks since I got the Leica. I got a bit desperate and the extremely slow rate of progress.

Well. Today I got a bit lazy and didn’t bother to launch the driver and let the scanner scan without any settings from me apart from where to save the file, the size (I selected 600dpi) and selected TIFF as output.

Man, was I in for a shock. The scans of the negatives just took my breath away. The images were sharp, the colours amazing but most important, they have a feel to it.

Just goes to show not to meddle with things when you don’t really know what you’re doing.

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