Pos/neg film and PS

Discussion in 'Film Discussion and Q & A' started by carusoswi, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. carusoswi

    carusoswi TPF Noob!

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    Ok, so, I've always known that negative film has more latitude and is more forgiving in terms of proper exposure than slide film. I don't remember the last time I shot a roll of slides.

    Here is my question. I generally shoot negative film in either my Minolta Maxxum 9000 or Nikon N60, have the negs developed at a 1hr place, then, scan them at 2400 or higher DPI, then touch them up in PS.

    Obviously, I can adjust exposure to my liking within reason.

    If I chose to shoot slides, would I not still have the option to make the same sort of adjustments in PS?

    Is there a downside to using slide film in the work flow described above?

    Thanks.

    Caruso
     
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    dinodan TPF Noob!

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    I don't know anything about Photoshop. However, I have scanned lots of 35mm slides and negatives, and have not noticed any difference in their ability to be manipulated (at least as far as the limited things I do, contrast, brightness, sharpness, etc.) once they're digitized. If anything, I like the results obtained with positive film (Kodachrome and E6) a little bit better. Give it a try!
     
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    Alpha Troll Extraordinaire

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    This is going to depend entirely on the quality of your scanner. In my experience, it's easier to pull out shadow detail from a negative than a positive, but that's scanned with a Nikon Coolscan 9000. On a flatbed, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
     
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    jstuedle No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hey Max,
    Sorry to hijack the thread but tried to PM you and can't. But I gotta question for you. I just got a LS8000 in great condition. I understand that the 9000 is a little better at pulling detail out of shadows. The 8000 with a D-max of something like 4.3, the 9000 at 4.8. Do you have any experience with the 8000? Will there be a noticeable difference in scans between the two? I am impressed with the scans so far but I can only compair them to a LS2000. Anything I need to watch out for? I will use it mostly with 6 X 6 negs. It did come with the glass filmstrip holder. Sorry to ramble, but in a hurry. Any input would be helpful.
    TIA, John.
     

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