How do you calibrate a scanner?

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by nobody nowhere, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. Nikon 8000, I scanned a 35mm negative for the first time. It was
    instantly converted to colour, which made it look like a positive, yet I
    wonder what further steps I should have taken, eg. manual exposure,
    perhaps, etc? When I printed, there was a yellow, and perhaps also a
    magenta cast, although I understand that the magenta cast might
    disappear in a few hours, when the print is dry. For the second print,
    I reduced the yellow in colour balance by a factor or 9 or so, and the
    colours of the print came visibly closer to what I saw on the monitor.
    Would I be right in saying that since the printer and monitor are
    reasonably calibrated (I hope, touch wood :)), it might be the scanner
    that needs adjusting, perhaps better exposure, etc? And if I were to try
    to calibrate the scanner, how would I go about it? Thanks in advance.

    nobody nowhere, Jul 28, 2003
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  2. Thank you.

    nobody nowhere, Jul 28, 2003
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  3. Thank you Bill, much obliged. You have already given me a few
    addresses, but something went wrong with my PC, and I lost them. Would
    you be kind enough to suggest a US or European firm where I could
    purchase the IT8 target, and who would create a profile for my scanner.
    I also don't understand what you mean by using the scanner in RAW mode.
    I have recently acquired a Nikon 8000, and am still learning. Would I
    be right in saying that all the Nikon 8000 scans are in raw mode by
    default? Thanks again.


    PS. The Nobody your refer to below is not me; I am Nobody from Nowhere,
    he is Nobody from Somewhere :)

    nobody nowhere, Jul 28, 2003
  4. Thanks, I am learning, slowly...

    nobody nowhere, Jul 28, 2003
  5. Kodak makes IT8 targets for both film and paper. Their product
    code is Q-60 with variations for E-6, paper, etc. Cost is about $30 US
    for each target. TDF files are on Kodak's ftp site, although you have
    to hunt for them a bit.

    I recently purchased vuescan and one of the unexpected extras is
    that it comes with scanner calibration built in. Scan the IT8 standard
    slide, bring up the overlay, adjust so that it overlaps, save the
    ..icc profile.
    Michael Eager, Jul 30, 2003
  6. Thank you very much.

    nobody nowhere, Jul 30, 2003
  7. Thank you very much indeed, I am in your debt for your most helpful
    advice and patience!

    nobody nowhere, Jul 30, 2003
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