Scanning negatives with xsane

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Gavin Cameron, Jul 5, 2004.

  1. Hi all,

    I realise that my question falls into the Linux domain, but I though I'd
    get a photography point of view too.

    Last night I was trying to scan some negatives into xsane (Linux front
    end scanning application for "sane") that my mate took this weekend of
    us jumping off 46 foot cliffs into waterfalls (not that it matters, but
    I'm using an Epson Perfection 1660 photo scanner).

    The thing is it appears to be a Polaroid 35mm film. I tried all of the
    different preset settings for negatives (normal, kodak, fuji etc) and
    none of them give the correct colours from the negative.

    The film in question comes from this exact camera which he bought in Argos:

    Unfortunately, the polaroid web site doesn't even list it, so I can't
    get any more information on the film!

    It was only bought a few days ago and processed yesterday. The photos
    turned out perfectly, so nothing wrong with the negative itself. He just
    forgot to ask them to digitise the images onto a CD, so he's scanning
    them in, but I thought I may get better results scanning the negatives.

    Anyway, the "standard negative" preset looks way too yellow/brown. All
    others presets just get too distorted in other colours. I'm sure I could
    manually play with indepentantly adjusting the RGB brightness/contrast
    to get a good representation, but it'll take time :-(

    So I was wondering if anyone here has scanned these negatives before and
    could offer some advise on getting the colours correct.



    Gavin Cameron email: I don't wibble
    Senior Hardware Development Engineer
    BAE SYSTEMS Avionics
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    Ferry Road tel: +44 (0)131 343 4497
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    Gavin Cameron, Jul 5, 2004
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