A&P Scanning old photos

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  1. Chitown B

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    Hello all. I'm in the process of scanning my old photos, and I want it to be a one time thing. So I got a brand new scanner (I had been using my Canon 670U from 2000 - unremoveable dust and crappy DPI).

    Bought a CanonScan LiDE 200, and I'm scanning in at 1200 dpi in 48-bit color.

    So, one question I have so far is when I get to Black and White photos - is it better to scan in 48-bit color, or scan in grayscale?

    Thanks!
     
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    scan in color. greyscale will still cut out some of the available data.
     
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    thanks for the info!

    I never look at these old paper photos. I decided I'd just scan everything in and then just store the albums somewhere out of the way. And I can fix the exposure/color correct, etc.
     
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    yep. if you use photoshop, you can open a .tiff as a raw and make corrections to white balance etc, as well as just fuck around with levels and curves in the native editor.
     
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    yeah I'm not saving them as RAW, scans at 1200 dpi are about 200MB apiece RAW. No thanks. Just saving as highest quality JPEG - using Lightroom to edit all the balance.
     
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    200mb is nothing :o
     
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    i was talking more about today's storage prices, but you have a point
     
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    i'm not saying save it as a raw... but with cs3 you can choose "open as>" and select raw from the drop down....
     
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    yeah I don't have a valid CS3 license. But really doing highest JPEG out of my scanner software still ends up being a really high quality, very adjustable image. I'm talking 100's to 1,000's of images. There's a point where it's too much work, and I think editing each one as RAW before saving instead of just mass scanning and then adjusting the high JPEG's just isn't worth it.
     
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    :hs: nevermind... it's not important.
     
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    so, another question - anyone know the best way to correct old photos that have turned really really orange or red? Better to just convert to B&W? Or is there a way to pull some color out of them? I'm talking like the 50's.
     
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    Wow thanks for that. I never would have clicked on "open as" if you hadn't said this. Very useful feature.
     
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    does anyone know if there is a way to save "Caption" info embedded within a JPEG output from Lightroom so that another program can read it? I want to Caption all my photos so I remember what they are, and make sure it's permanently included in each exported photo.

    Thanks!

    I'm done scanning the 8,000 or so photos started in Sept.
     
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    If they aren't already made, just add the caption to the "comment" section under properties.
     
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    so all that metadata is embedded in the JPEG for good, right? I'm going to upload them to Smugmug and it seems like Smugmug can read all that metadata.
     
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    I'm going to thread hijack

    what're good settings for scanning 35mm negatives?

    I think I ended up getting 150MB files or so 2 years ago, but wasn't sure if it was overkill. :o
     
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    sounds like overkill to me - if you're saving to tiff though, that's about right. I think my 3X5's were coming up as about 190MB raw
     
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    I'm thinking about just taking my negatives into some store in nyc and getting them to do all the scanning / post processing / archiving. :embd:

    scanner is cropping off a good bit of the ends of the negative and I looked at getting one of those nikon coolscans and they're going for $1300ish on ebay (and are discontinued now so that's going to go up).
     

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