Using film and a scanner or shoot digital?

The other day, when I was scanning old negatives with a new Canoscan 9000F MK II and SilverFast 8 for my piece on SilverFast’s Multi-Exposure, I kept thinking about the reasons any photographer should want to keep using film and a scanner to digitise his or her images instead of using a digital camera. That made me contemplate some of the disadvantages and benefits of scanning film and those of image sensors…… Read More Using film and a scanner or shoot digital?

Canoscan 9000F Mk II – Multi-Exposure expands Dynamic Range

During the years I had my dark room (the real thing), I remember I had to burn areas to get a better exposure across the photo. It was the analogue version of trying to achieve a high dynamic range — high enough at least to represent most brightness values across a photo based on what the film emulsion was capable of. Today, with a scanner, the dynamic range of any scanned photo is not just limited to capabilities of the film emulsion but also by the dynamic range of the scanner itself. It’s as with digital cameras: there are only as many f-stops available as the sensor will “see”. Just as with digital cameras, you can achieve a higher dynamic range by combining an exposure for highlights and one for shadowy areas. This method works only with scanners that allow this “manipulation” and the right software to work it. SilverFast is by far the best application with which you can apply this technique, having been awarded the European Digital Press Association’s “Best Colour Management software of the Year” prize in 2008 for it.

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Transcoding video for delivery, an overview and best practices

You are often required to transcode from one format to another. When shooting in consumer AVCHD or professional XDCAM you will need to transcode to a format your NLE understands and can work with smoothly. But just as often you’ll need to transcode from your NLE’s format to another for optimised delivery. There are a couple of applications that are specifically developed for this task, and each has its own merits.… Read More Transcoding video for delivery, an overview and best practices