The recent thread started by Bo_einG, discussed the scanning of negatives and without a doubt, the quality of the scanner and the level of dpi applied have a marked effect upon the potential processability of the scanned image.
But my reason for this thread is to find out whether anyone has particular methodologies which may help poor souls such as myself in the post scanning process, and also because I see significant numbers of uploaded oldies which in my humble opinion could easily be improved. For obvious reasons, don’t press me for examples!
The majority of my 1900 plus uploads are scanned from 35mm colour negatives and over the past two years, although my post scanning processing has improved, so has A.net standards, and I am now re-uploading many of my earlier “horrors”.
For those of you thinking that I ought to be well versed by now, I have to say that my success rate is not that good!
Clearly, the main differences between film (particularly older shots) and digital, are the increase in grain, colour casts, most often green and blue, and variations in contrast, etc., usually as a result of such things as film storage, film ISO rating, etc,.
Grain I find quite difficult at times to reduce to acceptable levels and sharpening can increase the problem, but some alleviation is possible using small amounts of smart blur and selective brightening/contrast application.
Colour aberrations can often be recovered using the PS auto colour correction and with specific colour adjustments.
My question is, has anyone developed a workflow specifically for scanned images or can offer particular help in this area?