Since around July 2015, I have tried to display images on this site that are scanned from actual prints. In all cases, I describe the source of the scan (e.g. ‘digital source’ for a photograph made with a digital camera; ‘Platinum-palladium print on 100% cellulose (Van Gelder simili japon) from original 8×10 in negative’, and so on.)

Since 2016, where prints are scanned, I have included a photographic target, designed for and approved by the American Institute of Conservators, to ‘provide an easy and efficient way to include photographic reference standards’. My hope is that by doing this, viewers will be able to get a better sense of what the originals look like.  I have also included, from this date, a detailed view of the full scan.

Scans

  • I use an Epson 10000XL flatbed scanner
  • Prints are scanned with a Small AIC PhD Target from Robin Myers Imaging – other targets are more affordable, such as the DGK Color Tools DKK 5″ x 7″ (Amazon). Smaller targets may be made by cutting and reassembling. The main purpose of this is to provide a standardized color and tone reference as a part of the image being scanned.
  • Epson Scan software is set to
  • Reflective
  • 48-bit color
  • 600 ppi resolution
  • No color correction
  • Saved as TIFF, no compression, and then rendered in Adobe 1998.
  • Files are imported into Lightroom. The only processing I do is some cropping and then Sharpen > Amount to 50, Radius to 1.0 and Detail to 25.

Screen grab of Epson Scan settings for reflective scans of original prints

Screen grab of Lightroom settings for Develop module > Sharpening settings. See the posted image of this particular scan