Last semester I took Photography I at university on how to shoot, develop and print 35mm B&W film. For the class I acquired a Minolta Maxuum 7 and absolutely love it, especially since my old film Minolta AF lenses I use on my DSLR are interchangeable. I shoot mainly Kodak Tri-X and some T-Max. Really look forward to learning more in Photography II next semester and Architecture the following one next spring. :)
Anyway, I saw this thread and was curious about uploading 35mm film images. Is this allowed? Since film can produce normal grain (not noise) I'm not sure how that is looked upon. And what is the best way to do so? I have a small free standing device to capture the negatives on a SD card to put them on my Mac and a scanner for prints, though I haven't printed all my images. Thanks in advance for any advise!
Yep, I uploaded a few already, since I travelled a lot with my analog camera in the past: no battery charging problems, less water and dust issues, more solid than digital camera... I always shot with positive film, however. I scanned them with a slide scanner (tiff) and processed them as any other file in lightroom. Sometimes I kept the grain, since it looks different from noise, sometimes I flattened it out. Most important tool: slide scanner and scan them so you get digital pics from at least 15MP. (I always scanned the slides, not the prints, at about 12000 dpi) In this pic I removed the grain: but it was taken on a 35mm positive film. In this pic I didn't remove the grain, since it gives some texture to the pic:
Thanks Ivan for the informative reply. I just looked at my film/slide scanner and it's only 1,800dpi (10MP). Gosh nowhere near 12,000dpi like you got. :( I have uploaded some of my images and worked them in Lr. Like you sometimes want the grain others not, but just wasn't sure if they would be automatic rejections due to possible grain or if buyers will be ok with it.
Hi Charly, I have quite a few online from reversal film. I scanned them on an inexpensive plusek scanner at 7200dpi to get the biggest file I could then shrunk it after I processed it in ps which helped hide alot of the grain. It would take hours to clean up but the slides were from places Im not soon to go back to, Denmark,Austria, so the time to me was worth it. I also had a professional film processing co scan them for me ( 20 slides costed $65.00 ) , they use digital ICE and those came out great, hardly any noticeable grain. I know some more expensive scanners come with ICE which I would invest in if I had loads more of slides to do
Hi Debra and thanks for the info! Forgive my ignorance, but what does ICE stand for?
Yanno I paid well over $100 for the neg/slide scanner I have thinking it was good. Sounds like I need to sell it and get a better one. To date I have prolly near 1,000 images on film with a few pretty good according to my professor. lol Know I'll take more in the years to come, as I learn so much shooting 35mm film and see a develop/print lab at home in the future. ;)