Analog photography – experimenting with a scanner

Okay, let’s have a glimpse at analog photography over here or better at ways of experimenting with it.

There are many ways to do that and it is also a little bit depending on the material you use.

One way to experiment is while digitalizing film material with a scanner.

When you have got a scanner, you can usually change the settings of it, meaning that you have to tell the scanner, whether you want to scan a slide or a negative e.g. – the scanner needs this basic information and basic setting to scan properly.

And usually you do everything to get a good scan.

You scan it correctly and you might even use a scan software or another image processing software to correct lost quality in exposure, colo(u)rs, sharpness etc. before you file the scan or at least after the scan as such was filed.

But if you like to do some experimental working, you can do this simply by giving the scanner completely wrong basic information.

Just look at these two examples:

Scan-01

Scan-02

The first photo is a correct scan, correct at least concerning the basic information being given to the scanner, that the used material was a slide.

Now the second photo is nothing more than just giving a wrong basic information to the scanner, telling it that this was a negative.

The difference between these two examples here is extreme, as can be seen at once.

The second photo seems to be an example of the so called “cross processing”.

And if one likes such a scanned original photo can be further worked on with image processing, however. Right up to a very extreme looking photo, with extreme contrasts or colo(u)rs and such like.

See you soon back again and have a lot of fun trying out yourselves !

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