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Scanning Negatives and Slides: Digitizing Your Photographic Archives 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1933952017
ISBN-10: 1933952016
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About the Author

Sascha Steinhoff is a computer expert by training and a photographer by passion. He used several rainy seasons in Galway, Ireland to learn everything he needed to know about scanners and scanning software. He soon realized that a good scan requires as much work and know-how as a good camera shot, and that a scanning workflow is essential to get the job done efficiently.

Sascha recently gave up his position as an editor of a leading German technical magazine to move to Bangkok, Thailand, where he is currently working as a freelance journalist and project manager.

Complementary information about the scanning techniques described in this book, as well as as a place where Sascha will reply to inquiries, can be found on his website at


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (February 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952017
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,989,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I'm an amateur photographer who is learning how to scan film. When I see this book I'm very excited and expect it can improve my skill in getting a better output. To be frank I'm totally disappointed when I read the book. The book gives you a very good introduction about scanners, basic scanning principle and terminology, and popular scanning software like Nikon Scan, Vuescan and Silverfast........and it ends here.

If you expect it teaches you how to tweak options in these software? Look elsewhere. If you expect it teaches you how to extract every details from a film using a particular software? Look elsewhere. If you expect it teaches you how to handle a problematic film? Look elsewhere. If you expect it teaches you varies in-depth workflows in scanning film? Look elsewhere.

Even the pictures in the book are bad. e.g. How you can illustrate the sharpness effect of a curl film in scanning if your picture is not sharp in the first place?

Bottom line: If you know nothing about scanning, this maybe a good book for you to get "just" started. If you've been using your scanner already, skip this book and use the money to buy more film.
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By MD_Dillo on November 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
While the book has some helpful information, it is all in all disappointing for readers who already own scanners and seek help in using them to best effect. Specifically, over 50 pages of the 230 in the book seem aimed at helping the reader decide WHETHER to digitize slides and negatives in the first place. I would have liked a clearer and more comprehensive explanation of whether, why, and how one can use the multitude of settings and tools on the better scanners. The writing, editing, and use of illustrations are passable but not as good as I had hoped and not nearly of the quality found, for example, in the Ben Willmore books on Photoshop. The Steinhoff book includes a DVD containing little of readily apparent value; the promised software turns out to be limited trial versions easily found on the web, should you want them.
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112 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Rakesh Malik on March 26, 2007
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This is a well written book that will guide someone new to scanning slides and negatives through the learning process. The author uses plain English and a lot of good examples to show how to optimize your scan settings in NikonScan, VueScan, and SilverFast. If you're interested in learning to scan negatives and slides, this book will help you learn what you need to know to choose a film scanner and how to use it.

There are probably other books out there that are more detailed than this one, but as far as introducing you to the world of scanning and getting you started on learning how to maximize your scans, this is a great book.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Brian K on June 2, 2009
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Having read both the first and second editions of this book, I highly recommend it to those who are new to film scanning or wish to broaden or refresh their knowledge about film scanning. Film scanning at this point seems to be a bit of a dying art, as reflected in this book, and the other books on this subject, with one exception (see below), are all dated and mostly too superficial. This book will help someone new to film scanning make more informed choices amongst the (few) hardware and software choices out there. It will also help the reader to understand the issues that crop up in film scanning and the pros and cons of the various solutions out there. Basic workflow suggestions are also provided, although I think there could be more depth of treatment in that area. The only real alternative to this book for someone who wants to gain some introductory knowledge about this subject is the much less efficient one of trying to piece together information by searching the web. That said, if you want to dig in further, I also highly recommend the excellent "Real World Scanning and Halftones" 3rd Ed. published by Peachpit Press, which goes into more depth and is broader in its coverage. I do have some issues to raise. First, this book focuses on film and slide scanners almost entirely. Issues concerning flatbed scanners (except the relatively inferiority of flatbed scans compared to dedicated film scanners) get short shrift here. Second, the book is about scanning film (negatives, positives and slides). There is really nothing here about scanning reflective material such as prints. I don't see that as a drawback -- the focus is on scanning film. Third, the book tends to be a little Nikon-centric.Read more ›
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By J. CRAWFORD on August 12, 2007
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This knowlegdgable and articulate assessment of scanning, hardware and software is very targeted for the serious hobbists, diys as well as professional. I found numerous excerpts that matched perfectly with my semi-professional (small and local photo conversion business) level of experience, which added much credibility to the rest of the book. Especially strong, detailed and valuable information was presented on the Nikon Coolscan 5000, which is our scanner. This is the best of my scanner books and it gives us a few more accurate and helpful options in pulling out the best images from our scans. The printed photographs themselves were in such high detail that they clearly illustrated what the author was writing about. These photos coupled with the articulate text make this book a technical show and tell of scanning. I highly recommend this book as a valuable resource to my fellow photo scanners.

Jim Crawford
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