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Old 07-09-2009, 06:31 AM
tcal tcal is offline
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8x10 negatives need to print into photos-help

I have some 8"x10" negatives and need to convert them to positive and print them as photos.

I am not knowledgeable on the matter, and need help getting started. Could someone please let me know what I would need to do this, etc.

The scanners I currently have are:
Epson 4490
Epson 15000

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Tony
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:55 AM
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Re: 8x10 negatives need to print into photos-help

scanning requires good skills and experience... i doubt you'd get decent results if you don't know what you are doing, even if you have a good scanner (well, especially if you have a good scanner).

are they colour or B&W?

you'd be better off taking it to some lab or repro bureau.

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Old 07-09-2009, 06:56 AM
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Re: 8x10 negatives need to print into photos-help

you can scan in the negatives and then invert the photo once scanned then make your adjustments using photoshop.
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:58 AM
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Re: 8x10 negatives need to print into photos-help

also, be supper careful how you handle them, you can easily damage them....
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:12 AM
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Re: 8x10 negatives need to print into photos-help

hi,
I see the 4490 can scan a 2 1/4" negative.... this link gives you the steps in scanning...
http://theplasticlandscape.com/articles/scanning.htm
in the tutorial there scanning in b/w but the basic procedures will be the same for color.... also they scanned at 3200 dpi ... this does lead to very large files.. if the negatives are in good condition.. i have have been able to scann at much lower resolutions and get good results....

I venture to say the basic steps are the same for the epson 150000 ...

scanning negative some might say is a black art... smiling... with expereience you'll learn for a given negaitve the best dpi resoultions,,, weather to let the softwar do a lot of the clean up or yo manual do it with your photoshop ...

there a tons of website on general scanning tips... may want to look at those...

well.. i hope my info is usefull good luck... and have fun.... it can be a challenge at first..





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I have some 8"x10" negatives and need to convert them to positive and print them as photos.

I am not knowledgeable on the matter, and need help getting started. Could someone please let me know what I would need to do this, etc.

The scanners I currently have are:
Epson 4490
Epson 15000

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Tony
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Old 07-10-2009, 04:38 AM
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Re: 8x10 negatives need to print into photos-help

Thank you all for the information. I really want good results. I think that a lab would be a good solution. The problem is there are hardly any around anymore in smaller areas. If anyone knows of one that I could deal with by mail please let me know. Thanks, Tony
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:45 PM
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Re: 8x10 negatives need to print into photos-help

If you can access a black and white dark room then you could simply make contact prints from the negs. Lay a sheet of printing paper down, emulsion side facing up, then lay the negative on top, emulsion side down and finally a sheet of clean glass on top. Then expose it to the light from the enlarger for a few seconds ( you will need to do a few test exposures to find the correct time). Once the print has been processed through the developer, stop bath and fix wash in running water then dry. You can now scan your prints as normal. Hope thats of some use to you
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