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    Color adjustments for Portra scans

    Almost everything I shoot in film is medium format B&W or slide film. I develop my own B&W and send the slide film to a lab. Then I scan the developed film and work with it from there on my computer. I've tried Portra 400 negative film a few times but am not happy with the colors I get when scanning my negatives. In fact they really suck and I'm looking for some advice.

    I have an Epson V-700 and find that it works great for B&W and slide film. I used a cheap calibration software package called EZColor to make a profile for velvia slide film and it is really good. For B&W and color negatives I just use the drivers included in the Epson software. But the colors I get with color negatives are very unsatisfactory. They remind me of old faded prints from the eighties. I tried a few adjustments but haven't been happy with anything. I do PP in LR and none of the Auto settings get anywhere close and I just don't have good enough color instincts to know what manual changes to make.

    I'm including a link to some examples.
    http://www.pbase.com/revdocjim/bad_colors
    In this roll I selected the pre-set for faded photos in two or three of them because it seemed to help just a bit. But still I think you will see that the colors are not very realistic. To my eye the blues and greens look way off.

    Any advice will be great appreciated!
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    Post in DPUG, the digital forum.
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    I dunno what you're complaining about, but those look about right to me.

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    Use ColorPerfect, a Photoshop plug-in to use with your neg scans that matches colour accurately to different film types. It’s not very user-friendly program to set up, but worth sticking with as results are excellent.
    http://www.c-f-systems.com/Plug-ins.html

    Here is more info:
    http://www.colorneg.com/oldneg.html?lang=en
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    http://www.flickr.com/groups/colorperfect/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mts View Post
    Post in DPUG, the digital forum.
    I agree. This is a pretty clear cut DPUG question, IMO.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    OK. Sorry about putting this in the wrong place. I'm not very familiar with the DPUG but assumed it was about digital cameras and digitally captured photos where as my question is about film. But I will try it there too.
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    Those look okay to me in terms of color balance. You might be to used to garish colors in digital?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by revdocjim View Post
    OK. Sorry about putting this in the wrong place. I'm not very familiar with the DPUG but assumed it was about digital cameras and digitally captured photos where as my question is about film. But I will try it there too.
    Well, there's hybridphoto, too.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    The colours all look perfectly natural to me.

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    I generally use about the same workflow. The color comes out pretty well most of the time, but it almost always needs some adjustment for a really fine print. In most cases, but definitely not all, the automatic adjustment in Photoshop (and others) does a pretty good job.

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