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Buzz Photography LLC
Posts: 516
Lafayette, Indiana, US


My mother just pasted away and I have been given the task of scanning in some old photos and making a slide show to play at her funeral.  My questions are pretty simple. 

What DPI should I be scanning these at?  I'm thinking like 200 should be fine.

Is there anything I can do about the noise or blurry photos?  Let's face it, no one in my photo knew a thing about photography in the 80's or 90's and it shows. 

I just went out and brought an Epson Perfection V500, any suggests with this model?  Please don't say return it and get whatever, this is what I have to work with.

Again thank you everyone for your help on this issue.
Jan 04 13 05:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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DavidCoward Photography
Posts: 629
Sandy Springs, Georgia, US


So sorry for your loss.

200 dpi should be fine. Regarding the quality of some of the photos, I don't *think* there's anything you can do to fix it with the scanner. You'd have to use photo editing software, which of course could be time-consuming.

I hope it goes well.
Jan 04 13 05:31 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Buzz Photography LLC
Posts: 516
Lafayette, Indiana, US


Is there any suggests of how to fix some of these photos in CS5?  I know this might sound stupid coming from a photographer, but I just want to make sure I do this as right and as fast as I can.

Again thank you everyone
Jan 04 13 05:36 pm  Link  Quote 
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DavidCoward Photography
Posts: 629
Sandy Springs, Georgia, US


Buzz Photography LLC wrote:
Is there any suggests of how to fix some of these photos in CS5?  I know this might sound stupid coming from a photographer, but I just want to make sure I do this as right and as fast as I can.

Again thank you everyone

You can reduce the noise in CS5. (Look under Filters.) I'd be careful not to overdo it and lose texture and detail. Maybe mask areas that are okay.

For the blurry photos, if they're just a little bit out of focus, try high-pass sharpening. (Also under Filters --> Other.) Make a duplicate layer, select high-pass, play with the radius until it feels right to you, select OK, then change the layer style to overlay. Flatten the image and you're done.

Neither of these options will do much good if the photo is really bad, but hopefully it's enough to make halfway decent photos more presentable for the service.

Jan 04 13 05:55 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
salvatori.
Posts: 3,709
State College, Pennsylvania, US


Buzz Photography LLC wrote:
My mother just pasted away and I have been given the task of scanning in some old photos and making a slide show to play at her funeral.  My questions are pretty simple. 

What DPI should I be scanning these at?  I'm thinking like 200 should be fine.

Is there anything I can do about the noise or blurry photos?  Let's face it, no one in my photo knew a thing about photography in the 80's or 90's and it shows. 

I just went out and brought an Epson Perfection V500, any suggests with this model?  Please don't say return it and get whatever, this is what I have to work with.

Again thank you everyone for your help on this issue.

I am sorry for your loss and creating a slide show will be a wonderful thing for all.

I actually have the same scanner and have no fear, it's pretty damn good. 200dpi will be fine. When I scan, I try to keep the contrast low and the scans are a little darker than you think would be acceptable.

Remember that the scanner is not the place to tweak or refine the pic, PS is. Just try to capture as much information (colors, tones, etc) and correct stuff in Photoshop.

Also, the V500 has a setting to reduce dust or grain but I think it's better to just make sure the pic, slide or neg is clear of specks when it goes into the scanner. The dust removal feature is nice but you pay a price with reduced sharpness.

Best of luck smile

Jan 04 13 06:19 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Photography With Flair
Posts: 84
Jacksonville, North Carolina, US


I just sent you a PM. I have a retoucher account as well and I'd be happy to clean up some of the photos for you for free. Info is in the PM if I can help.
Jan 04 13 06:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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