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