Analog to digital workflow – part 1: how I scan film

In this series, I want to describe and share how I handle my physical pictures and scan and store them digitally.

Part 1 will be about the scanning process itself and part 2 about storing and categorising the files.

The scanner

I’m fortunate enough that I have access to a film scanner at the school I’m studying at. Actually, I have only once seen someone else use it, so I live in constant fear that they will get rid of it… The scanner is a Nikon Coolscan 9000 ED, which is kind of old but still produces incredibly good looking scans. However, lately it seems to have developed a problem when dealing with large solid colour areas, which appear to have vertical stripes across them (in the form of slight but noticeable luminance variations). That issue is very annoying and not easily fixable in post unfortunately. Apparently I am not the only one with the problem but as it is not my scanner I cannot do anything about it…

Here, the vertical stripes a clearly visible in the sky – even though the sky colour is not very even. – Olympus XA, Kodak Portra 800


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