Keeping Scanners in a Closed Loop
spend too much money on a flat bed or film scanner if your goal is
to send files to an out lab service for printing. After interviewing
several commercial lab owners, I found that many would not even accept
files that were scanned by the customer. The following reasons are
Try using your digital camera on a copy stand or tripod. You can use creative lighting to eliminate three dimensional textures. Be sure and use the correct white balance setting on your camera. This approach allows for the copying of any size original at high resolutions. Most labs are proficient with the camera ICC profiles and the captured images are cleaner.
Low end film and flatbed scanners are good for building web galleries and making small prints. Resolution is not an issue and dust is not noticeable on smaller images. Using scanners for these applications can save time and money. If you are using a film scanner, be sure and magnify your image 200% to check for dust before wasting your archival inks on a large print.
would prefer you let them do your film scanning for any work to be
enlarged or archived at their facility. They have state of the art
clean rooms and color managed profiles. I spent time touring the local
Dallas labs and couldn't help but be impressed by their workflow and
environment. For archiving high resolution files on images that are
really important, they are your best bet.