Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/07/01

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Subject: Re: [Leica] New Holy War--Film Scanners
From: "Nelson Chan" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 09:21:15 +0800
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Hi Eric,

That's great.  What would be a good printer for this task?  Imagine I can
now print images from my slide film.  WOW.


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From: "Eric Welch" <>
To: "Leicalist" <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2003 8:07 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] New Holy War--Film Scanners

> on 07/01/03 8:41 AM, Nelson Chan at wrote:
> > What are
> > the advantage of a scanner other than storing the images in your pc and
> > posting photos on the web?
> If you have an excellent printer (read: better than simple desktop
> you can produce images that are indistinguishable from darkroom-printed
> prints - up to a certain size. Depends on many factors what that size is.
> Advantage - in Photoshop it's much easier to spot a photo (remove dust
> motes) and you can have much  more precise control (easier anyway than
> film) over dodging and burning and contrast control. There's really not
> you can't do with a traditional darkroom that you can do with Photoshop,
> in most cases it's much harder to master.
> That being said, having worked in a darkroom for quite a few years, I was
> able to take to Photoshop and understand the basics pretty quickly. Thanks
> to them some times using darkroom metaphors for functions - such as
> wand, pencil, brush, airbrush, etc.
> In the end, there are lots of things that you will find easier to do with
> Photoshop, but unless you know what you're doing with calibration and
> picking the right printer, you won't see the advantages.
> Photoshop classes at local colleges is highly recommended. On your own
> a book is much more difficult. Or look for a Photoshop User Group in your
> area.
> Or stick with a darkroom. I very much miss the atmosphere of a darkroom
> (absence makes the nose grow fonder?) and working under high-pressure
> deadlines. It was a big adrenalin rush to walk into a darkroom at 9 p.m.
> be required to turn in a couple basketball photos by 9:30. And the
> craftsman-like feeling (when I had the time) of doing it by "hand" has its
> perks, too. Just like using a Leica camera in a largely digital, AF,
> automated world.
> Eric Welch
> Carlsbad, CA
> A mad, keen photographer needs to get out into the world and work and make
> mistakes.
>  -Sam Abell -  Stay This Moment
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