Colour Management Overview

The purpose of Colour management is to ensure predictable colour across image capture, retouching and distribution (screen, print, repro etc).

Colour management is a process that depends on a series of individual steps being done correctly across all devices and processes. Colour management only works as it should when each of these steps are done correctly.

An important keystone to colour management is a good quality screen calibration device, buying one and using it correctly will be a good start on the road to learning colour management.

Colour management is not fixed to any one standard, for instance the common photography monitor target of 6500K will not show a good colour preview for repro as the whitepoint is incorrect for the yellowish/redish paper stock used, this needs a setting of nearer 5000K.

Understanding the subtlety of colour management is a journey.

All items on the colour management page here on Copyrightimage are part of the chain, room lighting, materials, software settings and devices all play their part…

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Scanning Overview

I have two scanners for jobs where images are supplied in analogue print or film form (Negatives and Transparencies).

These professional grade scanners allow me to make repro quality scans suitable for publication in books or magazines and also other large format uses.

For dedicated 35mm film scanning of either colour or black and white film I use a superb Nikon Super Coolscan 5000.
Nikon no longer manufacture this scanner but they are are capable of almost drum quality scans if used correctly. I drive the scanner using the original Nikon software which allows me to set 16x sampling for improved detail and smoothness in shadow areas.

The brand new Epson V850 Pro scanner allows me to make grain sharp scans of medium to large format film  (6cm x 6.45cm to 10″ x 8″)  as well as very high quality print scanning.

Sources:
Epson Scanner
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