2008-09-09

Film to digital

I've been forming my strategy for analyzing film for a while. Afterall, no one is going to spend the time, money and effort of starting such a major project without some kind of plan. However, my knowledge of film and film scanning is limited. The plan will no doubt undergo revisions as I progress through it. I'll be posting intermediate results periodically on this blog.

The basic plan to capture three parameters for a given film and process:
  1. color conversion
  2. contrast profile
  3. grain
Color conversion will capture which colors get converted to which shade of gray. This info will probably be translated into a curve or Photoshop B&W layer. The contrast profile will measure the amout of contrast. I'm still not sure how to do that. Probably scan film shot at different exposures and mapping it to a curve. The grain will try to digitize the grain structure of the film. I'm not sure if the scanner I'm planning on getting will be good enough to capture grain. I may have to get it drum scanned.

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