Want to know one thing you can do right now to help your scans match your vision? Send us preference images! It’s a simple step that makes a world of difference!
They are 3-5 frames that exemplify your style in terms of:
We reference your preference images as we scan and color check your film scans, so each frame is individually matched to your aesthetic—making your editing in post a breeze and greatly reducing the time you have to spend behind a computer!
We don't believe in charging you to make your art how you want.
Preference images can be from anyone and anywhere.
When choosing your Preference images, choose images where your subject fills the majority of the frame. Skin tones are always scanned as priority (unless you tell us otherwise) so skin tones should be front and center.
Next, think of images that exemplify different shooting environments—direct sun, open shade, overcast, sunset. What are your most common shooting environments? Do you often shoot in lots of greenery? Or indoors? Maybe at the beach? Be sure to pick images that showcase your common shooting environments.
Finally, look over your entire set. Are they consistent in terms of skin tones, contrast, density (e.g. brightness) and saturation? Or are some cooler/warmer/darker/lighter than others? Could your images easily appear alongside each other in a magazine spread? Or would something look "off"? This is an easy way to check for consistency.
We'd be happy to look them over and let you know our thoughts/suggestions!
Did you style change? Then your preference images should change as well. As a photographer, your vision is bound to shift over time. Be sure to keep us in the loop and update your preference images when your aesthetic shifts, so we can continue to provide film scans as close to your vision as we can!
Email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
📷 All photos by Erich McVey.