What are Straight Scans?

Real talk re: “Straight Scans.”

We don’t offer them. Why? Simple—they don't serve you.

"Straight scans” are what the Frontier or Noritsu chooses without a color technician adjusting anything, sort of like Auto mode. Why is this bad? Well, sometimes the machine’s algorithm gets it close, but more often than not, it gets it wrong. Case in point: this beautiful frame by Matoli Keely:

What the Frontier SP3000 spits out without a color tech at the helm.

This first frame is what the Frontier SP3000 spits out without a color tech at the helm. It’s too dark, we can’t see the model’s face and the dress and bouquet are all wrong.

Now, consider the second frame—this is the work of two expert color technicians adjusting Matoli’s scan by hand:

Our corrected scan as we sent it to Matoli.

The first color tech scans Matoli’s negative while referencing her preference images and adjusts the color, density and contrast of the scan. To do this, the color tech tells the scanner the duration each color needs to shine through the negative to create the scan. Then, a second color tech will review and adjust the scan in context of the entire order to fine-tune the color, density and contrast to ensure Matoli’s images are consistent throughout and draw as close as possible to her aesthetic and vision.

If we’ve done our job right, when Matoli gets her scans, the time she has to spend editing should be minimal. You can see the few small tweaks she made in the third frame:

Matoli’s final image, after she made a few easy-breezy tweaks in post.

Now, imagine how much time Matoli would have to spend editing were she to tackle image 1 (!) Now imagine if all her scans looked that way (!) Not good.

As your film processing experts, we are driven to make your life as a film photographer better. And one way we do this is by delivering beautiful, consistent scans that save you time in post—time better spent doing what you love.

Ready to experience our top-notch scans yourself?


📷 by Matoli Keely on Portra400 with a Pentax645NII. Scanned on the Frontier SP3000. @beautybystaceymua @adornedrentals @kasiajewelry @thelmyamanda @native_poppy @fourthingspaper