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 machines would pick on their own 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 chooses without any adjustments:

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

It’s easy to see why this scan won’t work for Matoli as-is—it’s too dark, we can’t see the model’s face and the dress and bouquet are all wrong.

Our final, twice-color-corrected scan:

Our corrected scan as we sent it to Matoli.

This is the product of two different color technicians adjusting Matoli’s scan by hand: once at time of scanning, and once after scanning during color check.

The first color tech scans Matoli’s negative and adjusts the color, density and contrast in-scanner to best match Matoli’s preference images.

Then, a second color tech will later go over the scan with the whole order to fine-tune the color, density and contrast and ensure it matches Matoli’s aesthetic and is consistent from frame to frame.

If we’ve done our job right, by the time Matoli gets her scans, the time she spends in post-production should be very minimal.

Matoli's Edited Image:

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

Matoli only had to make a few small tweaks in post to the scans we sent her. This is #goals for us, and what we want to give every photographer!

Imagine how much editing Matoli would be stuck with were she to tackle that initial “Straight Scan.” Now, imagine if all her scans looked this way! Time. Waster.

We are driven to make your life as a film photographer better.

One way we do this is by delivering quality scans that save you precious time in post—time better spent doing what you love.

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📷 by Matoli Keely on Portra400 with a Pentax645NII. Scanned on the Frontier SP3000.