I'm getting ready to do some nature photography and am seeking opinions on the best slide film for scanning/working with in photoshop. I have always preferred Velvia 50, however I have read that Veliva 50 is not the easiest thing to scan/work with in Photoshop. Does anyone have any reccomendations on the best slide film for scanning/working with in photoshop for landscape photography? I want something I can punch up the color with but retain decent shadow detail (which it seems the 50 does not handle shadow detail well when being scanned). Also, does anyone have any experience scanning/working in photoshop with the new Velvia 100 (not to be confused with Velvia 100F). Should it be of any use, scans will mostly likely be made with either a DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II or Nikon V. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Brian
Provia 100, in 35mm and MF is my favorite. I dislike Velva's candy colors.
Ideally for scanning, the most neutral color and the widest exposure latitude film scans best. You can always "punch up" color, and contrast in Photoshop, but going the other way of reducing punchiness in images is much more difficult. An example is that the best slide film for years for slide projection was Kodachrome, and I'm thankful I used it in the past because it holds its color better and does not fade as much with age, but it is difficult to scan for a number of reasons.
Unless you are shooting to do old fashioned Carousel slide shows, and are scanning your film to do whatever you want with images, you can get the most out of the scan process from a slow speed color negative film. Some of the best 35mm scan images I have obtained are from Fuji Reala 100.