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David B. Brooks Posted: Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

When I read the general description of what was new in Photoshop 7.0, my expectations were high that what I would experience would justify a full upgrade number from 6.0 to 7.0. After whining to the Photoshop team about poor retouching tools for the...

David B. Brooks Posted: Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

The shirt-pocket sized FujiFilm FinePix 4700 digital camera has a very high 4.3 megapixel resolution that reproduces professional quality 8x10 prints. Besides being the first camera to feature Fuji's new Super CCD technology, the 4700's diminutive size...

David B. Brooks Posted: Mar 01, 2001 0 comments

It wasn't that long ago I reported on a fun camera from Fujifilm, the shirt-pocket sized FinePix 4700. The follow up for the photo enthusiast, the new FinePix 4900, brings the same serious digital picture qualities with added features...

David B. Brooks Posted: Jan 01, 1999 0 comments

Photography as an activity can be divided into three easily defined areas: the snapshot, with the purpose of recording events, people, and places in our lives; the professional, providing illustrative services from pictures for catalogs to portraits of...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Apr 01, 2001 0 comments

As I write this, it's just after the holidays and I'm sure many are trying out their first steps with a new computer, ink jet printer, scanner, or digital camera. Thanks to Plug-N-Play, most will have these devices working...

David B. Brooks Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

When it was first introduced the Hewlett-Packard Photo-Smart scanner was an unprecedented bargain for the photo enthusiast. It was capable of scanning prints up to 5x7" as well as film, and it was a compact, convenient to use design. Now after...

David B. Brooks Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

There is a very real difference still between professional scans and what the individual user can achieve even with the latest and best personal scanners. To a large extent this professional level of scanning remains the realm of drum scanners and their...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Jul 01, 2000 0 comments

There is a certain excitement when you go to the corner drugstore to pick up your prints from photofinishing. By just standing and watching people doing this, you soon realize why photography is a popular hobby. For me, a more serious darkroom addiction...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Feb 01, 2003 0 comments

Is Your Computer Set Up For Digital Photography?

If "Steven" finally got to you and you have a new computer, is it ready for use as a digital darkroom? With rare exception the answer to that question is a resounding no. The reason...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Feb 21, 2012 Published: Jan 01, 2012 10 comments
In this month’s column David Brooks takes a brief recess on answering reader mail to address a topic that is the subject of many queries he receives—getting effective scans from your “old” film library. We think you’ll enjoy his observations and that you’ll find you have much in common with his experiences.—Editor

Many of the questions I receive in my e-mail involve what readers are doing, or want to do. A frequent topic involves what to do with a collection of old film photographs. That is also a problem I have and work at a lot these days, and my film library is the accumulation of a long lifetime of photography. But many of you have not started scanning your collection of film photographs yet. One reason may be that it’s intimidating, and like going in the water at the beginning of the season, getting your feet wet is the hard part. But the question I have the most difficulty answering is from those who want a quick and easy solution.


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