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3775 Market Stree NE
Salem, Oregon 97301

We're a small-town, family owned and operated photo lab that never gave up on film. Today we provide top-notch film processing, scanning, and printing services from film and digital with the best customer service in the industry.

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Straight Scans

PhotoVision Team

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#filmtipfriday
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 would pick without the color tech 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 @matolikeelyphoto. This frame below 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.

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Now, check out the frame below—this is the product of not one, but two color techs adjusting Matoli’s scan by hand. 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 to ensure it matches Matoli’s aesthetic and that all her images are consistent from frame to frame.

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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. You can see the few small tweaks she made below.

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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!

We are driven to make your life as a film photographer better, and one way we do that is by delivering you quality scans that save you precious hours in post, hours better spent doing what you love.

📷 by @matolikeelyphoto on #portra400 with a #pentax645nii.

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