Monday, November 26, 2007
DIGITAL ICE Technology in the Epson V500 Photo Scanner
The Epson V500 Photo Scanner that I'm now using came with DIGITAL ICE technology built in. This is a 'hardware-based' (and I'm not sure exactly what is meant by that phrase) process designed to automatically remove dust and scratches in film images.
I usually don't switch DIGITAL ICE on because it significantly slows down the scanning process. However, tonight I had to scan a color negative that turned out to have an incredible amount of dust imbedded in the emulsion during processing.
I re-scanned the negative with DIGITAL ICE (their caps, not mine) turned on, and the results exceeded my expectations. This post shows a 500 x 350 pixel crop from the first scan. The post below this one shows the same crop with DIGITAL ICE turned on. I did no retouching to either scan.
If you want to see the 100% size crop: