ScanScience
Fluid Scanning Technology
"I have converted entirely to the ScanScience way and
abandoned my makeshift oil methods.
I never make dry film scans anymore, it throws away too
much quality....Everyone out there who is serious about
getting the best possible scans needs to be doing wet
scanning and ScanScience makes it affordable on almost
any scanner. "  
    

CTEIN, PHOTO TECHNIQUES,     NOV /   DEC 2009

  • See also PHOTO TECHNIQUES Nov/Dec 2007
  • PROFESSIONAL PHOTO MAGAZINE     
  • http://www.ppmag.com/reviews/200701_epson
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    Key to the ScanScience Fluid
    Scanning Magic:   In Optical
    Microscopy, thanks to Fluid
    Immersion, resolution and
    magnification are both increased to
    the limit.  Fluid Immersion does the
    same in scanning for the same
    reason and has always been the
    procedure used with drum
    scanners costing up to $100K.

    Fluid Scanning benefits to
    photography go beyond resolution:
    The extended dynamic range,
    increased contrast and color
    saturation makes images come The
    thousands spent on your finest
    lenses are only as good as the
    scan. The finest quality scans are
    fluid scans.
    ScanScience brings these same
    cutting edge techniques to all
    scanners.  
  • This highly acclaimed eBook Total Scanning is a
    comprehensive treatise on scanning aimed at the
    intermediate to advanced user, the photography artist
    and teacher. It covers the cutting-edge techniques of
    fluid scanning and provides guidelines on optimizing
  •  The "Smart Scan" tables computes scan
    resolution needed at a viewing distance according to
    print size. You no longer have to scan at 300 ppi for all
    print sizes then scale the image down in Photoshop:
    Scan for the print and get full fluid-scan-quality un-
    degraded by image resizing.   How large a quality print
    can I make from my scan? What file size do I need for a
    scan? Should I scan in 16 or 8 bit?  Total Scanning
    provides the answers.
  • This new electronic book has great advantage over
    print books as it is alive with numerous internal and
    external hot-links to help you navigate, explore and
    research many topics further. It is a valuable teaching
    aid and reference, and it is richly illustrated
  • This book can be purchased for $15.00 with any kit, or
    purchased without kits for $30.00.
You are viewing the dry scanned image.
    Run the mouse over the image to see the true
    saturated colors on film wet-scanned with
    ScanScience
Copyright ScanScience / JAF 2012
USER'S REVIEW of ScanScience
Raw Scans, untagged with any color space can go directly to Photoshop to be tagged with a non-clipping, non
distorting color space like the relatively new Adobe Wide Gamut RGB. With digital cameras choosing RAW should
allow you to select a color space, but not always: you may find that a clipping color space like Adobe RGB or worse,  
sRGB were tagged to the image file, shortchanging the palette of modern printers like Canon's IPG 5000, and 6300,
and Epson 4800.
could print the reds, greens and blues that are printable today. These vintage color spaces suited vintage printers,
not todays modern printers and inks: After all your printer is limited to the colors in the selected color space. Color is
a very critical issue for gallery prints and Art Photographers: You have opted for below is a must read.
COLOR:  FILM VS THE DIGITAL CAMERA  - Excerpts from the forthcoming eBook Total Scanning 2
All graphs Images & Graphs in this page produced by
ScanScience with  Chromix Software. Copyright
Film, like the eye sees logarithmically.  When the film's
sensitivity is exceeded by the light, the overload is local
and does not affect the surrounding areas.  But when a
digital sensor  is overcome the output spills over
neighboring pixels.  Film-generated images have as result
a naturalness that is driving photographic artists back to
film.  Large-format film can produce ultra-fine detail,
beyond a digital camera's capacity and almost all what the
eye can see, well beyond  adobe RGB.   Know of a 220
MP digital back for 4 x 5? That is how many pixels would
be required to match digitally the content of 4 x 5 film.
Color also may be another reason for using film. With
film scans you are free to choose the color space which is
probably the most important decision you will make.
NEW!   Focusing Target #9.17
Essential for all scanners, a must for flatbed scanners.
Order yours now
We recently had an opportunity to scan an ideal image made with a 5 x 7 camera and B&W film, by well
Known photographer Craig Alan Huber from "In Platino Veritas Images" in Washington State.  This image
gave us the opportunity to show the differences between fluid scanning and dry scanning which are
shown
                           ALL THE SCANS ARE RAW SCANS WITHOUT SHARPENING!
At ScanScience we scanned the negative on an Epson V750 using Silverfast 6i at 3600 ppi resolution, on a
16 bit gray scale, using
ScanScience tools and Lumina Scanning fluid. The result was an enormous 750 MB
plus file, which gave enabled us to crop various sections at high resolution and magnification.   This very high
resolution scan for such a large negative was chosen as it delivered the best looking image at high
magnification.  We also tried a scan at 6400 ppi, found no improvements, only bloated files that took longer to
scan, so we did not use it.

The optimum focus of V scanners is known to vary so we first determined the optimum elevation for our unit
by scanning the new ScanScience target. It turned out to be
2.6 mm,  so all scans including the dry scans
were run at 2.6 mm. (The negative was very flat so the un-sharpness of the dry scan was due solely to the
inadequacies of dry scanning, which throws away much of the quality.)

We show below two small crops of the image from the center and corner at 200 % magnification. Both
images are raw, with no manipulations whatsoever by the scanner software or Photoshop.
You can see many more wet/dry scan samples by clicking the ScanSamples tab in the main
menu
Image 1, is a small section at center,
and you can see that hole in the mesh
of the source image.   
The
wet scan at left of image 1,  easily
blows away the dry scan on the right by
a large factor, -helped by the fact that at
center the lens is sharper. You would
not know the image was that sharp from
the dry scan. The detail in the mesh and
it contrast are phenomenal in the wet
scan.
Image 2 is a small crop from the left
corner of the source image.  The wet
scanned image is still sharper than the
dry, but the difference between them is
not as great because camera lenses are
less sharp at the corners. Notice also
that the blacks are blacker and contrast
is greater in the wet scan.
IMPORTANT: You can not use Epson
Scan to access the high resolution
optics in the V750 or V700. You must
use Silverfast or Vuescan.
Image from Source 5x7 Negative
Image 1
Dry Scan
Scancience Fluid-Scan
Image 2
NEW PRODUCTS
COLOR SATURATION  AND SCANSCIENCE
Essential Knowledge
This Just In From Australia:

    " I have been happily scanning and am very impressed with the Scan Science product. I posted
    about it on my blog here:"    Michael Hood's Blog

Extracts from Michael's Hood  Blog:

    " The cost of all the materials is pretty reasonable and very much worth the investment. Why pay
    for expensive camera lenses when a lot of detail is lost in the scanning stage? The Scan Science
    Lumina fluid is great and I appreciate the work that has gone in to making it perform well and
    (very importantly) be safe to use. I imagine it would not be very much fun to work with something
    that is more toxic and less tolerant. I urge anyone thinking about this using this method to not
    hold back and stop wasting time with lesser scans, fluid mounting is well worth it."
BUYING FROM US

To simplify the ordering process please locate your scanner from the
graphic below and make your selection of items from the list.
If you need help deciding which items to order please contact us
indicating which scanner you have. If your scanner is not in the list
please contact us.
Using the ScanScience advanced techniques of fluid scanning our
business has catapulted to a privileged place in the advanced
scanning segment of photography.
Once you make your order we will send you a PayPal invoice for the
items you need.
You can pay the invoice using your credit card. We do not ask for
your credit card for your security. For repeat orders or when you
already know what you need write us a short email at the email
address below.

HAPPY AND GREAT SCANNING

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  • Scanning on the Epson V750/700  
    You will be using the scanner holder with lid temporarily removed, The
    fluid assembly consisting if film, glass an overlay will be made
    separately and when ready will be placed on the holder with the glass
    on top.

  • Scanning on the Epson V850/800
    Prepare the fluid mount consisting of film covered by an overlay on the
    glass of the scanner holder; you do not need to remove the lid.

    You must use proper software for film scanning. We recommend
    Silverfast Ai or Vuescan.  The process is simple and inexpensive and is
    the only way to mine all the beauty in your film.
                                       TESTIMONIAL
    We are proud to introduce well known photographer Charles Cramer magnificent
    landscapes. He reports:
    "I have switched from  Kami mounting fluid to Lumina. It works just as well, is safer, and the
    odor doesn't cause headaches. It's been great to use Lumina!"   Note: Mr. Cramer uses a
    Tango drum scanner.  
    Visit our new Gallery page to see some of his beautiful images.
    Professional Photo Artists,   Institutions and universities the world over use our products to
    produce high quality images for galleries and archives.
    We are into our 11th year of operations. Our business has expanded thanks to word of
    mouth from satisfied customers.
Unretouched  
<  Scans  >
The purpose of this section is two-fold: It acquaints you with the capacity of film as a recording medium compared to digital.
Perhaps more important to all photographers, it covers the most important points in choosing the color space when scanning
and when printing from Photoshop.  
Tools you Need With the Most Common Scanners
We support all scanners, if you have other scanner please enquire
Scanning Accessories
Epson V850
Epson V800
Epson V750
Epson V700
Nikon 8000/9000
1
Lumina Optical Fluid
x
x
x
x
x
2
Scanning Glass Plates in Film Format
   
x
x
x
3
Overlays in Film Format
x
x
x
x
x
4
Ultra Black Masks
x
x
x
x
x
5
Focusing Target
x
x
x
x
 
6
eBook Total Scanning
x
x
x
x
x
7
Glass & Overlay Cleaner
x
x
x
x
x
8
Film Cleaner
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
9
Lumina Spray Bottle
x
x
x
x
x
10
Lint Free Tissues
x
x
x
x
x
11
Film Handling Gloves
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
12
Squeegee Small Standard
x
x
x
x
x
13
Squeegee Pro Rubber Blade Small
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
14
Squeegee Pro Rubber Blade Large
x
x
x
x
x
15
Premium Fluid Resistant Tape
       
x
16
Film Scanning Software
x
x
 
x
 
 
Prices in US Dollars
1
Lumina Optical Fluid 1/4/8/Litres
79.00
279.00
492.00
Larger quantities enquire
2
Scanning Glass Plates in Film Format 1mm thick 35/MF/4X5
32.00
32.00
32.00
8x10 $49.00
3
Overlays in Film Format 35/MF/4X5
18.00
18.00
18.00
Available in quantities of 100 for
20% off
4
Ultra Black Masks pack of 4 - 35/MF/4X5
10.00
10.00
10.00
   
5
Focusing Target
25.00
       
6
eBook Total Scanning
25.00
       
7
Glass & Overlay Cleaner 8 Oz
16.00
       
8
Film Cleaner
19.00
       
9
Lumina Spray Bottle
6.00
       
10
Lint Free Tissues
14.00
       
11
Film Handling Gloves
8.00
       
12
Squeegee Small Standard
12.00
       
13
Squeegee Pro Rubber Blade Small
19.00
       
14
Squeegee Pro Rubber Blade Large
25.00
       
15
Premium Fluid Resistant Tape  1/2" x 72Y
25.00
       
16
Film Scanning Software Silverfast Ai or VueScan
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WHY FLUID SCANNING?
    The scans shown below are unedited dry
    and wet scans.
    These scans show the difference in
    resolution of dry as compared to wet
    scanning. Wet scanning can do this
    because it is an optical technique.
    5x7 film was scanned in the Epson V750
    at the calibrated optimum focus of the
    scanner, in this case 2.6mm.  No
    manipulations of any kind were applied
    and what you see is the unedited scan.
    As you can see, the wet scans obtained
    through the ScanScience wet-scan
    technology are far superior in resolution,
    sharpness, contrast and dynamic range.
    Stunning!