Scanning Color Negatives

Recently my wife got some old negatives from her house, and I was telling her i will scan it for her since I have a film scanner but i mostly use it for my B&W stuff and slides, never did try to scan negatives before.

So i did a first scan, it looked terrible, there was an orange cast that was quite bad. A bit of googling around revealed that color negative scanning is not an easy job, different kinds of films produced different color cast that are time consuming and difficult to correct.

Some recommend using VueScan, because of its built in film type correction, it did well for certain films but generally need a lot more tweaking. I came across a post by Ben Anderson who recommended VueScan together with ColorPerfect. I read it and tried it worked quite well so below are the steps i am taking since both VueScan and ColorPerfect needed some cash and i don’t really want to buy both so I tried it just using my plain old Epson built in scanning software

I basically scan the color negative in positive mode (or slides) mode. I got an image something like this.

Then i followed Ben’s instructions basically by selecting under “Start” Color Neg and L mode.

And editing the grey point or white point (depending which is easier to find)

Edit the levels and using color balance to remove the rest of the cast.

And this are my results. Not too bad. The reason why you seeing the grid like overlay is due to Color Perfect being a demo version. The paid version removes the grid lines.


I tried scanning Kodak Portra 400 VC striaight out using Color Negative mode on my Epson. The results are actually quite good, needs abit of tweaking though. And a search online generally agrees that if you intend to scan your negatives you should use the Portra range especially Porta UC

Ben Anderson Post on Vue Scan and Color Perfect
Color Perfect

Smile, You’re at the Sydney Opera House


These pictures are taken at the Sydney Opera house, it’s quite a nice place to hand around, there are nice food nearby or you can just catch a ferry from Circular Quay out, not to mention you can see the Harbour Bridge from here. Opposite to it is The Rocks where a weekend market can be found there.

Above the rest


Whacha looking at punk!

The sea gull is a common sight everywhere! They are like our pigeons and sparrows, in fact i would say their numbers are much more. They seem to be everywhere!



Because it’s a tourist attraction, there is just so many people walking around, for the street photographer in you there is just so much to see and enjoy.




Was walking around the newly opened My Waterway @ Punggol park. Nice blue skies in Singapore, don’t usually see them around. Usually in Singapore it’s pretty cloudy most of the time.


Our Gurkas by Zakaria Zainal

Invisible Photographer Asia has put up a photo essay by Zakaria Zainal about the retired members of the Gurka Contingent who are living in Nepal.

The Gurkas for me has always been a sort of mysterious group, in Singapore you see them mainly guarding vital installations, checkpoints and important people’s home. The other only time i see them is when they are jogging around the Mount Vernon area near where they are staying in Singapore.

I still remember when I was still in the Navy and one of my fellow officer was doing the Navy Biathalon. He commented that he heard them coming from behind him with a “he he he” breathing sound, then they passed and disappeared in front of him. Considering that he was quite fit i guess thats a testimony to how physically fit they are.

Enjoy Zakaria’s Photos, it’s still a work in progress but i think it will be interesting to watch for it considering that the Gurkhas have first hand involvement in almost all the major disturbances during our early years of independence.

Link to photo essay

Zakria Zainal Homepage.

Wikipedia Entry on the Gurkha Contingent in Singapore


Your most interesting photos-


I have been reading Thomas Leuthard’s Going Candid free ebook. I recommend all who are exploring street photography to go read that. And and in that he talks about Dopiaza a flickr application that can generate a set containing your 20 (or what ever number you choose) most interesting photos.

These are some of my 20 most interesting photos as generated by Dopiaza.

Rush Hour





Three things to do on a train ride


HP and Fireworks

For the rest of my top 20 pictures please visit my Flickr set – My Most Interesting Photos.