How does Imagerylab.com scan your images?

Imagerylab.com scans all of the data in your image and makes sure our customers get all of that data. Please look at the before and after images in Example 1. below. Note in the before image that very thin bits of data (thin horizontal lines) appear to the left and right of each Red, Green and Blue histogram. We trimmed out this data in the after image to make the image look more pleasing; however, remember that in doing so we have thrown away some of the actual data that existed in the image.

Example 1:

before: after: (note: we have thrown away some data in the after image)


In Example 1, it may appear that trimming the histograms had no negative effects. However, let's do the same in Example 2 below and see what happens...

Example 2:


before: after: (note: we have thrown away some data in the after image)

Note that by simply 'trimming' the histogram data in Example 2, we have started to lose the shadow and hi-light detail in the image. Parts of the image look more saturated with color, but the lost data means the shadows and hi-lights have suffered.

Our goal at Imagerylab.com is to scan in a manner that gives you all of your data...



Read more about the way we scan your images at Imagerylab.com...

  • Click here to read about our 35mm slide scanning process.

  • Click here to read about our 35mm negative scanning process.

  • Click here to read about our Medium Format 110/220 scanning process.

  •                   Fuji Velvia 50 - copyright 2004 Daniel Rubens

    About our scanning process:
    Imagerylab.com handles each of your images one at a time and scans using extremely high quality, near drum scanning level scanners - Nikon 9000/8000 - for all images (except 4x5 inch). Also, exposure settings are generated for each image - we do not 'batch' our jobs by using a single exposure setting for all images. Other scanning services out there may offer cheaper services, but you will want to check out how your 35mm slide and medium format images are being scanned and handled before you choose which service to work with.
    nikon 9000 scanner          nikon 8000 scanner


    Some scanning services are able to reduce their prices by loading up to 50 of your 35mm slides at a time into auto loading equipment. For example, services that use Nikon 5000/4000 scanners can use the Nikon SF-200S auto slide feeder displayed below.
    nikon 5000 scanner          SF-200S slide autoloader


    The SF-200S auto slide feeder can batch 50 slides at a time. Batching in this manner can introduce the chance that two slides may scratch one another if the automatic feed drops more than one slide into its scanning slot. Also, the process of loading and unloading 50 images side by side increases the chance of images touching and scratching one another. Imagerylab.com experienced such scratching of two slides in a batch of 100 scanned images sent to a service that used this type of batching process.

    A second way scanning businesses speed up their scanning process is to use the fastest software available. Nikon Scan 4.0 was just released in early 2004. It scans much faster than the previous Nikon Scan version; however, the quality still does not match the output of VueScan software written by Ed Hamrick (please ask us for our experiences when testing both....). Imagerylab.com will only use VueScan software for generating TIFF images. If you are looking for the cheapest scans, then we suggest you look elsewhere. Imagerylab.com is run by photographers and we pride ourselves in producing quality images.

    Our mission at Imagerylab.com is to scan your images at near drum scanning quality and keep your images scratch free. We will not use any kind of mechanical, auto loading batch process (as described above). We instead will hand place each of your images onto individual slide holders used by Nikon 9000/8000 equipment. This hand process increases the time required to scan your slides considerably; however, it is the only way we can guarantee that no scratching will occur.