Drum Scanning Service


Though a stroke of good fortune in early 2018, and quality service from Hudson Grafik Services, I was able to upgrade from my Epson V700 flatbed scanner to a Heidelberg Primescan D7100 drum scanner.

It has taken me a few months of working with the drum scanner to get to a point where I can confidently start offering scans as a service to other photographers.

I'm still working on pricing and will have those, and more service information posted in the future. In the meantime, if you are interested in getting anything scanned, please hit me up through my contact form.

Deliverable Expectations

Color/Tonality

The goal of the drum scan is to provide the sharpest possible file that contains all of the information that exists on your film that you can use as a starting point for your post-processing vision.

I'm assuming that if you are requesting your film negatives or positives to be drum scanned, that you already have skills in post processing your photography. Thus, the delivered scan from your film might appear ugly as will not be in a final, finished state.

Below is an example of how a scan may look as delivered, vs. how it looks after I've done my post-processing.

Raw vs Final scan
Left: Basic full range scan. Right: Final image after post processing.

Dust/Flaws

My scanner does a great job but is also nearly twenty years old. Sometimes the scan will have small glitches or marks from nicks and scratches present on the drum that is visible. Any imperfections introduced by the mounting process or scanner itself I'll take care of while inspecting the file during basic color correction.

Care is taken to keep as much dust as possible off the negative while scanning, but as I don't have the luxury of operating in a hermetically sealed room, some dust is inevitable. By default, I will leave the dust removal step to you. Alternatively, I can take care of dust removal from the scans for a small flat fee based on the size of the film.

File Transfer

Drum scan files will be saved a 16bit TIFF and delivered through Google Drive. If you would like your drum scans transferred through the mail, please provide a USB thumb drive, or SD card with ample storage space when sending in your film.