Hi Francois, I'm an analogue addict myself :) I was wondering, why do most of my pictures get super grainy / noisy? I use a canon ftb and nikon fe. Recently purchased an Olympus XA2. and mostly use iso 400 / 200 film. brought two rolls away (XA2) and when I scanned them, they were very grainy. how do yours turn out so perfectly sharp and noiseless? do you work on them in photoshop as well? your blog is very inspirational. I also love to go places and just shoot away. thanks! Ramona
Hi Ramona, I’m not too sure why your photos are turning out grainy or noisy, but in my experience noisy scans are usually caused by under-exposed negatives. It’s mostly noticeable when I shoot with expired negative film, which is one of the reasons I dislike expired film. The film loses about 1 stop for every ten years it’s aged, so try compensating for that. I’ve also noticed noisy scans more with cheaper films, like Fuji Superia. Try sourcing some decent negative film. I’ve never tried Kodak Ektar, but I’ve always liked the examples I’ve seen shot with it. Alternatively, find some slide film and cross process it - anything dark will go completely black, so the contrast will go up, and as contrast goes up, so does the apparent sharpness of the image. Hope that helps! BTW, nope, I don’t retouch my film images - I only straighten them and crop out the scanning borders with iPhoto.