Scanning is such a pain… or is it? Well, it doesn’t have to be. You can think of scanning as a chore or move up to creative scanning.
Creative scanning is just a term to describe another cool way of cheering up the chore of scanning your negatives.
Unlike extreme scanning, which uses the scanner’s own settings, creative scanning is about using other materials as well, such as placing the negative underneath a glassine (or any other type of translucent paper) and then scanning as usual. It will create a soft painterly look. Using textured transparent paper will enhance the effect even more.
Another way of scanning creatively is scanning the image along with other objects placed on or around the image to create an interesting collage.
Also, placing multi-grade filters on top of the negatives can yield an interesting effect.
And of course, if you’re really adventurous you can always combine extreme and creative scanning together.
Ok, don’t try looking up Extreme Scanning in the dictionary; it’s just a term I came up with to describe a technique I developed (it actually developed itself) while scanning my negatives. So this is how it’s done: You begin with an already scratched up or neglected negative and skip the cleaning up stage of scanning (as you can tell, this is a very good method for the lazy among us). You then play with the scanner’s settings; contrast, color balance, etc. until you like what you see and then simply scan away!