FINE ART DRUM SCANS

Are you tired of receiving poor quality scans - even drum scans? Many operators allow software to make auto settings for exposure, color balance, and other important components of a scan. Think of a camera using auto settings: sometimes results are OK, but often they're not. The same thing happens with drum scanning software. I make ALL settings manually, assuring the highest quality results. Give my scans a try and you can say goodbye to harsh, too-contrasty scans with clipped endpoints and poor color balance.

As a working fine-art photographer, it's important to me to maintain total control over every step of creating fine prints. This includes not only photography itself, but also scanning transparencies and handling post-production work. To this end, I have my own drum scanner, and I'm able to offer drum scanning services to other photographers as well.

Only an actual drum scan can extract every detail from your transparency or negative. Don't be confused by manufacturers' hype of "virtual drum scanners" and all other scanners using a CCD chip; those types of scanners introduce considerable noise into shadow areas, and cannot obtain maximum sharpness due to their design. Their D-Max ratings are nearly always artificially inflated as well. A drum scan will pull every bit of detail from your original. Its drum is designed to keep every part of a transparency in perfect focus. You simply can't get a better scan!

For actual online resolution samples, click here

My high-quality drum scans are wet-mounted to enable maximum reproduction size...wet-mounting avoids Newton rings, and helps to hide scratches and dust. Wet mounting will not harm your film. Each scan is individually adjusted for white/black points (no "automatic" settings that many services use - this is the surest route to blown highlights and overly contrasty scans), and is scanned into Adobe RGB (1998), TIF format unless otherwise requested. You'll find my scanning price list below; these prices include burning your scan to CD. Return shipping is extra. Every scan is personally done by Danny Burk - no separate price levels for work done by "master" vs "apprentice" workers! The same care and precision is devoted to each scan as is given to my own personal work. It makes good sense to have a real photographer scan your material!


16-bit scans every time...at no extra charge!

In the past, there was a price difference between 8-bit and 16-bit scans. I've left information on choosing between the two modes here: I'm frequently asked for advice on choosing 8-bit vs 16-bit scans, so a few words are in order. If your film is well exposed and you don't intend to do major shifts in tonality or color balance, an 8-bit scan will normally be fine. In those instances where you do intend to create considerable shifts of tonality or color balance, if exposure is less than ideal, or if you have large areas of smooth tonality (e.g. detailless open sky or water), a 16-bit scan may be the better choice to provide insurance against posterization. If you convert images from one color space to another (such as Adobe RGB (1998) to LAB and back again), or routinely use a wide-gamut color space (such as Joseph Holmes' Ektaspace), these files are also at greater risk of posterization in 8-bit mode. Posterization can occur under the conditions listed above because an 8-bit scan contains only 256 levels of tonality per channel. As tones and colors are shifted, these 256 levels move into new positions along the scale; with only 256 levels available, it's possible that the number of distinct levels will become inadequate to maintain separate, definable tones. Posterization, or blocking up of distinct tones, is the result. A 16-bit scan provides 256 times as many levels of tonality in each channel as does an 8-bit scan.

In short, depending on your film and how you intend to handle the resulting scan, a 16-bit scan may or may not give improved final results. However, you no longer need to make that choice...I provide 16-bit scans at no extra charge! By default, I'll automatically use this mode unless you specifically ask me to do otherwise; really, the only downside to a 16-bit scan is that it doubles the file size.


DRUM SCANNING COLOR NEGATIVE FILM

I have convincing arguments for shooting and scanning color negative film. Some scanner operators suggest that you avoid it...because it doesn't fit their own workflow. Note that my scans offer the same high quality for negative film, both color and b&w, even for 16-bit scans! See my informational page and learn why you should give it a try here


HOW TO CHOOSE SCANNING RESOLUTION (LARGE FORMAT and 617 ONLY)

Figuring the resolution that you require need not be difficult. Follow the formula here to determine your resolution needs.


DRUM SCAN PRICES

You'll note that my sizing and pricing schedule is more detailed than that listed by many services: some, for example, suggest a blanket 300 MB scan for anything larger than 35mm. I don't believe in a "one size fits all" approach! My own testing indicates that usable detail is not obtained by scanning at resolutions greater than 4000 dpi: this is scanning at film grain level, clearly visible in the resulting scan. Don't be fooled by services that offer scans at greater than 4000 dpi resolution - they are happy to take your money, but they are merely providing a larger file with no actual benefits. For example, a 200 MB scan from 35mm gives you nothing that you can't obtain by interpolating my 140 MB scan in Photoshop, and my price for this scan is much lower. My sizing and pricing schedule is tailored to individual format sizes. I offer a choice of resolution on large originals such as 4x5, 5x7, 8x10.

 

All scan prices are now in 16-bit mode at no additional charge.

Format Resolution/Approx File Size
@ (16-bit)
Price (16-bit)
35mm 4000 dpi / 140 MB $20
Xpan panoramic 4000 dpi / 250 MB $30
645 4000 dpi / 350 MB $35
6x6 4000 dpi / 460 MB $40
6x7 4000 dpi / 530 MB $50
6x8 4000 dpi / 600 MB $60
6x9 4000 dpi / 670 MB $70
6x12 4000 dpi / 900 MB $105
4x5 4000 dpi / 1700 MB $200
4x5 3200 dpi / 1150 MB $135
4x5 2800 dpi / 850 MB $95
4x5 2400 dpi /600 MB $65
4x5 2000 dpi / 425 MB $50
617 panoramic 4000 dpi / 1350 MB $175
617 panoramic 2800 dpi / 675 MB $100
617 panoramic 2000 dpi / 340 MB $50
5x7 2000 dpi / 725 MB $95
8x10 2000 dpi / 1700 MB $200

 

Total orders up to 650 MB are burned to CD; over 650 MB are burned to DVD. If you need files quickly, they can be uploaded to We Transfer for rapid download without waiting for physical delivery. (Applicable to reasonable quantities and file sizes.)

Discounts are available for multiple scans: 10+ scans at one time receive 10% discount; 20+ at one time receive 15% discount. It's OK to mix and match formats to qualify for discounts, except in the case of 8x10.

 

DISCOUNT PRICING available for ANY QUANTITY of scans!

Are you interested in saving 20% on every drum scan? Yes, I thought you would be.

I now offer discounted pricing for scans without the addition of dust spotting. This saves me time, and saves you money. You'll receive exactly the same high quality scan as usual, at 20% less cost. All scans typically include a small amount of dust speckling that's impossible to remove prior to scanning. If you're willing to spend a little time to do this yourself after receiving the scans, I can charge less...and this often means that I can also send your scans faster. Just make your deduction on the proper line of my order form. Note that quantity discounts can't be combined with the 20% "no dust spotting" discount...if you have 10 or more scans, choose either the 10% -15% quantity discount *or* the 20% "no dust spotting" discount, but not both.

 

CUSTOM PHOTOSHOP WORK and PRINTING SERVICE  ◄

Do you need Photoshop optimization and/or prints from your scans? I provide both of these services, on their own or in conjunction with drum scans - click link for full details!


All drum scan orders must be submitted with a signed copy of my order form (click link for printable copy). If you have further questions regarding drum scanning, or need pricing on a format not listed above, please email me.

Film and payment may be sent to:  Danny Burk Photography, 2717 Twixwood Lane, South Bend, IN 46614. Please notify me that you are shipping film so that I'll watch for its arrival. Please note that I am sometimes away for 1-2 week periods; if you want to be certain that I can attend to your order promptly, I'll be happy to respond to your turnaround time inquiries by email. Normal turnaround time is 2-3 days unless you have a large order.