Sunday, April 01, 2007
I know I've grumbled about this before, but scanning is one tedious activity. Spent most of the day yesterday and this morning looking at contact sheets or reference prints, pulling negs, placing them in the holder, blowing canned air all over the place (with the cat sitting on the scanner) and saving to the hard drive.
At first, there is a sort of zen to it, but after eight hours, even if you are scanning porn star Lux Kassidy - which I was - it is tedious.
The results can be stunning, though. Chantal, above is straight from the negative - no Photoshop, no adjustment whatsoever other than my desired settings while scanning, which are relative to each shot. The shot you are seeing is squished down to web size of course, but trust me - the 27 meg file at 3200 dpi is pretty damn amazing. Blown up to 100% you can almost swim in the grain - and I think that's a good thing.
I spoke to Dian Hanson about the Taschen book and she told me that there are no surplus copies available for book signings or for outlets like The Strand. The entire press run has shipped, which indicates an inevitable 2nd printing, which is great for a number of reasons. Us NYC folks might actually be able to promote it at the Taschen store here in SoHo or at the ICP in Midtown and that my erroneous web address will be corrected in the bio section. Question - if a book is essentially sold out does one need to promote it? Probably not, but I think it would be a hoot to sit behind a folding table and sign my name in silver ink, while meeting fans, other photographers, potential models and perverts of all shapes and sizes. Right?
On to the next thing...