Scanning Photos with Epson and Kodak

I’ve got a bunch of old photos to scan – some, where I have the negatives still, and some, where I only have the prints. I scanned a few some months back using the Kodak Rapid Scanner kiosk available for use in department stores as an experiment but wasn’t happy with the results. I figured if I could scan the negatives I’d achieve richer photos. Recently I’ve been able to borrow a friend’s Epson Perfection V370 Photo scanner with a film module and a flatbed.

So while scanning the negatives I have (including of the same photos from before) I was able to experiment with the scanned images and compare: scans from negatives, scans from prints on the Epson flatbed, and scans from the Kodak Rapid Scanner.

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Fixing Photo Metadata with Exiftool

So, I’ve recently been scanning some older photos using an Epson flatbed photo scanner. All of the negatives I scanned had the correct camera make and model included in the EXIF data. However, of the prints I scanned only the TIFFs had the camera EXIF data, while the JPGs didn’t, so Lightroom just showed “Unknown Camera” in the Grid view. This was annoying me and I want to be able to find previously scanned photos in the future (plus whatever other key words I may use).

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