I loved this set of exposures from the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra’s opening at Institute Park in Worcester, MA so much, that I have been scanning virtually non-stop. That, along with my personal/family scans, and the pace of developing 2 rolls/night a couple of weeks ago, and well, there simply are not enough hours in the day.
The scanner I use is the Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner. Early on after buying the scanner, I struggled to use the somewhat flimsy plastic negative trays. After consulting with the owner of my local camera shop, he claims to get much sharper scans with his V700 by using a plate of Anti-Newton Ring (ANR) glass over the negative, while the emulsion side lays flat on the scanning bed. I love this method, as I have yet to experience the Newton Ring phenomenon. I have looked at the holders that The Lomographic Society offers, and while they look excellent, they are pricey for what they are. There are also 3rd party solutions which, quite honestly, are serious overkill, and also way overpriced. The ANR glass method is a preferred one used by many hybrid workflow photographers, and it is very easy in use. Just remember to “flip horizontally” in Photoshop after your scan, so your image is mirrored as to the standing axis, or in other words, so it is not backwards!
Here, I promise, are the last of these scans. 100 different photographers will use 100 different scanning methods (wet, oil, drum scans, you name it). This simple approach works for me-