Fighting Dust

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Today I am declaring war. I can see, that I got your attention! What am I declaring war on? DUST!

I know that there are plenty of ways to remove dust from negatives in post, but the best way of course is to properly dry your negatives in a (nearly) dust-free room.

Top Tip here: hang your washed film in the bathroom and before you hang the film, turn on the shower with hot water for 1-2 minutes till you have a foggy bathroom, hang your film, and close the door. If you washed your film good enough, your negatives should come out pretty dust-free. And for all the remaining dust spots, or if you have scratched your film, lean back and watch my brandnew video on how to remove dust from a scanned negative, using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 is currenlty about $80 in the US at Amazon and super cheap in Germany for only €39,90

I will post other methods as well, if there is any interest. Make sure to tell me your favourite image editor or your method to remove dust. You can also join our wonderful facebook group and meet lots of other caffenol addicts.


dirk

Dirk Essl is the founder of caffenol.org And has done a tremendous amount of coffee development in the past.

7 Comments

Mathias · December 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Cool tutorial! But I was sure you were gonna declare war on something, you love declaring war! 😉

urbanhafner · May 7, 2013 at 6:49 am

Thanks Dirk. So much easier than doing it in Aperture. Or maybe I don’t know Aperture well enough 😉

Stephen Ashton · May 18, 2015 at 1:03 pm

One thing I do occasionally is to run the stop and fixer through a coffee filter. Makes a lot of difference, more than worrying about dust-free environments!

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