I’ve used Richard Photo Lab for a while but decided to give scanning a try myself (I know, the hubris).
I’m using NLP 2.2.0 with Lightroom Classic, scanned with a Prime Film XAs scanner with VueScan 9.7.56. I followed the instructions to scan as raw DNG, applied NLP v2.1 profile per recommendation, and here are the results.
Please see this Dropbox folder, (new users are not allowed to post more than one image or link more than once ), which includes
- Original Raw
- Vanilla conversion (Noritsu, level 5 pre-sat, auto-neutral. The rest I don’t remember since I no longer can open the free trial…also don’t mind the watermark, I’m still trying out everything.)
- My edit
- Lab scan for comparison
Notice that in the lab’s scan, the bike and the dark interior on the top left corner are interpreted as red vs. brown, whereas in the NLP scan, both are on the red channel. So when I bump up the bike’s red, the door becomes super red. Same thing with the man’s blue shirt to the right, to correct for the blue cast on the pavement, I had to desaturate the blues, but that man shirt also got crushed in mine, whereas RPL’s maintained that pretty well.
What might’ve caused this? Is this more because of my lack of editing skills, or should I try a different scanner emulation?
Appreciate your help, I’m new to editing in general!