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welcome to format scan, a film scanning service led by established photographic digital technician bridget mac.

With over 10 years experience in photographic colour management and scanning in Australia and Germany, format scan brings a breadth of understanding and technical expertise to you.

Using the latest Hasselblad Flextight X5 scanner and EIZO ColorEdge CG277 monitor, Bridget offers a service you won't receive elsewhere. Extensive experience has shown the importance of having quality digital files to work with, which genuinely reflect the original film allowing the artist to fully instil their style.

Using the FlexColor raw file, format scans personalised service helps achieve the best possible scan and file.

melbourne’s only dedicated scanning workspace

Dedicated to offering an exclusive scanning and colour management service I put all the attention into this service.
I pride myself on working with the best photographic artists and technicians in Australia and provide them with an expert service from the start through to the completion of the job.

The Flextight X5 scanner is the best virtual drum scanner available to photographers. It will provide you with a huge file which is true to the original film, with every subtle detail embedded in your negatives and slides.

By using format scan you can trust that your film and job will be treated in the most professional capacity, while still being an affordable service for artistic, personal and editorial endeavours.

the importance of colour management

The beauty of the Flextight X5 scanner is that it provides you with a ‘raw’ file from your scanned film. Like a raw file from a digital camera this file has no adjustments or settings that interfere with the integrity of the image. This file looks very different to what a file from a mini lab batch scanner (like the Fuji Frontier) will provide.
Because of this, often your file will need further adjustments to bring the grey balance and other colour adjustments back into line with the style of the film which it has been shot on.

If you are planning to use your scanned image for web or print media we will make sure that the colours and file information are matched and perfect for the outcome.
We are happy to offer this colour management option as part of our service to supply the best possible image to our clients.



how do i get my film to format scan?

A : We have two different ways you can get your film to us. You can drop it directly to the office (please phone ahead first to check that someone will be there). Or you can post your film to us. Please see the question below on how best to package your film.

what is the best way to supply and package my film?

A : If you are posting your film to us we suggest that you package it in it's plastic sleeve with rigid cardboard on either side. You can go a step further and add bubble wrap around it. Please also write DO NOT BEND in large red text on the outside of the packaging. If you are dropping it in person the plastic slip is all you'll need. Please note : Format Scan will not be held responsible for any film lost in postage. We recommend you add a tracking number to all packages.

how will format scan know what images to scan?

A : We kindly request that you clearly mark each negative or transparency that you need scanned. You could do this with dot stickers on the sleeve. This will save time, confusion and get your scans to you quickly.

how do i get my scans?

A : You will need to supply a portable storage device when you drop your film off which can be picked up or posted back you you. We use Aust Post for our postage service. For a 500g A4 parcel it will only cost $7.50 (regular) - $9.80 (express). Please get in contact for a quote.
If no storage device is supplied format scan can provide one. 16gb usb drives are $15 each.

can format scan email my files to me?

A: Yes, if your job is 1gb or under we are happy to send your files via our We Transfer platform.

what is the max output of the scanner?

A : Maximum optical resolution: 8000 dpi (35 mm), 3200 dpi (60 mm), 2040 dpi (4"x5")

can i request to have my scans a particular measurement rather than megabytes?

A : Yes, we can output your scans up to most sizes. Please let us know what you need and we can consult you.

can format scan include the sprockets/perforation and film info on my scan?

A : Yes, we can with most film. This can require a bit of extra time, so let us know if you require this and we’ll be happy to get a quote to you.

what does ‘colour grading’ mean?

A : Some films can tend to have a colour shift. Not everyone likes this, so it can be altered within the Flextight software. When we colour adjust a file we are basically neutralising it. The colour you see in the file will be very close to the colour that you saw through the camera. The beauty of scanning film with the Flextight X5, means we are left with a 'raw' file. This raw file has the capability to be changed, whether it is colour grading or contrast or sharpness.

what does ‘spotting’ mean?

Spotting means that we open your file in Photoshop and carefully re-touch any dust or scratches which might have still been present on the film when scanned. Making your image ready for print.

what do use to clean my film before scanning?

A : We only use 'Dust Off' compressed air to clean your film before scanning. We take all due care while handling your film, using cotton gloves at all times. You might notice that some dust still remains on your scan. This unfortunately is a unwanted outcome of high resolution scans. Some dust can be stubborn, and without the use of chemicals you will usually see some dust remain.

how do i work on a 'raw' file (.fff) with flextight software?

A : We supply all scans as a 'raw' file (.fff format) and a 16 bit TIFF. We will also supply you with the latest Hasselblad Flextight software on your USB stick, as well as a PDF with basic instructions on how to work the the software. We provide raw scans for all customers as the 'raw' format allows you the most room to push or pull the image, colour adjusting and saving options, as well as many more benefits.

can i supply format scan with my own icc profile?

A : Yes you can. We're happy to work to your monitor icc profile. Please contact us and let us know if you require this and email the profile to us.