I had hoped that there would be a forum for newbies in digital editing. I have a lot of questions but on a very low level. SORRY!
I have had a large amount of slides scanned by a professional. They are 4000 dpi but seems to be only 8bit (bitdybde 24 and not 48) and size appr. 55 MB. Also they seem to be in sRGB. I am not sure how best to treat them. Up till now I had my Camera Raw preferences set to Prophoto and 16 bit (all my own digital files are Nef 16 bit and I have understood that I could bring them into the Prophoto color space in ACR in my PS CS5 without already then harming them).
1. Should I continue in the sRGB color space or can I let them be taken into Camera Raw in the Prophoto color space?
2. Until I realized that they were only 8 bit I continued to take them into ACR as 16 bit. Should I change that also?
I realized that future scans should be 16 bits. I also thougth that they should be nefs but I have since then learned that the scanner nef is not a real nef (i.e. = the camera nef). I plan to ask for only digital ice and not much else in the scanning process even if I have to admit that the color of my 50 years old Kodachrome slides have come out surprisingly good with the corrections done in the scanner. So I guess that I should continue having them scanned as tiffs?
I simply want to start out with the best possible originals to go back to when my editing skills improves.
I have NeatImage and Noise Ninja as plugins in my CS5. I am uncertain as to wether to use the sharpening and noise reduction in the ACR or wether to instead do the noise reductions with one of these plugins in PS followed by sharpening (and then not do any capture sharpening in ACR).
Finally: I have enjoyed - and already learned a lot from the forums and the tutorials. Thank you.