|Scanning Kodachrome on the Nikon LS-2000
Because of its high contrast and unique dyes, Kodachrome presents a challenge to CCD type scanners. In addition, the design of the Nikon LS series scanners results in Kodachrome scans with a blue cast. In general you must modify the blue curve to get decent Kodachrome scans on the LS-2000. This is a simplified description of the steps for scanning Kodachrome.
Case I - Landscape
Step 1. Getting a preview scan
Reset to factory defaults, press focus, and preview.
The initial scan is dark and too blue. The histogram of the preview image (below) shows that the image's pixel values are distributed over the entire tonal range that it uses, and since this is a landscape in which the entire frame is of interest, no contrast adjustments to any local areas should be performed.
For help with histograms and tone curves: Understanding and using histograms and tone curves
For the subsequent steps to the final scan for this image, I suggest considering one of 3 different alternatives, described in order of increasing effort and image quality:
All images in this case are without sharpening.