Scanners are ideal candidates for profiling. With a profile you’ll
correct colour casts, improve contrast and shadow detail as you
scan. Most scans will require no further correction – that’s
a time saver.
Studio photographers may see a substantial reduction in image correction
time through using a custom input profile. Profiling works best
where the camera is used in situations where lighting style varies
little. In many cases profiling can also extend the usable life
of older cameras that have suffered some consistent degradation.
We don’t generally recommend making profiles for cameras that
are used primarily for location work unless there are specific flaws
with your digital camera.
For both scanners and digital cameras we recommend using a colour
management specialist to linearise the device before profiling.
This will help you extract the greatest information from your scans.
There are some Photoshop plug-ins modules coming onto the market
that may do the profile building – but the real benefits are
still going to come from managing the linearisation.