Can anyone help me?


I just went to get my photos developed from the Brighton Lomo Trip last weekend and 2 of my rolls of film have had a disaster and I am wondering if anyone can offer me any help as to how to salvage them. Basically the man said that the machine had jammed while they were in there and as a result they have not developed long enough before being fixed. When I hold them to the light I can see through them a bit like a proper negative but I think when I try to scan they will be too dark. It is lomo x-pro film and I really want to save something because I can see the pictures on the negs a bit and they look so lovely. I am using an Epson V500 scanner so if anyone has had this happen to them or can offer me any words of advice I would be eternally grateful.
Please help a sad lady save some lovely photos!

written by kneehigh85 on 2011-06-23


  1. etxenike
    etxenike ·

    It never happened to me, and I hope you get some more experienced opinions about it, but I have the same scanner and have managed to rescue an over exposed picture (not uploaded here yet) by playing with the histograms and reducing the contrast.
    It doesn't look as if it had been properly exposed, but at least it can be seen and looks nice in its own special crappy way.

  2. panchoballard
    panchoballard ·

    Try scanning them anyway, you've got nothing to lose. There's probably an option to adjust the backlight setting that might help.

    I hope you didn't have to pay for it.

  3. cheeso
    cheeso ·

    Hold them up to a light source, or against a window, take a digital photo, then invert in photo software.

  4. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    I had wondered about that @Cheeso but should I use a flash or not, because I tried it without and it is not coming out so well?

  5. russheath
    russheath ·

    That's terrible! I have a V500 as well and have saved some very dark photos by adjusting the scanning settings and then again adjusting in Lightroom. When you scan, first select just the center of the photo (or what appears to be the most brightly exposed area), then click on the auto adjust. After it fixes settings to that small part of the photo, then expand the rectangle to the rest of the photo. Scan, and then import to something like lightroom that lets you play with contrast and exposure.

    Taking a photo might work if you get a very bright light source behind them -- don't use a flash! Just backlight them as much as possible and try to mask out the rest of the backlighting source so you don't get lens flare.

  6. etxenike
    etxenike ·

    Epson's scanning software does let you play with contrast and exposure, as long as it's on professional mode.

  7. cheeso
    cheeso ·

    I think you'd have to do it without a flash, because the flash would just bounce off the film. I've done it, holding the film strip over the bulb of a floor lamp, with the digital camera on the macro setting. it wasn't perfect, but it came close enough.

  8. discodrew
    discodrew ·

    I have no new advice to give but I really hope you save them. Post up the result whatever happens and we can all give you some love.

  9. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    Thanks guys. I am trying it again today but failing that I am sending it off to helpful folk all over the country to see what they can rescue!!! Fingers crossed!

  10. littlemisslove
    littlemisslove ·

    Hello! I showed your post to the experts in the LomoLab, and they say this...

    ''she needs to make sure she turns on the "backlight correction" to "high" then uses the levels tool to try and get as much info out of the neg as possible when scanning, after that it would be tweaking it as best you can in photoshop, whatever she does sadley it will always be very grainy, dark and tonally bad, as it sounds like it was left in the dev for to long then exposed to light when they tried to fix the jam.''

    Hope that is some help, if not a total fix.

  11. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    Thanks Heidi. I will give it another try this afternoon. In a way it would have been better if the film was totally wiped because being able to see the images, but not get them is worse in a way!!!! Ahhhhh!

  12. phil2k90
    phil2k90 ·

    (maybe a bit late but) With the V500 the backlight correction is handy but (where I've gone wrong before) you have to make sure it's not selected, drag the marquee out then select the backlight correction for each frame. In the preview the colours will look all wrong but just go with it... Then maybe (dare I say it?) I might go into (because I prefer to not pay for stuff) and click on 'auto levels' and see what that turns out... in fairness it's handy for getting an authentic colour balance when flipping negatives to positive imho.

  13. schemerel
    schemerel ·

    make sure they give you some free slide film to replace the one they damaged !

  14. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    Will do - I have made a complaint in writing to Asda as I think it didnt help that the bloke on the counter was alone and rushed off his feet.