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Ghetto Scan Those 35mm Negatives with A Window!

Do you have a window? Some Tape? and a digital camera? Then you can ghetto scan those 35mm negatives!

So here’s what you’ll need:

1. 35mm Negatives
2. Some tape
3. A digital camera
4. A computer w/ photoshop or a similar editing program

All you do is tape the negatives to the window. Make sure your window is facing light, obviously this won’t work too well on dark days. You’ll notice that because it’s not completely white outside (as in there is buildings or grass or whatever is outside that the light won’t be entirely consistent through the negatives). This creates some weird effects. So move them around a bit and see what happens!

Then all you do is aim your digital camera at the negatives and focus them. I recommend manually focusing if your camera can or if you’re using a point and shoot set it to macro mode. :D

Then bring the photos into photoshop (or similar program) and INVERT them. We gotta make those negatives positive! You should end up with some pretty funky colors. If you want you could tweak the colors to balance them out or leave them as is. Either way you’re going to get some funky results.

SO GO TRY IT! It’s the simplest and most ghetto way to scan those negatives! :D

written by falsedigital

32 comments

  1. dogtanian

    dogtanian

    no.4 is great!

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  2. stouf

    stouf

    I love n° 5 !

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  3. trash-gordon-from-outer-space

    trash-gordon-from-outer-space

    yeah, why not?

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  4. juznobsrvr

    juznobsrvr

    brilliant! i've been having difficulties with my scanner... i think i'll deep 6 it.

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  5. lomosexual_manboy

    lomosexual_manboy

    Very interesting effects for sure.

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  6. abfa00

    Wow, this sounds awesome- I wish I hadn't read about it after it got dark :(
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  7. falsedigital

    falsedigital

    Thanks guys!
    I even have another really fun way of doing this which I'll share with you in my next tip.

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  8. hansie14

    hansie14

    This is a coooool tip. Good work.

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  9. falsedigital

    falsedigital

    If you guys do this please let me know. I'd love to see what you come up with :]

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  10. amaan

    amaan

    this is totally raad!

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  11. yiyo

    yiyo

    awesome!!! i'm doing it right now! let you know
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  12. 1minute1second

    1minute1second

    this is cool. i'll have to try this out!

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  13. luobodingr

    luobodingr

    excellent adaptation.. and I love the name "Chetto Scan". Did you coin that one? I can see user groups popping up all over the place!

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  14. peteparker

    peteparker

    I'll try it and submit my results [it sounds pretty cool]

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  15. falsedigital

    falsedigital

    luobodingr - haha thanks! Yeah I made up that term.
    peteparker - do it do it, I want to see what you come up with!

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  16. danielflynn

    danielflynn

    hi, i tried this and am having difficulties getting the same results as you. i had left it on the window with full sun, then when i photograph it and invert it on photoshop, it just goes...weird (and no not a good weird). there is also no colour like their is in yours. if its any help i have the latest photoshop, fisheye 2, and pentax K200D. is it possible to maybe get a more detail explanation?
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  17. falsedigital

    falsedigital

    danielflynn - Well first off it depends on your exposure. If you're using a digital SLR make sure to correctly set the exposure so you don't lose any details in the film. Second, you will get different results with different film. The easiest way to bring out the colors is go to Image > Adjustments > Curves. Play with the curves to bring out all the details. Curves are your best friend when it comes to color correction. :D

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  18. danielflynn

    danielflynn

    sweeeeeet. thank you so much. that actually worked. it came out PERFECT. great idea, ill be using it for my upcoming assignment at school - thanks
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  19. danielflynn

    danielflynn

    oh, and i forgot to ask. about a month ago you said 'Thanks guys! I even have another really fun way of doing this which I'll share with you in my next tip.' Im interested to see this next tip.
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  20. adampaine

    adampaine

    1Really cool idea, I just finished 2 rolls of 120CN on a Diana that I will post soon. Great work
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  21. ilovemydiana

    ilovemydiana

    thats a funny idea

    over 4 years ago · report as spam
  22. roland

    roland

    Yeah!! simple and nice idea......;)
    MUST try it

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  23. misaka

    really cool!!!! i´ll try it right now!!!!

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  24. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    I love this Idea!!

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  25. eqbal

    eqbal

    this is a really awesome idea =D
    im gonna try it!
    but im wonderin... can i scan my negatives instead? usin da light from da scanner

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  26. messyourhairup

    messyourhairup

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  27. itsdebraanne

    itsdebraanne

    i totally didn't need the scanning masks cuz i used my window too haha.
    http://www.lomograph(…)os/12458418

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  28. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    Whenever I do the ghetto scan thing, I invert it and I get an annoying blueish tint -____-
    I try to fix it, but then the photo just looks horrible.
    http://www.lomograph(…)os/12691804

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  29. jonalon

    jonalon

    hey i did this just go on my profile and it's the only album i have as i only just started lomo'ing thanks!

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  30. I wrote a nice post about this method and how it has worked for me! The results and the method itself is awsome!!!! Very Nice Work! http://tumblr.com/xzg2esw57v Love!
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  31. falsedigital

    falsedigital

    Thanks everyone for participating in this experiment!

    natalieerachel - You should try adjusting the curves in photoshop. Bring in more reds. :P

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  32. nural

    nural

    this doesn't work on cloudy days, I'm upset now :((

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