Using the spring sunshine, a window, a camera and a piece of paper to scan some negatives.
I read this Tipster about Ghetto Scanning and thought I would give it a try, as I don’t have a scanner of my own.
I tried it first as falsedigital explained, by taping the negatives to a window and using a digital camera to photograph them, but found that I could see the scenery outside through my negatives. It was a very cool effect but not exactly what I wanted at the time. Anyway, I taped a piece of plain paper between the window and the negatives and, problem solved. The negative photos came out well and the paper gave the image a strange grainy texture.
Then you just INVERT!
The results are hardly perfect, and quite varied due to the multitude of factors like the digital camera focus, paper grains and even the movement of the sun and clouds. Regardless, for a beginner with no special software it is a very satisfying experiment.
I drained the saturation on these because the colours went a little crazy, maybe someone more tech savvy could explain how to avoid that. Aside from that I didn’t edit a thing.
A special thank you to the original tipster for the great idea.
Why not try it out, see what happens!