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LO-FI scanning of your negatives

Dont have money to „buy“ your scans from profi photo studios? Dont have a scanner which scans your negatives? You need to see your shots as soon as possible? Here is my fast tipster...

One day, I was in a situation when I needed to make some scans of my B&W film as soon as possible, with no budget. I wanted to see if my film turned ok. Yes, I know… I can check that easily turning my negative against a light source and check my negatives „manually“… But that’s still negative, and I want to see my shots in a positive way!!!

I have no digitaliza, I have no professional scanner which do scan photo negatives. Only thing what I do own is a god damn old document scanner / printer…a Canon MP 240 , yes exactly, that one which you can buy easily for cheap money in any electro world.. Let´s get it on!

1. Put your negatives to the scanner
2. Set your image dpi settings to 600 (that’s enough)
3. Make a scan (if is there an option to make a „photo scan“ do so…)
4. zuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum
5. Wait for your scans and save them to your PC
6. Open your JPEG (or tiff or whatever extension you saved) in any picture manager software.
7. Invert your scans!!! (from negative to positive)
8. Voila! you have your own scans!

If your scans suffer from lack of contrast…enhance your scans with a bit of contrast! These scans are not suitable for example for uploading to lomography.com. This type of scanning is just for your own purposes to see quickly what have you captured.

If you´re planing to scan more in the future in the best resolution, my advice to you is to buy a Digitaliza…that´s the best way for scanning your negatives. And you know why? Because it was made FOR LOMOGRAPHERS BY LOMOGRAPHERS!

I hope this helps tak care, make scans!

p.s. my scans are available only in small resolution…

written by engelbert


  1. wuxiong


    Is it only capable to scann B/W?

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  2. kakikamera


    same question. :P

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  3. ctrlclick00


    Or if you have a digital camera then take a photo of the neg on a window or light box. invert in photo editing software. much easier.
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  4. dminilover


    Lo-Fi? Or crap?? haha

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  5. engelbert


    i have tried it only with a baw negative, it works as you see:D color negitve scanning is my next step, i let you now:))
    yes, I know about "scanning" with help of a digital camera...but i dont own any...Im a true analogue shooter:))
    lo-fi? or crap? call it whateva you want...free your mind and diy...haha

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  6. lovelyribbons


    i did this with my color negatives, and doing so with just normal document scanning, and on the computer after inverting the colors, i had to turn the saturation all the way up and turned it into a black and white picture because it was either that or a blue hue after inverting the colors. Either way the pictures turn out really interesting, just VERY poor quality but hey whatever works :)
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