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A Video Tipster: Scanning Sprocket Holes

If you've ever tried scanning 35mm film with exposed sprocket holes, you will probably know that it can be tricky. This video will demonstrate how to scan them properly, leaving you free to fill your days with sprockety love.

Photo by simonh82

I made this video after struggling for a while to correctly scan sprocket hole photos. If you are not careful scanning sprocket holes can throw the levels way off any you end up with a washed out blue looking image. After a bit of research and lots of trial and error, I have found a method I’m happy with and thought I should share it with you.

Before the video, the first thing I would say is get yourself a Lomography DigitaLIZA 35mm scanning mask. I have found this indispensable when scanning sprocket holes. Apart from the DigitaLIZA I use an Epson V500 to scan my film and the standard Epson Scan software. Whilst different scanners and software may look a bit different, the basic principles will be the same.

Finally before the main feature, I should apologize for the sound quality of this video. It was made at home, slightly drunk (I needed alcohol before putting my voice to file) and on a decrepit laptop. The voice-over was recorded on the built in mic, which is not the best, so you may need to up the volume.

Here are a few of my favourite sprocket hole photos!

The DigitaLIZA 35mm Scanning Mask holds your 35mm negatives in place so you can scan them, sprocket holes and all! Be your own boss when it comes to scanning 35mm negatives, giving you ultimate control over your images! Visit the Shop and get your very own DigitaLIZA 35mm Scanning Mask.

written by simonh82


  1. tikismeekis


    thanks for the tip. I don't have right now any camera that allows me to expose the sprocket holes but I'll keep this in mind when I finally got one!

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  2. parktreeone


    Great help thanks for this :-)

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  3. tracyvmoore


    Great ;) Really awesome video....thanks for taking the time to do this. ;)

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  4. schlogoat


    Brilliant. Thanks.

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