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Scanning Your Negatives

Now that you have a whole bunch of developed negatives, what do you do with them? You can always properly store them in plastic sleeves where no dust or light can ruin them. Also a good idea is to scan them and make digital photos! Read the article to find out how you can scan your negatives.

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First, you must choose the right scanner. You should be able to opt for a transparency scan. The best option is a scanner that has a built-in slide/negative scanner.

You need to clean your negative strips first before placing them on the scanner bed. use soft brushes or cloth to remove and dust or debris. Don’t forget to scan for fingerprints.

Read you scanner’s manual to get the best scan quality. Make sure you are scanning at a high resolution, because negatives are small and the image will need to be enlarged later on. 4000dpi should be more than enough for a nice sharp scan.

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Scanning will take some time. Once the scanner has finished scanning, save your photo as a TIFF or JPEG file. TIFF files will retain most of the details since it does not compress, but it will definitely take up more space on your hard drive.

If you need to do some editing on your scanned results, use an image altering software such as Adobe Photoshop. You will need to turn the images into positive first to be able to edit it. But if you want to stay as analogue as possible, don’t edit your photos!

written by ilkadj

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