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Tip for Scanning Your Negatives Without a Scanner

Do you want to scan your negatives a different way? I have the solution, you don't even need a scanner! Just keep reading and you'll see! :)

First, just let me tell you how I found this way of scanning!
We’re now back in September 2011, I had just arrived in Saltillo (north of Mexico). I broughT my roll of Kodak Portra VC 160 to a store to get it process and scanned but when I went back to pick up my photos, they told me that their scanner was broken and they didn’t know when it would be fixed ( which means, probably never.)
So I was there with my negatives but without a scanner..
After a few days, I got an idea, and here is what I did:

I just scanned them through my WINDOW!

How? It’s easy, you just need:

  • Your negatives.
  • A digital camera.
  • Photoshop or another photo software.
  • A window
  • Some blue tack (or something to stick the negatives on the window).
  • If it’s possible, a white wall behind the window, or a clear area.
  • Some sun.

So now that we have this ready, this is how we do:

You stick a negative on the window when the sun is shining against the wall,
Take a picture of it,
Upload it on your computer
Open Photoshop and retouch your photos (inverting the colours)

And it’s all done! :)
Here are the results I got.

written by tonantzin

1 comment

  1. fartstorm


    Might be a good idea to use the macro setting on your digital camera for this.

    over 1 year ago · report as spam

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