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Use your iPad as a Lightbox Negative Viewer

Using the Negative Viewer app on my iPad 4 makes drooling over FujiChrome Velvia much easier.

Here’s a great iPad app that makes viewing film negatives easier. It’s called Negative Viewer (by MiniMan) – FREE in the iTunes App Store. The interface has a banner Ad at the bottom of the screen, you can remove the Ad for an additional cost. To use, simply launch the app and toggle on the lightbox. There’s just enough surface area for at least 3 negative strips and the illumination is perfectly balanced. The outer edges of the lightbox UI is beveled and seems to drop off quickly, I would prefer a harder or cleaner border on the outer edge of the UI. Also, the only adjustments available to the user is one that changes the color of the lightbox on/off toggle….not very useful.

Overall the app works as intended. No more holding negatives up to a nearby window, lamp, or desktop monitor to see the frames. I use a local lab to process my color film and always find myself holding my negatives up to the windshield in my car to see the results which does not offer the best representation of what each frame on the negative has to offer. Like most tech-centric Lomographers, my iPad is always within reach so this app is a must-have.

Extended Tip:
I took it one step further and snapped a pic of my negatives on the surface of the iPad with my iPhone to create an instant mobile contact sheet to view later. It helps when it comes time to sit down in front of my computer to start the long process of scanning all my negatives…….sweet!

written by adventuresinanalog


  1. deepfried_goodness


    Totally getting this app for my iPad.

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  2. pink_potato


    This is good! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  3. ajagee24701


    Awesome idea!

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  4. mafiosa


    Cool. Just to clarify, are those actually negatives? Or, are they slides?

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  5. adventuresinanalog


    @mafiosa It's FujiChrome Velvia 100 daylight color reversal (slide) film that I shot in my LC-A+. The film was cross processed during developing.

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