Scanning 120 can get extremely expensive when you have it done at your lab, but there’s always an alternative for it. Let me show you what I did!
I was so excited with my new Diana F+ Blackjack edition taking pictures, until i took my films back to the lab and noticed that scanning 120 negatives was surprisingly expensive.
Believe it or not, digital cameras are useful for what we Lomographers do! In addition to be known as the “analogue killers”, digital cameras could help you take your negatives to another dimension (digital). What am I trying to say? Digital cameras work perfectly as an enlarger for 120 slides/negatives.
Things you will need:
- Digital Camera
- Lamp (white light bulb)
- Transparent plastic bag/white acrylic
- Black cardboard
First you have to cut off a squared frame from the center of the cardboard where the images on the negative fit well (5.2cm x5.2cm i.e.).
Put your digital (SLR) camera on a tripod facing down. Then put the lamp under the camera. Cover the lamp with the transparent bag (for making a soft light effect) and tape it.
Turn the lamp on and put the black cardboard over the plastic bag. Put the slides between the cardboard and the plastic bag where you can see the image at the negative centered.
Finally take pictures for each image. I used Photoshop a little for making sure the edges were well cropped and voilá… your slides/negatives are now on a digital platform ready to be submitted at your favorite Lomo rumble! Happy non-expensive submissions!