I’m a complete newbie who worked on a tip submitted by a fellow Lomographer on using a flatbed scanner and negatives! This article includes sources of the free applications for Mac OS X and Android that helped me out, as well as sample images from the process of scanning, inverting, and in comparison to the scans I got from the photo developing shop!
I came across this tipster by plasticpopsicle and decided to try it out! I followed the steps but in this article I’m going to include a couple of applications I downloaded to help me out with the scanning, as well as a sample of the negatives scanned, in comparison to the ones my professional photo developing shop did for me. I used a Brother flatbed scanner, a Samsung Android phone and a Macbook running Mac OS X 10.6.7.
The two applications I downloaded:
1) Lightbox – for Android phones
2) GIMP – the GNU Image Manipulation Program for Mac OS X
1) Placed my 35mm negative strip on the flatbed scanner. Opened the application, Lightbox on my Android phone and placed it over the negative.
2) Scanned the image onto my computer. Image looked like this -
(Say hi to my dad and mum! Nikon L35AD and Efiniti Uxi 200.)
3) Launched the application, GIMP on my Mac OS X. Opened the scanned image, clicked Menu > Colour > Invert. Got this!
Results of two other scans – uploaded the primary scan, the inverted image, and the images scanned by the photo developing shop I frequent.
Now, will someone teach me how I can get these scans in colour? Haven’t figured that out!