Ghetto Scan - Paper Tweak


Using the spring sunshine, a window, a camera and a piece of paper to scan some negatives.

I read this Tipster about Ghetto Scanning and thought I would give it a try, as I don’t have a scanner of my own.

I tried it first as falsedigital explained, by taping the negatives to a window and using a digital camera to photograph them, but found that I could see the scenery outside through my negatives. It was a very cool effect but not exactly what I wanted at the time. Anyway, I taped a piece of plain paper between the window and the negatives and, problem solved. The negative photos came out well and the paper gave the image a strange grainy texture.

Then you just INVERT!

The results are hardly perfect, and quite varied due to the multitude of factors like the digital camera focus, paper grains and even the movement of the sun and clouds. Regardless, for a beginner with no special software it is a very satisfying experiment.

I drained the saturation on these because the colours went a little crazy, maybe someone more tech savvy could explain how to avoid that. Aside from that I didn’t edit a thing.

A special thank you to the original tipster for the great idea.
Why not try it out, see what happens!

written by spiltink on 2010-04-11 #gear #tutorials #diy #35mm #tips #scanning #tipster


  1. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    I like the texture created from the paper backing. It makes these shots look extremely vintage and worn.

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    yeah, love the vintage texture of the shots :)

  3. stouf
    stouf ·

    Yeah ! Very cool results ! Love N°5 !!!

  4. tifcompton
    tifcompton ·

    lol it is ghetto and yes I've tried it before with 120 processed film... the problem that i ran into was i got the reflection of my digital camera off the glossy negative. it seemed like a good idea...

  5. paramir
    paramir ·

    great! the paper texture is working really nice! nice images

  6. tifcompton
    tifcompton ·

    a variation of this is to crank up the brightness on your computer monitor, set your background to a nice spicy blue color to shine through and cancel out the browny tone of your negative, and then when you invert, the colors aren't so wacky. unless you like that sort of effect.

  7. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    well done~ new flavor to the pictures =)

  8. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    for some reasons I really need a digital camera *sight*

  9. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Great tipster !!!!
    Yesterday I develope a B&W film.
    Today, 18:00 PM, I see this tipster ...
    Today, 18:30 I have this results !!!!

  10. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    coolio tipster!

  11. spiltink
    spiltink ·

    Thanks for all the comments and votes.

    @scherbi Thanks for the tips, I don't have any editing software at all though. I probably should get some, and a scanner.

    Glad people enjoyed.

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