Make Your Own Lomo'Instant Scan Adapter!


Are you annoyed by Newton’s rings that appear when you’re scanning your Lomo’Instant shots? I am, so I came up with the idea to create something to ensure that the photos don’t touch the glass, but aren’t too far away from it either because of the sharpness.

Newton’s rings appear when smooth materials such as instant photos or negatives touch the glass.

To avoid this, all you need are:

  • carton
  • foamed plastic
  • photo glue
  • scissors

Cut a piece of carton measuring about 20×30 cm and foamed plastic pieces 8mm in size. Use the photo glue to attach the foamed plastic pieces to the corners or edges of the carton.

Furthermore, I put the photo glue in intervals on the carton to be able to fix the instants there later. Be careful that they are properly fixed on the carton, otherwise they will be sticking to your instants later! I reduced the adhesion a little bit by touching the adhesive joint with my fingers a few times so the instants can easily be replaced later.

Now, the scan adapter for your instants is ready!

You can fix your instants on the carton and place them on the scanner. If you did everything right, there shouldn’t be any Newton’s rings on your instants anymore! Plus, you can arrange the instants in a straight line so there’s less work for you after scanning.

Have fun with scanning!

Your Pearlgirl

written by pearlgirl77 on 2015-03-24 #gear #tutorials #instant #scanning #tipster #scanner #lomo-instant #newtons-rings
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  1. akula
    akula ·


  2. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Nice idea

  3. beblo
    beblo ·

    Maybe you mean spacer or (picture frame) matting?
    An illustration board might be another option? This illustration board can serve as a template.

  4. alienmeatsack
    alienmeatsack ·

    Great idea!

  5. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    @akula @neanderthalis @alienmeatsack thanks
    @beblo you can use everything instead of the board.. but i haven't anything other and i don't want to buy something ;)

  6. beblo
    beblo ·

    @pearlgirl77, I am very sorry, again for not understanding you. I think your purpose is to try to "improvise" in 'making your own lomo instant scan adapter'.
    You want to make use of things & materials that is available to you at home. Where in you would not have to buy any materials. That is a good trait. It means you are "resourceful".
    Here in my place, many things are accessible to get & buy.
    I have a few extra 'picture frame matting' just in storage. I buy when it is on sale.

  7. beblo
    beblo ·

    @pearlgirl77, did you receive my email last March 20?

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