Category Archives: Photography

Every once in a while some piece of technology makes me go ‘wow’. I’m pretty tech-savvy so it takes more than a power socket with USB sockets to make me sit up and listen. I’m sure there was something earlier that really impressed me, but the thing I regularly go back when explaining how amazing and accessible new technology can be is the series of hacks Johnny Lee has done using the Wii.

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Home Scanned Film Negatives Using Lightroom

As you can see from my last post (and the shelves in my living room!) I quite like analog cameras. Sadly getting the photos developed, scanned and printed has quite a cost attached to it and while I intend to do some developing at home, I haven’t quite got round to sorting out the equipment for it yet. Scanning is a different matter and due to the cost of proper scanners I’m forced to use a bit of a home-brew technique to get around that cost. Doing it the way I’m about to describe also makes printing easier as it effectively turns them into digital photos which can be printed at home or at Snappy Snaps. All photos used here as well as some more examples of test scans I’ve done can be found in the set on my Flickr.

You will need: a film negative you wish to ‘scan’ (any size will do be it 35mm or 120 or whatever), a digital camera, a bright computer or laptop screen and Lightroom to do the processing.

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