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Tip A Day #8

Many of us have film negatives lying around so here’s a quick and easy way to convert those to a usable digital format!

Convert Film to Digital

Requirements:

  • PC or Mac
  • Image Editing Software
  • Scanner
  • Thin, non-fibrous paper
  • Phone or Tablet
  • Step 1
    Place film on scanner, shiny side down (aka emulsion side up.)

    Step 2
    Place thin paper on top of film.

    Step 3
    Place tablet/phone on brightest setting face down on paper over the film.
    NOTE: For best results, use a blank website/app with a bright screen.

    Step 4
    Use favorite image editing software to scan.
    This option is usually found within the File > Import option.

    Scan as hi-res as possible for best results!
    (Suggested: 1200 DPI)

    Step 5
    Don’t forget to invert the colors!

    Enjoy your new high-res digital copy of your photos!
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    works in the background for sites like GeekBeat.TV, WebBeat.TV, and One Man’s Blog. He is currently attending the University of Texas at Dallas. He loves film, video games, music, animation, technology, and a good conversation with those interested in the same things so feel free to get in touch through the many available social networks.


    4 Responses

    1. Lucio Campos

      Great tip! now to dig out some old negatives!!

    2. john conway

      Thanks Mark for this piece. I come from a large family that has always had one photographer. We have tons of black and white negs from 4X5 to 35 mm. This wonderful short tutorial will have a lasting ripple effect for a long long time. Thank you sooooooo much

    3. Adam

      Nice creative solution. I wonder if this solution would work for slides. I have many of them and wish to have them converted to a digital image. I’ve tried to look at purchasing a flat bed scanner that supports slides but unfortunately I’ve had great difficulty locating a flat bed scanner that states this feature. It was mentioned in the past but since the all-in-one printers, quality and features have decreased.

      • Avatar of Mark Zamora
        Mark Zamora

        From what I’ve gathered, it should work just fine on slides! As long as you’re careful this in no way harms your stuff so it’s worth a shot! :-)