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    Thursday
    Feb212013

    Using an iPhone (or phone camera) to Scan Your Negatives

    While I was shooting the negatives to illustrate my last post on the purple tint in my Tri-X negatives, I  decided to see if I could get usable digital images of my negatives using my iPhone. These were handheld, but they worked better than I imagined. I got the idea from the Lomography Smartphone Scanner for 35mm film that will be shipping a little later this year.

    I had my negatives on a light table and framed the negatives to maximize the size and took a few photos. I wasn't sure which IOS app could invert them, so I just emailed the photos to myself and then downloaded them on my desktop. I later discovered that Photoshop Express has an invert function. I am not sure if any of the other camera or special effect apps have that function. I know that Lomography will have an app for their 35mm smartphone scanner.

    I opened the negative images in Adobe Photoshop CS6 (although any version can handle the conversion to grayscale and inversion to positive) and converted the images to grayscale. After that, I inverted them. I added a slight curve for contrast and to deepen the blacks and open the highlights.

    I am mostly interested in previewing my images before enlarging them in the darkroom. Using my iPhone to make quick proof scans of a roll of film will also enable me to quickly put thumbnails of new photos into my image database, instead of waiting until I can make a proofsheet and scanning that. I am not planning to use this method for digital prints, but I think if I made a stand for the phone, and got a frosted piece of glass or plastic to place the negatives on, I could make decent digital scans for use here on the blog or perhaps for the 6x12 format Belair negatives which I can't print using my current enlarger. The maximum size I can print on my Beseler 23c are 6x9cm negatives.

    Below are a few examples. I am showing the negative image as they came off the phone, then the converted image. All are clickable to view a 800pixel wide image.



     


     

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      Response: superior paper
      Wow! This is such a great function and feature of IPhone that from it we can scan our negatives and then make it in physical and colorful photograph. It also provides Tri X-negatives which converts into digital images. I love to use this app on my IPhone and also on my ...
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      Response: Nebulous Game
      It is truly amazing and wonderful feature of IPhone and other cameras of phone because from it we can take negatives of our pictures.

    Reader Comments (2)

    You can always use the invert colours command from your iphone settings. You can find it under General/Accessibility. It probably won't take detailed pictures but it is a quick way to preview your negative.
    Nice work you've got there!

    September 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterApos

    A very creative way of using an iphone. I will try it. Thanks for the idea.

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    October 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersava ka

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