#161 Changing my scanning technique

Up until now I have always used different flatbed scanners for scanning my analogue film negatives. The results has been good most of the times – but I have suspected that it could have been better. Aspecially dense color negatives have been hard to get as good as I would like.

The last couple of years a new technique has started to get more common for scanning negatives – using a digital camera and some kind of lightbox. I have never tried before, but yesterday I did – and I am really pleased with the results.

It was a little tricky to ”develop” the picture from negative to positive – but as I found ”Negative Lab” for Lightroom – that was a piece of cake. Not only was the result better – the whole process was much faster.

You can buy nice tools for the purpose – but I made my own ”scanning studio”. I used an Ipad (with an app called Lightbox), an old cookie box, two glass plates and a tripod. I used my Fujifilm X-T2 with a 56mm lens and an extension tube for the shots. Not hard at all…try it, if you haven’t already…


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