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Old 06-10-2008, 06:39 PM   #1
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Photo negatives

Not sure if this belongs here or not but here goes.

Is there some software to convert a scanned photo negative, black and white or color, to view the image and get a print?

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This site seems to give a fairly detailed explanation for Gimp.
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Cool Scanning negatives

Hello out there film enthusiasts, I have some information that I'm sure will be of interest to at least some of you folks who are struggling with scanning negatives and slides. As it goes: I was given a box of really old negatives from my parents years ago and wanted to scan and archive them. My old flatbed scanner which was able to scan just about anything was not capable of scanning negatives bigger than 2 1/4" square which left me high & dry. Much of the material I have is the old "620" format or larger in the area of about 2 1/2 x 4 3/4". I tried on & off with various "All-in-one" scanner/printers with very poor results. Heavily pixilated, blotchy, blurred images.

I have been using Linux systems for over 10 years now and have been using "Xsane" along with various HP "All-in-one" units to scan photos, doc's & transparencies for which Xsane works great, but not for negatives. Recently I switched scanning software on a whim and tried "Simple Scan" and Viola as they say, I have gotten excellent results!
I can now scan negatives in more or less what ever size I want. The process is somewhat more involved in that there are more steps: 1st: In Simple Scan, set the "preferences" under the "Document" tab, place the desired negative (dull side up) on the scanner and hit "Scan". Next click "Crop" and drag the box sides to the image sides. 3rd: save the image as a jpeg to a file. This is where the extra steps come in. Open Gimp, open the file you want to convert and under "Colors" click "Invert", then also under colors click "Brightness/contrast" as you may want to do some editing. If you want to edit or repair scratches & other blemishes, you will have to experiment with the tools in Gimp (such as "Heal", "Smudge" etc. (works for me!). When you are satisfied with the results, click "Export" to save the positive images to a file as jpeg's.

I wish I could have had this information a long time ago while my folks were still living so as to get information about people in the photos, however it seems no one was able to explain how to scan negatives with the newer scanner/printers. One more tip: if your negatives tend to curl so as to make placing them square on the scanner glass, just breathe lightly on the matt (dull) side before placing them on the glass, they flatten out nicely! Hope this helps you folks with the same predicament I had. Cheers,Tukatz
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almost all image editors will move a image from CMY to RGB
-- worked in photo darkrooms during the 80's and 90's ( custom color and B&W hand enlarging)

Almost ALL flatbed scanners are GARBAGE for film

1200 dpi on a 35mm x24mm is rather LOW RES!!!
and if it is a 110 or disk forget about it

you really NEED!!!! a dedicated film scanner

or a pro level camera ( 24 to 36 Megapixel )
a bellows mount ,lens inverter, and a slide/film holder

your normal ANALOG film/ slide copy technique


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