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Negative scanning query

Discussion in 'Digital Image Editing & Printing' started by Gibson67, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. Gibson67

    Gibson67 Well-Known Member

    Hi all

    I’m planning to scan some negatives shortly using a DSLR set up. I’m looking for a little help from fellow members regarding software to achieve this. I currently have Capture one express Fuji, Nikon NX D, & Gimp, ideally a free software would be what I’d be looking for.

    Any help most appreciated

  2. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    You've got everything you need right there.
  3. RobertCoombes

    RobertCoombes Well-Known Member

    i went down this road many years ago. Nearly went mad. Finally got a Nikon Coolcsan V ED; problem solved. If you want to scan get a proper scanner.
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  4. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    You don't say exactly what you mean by 'scan' using a DSLR set up?
    A specialised film scanner, a copying device that attaches in front of a lens, etc,?

    Perhaps one of the paragraphs below will help.

    For example, if you have an 20 year old film scanner that will not work with Windows 7 or 10 (as I do) I would recommend Vuescan software that will operate old scanners like mine, but is is not free. But they do offer 2 price options, and the more expensive one offers unlimited upgrades as the software is improved: my original version was purchased in 2013 and has been improved over the last 6 years.

    If using a copying device attached to a lens, then you can use you favourite editing software to 'reverse' the image you get (most software allows this, but perhaps not all the free stuff). If you have copied a colour negative there will be a colour correction to do too because of the overall orange/brown cast of the original negative. It may be best to remove the colour cast before reversing the image. There was an article about this in AP with the last few months, but I no longer have my copy. If you want this, they may have a back copy available, or you can look online. A quick Google search for 'convert negative image to positive' finds lots of stuff that may help you.
  5. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    A scanner is just a specialised digital camera. Using any camera that can cover a field of view close to 36x24mm will give you files good enough for most purposes. Some examples...

    Canon Eos 1995 28-17.jpg

    Canon Eos 1996 07-21.jpg

    Canon F1 Ilford Film 1996-13_ 21.jpg
  6. Gibson67

    Gibson67 Well-Known Member

    Chester AP sorry forgot to mention, I’d be using my Nikon D5300 DSLR with either my 18-55mm kit lens, or possibly an old 50mm prime using a macro tube, light box etc.
  7. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Either I've got a bad case of deja vue or we've had this conversation before...
  8. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I think the question this time is about how to remove the colour mask and invert the colours. First time around the contributors all used mono examples.
  9. Gibson67

    Gibson67 Well-Known Member

    We have indeed had this conversation! In all fairness I was on the understanding it was going to be a lot easier than anticipated. As a complete novice I’m bit overwhelmed by masks and the like. I’m wondering now would the route be spending some money on a mid priced scanner?
  10. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

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