View Full Version : [ubuntu] Photographic Negatives

June 22nd, 2011, 04:20 AM
I am not sure if I have the right forum area.

I have a bunch of old black and white and colour photographic negatives that I would like to scan.

I jerry-rigged a crude method. Modified a piece of black paper. (cut a "negative"-shaped hole in the middle). Placed the paper on the scanner with the negative in the hole. Placed the transparent lid off a stack of 50 dvd's over the negative. Sat a diffused nightlight on the dvd lid. Switched on the nightlight. Scanned the negative. This produced a "negative" image which was "reversed" using Gimp.

Is there any software/hardware that can produce a better image?



June 22nd, 2011, 09:10 AM
There are photographic film & slide scanners.

The good one that works with Linux is the Canon 8800F...
There could be others incl other Canon models...

Some cheap ones can scan to SD memory card & have small LCD screen & TV out.
These boast 1800dpi & only cost US$60..

Scanning to memory card means you don't have to bother with software support.

You can get adapters for cameras (incl digital) but you would need a camera with real lens i.e DSLR

If anyone knows of other working models please post..