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Saving oversize negatives Apps
Most home scanners are limited in the size negatives or positive film they accept. They are designed to work with 35mm slides; the size of the lighting strip.

This is a way I found to convert larger negatives and bypassing a scanner. It involves taking a (decently high resolution) photo of the negative itself (on a light board) and then importing the image into Photoshop, and inverting the negative into a positive image.

The video showing my method is on YouTube.

[crarko adds: This is one of those straightforward ideas that people may not think of right away, so I'll go ahead and publish it.]
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Saving oversize negatives
Authored by: kiltbear on Jul 11, '11 10:10:08AM

Interesting, but this looks a little bit like scope creep for this particular "vforum". It really isn't mac/apple specific, even. It is very photography specific. On a photographic site, members would probably have a lot to contribute to the conversation.



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Saving oversize negatives
Authored by: Anonymous on Jul 11, '11 11:22:15AM

Can you help out by providing links to photography forums appropriate to beginners?



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Saving oversize negatives
Authored by: kiltbear on Jul 12, '11 10:41:02AM

using google I found a link to this kind of discussion

http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/images-graphic-design-digital-photography/35776-photoshop-tutorials-beginners.html

Just to be clear, I don't have the problem with the quality of tip, but this is a very specific forum focused on using specifically Apple products to their fullest. There are plenty of other how too sites with different focuses that are easily found via quick search in Google or Bing.

The curators/editors of this site should have told the submitter such.

Edited on Jul 12, '11 10:42:15AM by kiltbear



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orange mask has to be removed, too
Authored by: kbundies on Jul 11, '11 02:34:46PM
if you Invert the negative in Photoshop, take into consideration that the material of the negative film itself is tinted. So one would also have to consider to get rid of this by applying some cooling filter (before inversion) or even a dedicated filter for that specific color negative film material (might it be Kodak or whatever). You have to substract the orange mask of the filmmaterial. I am also no specialist, just know that these negatives are (on purpouse) held on a tinted (not clear) material. So, may be, in Photoshop one would have to first define an area at the margins of the film as white (whitepoint?) and after that do the actual inversion.
Edited on Jul 11, '11 02:49:54PM by kbundies


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Saving oversize negatives
Authored by: awado on Jul 11, '11 04:21:37PM

Hm... is this really a hint worth posting on this side? Don't want to rate down the efforts of the person, who posted that. But to me it brings down the level of content here. It's a workflow, not a hint.



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Saving oversize negatives
Authored by: Quatch on Jul 13, '11 04:45:55PM

You'd have to be very careful when doing this. Two (more) problems:

* if the camera is on an angle, you will get distortion (keystoning)
* if you take the picture close up you will get lens distortion (spherical)

better to just scan the negatives on a regular scanner? You can get a pretty big scanner. Probably even find/build a non-standard negative tray to help with alignment.



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