[by Peter Krogh]
Many photographers have a lot of film images that they wish to digitize, but conventional scanning techniques may be too expensive. You can use your digital camera to make “camera scans” that are amazingly good, and very quick to produce.
A basic camera scanning setup includes the camera, a close-up lens, a film holder and a light source. You can rephotograph your film in large quantities, and then adjust it with your software of choice. For slides and B&W negatives, Lightroom can work really well. Color negatives take a bit more work, and may look best if you “process” them in dedicated scanning software such as VueScan or Silverfast.
If you want to learn more about the hardware, software, workflow or quality, take a look at dpBestflow.org. There is a page that describes the process, as well as one that steps through an entire workflow.
Peter Krogh is a commercial photographer and the author of The DAM Book, Digital Asset Management for Photographers (O’Reilly 2009). He helps photographers, companies and institutions worldwide understand the digital ecosystem . www.theDAMboook.com
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