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  • Lindsey de Roos

DIY Scanner #1

Since ordering the materials to develop at home i realised that i either have to make a functional DIY scanner or fork out the money for a $600 flatbed scanner. so that latter isn't an option at the moment. so This is my first attempt at making a scanner.

With this experiment i used two different lighting sources to illuminate the film. the first being my led computer screen but when I looked over the scans I could see the screen pixels impacting the resolution of the film quality. I thought it kind undid the whole point of using film. If it became pixelated.

the second option was was using a flash wirelessly connected to my camera with a small soft box attached. the pixelation disappeared, however there still was a lot of digital noise or scratching that effected the quality of the film. so far I think the plexiglass that I used impacting the film quality. But it could also be my camera or the fact that my lens is not a macro one.

This is how the scan turned out with using a bare white computer or phone screen to scan.

These are my attempts and converted the negatives in photoshop

clearly, I need to practice a lot more....

I then looked for photoshop or light-room plug ins and i found one "negative lab pro" that charges $150 but had a 3 day trail and these were the changes it was able to make. I think the initial "scans I took where underexposed which is why there is digital noise", but the conversions did a much better job than what i did on photoshop.

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