U of S | Mailing List Archive | alt-photo-process-l | Re: digital proofing of negatives

Re: digital proofing of negatives

Sam, For me the only thing seems to be a good bottle of print enhancer available from Bob Kiss and enough time to enjoy the view in front of the light box with a loupe. The focus or lack thereof is also important as is the density range. I have also used a consumer Hi8 video camera set up on a tripod and set to negative attached output to a TV. Precut some large black matte board to mask the extra light. Works OK to preview quickly.

Have fun. I like the print enhancer straight but you may prefer Coke and a lime.


----- Original Message ----- From: "sam wang" <stwang@clemson.edu>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2008 11:14 AM
Subject: OT: digital proofing of negatives

Now that I can finally make good scans of negatives, I need to wade through huge boxes of negatives of various sizes and density ranges to see which ones might be worth the time to scan. Has anyone rigged up something to do that?

I know some of the low end digital cameras include effects such as "negative". Putting such a camera on a copy stand over a light box seems to be the way to quickly go over a lot of images. Has anyone done that? Which cameras could do that well?

Or are there software to invert the image on the monitor if a camera is tethered to the computer?

By the way, batch scanning is out of the question because of the differences between the negatives: size, density, etc.