How to - Scan Negatives using cheap scanner.

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    So, not sure how often this gets posted but I thought I would make a how to anyway :D

    How to Scan Negatives with Cheap Scanners | eHow.com

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    First gather all materials. I am using a dell 810 all in one scanner, a old negative I found in the basement and my sidekick (menu + f) for light. The light will probably be the trickiest part. As long as its doing the same general thing it should be fine.

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    Here is an example of the kind of light you need for this.

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    I put the sidekick on Flashlight mode (menu + f) and position the negative over the light.

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    Place light and negative on scanner.

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    This is what I got when I scanned. Your going to want to use a high dpi setting to get a quality scan.

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    Finially, when you invert the image, you get the finished scan.

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    Ooh! That's clever!

    I'm going to try that with my Pocket PC.

    EDIT: doesn't work, my PPC's screen is recessed into the body.
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    Hmm, thanks.

    Did anyone ever try a sandwiching the neg between a mirror on top and a piece of glass on bottom and scanning that?
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    I have done the same with a small lightbox (the type used for viewing slides)
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    Hmm.. I have a film scanner, but i'm going to try this when I get home with my iPhone (with flashlight app). It could be useful for my negatives that have extreme curling that don't sit in the film tray properly.
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    That is very cool, thanks. Definitely going to try the glass/mirror thing. If that works it'll save me a round-trip of 50 miles when I need to get medium format negs scanned.
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    I tried it with my iPhone, but it didn't work. The scanner picked up each individual pixel from the screen.
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    I found that if you put a kind of translucent piece of plastic between the phone and the negative, it spreads the light out more evenly and gets rid of pixel/scratch marks.

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