How To Scan Film Negatives with a DSLR

By Jason Fitzpatrick on May 16th, 2012

Dedicated film scanners are pricey and farming out the scanning of a bunch of negatives is also a chunk of change (and you lose control over the process). This cheap but effective setup turns your camera into a negative scanner.

Over at DIY Photography, they share a detailed tutorial to help you easily and effectively use your camera as a negative scanner. They write:

I’ve seen many articles on the web explaining the basics of digitising film negative or transparencies online. The basics are quite simple: you take a photo of a negative into a light source and invert. That’s it. But that alone led me to scan negatives that looked like the one on the left. Because I’ve never seen one tutorial that told me “the whole story” of how to do it properly, I’ve decided to put together what I’ve learnt during the last two or three of years of scanning film with my DSLR.

Hit up the link below to check out their comprehensive tutorial that covers everything from materials to post-processing tricks.

Scanning Film Negatives With A DSLR – A Maker’s Guide

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/16/12
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