Getting closer…

I picked up a negative holder—Lomography’s Digitaliza—to aid in this scanning project. It’s a help, for sure: no worries about scratching the film, unlike the cardboard-and-tape versions; sturdy, seemingly well-built; no complaints. But it’s not the solve-all that I had hoped for. I still need to build a rig to keep it sturdy and slide along.

I’m thinking balsa wood, maybe: light, fairly easy to work with, reasonably sturdy, reasonably inexpensive. But I’m also thinking that might be overkill a bit.

That said, the first several cardboard things I constructed didn’t quite work: trying to build a box around a cylinder is tricky. (I forgot that I had a square with a hole cut in it that I made last weekend before I ran out of time… that might make it easier: something to try if I have time later today, InshaAllah.)

But this is fun, for sure, and with current materials and a steady hand, I can almost fill the frame with one negative: GoGo.

In other news, after watching a couple of excellent howto videos on Ted Forbes‘s Art of Photography podcast, I picked up chemicals, some brown glass jugs, a developing tank, darkbag, and other stuff to try my hand at at-home C-41 development. With 5 rolls exposed and waiting, and 3 film cameras with film at various stages of exposure, I’ll get around to some of that soon, InshaAllah.

All in all: good times. Continue reading “Getting closer…”

Digitizing film without a scanner, redux (part 1)

Well, it only took me 3+ months, and I’m still not quite there, but I’m closer… much closer.

After last time’s more-or-less failure (see the initial Digitizing Film without a Scanner series: part 1, part 2, part 3), and with the recent ordering of a dark bag, developing tank, C-41 chemicals, and various other supplies (thanks to a performance bonus/award thing from work), and the consequent impending (hopefully) glut of newly-processed negatives, I needed to try this digitizing thingy again.

I took a bunch of pictures of the setup I constructed out of a nice, high quality cardboard box, but I probably won’t end up sharing them. The contraption worked ok, as you can see from the nice sharp picture above, but I found out I could do much better… Continue reading “Digitizing film without a scanner, redux (part 1)”