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can i / how do i /convert negatives to digital photo's

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#1 dai


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Posted 01 May 2010 - 12:26 PM

Hiall. is there a freeware prog', that can convert  old photo negatives to digital  photos on my 'puter please? Regars Dai :thumbsup: <-------- I like him

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 01:13 PM

google covert negatives to digital photos

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 12:33 AM

Well, a program won't be able to convert them, you're going to have to find a way to get them onto your computer somehow first.

Once you get them onto your computer, its relatively simple. Almost all photo editing programs can invert photos to negatives, including the GIMP ( http://www.gimp.org ), which is free. I think the biggest problem you're gonna have is getting them to your computer.

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 01:01 AM

Some scanners have the ability to scan negatives.
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Posted 08 May 2010 - 05:17 PM


As has been said, the first problem is getting them into your computer. There are a number of scanners which can scan slides and negative film - both colour and black and white. I use an Epsom 2480 myself, and it does a pretty good job on colour slides. I admit I haven't tried it with negatives, when I had a film camera I shot mostly slide film.

One tip - make sure the negatives are clean before you try copying them. That speck of dust that you can barely see, and didn't notice, looks like a football once it has been scanned at somethng like 3000dpi ! Believe me - the voice of experience !


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Posted 13 May 2010 - 07:44 AM

Take 'er to your local photo shop... walgreens does negs to cd for relatively around 2.99 ... staples might be able to do it and possibly at a better DPI.... otherwise you're going to have to buy a scanner that works with neg's to get decent results as previously stated.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:51 AM

Wal~mart can do it for you in their photo centers also. My mother has a scanner that has a slot in it to place 35 millimeter negatives. You need hardware to do that, software won't do it for you.

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 07:06 PM

A good scanner does not have to cost you a fortune, and if you have many old negatives and slides to convert digitally, it may be worth your while to invest in the hardware.

I've had great luck with my Canon scanner (cost was under $100). I've used it for both negatives and slides (using originals that dated back from the late 1940's) and the results were superb.

As stated earlier, make sure the slides or negatives are clean. You can go to a photo store and inquire about brushes used to clean them off without harming the actual negative. This is imperative, since if you do scan in a high resolution, any imperfection will be dramatically increased.

You will need a photo editing software to assist you once you scan in the images, however. Do not rely on the photo software that comes with the scanner (if you buy one), as it is generally sub-par. It may take you a little bit to figure it all out, but once you do, it will be well worth your efforts. Good luck, and have fun with it.

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 02:39 PM

I've got two slide/negative scanners. Both came with software to convert negative images to positive images. I have an older PrimeFilm 3650U which only handles slides and film strips -- I like the way it handles slides better. I just got a very inexpensive Epson Perfection V300 Photo -- a flatbed with a film/slide insert, which also does a great job.

As I said, both came with proprietary software. The Epson also came with a free copy of Photoshop Elements, which will do what you want. Gimp is free and one of my favorite programs, and it will also do what you want.

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:15 PM

You will certainly need a scanner, in order to get your pictures onto the computer.
I use an Epson Perfection, whic will only scan 3 negatives at one go.
The scanner has a light in the lid, this is vital, so that your negatives can be read by the scanner.

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