Process Your Own Negatives

K640_negativToPicIf you are of Pre-Digital vintage you may have a lot of old negatives floating around with no idea what they are.
If you don’t know what a negative is then you can comfortably ignore this post.

For the rest of us the cost of having them developed just to see if they are of any value is hugely cost prohibitive but the good news is that you can not only purchase negative scanners from most electrical outlets but you can download an app for Android or iPhone to do the same.

While going through boxes of old photos I came across several packets of old negatives, so I downloaded an app called “Helmut” for my Android phone.
It is quite a simple process for either Black and White or Colour negatives.

To be successful you nee to back-light the negative and the simplest way to do that is with your computer or tablet screen.
For this example below I simply held the negative over a white space on my laptop, and took a picture on my phone using the Helmut app. Presto! I now have a digital image.

The quality may not be great, there are a number of settings to be played with and there are other apps out there but this at least gives you a good idea what the picture is so you can decide if you want to go to the expense of a professional reproduction.