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How to Copy Black & White Negatives with ShotCopy

Do you have 35mm negatives with no photographs? Now you can easily bring them to the digital age with your digital camera.

How to Deal with Reflections while copying negatives...

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Step One - Pick a good negative
You should be able to hold the negative above a white reflective background and see a lot of sharp detail in the negative. The more detail you see the better photograph will result. If it's under exposed you will see a lot of light areas with no detail. If it's over exposed you will see a lot of areas with no detail. The ideal negative is a negative where you can see a lot of detail.

Step Two - Negative Orientation
Insert the negative into the "ShotCopy Slide Negative Holder" so the duller side faces the camera. This insures that the negative is in the same orientation as it was taken.

Step Three - Changing a Negative to a Positive
A lot of today's digital cameras have the ability to change a negative to a positive when shooting which some call "Neg Art". You can also shoot the negative as a negative and use your PC's photo editing software to convert it to a positive. You might want to experiment to see which gives you the best results. This image was converted by an old "Sony Mavica Digital Camera" since the "Neg Art" feature was  built into the camera and gave the best results.

Step Four - Rotate, Crop and Cleanup
With your photo editing software rotate the image (in this case) to the portrait position. Use your software features to adjust and balance brightness and contrast; remove dust spots; and crop picture as desired. Then save it for posterity as a digital image. No more fading or yellowing pictures. Now you can save and send it to friends and family.  Or how about a compellation of your photos as duplicatable CD or DVD disk photo album? Way Cool.

Most photo editing software does a good job converting b/w negatives to positives; while color negatives can cause a lot of pain and suffering if you don't use or more full featured photo editing software package. Corel Paint Shop Pro happens to be one of them.