I’ve been worrying about what to do with a box of old photos and negatives that came from my dad. There are far too many to have commercially transposed and I’d have to go through them anyway since some are totally useless. I tried scanning them but started off disappointed then sank into despair at what I was managing to produce. Yesterday I decided to have a go at taking photos of the negatives and after finding a couple of lovely photos I’d never seen before I’m now hooked. I’m not sure I’ll get through all those in the box but I’ve done about 75 and at this stage I’m keen to continue. I realize others will have much more effective and successful setups but maybe there is someone out there looking for a simple way to deal with handed down negatives.
Here’s what I did.
I did have a few problems. After a few good shots my point and shoot camera kept picking up reflections so I had to abandon that in favour of my old SLR. Our window looks out over lots of trees and most times the camera wouldn’t focus on the negative but picked out the trees. I don’t have much faith in my ability to get the best focus manually. Occasionally I could find what I thought was good focus then switch to Auto and the camera would fine tune it but often it just kept searching back and forth so I had to manually focus.